The leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, joined MP Chuka Umunna and Lambeth leader Cllr Steve Reed when he visited residents on the Tulse Hill Estate last week.
The politicians also met the parents of 18-year-old Nana Darko Frempong, who was shot dead outside Purser House on the estate in June last year. The group paused to hold a minute’s silence the memorial set up for the teenager.
Earlier in the day, Tuesday August 8, Miliband joined both Umunna and Tessa Jowell MP on a visit to the Curry’s store on Effra Road, Brixton, which was badly looted during the riots a year ago.
Commenting on the meeting with Tulse Hill residents, Umunna said: “It was great to have Ed Miliband come to our area to listen to the experiences and priorities of our local community, especially so at a time when the government is consistently ignoring the needs of our community.
“We are committed as a Labour Party to work to help everyone living in our area, whether by improving job prospects and the economy or through taking the necessary steps to ensure our communities are safe and free from the fear of crime.”
This evening residents of the Tulse Hill Estate will meet with police for a briefing on an anti-gang initiative which has brought together the residents’ association, St Giles Trust charity and Trident.