New street market opens with a promise to help the people of Tooting

This weekend will see the formal launch of a new street market in Tooting, aimed at helping first-time stall-holders, benefit recipients and local residents. Tooting Gala Market, which will be opening this Saturday, July 1, between Gala Bingo and Sainsbury’s, will have 20 stalls selling food, fashion, craft items and art. The market manager, Nigel McCann,…

My Furzedown ward report June 2017 “an election special”!

In Tooting, 34,694 people voted Labour at GE2017, up 12.4%, arguably making the seat “safe” where before it was “marginal”. Furzedown played a significant part in this stunning success. What we achieved here is already being referred to as “the Furzedown Effect”. The data is currently being crunched but suffice to say Furzedown had outstanding…

Food bank use in Wandsworth increasing at three times the national rate

Annual foodbank figures released last week show that the number of people using foodbanks in Wandsworth rose by 16% last year – nearly three times higher than the increase recorded nationally. The figures, released by Wandsworth Foodbank in their Hunger and Poverty in Wandsworth Report 2016-17, showed that last year 4712 people in Wandsworth relied…

General election 2017: It’s the people, stupid

I’ll be honest. For the first time, I went into the general election on Thursday with absolutely no idea what the outcome would be. The best I could do in terms of predictions was to say that the result would be all about the numbers, the swings, the turn-out, the maths. I was expecting an…