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North London community calls for unity behind Corbyn

A LEADING Turkish and Kurdish community centre has called for unity behind Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party to stop racism and fascism in Parliament.

Members of Day-Mer held a public meeting with Labour parliamentary candidates David Lammy for Tottenham, Kate Osamor for Edmonton, Feryal Clark for Enfield and Catherine West for Hornsey and Wood Green to discuss demands by the community on Tuesday.

Day-Mer member Cagdas Canbolat said: “We in the community have suffered significantly under austerity by the Tories.

“With funding cuts to our vital services, we have struggled to help the community that we serve.”

Mr Canbolat said the right-wing camp in government was being supported by the far-right, with figures like Brexit party leader Nigel Farage and Tommy Robinson “jumping on the bandwagon.”

He said: “It is time to come together to stop the fascist and racist forces in Parliament and continue to fight against austerity.”

Mr Lammy said the general election demanded a “serious commitment” from anti-racism campaigners against a “hard-right rhetoric.”

With Tottenham being one of London’s most diverse areas, Mr Lammy said Labour would push back against hostility towards migrants, commit to affordable housing for all and demand a “police service, not a police force.”

Ms Osamar hit out at the mainstream media for picking at Labour policies.

She said: “We are trying to empower people, whether it is free broadband or housing for all. What is wrong with that?

“Labour will look into [Britain’s] international policies. We are all interconnected and [Labour] stands for global solidarity.”

Ms Clark, who addressed the meeting in Turkish, warned that a vote for any party other than Labour would be a vote for the Conservatives.

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