The need for change is obvious to all

Thursday, 1st July 2021

• THE Labour candidate in the Fortune Green by-election is right, a councillor who really wants to get things done can achieve great things for their local community, (I am proud to be standing for Labour in the Fortune Green by-election, June 24).

But when residents see so many things going wrong in Fortune Green, which already has two Labour councillors, can the answer be yet another Labour councillor?

I’ve lived in Fortune Green for over 50 years, I run a shop locally, and long-standing residents know when things are going in the wrong direction and when change is needed.

Whether it’s rubbish piling up on the streets, roadworks reducing roads to gridlock, rising crime, struggling local shopping parades, or overdevelopment, the need for change is obvious to all.

In 2014 I fell just 74 votes short of giving Fortune Green a voice by being elected instead of a Labour councillor.

On July 22 Fortune Green residents have a real choice: to vote for another Labour councillor who will do what they’re told by the Labour council leadership or vote for someone who is going to finally make our voice heard at Camden Town Hall.

As thousands of Fortune Green residents know, I’m not motivated by party politics. I want to be a councillor because I want to back my community: the community I’ve lived in all my life.

I went to Beckford school. I raised my family here and run a local shop. I am a governor at Emmanuel School.

I sit on the local Neighbourhood Development Forum’s committee. I volunteer at Sidney Corob House on Fortune Green Road, JW3 on Finchley Road, and West Hampstead Food Hub at Sidings Estate.

Fortune Green has been ignored by councillors for a generation. It is high time residents had a strong voice and the representation everyone deserves.

That’s why I’m standing for Camden’s opposition, Camden Conservatives, to stand up for the community and solve problems that have been long overlooked.

IAN COHEN
Conservative Candidate in the Fortune Green by-election

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