23-year-old has been campaigning since he was 15
Havering’s Nicholas West is so tired of not being able to afford a property of his own, he has decided to stand as a local Labour councillor.
He hopes to help change his area and “fight for restoration of government grants” against the current austerity measures and bring more affordable property to the borough.
The 23-year-old Labour campaigner has lived in the Hylands Ward, Hornchurch, where he is standing, since the age of two, and has been campaigning since he was 15 for safe places for children to play.
“I’ve lived in this area all my life, I went to Harrow Lodge Primary School and then the Albany school, this area is part of me.
“I am very passionate about standing up for residents and fighting for Havering to have more police and central government funding,” Mr West said.
Mr West is also part of the left-wing pressure group, Momentum and a strong supporter of Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
He continued: “This Labour mayor has had a lot of positive impacts and I feel that, with a Labour council, we can help build a change that is needed in the area.
“It is clear that the council here is failing its residents,” the prospective councillor added.
“We have to start acting for the people, the NHS is chronically underfunded and we need a government who cares, and that is a Labour Government.
“We need more homes for people in Havering; so many people like me can’t afford to buy their own properties,” the Hornchurch resident said.
“I know of a local resident who has moved to Berlin because he could not afford to buy his own property here.
“We need houses for people locally,” he added.
Mr West is also unhappy the mayor has come under fire for a lack of police. He continued: “The mayor can’t do much as the budget for the police is set by the government.
“We need more police – crime rates are rising and Havering has the fourth highest rate of acid attacks in the country.”
Mr West is campaigning hard to bring Labour policies to Havering and has until the local elections in May to make an impact with the borough’s residents.
by FRANCESCA LILLEYSTONE