Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

London’s European Villages

Posted by jonathanfryer on Tuesday, 3rd March, 2009

jf-at-vauxhall-libdem-pp1       As the most cosmopolitan city on earth, London is a patchwork of different ethnic communities from the Indians in Southall to the West Africans in Southwark, the Turks in Stoke Newington and the Bengalis in my own patch, Tower Hamlets. Less visible, but just as diverse, are the communities from different EU member states, whether the Irish in Kilbun or the French in South Kensington, the Poles in Hammersmith and the Greek Cypriots in Enfield. This evening, I was in ‘Little Portugal’, as the guest speaker at a Vauxhall LibDem Pizza and Politics (spaghetti with lobster, in my case) at Estrela in South Lambeth Road. With exactly three months to go until polling day for the European elections, we are actively motivating not just party members, but voters from other EU member states, students and other groups who have reason to be sympathetic to a pro-European, internationalist message.

Moreover, the London LibDems’ regional conference will be held at the Polish Centre in Hammersmith, on the evening of 18 March, with an pre-event that afternoon particularly focussing on the capital’s Polish community.



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