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Paint thrown at Labour door-knockers in Hampstead

Labour canvassers say they were attacked while trying to help residents with concerns about nuisance behaviour

28 November, 2017 — By Richard Osley

The Russell Nurseries estate [Photo: Kate Jewell]

LABOUR campaigners say paint was thrown at them as they went door-to-door to hear the concerns of residents on a council estate.

James Slater said his party was picking up support on the Russell Nurseries estate, near the Royal Free Hospital, but paint was thrown at one of his colleagues during a canvassing session last week. “While we’re fighting a clean election, we had paint thrown at one of our canvassers,” he tweeted.

He told the New Journal that Labour organisers did not know whether the attack was politically-motivated, adding: “We don’t have a clue why they did it. One of the other candidates knocked on the door, somebody behind it waited and then suddenly flung open the door and threw the paint. We had been taking on a lot of casework on the estate because the residents have been worried about anti-social behaviour. They want there to be some funding for new fencing.”

James Slater at 19 is Labour’s youngest ever council election candidate

Mr Slater is one of the three Labour candidates standing in the Hampstead Town ward at next May’s council elections.  The ward is held by the Conservatives and considered a long shot for Labour at May’s council elections, but Mr Slater said the party could win if it mobilised the same support seen in the general election.

“We are going in to this with nothing to lose but we can win,” he said.

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