The campaign against the construction of a new Sainsbury’s near Stoke Newington High Street has been boosted after MP Diane Abbott raised the issue in Parliament – but organisers want her to do more.
‘Stokey Local’, the campaign organised by residents, has so far raised over £12,000 and attracted 5,000 signatories to its petition. The group aims to persuade Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, to ‘call in’ the plan and review it personally.
Last week Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, tabled an Early Day Motion for MPs to debate the issue in Parliament.
She said: “I’ve followed the Wilmer Place proposal from the beginning and I know that feelings are running high. I want to air the issues raised by Wilmer Place in parliament and I hope to get a proper debate on the matter.”
But campaigners say Ms Abbott’s intervention doesn’t go far enough, and have called on her to add her name to the petition.
Stokey Local’s newsletter asked Ms Abbott to throw her full weight behind the campaign, saying: “What we really need Diane to do…is to add her voice to our campaign to get the secretary of state to ‘call in’ the latest application. Come on Diane, we need your help.”