|Bernie Grant MP (1944-2000) by Everal Hall aka Eckee Chef 2008. |
Chef said, "Bernie was something really special in the politics of the time. He really came up through the local community and people felt that through him they actually had a real voice in parliament. He didn't just stand for one section of the community, he stood up for anyone and everyone who needed help in his constituency, whether they came to his office or called at three in the morning."
Eckee Chef is a local artist who was a youth worker at Lumumba Theatre, by Tottenham Green in the early 1980s, before it was closed down. Bernie Grant was elected MP for Tottenham in 1987 and kept his seat until 2000. From 1981 onwards he leant major support to the Broadwater Farm Youth Association in its struggle for better amenities. He also vigorously campaigned for the fair treatment of residents and locals following the disturbances of 1985.