Ken Livingstone is credited in the JC Power 100 with his support for the London Charedi community’s housing needs ( JC, April 25). It is true that he has made positive public statements and that his officials have been prepared to engage with the community on this ground-breaking project. The credit for this is largely due to the persistent efforts of the London Jewish Forum which have forced the Stamford Hill housing crisis high up the agenda of London’s senior politicians.
Thanks to the LJF’s lobbying this issue now enjoys all-party support, so whether it is Ken or Boris who is installed in County Hall after May 1, the opportunity to solve a pressing problem for a significant section of London’s Jewish community remains on the table.
As Menachem Begin and Yitzchak Rabin proved, you have to find ways of working with people you don’t agree with or even like.
Now that the debating and canvassing is over and the votes counted, the real work addressing the future housing needs of London’s Charedi community can begin. David Levenson Board Member, Agudas Israel Housing Association Lordship Road, London N16