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I was out last night with our candidate, William Taylor, canvassing residents of Petticoat Square ahead of next week’s by-election.

It was a bit gloomy. Then we noticed many of the lights above flats on the Podium were not working, ditto some of the lamp standards in the Square.

We have caused a bit of controversy by asking residents about their housing, listening to their concerns and collecting signatures on petitions. With a by-election pending there is a remarkable flurry of activity by the landlord, ordering new doors, repairing locks, and even adding a lick of paint.

But really, can’t the City of London’s finances stretch to replacing broken light bulbs?