The 650 | 3rd May 2015

Bermondsey & Old Southwark: Could this be the end for the Lib Dems’ London heartland?

If this is the inequality election, then one of its biggest battles will be fought in Bermondsey and Old Southwark.

On this bright Saturday, with just over two weeks to go, swarms of tourists eat gourmet snacks from Borough Market as they make their way to the Globe’s afternoon performance. The Shard and City Hall glint, ever-present reminders of the power and money lining the riverbank.

Mostly invisible among the hordes of visitors are the constituency’s 130,000 residents, who, bar a banker or two, aren’t here for the buffet of cultural delights. They’re a diverse bunch; the inheritors of the area’s industrial-era docker community and the legacy of its 1970s council estates.

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