In the 30 years since the Broadwater Farm riots, Tottenham has seen more than its fair share of national headlines – from the missed child abuse scandals of Baby P and Victoria Climbie, to the shooting of Mark Duggan and the 2011 summer riots. Taking the temperature of one of Britain’s most vibrant, diverse and notoriously challenging constituencies – this candid film shines a spotlight on the lives of those who live in Tottenham today.
With cameras granted behind-the-scenes access, we see first-hand the problems brought to the fortnightly advice surgery run by one of Britain’s most prominent and outspoken MPs, David Lammy.
From wrongful arrests to parking problems, immigration issues to regeneration backlashes, this one-off film showcases the extraordinary spirit of Tottenham’s ordinary residents and their born and bred MP. Despite being separated by just 10 miles, it’s a long, long way from Westminster.
Whether hauling Metropolitan Police Superintendents over hot coals for failing to properly investigate the disappearance, and possible murder, of a 30-year-old black man (a potentially political issue, given the status of the police in the area), or taking two young women to the House of Commons to bend the ear of the Universities Minister, Lammy was an all-action MP.