'Capitalism is breaking': Meet the 25-year-old Labour politician fighting the housing crisis

Not many people gave Aydin Dikerdem a chance of winning a councillor by-election, standing for the Labour Party at the age of 24 in a notoriously Tory borough. Running for the first time in his life in Wandsworth, South London, Dikerdem expected to compete admirably but lose.

The previous councillor, Labour’s Sally Ann-Ephson, had been the first ever Labour councillor elected in the Queenstown ward only three years ago, in Battersea, an area that is becoming known as “Dubai-on-Thames” for the rapid growth of high-rise luxury flats and propertied affluence starting to dominate the area.

Ann-Ephson had been able to rely on a special personal popularity

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