“Neil Jameson, whose campaign for decent pay has won over Lidl, explains why he prefers taking a battle to the streets to Westminster infighting….
“Greying, bearded and radiating a determined calm, Jameson has more than a hint of the Jeremy Corbyn about him. Like Corbyn, he believes passionately in the value of politics as a democratic, bottom-up, grassroots process and has spent much of his working life trying to shift the balance of power in society.
“But unlike Labour’s new leader, Jameson has focused his formidable energy not on Westminster politics, but on the streets.
“As a social worker in Coventry and Somerset in the 1980s, Jameson says he “looked at many of the people that we looked after and they had two things in common: they were poor, and they had no power”.
“Inspired by social movements in the US, he saw the solution in community organising: convening groups of local people to try to tackle the injustices and practical problems in their neighbourhoods – and to step in where neither the government, nor the market, can help.”
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Photograph: Neil Jameson, executive director of Citizens UK, the grassroots group that campaigns for the living wage.
Photographer: Linda Nylind/Guardian