Reports from British constituency Chingford and Woodford Green suggest that young activists, who are flocking to support Labour candidate Faiza Shaheen have prompted a surge in sales of vegan sausage rolls from the local Greggs store. Interestingly, the same local outlet gave Shaheen her first job. Shaheen has also posted the picture of the place on social media.
Shaheen, who is contesting against Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, has inadvertently helped increase the sales. According to the activists, it is the Shaheen connection that has helped boost the sales of the vegan sausage rolls. It has somewhat made it a campaign tradition. It is so popular that when Jeremy Corbyn paid a visit in September, Shaheen took him inside to have a roll.
The rolls have become so popular that swathes of young campaigners come to the store keeping them selling out. Niki a labour activist and Greggs patron while speaking to international media said that since they’ve visited the Greggs and enjoyed the vegan sausage rolls it’s become a tradition for activists. It happens particularly when they canvass around Chingford Mount as that’s the branch where Faiza worked her first job. She added that Greggs goes out of the roles at least three times in a day alone. Reportedly, about 200 labour activists everyday converge on Chingford at the weekend. Weekdays, on the other hand, see a total turnout of about 90 campaigners in a day with most of them turning out in the evening.
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