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Risking everything

Stephen Alambritis
Stephen Alambritis
Leader, Merton Council
Watershed ● January 8, 2020

I was born in colonial Cyprus, under the tutelage of the British government. Cyprus was bought by Disraeli in 1878 from the Ottoman rulers.

His intention was to hand it to Queen Victoria and make her Empress of Cyprus, but India came along so he decided to make her Empress of India. Cyprus was bought for £100,000, in exchange for dealing with the Prussian threat to the Ottoman rulers.

So, 1957, born in Cyprus, in a small agricultural village. In the ‘60s, Cyprus gained independence but it wasn't stable: there was communal strife between 1960 and 1965. My mum's brothers were young and they came to England. She vi...

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