Labour Party leader Ed Miliband visited the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre on Monday to make a speech on "responsibility in 21st century Britain".
Thanking Coin Street Community Builders and its executive director Iain Tuckett for hosting the event, Mr Miliband said: "If we're talking about community action and how we build a sense of solidarity in our society, there can be no greater example of that spirit in action than Coin Street."
Mr Miliband addressed an audience of South London community activists and politicians.
The Labour leader used the speech to redefine his party's view of rights and responsibilities. "We will be a party that rewards contribution, not worklessness," he said.
"If you believe in wealth creation and the welfare state like we do, we must acknowledge the only way to protect both of them is through responsibility.
"We must be once again the party of the grafters."
During the question and answer session Mr Miliband also spoke approvingly of Cllr Reed and Lambeth's cooperative council initiative.
Since it was built the neighbourhood centre has become a favourite venue for politicians to launch new initiatives outside the Westminster village but close enough to ensure a high turnout of journalists. Gordon Brown and David Cameron have both made multiple visits to the centre.
In the last month the Labour leader has made two other major speeches on the South Bank at the Royal Festival Hall.