Letter: Come on Camden Labour, join Tories in the fight to scrap HS2

Posted on 4th January 2020

The Camden New Journal published the following letter from me calling for Keir Starmer – who obviously represents the constituency most harmed by HS2 – to pledge to oppose the project if he’s elected Labour Party leader, given he is no longer constrained by collective responsibility: I was delighted to see a large number of Conservative MPs unite to re-form the HS2 Review Group in the aftermath of the general election to push...

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Op-ed: Councillors passing the buck robs kids of a great education

Posted on 30th November 2019

Below is an op-ed that I have written for the Ham & High on Camden scrapping the full council debate on education and Labour eschewing responsibility for local services: The Ham & High is a great newspaper – and very generous when asking for my views.  They’ve never censored them or told me what to write.  But for this piece, they told me one thing: “Don’t mention the election.” Sorry, I guess I just did – won’t happen again.“Keep to...

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Full Council Meeting: 25 November 2019

Posted on 30th November 2019

There was a meeting of Camden Council on Monday, 25th November. As part of my accountability to residents, below are the actions I took at the meeting. I paid tribute to Frank Dobson, who passed away last week. Frank was the Leader of the Council from 1973 to 1975 and one of the borough’s MPs from 1979 to 2015. I recalled a story of our first meeting, when I was dragged in at short notice to debate him when a student at UCL. (A)In...

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Core services matter but Labour wants them to be discretionary

Posted on 24th November 2019

The Camden New Journal published the following letter from me in response to Labour tabling the most absurd motion I have ever seen: calling for an end to block grants from government and legal duty to use it to deliver statutory services, despite Camden receiving a larger block grant than all but two councils nationally. I am astonished and appalled that Camden’s Labour councillors are set to pass a motion demanding the government allows them...

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Camden Council gets in the way of going green

Posted on 22nd October 2019

The Ham & High has printed my letter below about the UK’s world-leading decarbonisation of its electricity supply and highlighting about two areas where Camden Council’s own policies have gotten in the way of taking advantage of that massive decarbonisation. This week, it was revealed that the UK generates more electricity from renewable electricity than from fossil fuels for the first time ever.  Since the Conservatives...

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Full Council Meeting: 7 October 2019

Posted on 9th October 2019

There was a meeting of Camden Council on Monday, 7th October. As part of my accountability to residents, below are the actions I took at the meeting. I spoke on the themed debate on the climate crisis by noting that Camden was only rated as the top Inner London borough for climate change because Hampstead Heath’s trees. Without the work of residents 153 years ago to save Hampstead Heath, Camden would actually have been fourth, not first...

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