Full Council Meeting: 26 March 2018

Posted on 30th March 2018

There was a meeting of Camden Council on Monday, 26th March. As part of my accountability to residents, below are the actions I took at the meeting. I spoke and voted in favour of the motion to lobby to make misogyny an aggravating factor for sentencing and for the police to record violence motivated by hatred of women as hate crimes. I also used the speech to criticise a colleague that had earlier that evening made a chauvinistic comment. The...

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Camden must follow Conservatives’ lead on electric charging points

Posted on 24th March 2018

The Camden New Journal and Ham & High published the below letter from me about the leadership that the Conservatives are showing on electric car charging and the slow progress being made in Camden by comparison. I was pleased that the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on electric cars was welcomed to Belsize Village on Saturday to endorse Camden Conservatives’ plan to install 2,000 electric car charging points across Camden. As an...

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Camden must stop being a soft touch on fly-tipping

Posted on 9th March 2018

The Camden New Journal published the below letter from me about the soaring levels of fly-tipping and littering in Camden and calling once again for a doubling of fines for fly-tipping, as I have been calling for for well over a year. I was shocked to see the doubling of fly-tipping and seven-fold increase of littering in the borough in the last year, uncovered by my colleague Henry Newman and covered in last week’s CNJ. But I was even more...

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How can councillors justify higher allowances?

Posted on 1st March 2018

On Monday night’s meeting of Camden Council, councillors passed Camden’s budget. The budget includes an eye-watering 5% hike in Council – bringing the increase since 2014 to 17% – and cuts in many front-line services. Unlike the Conservative alternative budget, it would have let a large number of sensible, fiscally-responsible policies – like hiring more police at half-price or installing electric car chargers at...

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Full Council Meeting: 26 February 2018

Posted on 28th February 2018

There was a meeting of Camden Council on Monday, 26th February. As part of my accountability to residents, below are the actions I took at the meeting. I spoke about the ‘Camden 2025’ plan, which was adopted at the meeting. This sketches out the objectives of Camden Council over the years up to 2025. I noted that the report was very vague and imprecise, with no quantitative objectives and a whole host of motherhood and apple pie...

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Labour launch another bizarre attack on children learning times tables

Posted on 15th February 2018

I was astonished this morning to see Alison McGovern – who is otherwise on the more sensible wing of the Labour Party – lambast times tables as a relic from ‘1950’, as the government doubles down on its plans to improve the maths teaching from the doldrums it found itself in in 2010. This isn’t the first time that Labour has attacked children learning times tables. In 2016, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary...

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