Submission to consultation on HS2 compensation

Posted on 29th July 2018

I strongly oppose HS2, both because it is is economically unsuited to meet its stated goals and increasingly financially unviable. It will devastate the Chilterns, where I grew up, and the borough of Camden. HS2 Ltd has held a consultation on its proposed Prolonged Disturbance Compensation Scheme, to compensate Camden residents for the harm that HS2 is doing to our area. This reflects the conclusions of the House of Commons and House of Lords...

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Councillors should focus on problems we have control over

Posted on 27th July 2018

I have perpetually been frustrated that some councillors think council meetings are there to score party-political points on national issues. With that in mind, I wrote the below column for this week’s Ham & High (below version was unedited) on the approach that Camden Conservatives are taking to council meetings under my leadership: focusing relentlessly on issues that are within the council’s control, not posturing on issues best...

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Camden secondary school pupils miss out on 200,000 free school meals

Posted on 22nd July 2018

The Camden New Journal has published a front page splash on my research that Camden’s secondary school pupils are missing out on more free school meals than anywhere else in the country. Almost half of free school meals in Camden are not eaten: three times as many as in neighbouring Conservative-run Westminster. This is an issue that I’ve highlighted to Camden both in 2016 and in 2017, and yet nothing has been done. In fact, things...

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Full Council Meeting: 16 July 2018

Posted on 18th July 2018

There was a meeting of Camden Council on Monday, 16th July. As part of my accountability to residents, below are the actions I took at the meeting. I thanked the volunteers at the Hampstead Forum (and Camden officers) for successfully getting the Hampstead Neighbourhood Plan approved in the referendum in June. (A) I gave my first speech as Leader of the Opposition celebrating Camden’s diversity and noted that Camden Conservatives would be...

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Senior Coroner shows she still doesn’t get Jewish and Muslim residents’ needs

Posted on 6th July 2018

The Senior Coroner for St Pancras, Mary Hassell, held a public meeting at Camden Town Hall last night. It was intended to address the grave concerns that local residents have about her mistreatment of Jewish and Muslim residents. Hassell has now been successfully sued twice due to her unlawful treatment of Jews and Muslims. In 2015, the High Court ruled her policy of conducting invasive autopsies even when families requested non-invasive...

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Neighbourhood Plan overwhelmingly approved in referendum

Posted on 23rd June 2018

I’m delighted that Hampstead’s Neighbourhood Plan was approved by 91.5% of local residents in the referendum held on Thursday. I have been campaigning for the Plan, explaining to residents its importance on the doorstep, on street stalls, and in the local papers. You can read my op-ed explaining my support here. It’s very helpful that it was approved by such a large margin. The turnout was also by far the highest of any of the...

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