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Somewhere to call home
Monday August 5, 2019

There’s no escaping the fact that housing is amongst London’s greatest social and economic challenges. There are no quick fixes, no silver bullets, no easy options. I see the impact of government policy, first hand in my surgeries, increased homelessness, more rogue landlords and a whole generation of young people locked out of the property market.

Celebrating The Borough of Culture
Friday June 14, 2019

As the weather improves, more of us relax outdoors and you can feel the true diversity of the borough. Walk down any of our high-streets in summer and you will hear music, experience art, listen to languages and taste foods from across the globe; all in one corner of London. Brent’s multiplicity is one of the things that makes us special; but we are also a united community, bonded by our shared values and experiences.

Cllr Tom Miller and Cllr Mili Patel respond to Safer Kids petition
Tuesday April 30, 2019

We welcome the calls for more visible policing and echo that demand. Every child should feel safe walking home from school and it is not acceptable that anyone is being assaulted.

Tackling violent crime in Brent
Tuesday April 30, 2019

Two men were stabbed in Wembley last night. Our thoughts are with the victims, who are recovering in hospital, and we are assisting the police to understand what happened.

Carlton and Granville plans are a community vision
Tuesday April 30, 2019

Community facilities are hugely important to any area. They play vital role in bringing us all together. We want to guarantee the future of the Carlton and Granville Centres in South Kilburn. We want see it thrive for the next generation of local people.

Fighting back against hatred
Friday March 22, 2019

I was going to write about challenges closer to home. But then Christchurch happened. Breaking news of carnage, of families destroyed, communities shaken to their core by terrorist atrocity. Ramming home the cold hard reality that where evil is allowed to linger, lives are at risk. Such tragedies can bring out the worst in us. However tempting, we cannot lower our standards. At all costs we must preserve our composure, our empathy, and our compassion.

Building a better Brent despite the funding squeeze
Tuesday March 12, 2019

Deep and sustained central Government funding cuts to local councils across the country continue. In Brent’s case, by 2020 the cash we receive directly from central Government will have been cut by 79%. For another year we’ve needed to make really difficult decisions about what we can afford to protect.

Here’s to 2019 - and 2020 - as we look back on a year in our diverse borough
Saturday December 1, 2018

As we move into December many of us start to look back on some of the things we’ve achieved, and the opportunities and challenges for the year ahead. I hope you were able to catch some of the amazing Bonfire Night and Diwali celebrations in November. More than 50,000 people visited Wembley to enjoy the free fireworks display and parade. And in October we celebrated Black History Month and the Windrush generation through the Windrush 70 exhibition.

Violent crime is devastating, we must all make it a thing of the past
Saturday October 27, 2018

Most of us go about our daily lives without having to give much thought to our personal safety. For the vast majority of people, crime is something we see on the news. But for some, it is an all too real and frequent threat. For a few, it can be a brutal tragic reality.

Our services are at risk of failure without more funding
Saturday September 22, 2018

Recent months have seen Brent’s community spirit continue to grow. As the summer heats up, and more of us are spending time out and about, the borough is brimming with creativity, energy and potential. From Brent’s rich sporting community to the vibrant histories of generations of immigrants, including the 70th anniversary of the Windrush celebrated in our libraries, people from all walks of life are making Brent a great place to live, work and play.