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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.

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.

Not surprised Brent is the ‘borough of culture’
Saturday June 9, 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.

Council’s record speaks for itself
Saturday March 31, 2018

In 2010, Brent Council received £660 per resident in government funding. After eight years of austerity, that’s fallen to £130. Under Labour, this council has met a near-decade of cuts with year after year of practical ambition, and maximum protection for our most vulnerable residents. As a result, despite the massive pressure those cuts have created, we still have much to celebrate...

Happy New Year
Tuesday January 2, 2018

The start of a New Year is a time when we collectively pause to reflect on the accomplishments of the year gone by and a moment for bold new resolutions for the time ahead. Looking back over 2017, there is much as Leader of Brent Council that I take pride in: from bringing Brent Housing Partnership back under council control; to seeing our students achieve some of the finest A-Level and GCSE results across London, and to our ‘Invest 4 Brent’ company, which has seen families in temporary housing move into new, quality accommodation in time for Christmas.