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.
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...
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.
Just last week, the US President hit a new low when he retweeted vile hate-filled messages from a British far right group who attempt to normalise hatred towards Muslims.
It was an action that brought widespread condemnation even from those who had previously publicly supported him - and rightly so. With such a huge social media following, 40 million followers at the last count, President Trump’s retweets risked legitimising and emboldening the voices of discord on either side of the Atlantic. I urge President Trump to remove those hate filled messages from his twitter timeline and make absolutely clear his opposition to racism and hatred in all its forms.
You’ve probably heard by now that Brent is entering the competition run by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to become London Borough of Culture. This is a great new competition, recognising how London’s diverse cultural scene is a huge part of all of our lives. Here in Brent we’re bidding for the title in 2020, so we can build a year-long cultural programme to wrap around the sporting highlight of the year – the Euros – which will see Wembley Stadium play host to Europe’s top footballers.