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Shaping Brent’s future
Monday September 11, 2017

There are two big asks this autumn, both of which will have a big impact on Brent’s future. The Local Plan sets out how the borough will grow to meet future demand and our bid to become London’s Borough of Culture 2020.

Working together for a safer Brent
Monday June 12, 2017

Too often we are reminded of how fragile life can be. And too often we see lives ruined or lost to the tragedy of senseless violence. Indeed, I’m sure each of us offered thoughts and prayers to those caught up in the recent horrific attacks in Manchester and London Bridge.

A Lifelong Guarantee
Wednesday April 12, 2017

It's getting harder to meet demand for public services. More people need more help and in many cases, their needs are more complex than they've ever been. At the same time, the Government has cut our funding in half which means that there simply isn't enough money to properly meet everyone's needs. Nowhere is this more acutely felt than in adult social care. Indeed, many councils are starting to worry that these services could become unsustainable.

Happy New Year
Friday January 6, 2017

By the time you’re reading this 2017 will be well underway. Nevertheless, Happy New Year! Whether your 2016 was a good one or not, there will have been many valuable lessons that we should all try to learn from. Among my many resolutions, I’m going to work harder at keeping things in perspective. I’ll remember to make gratitude and humility a far bigger part of each day. And, instead of dwelling on past events, I’ll ask myself what I did to make something better or worse, and what I could have done differently. I’m doing this not to churn things over, but to ensure that I learn from each experience and do better next time around.

Support local traders this winter
Tuesday November 29, 2016

It’s that time of year again: the weather has turned cold, we’re wrapped up in scarves and gloves and wondering where the past year has gone. In the past few weeks, our Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain communities have celebrated Diwali, our Jewish community is set to enjoy Hanukkah and our Christian community is looking forward to celebrating Christmas.

Grammar and secondary modern schools are a relic of education history
Friday October 7, 2016

In Brent, our comprehensive schools draw in pupils from one of the most diverse boroughs in the country. Their achievements are not the result of selective recruitment, or segregating pupils based on attainment. Pupils from different backgrounds, ethnicities and abilities work and socialise together, supporting and encouraging one another.

Back to school in Brent
Wednesday August 31, 2016

This September, we’re reflecting on Brent’s GCSE and A Level results. I remember receiving my own results and now I am going through it with my children; the feeling of opening that envelope with no idea what lies inside is like no other!

Kilburn’s skyline is changing – and the best is yet to come
Thursday August 4, 2016

A lot is happening in South Kilburn, and it’s not just building work. The work is as much, if not more, about the people and community of South Kilburn, as it is about the properties.

We stand together
Friday July 15, 2016

Following the result of last month’s referendum, I want to reassure our friends and neighbours who come from the EU that your current rights and protections stand today as they did last week.

Beating rogue landlords
Friday April 1, 2016

I am pleased to announce that this week sees the launch of a new campaign to increase the uptake of our landlord licensing scheme. I have seen how rogue landlords make local tenants’ lives a misery and can cause a whole host of social problems in our area, including antisocial behaviour from overcrowded properties or overflowing bins.