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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...

We need a fairer deal for Brent
Thursday February 1, 2018

Though it's early days in 2018, January proved to be a busy month. From a visit by the Duchess of Cambridge, to an agreement to rollout electric vehicle charging points across the borough, Brent has a keen eye on the future. With that in mind, a New Year also means another year of cuts from central government.

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.

There is no place for hate in Brent
Friday December 8, 2017

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.

London Borough of Culture 2020 #BackBrentsBid
Thursday November 2, 2017

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.

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.