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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...

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.