The threat of terrorism isn’t new to Londoners but is now fresh in our minds following the rise of the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ and the Paris attacks and the stabbing at Leytonstone tube station. Cases in the courts and in the news have highlighted Brits travelling abroad to receive terrorist training.
We’re now awake to the concept of ‘lone-wolf’ attacks, by people radicalised over the internet without having any solid links to organised extremist networks.
Here in Brent Council we are having to cope with a halving of central government funding. With my colleagues, we are working hard to keep the negative impact on the services you value the most to a minimum by squeezing the most out of every last penny of taxpayers’ money. However these tough times are forcing us to face some difficult choices.
I am proud that Brent is a truly diverse and tolerant community where the vast majority of people share the same values and respect for one another regardless of age, gender, sexuality, background, race or religion.
It’s a real honour to be able to host two Rugby World Cup games in Brent. The Ireland vs Romania game broke the record for the biggest ever crowd at a Rugby World Cup match with 89,267 fans enjoying the spectacle at Wembley Stadium.