Sadiq Khan is the new Mayor of London

I am truly proud of Londoners who saw real sense and overwhelmingly chose ‘son of a bus driver’ Sadiq Khan to be our Mayor.

The Tories threw whatever mud they could in a fight which has been labelled ‘dog whistling’  and ‘racist’ even by members of the Conservative Party. Despite this negative campaigning, Sadiq stayed positive and because of it, London voted for him.

I will leave you with a picture of my favourite moment from the last year. Sadiq Khan mixing Swaminarayan Khichdi at Willesden Temple. Yes We Khan

Sadiq Khan Willesden Temple

 

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Barbara Pitruzzella wins Kilburn by-election

Barbara Pitruzzella has won the Kilburn by-election. The by-election took place on the same day as the vote for the Mayor of London and was called following the sad and early death of Cllr Tayo Oladapo.

I met Barbara a couple of years ago when she showed a keen interested in health and social care issues. She is an incredible addition to the Labour Group and will make Kilburn proud. Barbara polled more than all the other parties and candidates combined in the by-election.

Kilburn by-election result:

Tilly Boulter, Liberal Democrats, 452
Elcena Jeffers, Independent, 35
Peter Murry, Green Party, 452
Janice North, UK Independence Party, 232
Barbara Pitruzzella, Labour Party, 2,841
Calvin Robinson, The Conservative Party Candidate, 802
Spoiled ballots, 77 

Ken Livingstone polled more than all other candidates put together in Brent!

 

Specific data released on the London Mayoral 2012 elections has revealed that former Brent East MP Ken Livingstone polled more than all the other candidates put together. Ken Livingstone won 54% of first preference votes, winning 22% more votes in Brent than the eventual winner of the overall election Boris Johnson who won 32% of the vote in Brent.

The vote spells bad news for the Liberals who’s candidate Brian Paddick only polled 5% in Brent.

There was more encouraging signs for Labour as Brent and Harrow London Assembly Member Navin Shah was the highest polling candidate in every single Ward in Brent. There is a huge drop in Lib Dem in Brnet with them coming an embarrassing third and even fourth in some wards where they have three Councillors!

I’ll blog further on this later.

VOTE LABOUR

Polling stations are now open all around the country. I am encouraging all to get out and vote… and vote well (by that I mean Labour of course!)

In London we have elections for the Mayor of London where Ken Livingstone is the Labour Party candidate. Those who want to give a first preference vote to a candidate other than Boris and Ken can still give Ken Livingstone their second preference vote and these will count towards the final result.

There are elections for the Greater London Assembly and Navin Shah is the Labour candidate for Brent and Harrow. In addition there is also a vote for a Party and I am also encouraging people to vote Labour on the list ballot paper.

Voters in Barnhill ward in the London Borough of Brent will also have an opportunity to vote in a Council by-election. Labour’s candidate for this election is Michael Pavey who will be a formidable colleague on Brent Council if elected on May 3rd.

Barnhill By-election on May 3rd 2012, but there should be one in Dudden Hill too

Following my blogpost here LINK – Judith Beckman has today officially resigned as a Councillor serving the London Borough of Brent in Barnhill Ward.

A by-election vote will be held on May 3rd 2012 to minimise the cost of an election to the Brent taxpayer. Judith moved to Plymouth in January and decided she would stand down in May so that Brent would not have to foot the avoidable extra cost of having a by-election on an odd date. With a major election already happening in May to elect the Mayor of London it makes perfect sense to have the election on this date.

I now think it is time for Dudden Hill Liberal Democrat Councillor David Clues, who has been living in Brighton since 8th December 2011 to resign so that a by-election can be held in Dudden Hill on May 3rd 2012

 

More Jubilee line misery this weekend

London - Moving Tube London - 550d
(Photo credit: @Doug88888)

More incompetence from the Mayor of London yet again, failing to deliver for Dudden Hill residents who continue to be deprived of a weekend tube service. This is addition to the troubles that commuters faced this morning when the line was part suspended.

I recall a conversation I had on the doorstep with one of my residents who lives on Aberdeen Road who said that she had factored into her life that she doesn’t have a weekend tube service.

We were told that we would have no more weekend closures on the Jubilee Line. With the line not operating between Willesden Green and Stanmore this weekend, this promise has failed to materialise. Boris Johnson has lost his grip on the issue and it’s time that we had a Mayor that truly cares about our transport system.

That is why it is important that Ken Livingstone is elected as the Mayor of London on May 3rd as he is an individual that studies the detail, and takes a hands on approach to the Mayoral office rather than being one that poses for press and photo opportunities.

Boris rejects Brent regeneration bid

Ealing Road Bazaar
Ealing Road, Wembley (Image by Route79 via Flickr)

At a Council meeting last November the Coalition parties made much of the Mayor of London’s Outer London Regeneration Fund so it comes as some surprise to see that both of Brent Council’s bids have been denied. Brent’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr George Crane has expressed his disbelief that the Mayor has chosen to ignore the needs of Outer London’s most diverse borough.

Brent put in a bid for 1.65 million to continue the successful work started in Willesden High Road in an earlier bid agreed last year. The bid would have helped transform Willesden Green High Road by renting some empty shop units on a long-term basis. These would be used by emerging businesses to help employment and skills of local people. The other part of the bid was to improve the area around the Willesden Green Library centre and make it a focal point to showcase local creative talent.  (For more info on Willesden project see http://willesdenwindows.com )

The second bid was for 1.8 million for Ealing Road between Wembley Central and Alperton. The programme was designed to promote Ealing Road to deliver physical, economic social and cultural benefits to Ealing Road, Wembley and Brent.

Ealing Road is already attracting high visitor numbers from around London and beyond with its unique style of Indian shopping experience.

Cllr Crane said

”All our neighbouring Boroughs have received money and it is difficult to understand why Brent has been singled out to have both projects rejected..

I will be asking Navin Shah, Brent’s London Assembly Member to raise this with Mayor Johnson and ask him to reconsider both Brent’s bids.”  

“The Most Expensive Commuter Travel in the World” – Evening Standard

Millions of commuters were hit by inflation-busting fare rises today as research revealed that London already has the most expensive transport in the world.

In London a peak Zones 1-4 single journey costs £3.60 – twice as much as similar journeys in New York, where it cost £1.56, Paris £1.46, Milan £1.29, and Copenhagen £2.77.

A Zone 1-4 travel card costs £10.60 in London compared with £5.84 in Berlin, £3.12 in Los Angeles and £3.44 in Rome. Barcelona was more expensive than London for this type of ticket, at £11.86, but the Spanish city offered fares of just £1.25 for single journeys anywhere, which would mean cheaper trips for some.

Labour Party candidate for the London Mayoral election in May 2012 Ken Livingstone said,

“Someone on the minimum wage is spending 27 per cent of their take home pay on their fares. The average person is having to work five to six weeks a year to be able to afford to go to work.”

Extracts from the London Evening Standard 

That is why Ken Livingstone has pledged to use the Transport for London operating surplus budget to cut tube and bus fares for ordinary people.

A Fare Deal for London

Ken Livingstone has pledged to cut fares next year by 5% if elected as the Mayor of London in May 2012.

This was incredibly popular on the doorstep in Brent yesterday as people are sick and tired of seeing fares rise and services deteriorate.

I equate transport fare increases as basically, taking a pay cut as it has an impact on ordinary working people due to the fact that they have less disposable income in their pockets.

Ken’s campaign team has produced an excellent YouTube video which explains his policy in more detail.