Last week, Dudden Hill lost yet another dedicated Police Community Support Officer. There is no plan to replace Community Support Officers in Brent. Dudden Hill are set to lose another in the next few months, meaning that in total, we will be down to three Safer Neighbourhood Team members working the whole ward.
This will mean that Dudden Hill has one Sergeant, one PC and one PCSO, when we should have one Sergeant, two PCs and three PCSOs. This means that Dudden Hill has lost 6,240 hours worth of frontline policing because of Tory Liberal cuts.
Dudden Hill Labour Councillors are working together to combat the challenges we both face and working in partnership, doing more with less for our residents.
Labour’s candidate for the London Mayoral election, Ken Livingstone has pledged to reverse police cuts in London – LINK
The cost of transport has a major impact on the income that ordinary workers take home as travel costs do take quite a chunk out of people’s wage earnings. This is exactly what we need to help people get on and Ken’s pledge is very welcome.
A Brent Labour delegation will be going to he March on 26th March 2011. The march is to show the Tory Liberal Government that there is an alternative to the drastic fast and deep cuts which are too fast and too deep.
Former Brent East MP, Ken has overwhelmingly won the nomination to be Labour’s Mayoral candidate for the 2012 London elections, securing over double the tally of Oona King’s vote.
A few weeks ago I blogged on why I’m supporting Ken (LINK). Ken will be an excellent candidate to challenge the Tories over cuts to our police service, which will lead to less police on our streets in London, and cuts to Transport including less staffing at night at tube stations, making evening journeys unsafe for commuters.
Ken has already pledged that transport fares under his leadership will be lower than fares under Boris, and will be paid for by the Western extension of the London Congestion Charge.
Commiserations to Oona King who must be credited for fighting an exhausting campaign. Husting after husting, constant press and media attention, events, canvassing members… it can’t be easy. London Labour has benefited from her putting herself forward in the contest as it has allowed us to debate key issues. in addition, Ken has said that he will be taking Oona’s good policies and progressing them forward in his plans for London.
I’m glad that the contest is over as now the Party can unite behind our winning candidate, regardless of who we supported during the campaign, and fight for the Labour cause, standing up to the regressive, unfair and discriminatory measures being imposed on us by the Tories and Lib Dems.
Ken was my MP for over half of my lifetime, so to many, it may not be surprising that someone from Brent is backing Ken to be Mayor of London. But looking beyond that, I want a candidate who is not afraid to challenge the consensus and someone who can build a platform for Labour to be back in power at the next general election.
Ken has proved time and time again and shown true leadership in the decisions he’s made that he has shown good judgement. Some decisions he has made has made a practical difference to people’s lives.
One example of when Ken has shown innovation to tackle the problems we have is on Housing; and in particular, wheelchair accessible housing.
There is a national shortage of around 300,000 wheelchair accessible properties in the UK. In many cases, not having the right housing could mean that a wheelchair user has to bathe in the kitchen sink or even use their living room as a bedroom, because they can’t get into their own room.
In London, thanks to Ken, it is now a requirement for ten per cent of homes to be identified as wheelchair accessible at the planning application stage and described in the Design and Access Statement submitted with the planning application. The requirements go well beyond the National Lifetime Homes standard and shifts the focus on building homes for wheelchair users that are liveable, and not just visitable properties that tick minimum requirement boxes.
Ken’s 10% target has set a blueprint that leads the way on this issue, and although it will not solve all the problems we face on this issue nationally, Ken’s actions ensures that London at least give our contribution.
On Transport, Ken was right to introduce the Congestion Charge in London to ease traffic through the city, encourage greater use of public transport and reduce vehicle emissions. The Boris alternative to removing the Western extension to the Zone has been unprecedented rise in Tube fares LINK.
Whether it is housing, transport, planning, employment, fairness, IRAQ!!! in most cases, Ken gets it spot on. That’s why I’m backing Ken to be the Labour Party candidate for the 2012 London Mayoral election.
Huge queues outside bus stops, lots of road traffic; both cars and bikes, and London losing out on £50 million today according to the Daily Mail.
So why the strike?
Well, the strikes are over 800 jobs that are proposed to be axed… yes 800!!!
An estimated 90% of stations affected by the staff reductions will be in outer London. The controversy is that the now Mayor Boris Johnson actively campaigned on a ticket to save jobs at ticket offices, quite deceivingly, as it was never Ken’s intention to leave stations that were under TfL control totally unmanned.
Ken Livingstone highlighted a campaign we championed in Brent in the Harrow Times to highlight the importance of staff at tube stations:
He said, “we had a huge campaign about four years ago because a banker was stabbed to death as he left Kensal Rise station, which was unmanned.
“I gave a commitment that all the stations that came under the control of TfL would have staff in them.
“Nobody wants to come out of the station at 11pm seeing that there’s no one on the platform and no one on the barrier.”
My electoral ward includes two major underground stations on the Jubilee Line (Neasden and Dollis Hill) and borders another (Willesden Green). Leaving these stations unmanned will be an invitation to criminals. Presence prevents crime.
So what has been the Mayor Boris Johnson’s approach?
In the lead up to the strikes, HE DIDN’T EVEN MET THE UNION LEADERS TO NEGOTIATE!!!!!
This is the most barmy part of it all. During the 2008 London Mayoral election campaign, Boris said that he would move to negotiate a no strike deal with the Unions. Yesterday, it emerged that in what is set to be a disruptive ordeal for many Londoners, that he hasn’t even intervened personally to try and strive for a resolution. All we’ve seen from him is some media interviews.
London needs a Mayor that’s about action in this strained economic climate. Not one that leaves the work to his officers. After all, the Mayor of London is a serious role, not a ceremonial one.
A petition has been opened up by Labour’s Mayoral candidate hopeful Ken Livingstone, to which I am encouraging all Londoners to sign. LINK
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, is proposing to cut police jobs in London by 455. All of this despite the fact that during his 2008 election campaign, he canvassed that cutting crime would be his top priority. But what he said and what he is doing by cutting police jobs differs a great deal.
During the 2010 Local Election campaign it was an issue that residents were already feeling disgruntled about when I was on the doorstep campaigning. I made it known to residents that your vote in the London 2012 elections is going to be crucial for London’s future, even more so than your vote in this years’ local election.
In the last few months, there has been a series of burglaries in parts of Dudden Hill, and residents weren’t best pleased with what Boris Johnson is proposing.
What’s more is that there is no sense in making these cuts. Yes, we are under increasing financial pressure from Central Government, and the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives nationally are chopping our services left, right and centre, but the Home Office budget for London policing has actually increased! BORIS HAS NO EXCUSES!
People in Brent have voiced their concerns to me and it’s great that Ken has taken the initiative to drive this petition forward. Last month, Ken officially launched his campaign to be the Labour Party candidate for the 2012 London Mayoral elections. His staunch opposition to Tory and Liberal Democrats cuts to our services and his vow to protect Londoners from these cuts is one of the reasons why I will be backing Ken to be our candidate for the 2012 London Mayoral elections.