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  • Government response to petition on recalling dangerous tumble dryers is inadequate and misleading

    Today, the Government published its response to my petition calling for a recall of the several million tumble dryers manufactured by Whirlpool companies, including Hotpoint and Indesit, which are liable to catch fire. It is wholly inadequate and makes it more urgent that the petition gains another 40,000 signatures to take it to the 100,000 that ensures a full Parliamentary debate.

  • Hammersmith leads fight for refugee children

    Last week, with the Brexit Bill dominating political headlines, the Government saw a chance to break their promise to welcome 3000 child refugees into Britain. 

  • Outrageous closure of Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court confirmed

    Predictably the Government has ignored its own consultation exercise and decided to go ahead with the closure of Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court – despite the fact that over 90% of respondents were against the closure. 

  • Brexit, Trump and other disasters

    I am a passionate pro-European, who worked hard for the Remain campaign last summer and still believe our prosperity, security, culture and values are strengthened by close relations with the rest of Europe, including through membership of the EU.

  • Keep Hammersmith United

    The Boundary Commission for England has been instructed by the Government to reduce the number and change the boundaries of Parliamentary seats.  If you currently live in the Shepherds Bush part of the Hammersmith seat, the Commission proposes moving you to new seats in Brent or Ealing.  Anyone living south of the Goldhawk Road and south side of Shepherds Bush Green will join another new seat that includes south Fulham.

  • Future of Shepherds Bush Post Office

    Shepherds Bush Post Office under threat

    Yesterday I was contacted by Post Office Ltd who informed me that they plan to ‘relocate’ the main Crown Post Office on Shepherds Bush Green.

    They are consulting on closing and disposing of the current site at 65-69 The Green, and opening a new Office inside WH Smith’s in Westfield some 450m north of the current site.

  • Third runway gets go-ahead

    Despite David Cameron’s promise (‘no ifs, no buts, no 3rd runway’) and her own opposition to Heathrow expansion, Theresa May today gave a provisional go-ahead for a 3rd runway to be built at Heathrow.

  • Turbulent Times in the Bush

    Summer got off to a good start locally with victory for Shepherds Bush Market in their five-year legal battle with developers Orion.  The compulsory purchase order for the Market, cooked up between the developer and the previous Tory council to build luxury high-rise flats on the site, was finally quashed by no less a person than the Lord Chief Justice.

  • Brexit Blues

    A month on and it doesn’t look any better.

    The UK economy is heading down again after the deepest recession and slowest recovery on record.  There is an irony here.  Cameron tried to pin responsibility for the global recession of 2008 on the then Labour Government, which in retrospect can be seen as the fault of banks, markets and governments around the world over many years.  Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling stuck around to mitigate the worst effects of that.

  • Can Jo Cox's legacy be a kinder politics?

    Beyond the terrible sadness of a young mother brutally murdered while simply doing her job by trying to help those she was elected to serve, there is a determination both to continue her humanitarian work and to improve the tone of political debate that provided such a harsh background to her death.