Floating Classroom is through to the final of the People's Millions Competition.
The group have applied for £45, 000 to develop and deliver four single week filmmaking workshops, called On the Waterfront, for schools in four Wards in Westminster North. Participants will be asked to research the history of the canal and their local neighbourhood, digging up the wealth of local stories and discovering for themselves how our part of London has changed over time. They will then develop short films based on these histories in which they will gain the chance to tackle all aspects of the filmmaking process.… » Read more
Before the General Election local Labour Councillors and I warned that should the Conservatives take power they would introduce plans which would effectively end social housing as we know it, by raising council rents to near market levels and ending ‘secure' tenancies in favour of short term lettings. We were regularly accused of scaremongering for doing so.
In Wednesday's Comprehensive Spending Review the Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced plans that, coupled with proposals trailed in the last few weeks, will see the Con-Lib Dem coalition government alter fundamentally one of society's most basic requirements.
The Con-Lib Dem… » Read more
This morning Karen Buck opened the latest medical facilities at Ha'penny Steps in Harrow Road. The new Centre will be open 365 days a year, 12 hours every day and is managed by General Practitioners. It is another good example of the real difference which the outgoing Labour Government's investment in local health services has made to the lives of people in communities across London.
The practice can treat any patients during their opening hours and will be especially valuable to patients needing a GP who are not registered or need help at the weekends or in the evenings. Individuals… » Read more
The Conservatives have described their partnership with the Liberal Democrats as a
"progressive alliance". The Liberal Democrats have similarly tried to claim the progressive mantle and reverse the discontent among their own supporters by suggesting that they are exerting a moderating influence on the Conservatives.
Neither is the case. The affect of the Emergency Budget and the rapid and drastic cuts that the Government is making mean that the poorest and most vulnerable in society will carry the greatest burden. As the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has stated the Coalition's Budget looks "regressive". It will hit families, pensioners and… » Read more
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The actions taken by Israeli's naval commandos on Tuesday have been rightly condemned. I was personally appalled by the loss of life associated with the attack on a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu has argued that his troops were acting in self-defence yet there was nothing on board those ships that constituted a threat to Israel's security. While I also condemn the violence perpetrated on Israeli commandos by the more extreme activists, to call this "pre-planned violence" as Israeli spokespeople have is simply disingenuous; what did Israeli commandos expect after taking… » Read more
Over the course of the last week I received several thousand messages urging me to do what I could to help build a progressive coalition and take forward reforms to the voting system.
Naturally, whilst delighted with my own result, I am disappointed that Labour lost the election and that the Lib-Dems have entered into coalition with the Conservatives. All political parties are, to some extent, coalitions in themselves, spanning a range of views, and it is always possible to find some areas of agreement. However, I do not believe that most of those voting for the Lib-Dems did so… » Read more
On Thursday I was deeply honoured to be elected to serve the people of Westminster North as their Member of Parliament.
As I said during the election campaign, I will work tirelessly to serve the people of Westminster North, a parliamentary constituency covering the wards of Abbey Road, Church Street, Harrow Road, Maida Vale, Bayswater, Lancaster Gate, Queen's Park, Little Venice, Regent's Park and Westbourne.
There are lots of pressing issues we need to tackle and we will face many challenges, as well as opportunities, in the months and years ahead but I will do my very best to address… » Read more
It has been another great week on the campaign trail for Karen Buck and her team.
We've had hundreds of activists working across the ward and have been out over the last week in Maida Vale, Regent's Park, St. John's Wood, Queen's Park, Lancaster Gate and Westbourne.
A highlight of the last week was the youth voter event held on Sunday at Westminster Academy with the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet including the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband. At the event we heard about young people's views on politics and discussed the… » Read more
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