More in Common

Sep 11

More in Common

Today was the Chair of Harlow Council’s Annual Civic Service, in St Paul’s Harlow. In the light of recent events, here was my address to the service, attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, the High Sheriff of Essex, the Chair of Essex County Council and the Mayors and Chairs of a number of local Councils.   The last few weeks have...

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A great future for Harlow

Jul 29

A great future for Harlow

Such is the rock and roll nature of being a local Councillor, I spent the evening of my birthday yesterday giving the ‘State of the Town’ address at Harlow Council’s Main debate. Here is the transcript of my opening remarks. ———- Well, It’s been an eventful year. For the Council, for Harlow, and for the Country. I am going to...

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In support of Equal Marriage

Feb 08

In support of Equal Marriage

Yesterday, at the Harlow Council meeting, Councillor Emma Toal proposed a motion supporting the Marriages (Same Sex Couples) Bill that is going through Parliament, and urging our local MP to support its passage. My speech in support of the motion is below Thank You Chair   I want to start by saying that for me this isn’t a political issue and I approach this...

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HMOs – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Nov 30

HMOs – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Some houses or flats that are occupied by more than one household are defined as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The full definition can be found in this booklet. HMOs are subject to additional requirements and in some cases Licensing and/or require planning permission. As a ward councillor I was aware of a number of complaints about specific HMOs, both in my...

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Harlow Council

Nov 09

Harlow Council

On Monday evening, I was selected to be the Labour Party Candidate in Little Parndon and Hare Street, for the Harlow District Council elections in 2012. I am incredibly proud to be selected to represent the Labour Party for the ward I live in. There will be a lot of hard work between now and May, pounding the streets at weekends and in the evenings. The upside is...

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Community Spirit

Aug 10

Community Spirit

Following the disturbances in Tottenham, and elsewhere in the country over the weekend, I thought I had better do my bit to help out. Having taken the day off on Friday I popped on the train down to Tottenham Hale and volunteered at the Tottenham Green Community Action Centre. If the riots themselves were a depressing display of greed and criminality, and the impact...

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