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Public Response – Housing

Thank you for getting in touch with me about Housing and I am very happy to support the aims of the ‘Homes for Britain’ campaign to make housing a campaign issue in this election. Genuinely Affordable Housing for all is one of my key priorities for this election - it is an enormously important issue for many people which is currently being ignored by the main parties. As far as social housing in the area is concerned - I believe that we should be renewing our social housing, not selling it...
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Applause from the top for Martha Lane Fox’s little reforms

Martha Lane Fox delivered the Dimbleby Lecture this evening. It was an extended pitch for public money to fund a new national instition to make the UK “the most digital nation on the planet”. Lane Fox quotes Aaron Swartz, “It’s not OK not to understand the internet any more”, and then goes on to demonstrate just why that is. (more…)


The wrong bridge, in the wrong location, being funded in the wrong manner…

Who could possibly be against the planned Garden Bridge when it is described as a ‘…stunning new public garden and pedestrian crossing… a vital new route between north and south London and feature plants, trees, woodland and meandering walkways to be used and enjoyed by all.’ (From the Garden Bridge website) Except that it is not nearly that straightforward. I have been observing the arguments on both sides for a while now, trying to gather enough evidence (rather than just marketing blurb) t...
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Should the Pirate Party be the party of the digital generation?

As a young person in the UK today, a member of the “digital generation,” you could be forgiven for thinking that none of the major political parties really care about or understand digital issues. It’s hard to take any politician seriously who says things like “the minute you talk about downloading software, my brain goes bzzzz,” but it’s worse when that politician is the Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport (which includes the internet). Our current coalition government implem...
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Cycling Superhighways – on course for a collision of vested interests?

This is ostensibly an article about cycling in London - but even if neither cycling, nor London floats your boat and you are tempted to turn away - don't. For it actually reveals a lot about those vested interests that try to move things their way in a hidden manner, instead of being willing to be open and democratic about things. By way of some background, the Mayor of London (Boris himself) has been pushing a relatively pro-cycling agenda at City Hall, and in particular what are called Cy...
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Boris – Planning to be a part time Mayor

So one of the worst kept 'secrets' in London politics has finally been confirmed - London Mayor Boris Johnson is seeking a seat to stand in at the 2015 General Election. As he has also confirmed that he would serve out the remainder of his term as London Mayor it means that (if elected as an MP) he would spend a year combining the two jobs. Whilst Ken Livingstone did exactly the same thing the other way around as he was elected Mayor in 2000 whilst still an MP for Brent this highlights yet ag...
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