Monthly Archive: April 2014

Apr 30 2014

Gareth Says: TV Doesn’t Reflect Reality

In Parliament this month (10/04/14) Gareth Thomas MP called for a fairer representation of Tamil, East Asian and other ethnic minorities in the media. He highlighted in what he called “the lack of ethnic minorities in the UK’s top soaps Eastenders and Coronation Street.” Speaking in the House of Commons, Gareth Thomas said: “I rarely see …

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Apr 30 2014

Guest Post: Kenton West Looks Cleaner Thanks to Conservatives

Dear Editor, As both councillors for and residents of Kenton West ward, we are encouraged at how quickly the extra investment the Conservatives have put into keeping Harrow clean has had an impact – particularly around Honeypot Lane, which we both use regularly. £500,000 of investment in street cleaning, beat-sweeping and other public realm services …

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Apr 30 2014

Another “new school” for Harrow Appears…

A new website launched in the last few days, with a group planning to launch a new school in the borough. Details are scant at this stage, but a website has appeared at www.newschoolforharrow.org.uk, which has some information on it. No idea of location yet, they say, nor size. However, they want it to be …

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Apr 30 2014

Susan Says: Labour Will Scrap Neighbourhood Champions

The manifesto of Harrow Council’s Labour Group has revealed that, if elected in May 2014, the Group will scrap the Council’s popular Neighbourhood Champions scheme – replacing it with ‘Community Champions’. The manifesto offers no further details on the plans, though makes clear that scrapping the scheme would be a priority in a Labour administration’s …

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Apr 30 2014

Harrow Council’s Racism Review – The Terms of Reference

At last – and late, as usual – the Council has provided, under FOI legislation, the Terms of Reference for the Racism Review. We published the report itself earlier here. It starts off: A complaint of Institutional Racism has been made about Harrow Council. As a consequence of the Macpherson Report following the Lawrence Inquiry, …

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Apr 30 2014

Bob Blackman on Alphonso Mango Ban Crisis

Bob Blackman MP Warns Against ‘Irrational’ EU Ban on Mangos Businesses across Harrow East and the UK as a whole are reeling from the news that the importing of mangos will be banned from 1st May, at the height of mango season, thanks to the overzealous interference of the EU. After 6% of produce last …

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Apr 30 2014

Uma Kumaran on Alphonso Mango Ban Crisis

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Harrow East Uma Kumaran has slammed the Conservative Government’s decision to ban the import of Alphonso mangoes from India. Uma has stated that she will campaign on this issue further by speaking to local retailers and finding out the significant impact it will have on the Indian community and retailers in …

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Apr 30 2014

Harrow Council Announces Additional £500,000 Pothole Funding

Harrow Council has announced at least £500,000 of additional funding for pothole and road repairs in the borough – with the final amount likely to rise even further. The Conservative-led authority has set aside an additional £150,000 of funding, and is to receive a further £368,000 from a Department for Transport pot for road repairs …

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Apr 30 2014

Harrow’s 2014 Election Candidates – Couple Candidates

Thought we should look at the candidates, and see what husband/wife, brother/sister, father/son, etc, pairing we’ve got. Below is every candidate who shares an address with another candidate. What’s mildly interesting is that the majority of coupled-up candidates are supporting the Conservative group, although I’m not sure why that might be interesting.   Rayners Lane ANDERSON …

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Apr 30 2014

Harrow Weald Lib Dems – The Bios

Ross Barlow Ross moved to Harrow Weald in 2011 after studying for a Masters in Critical Global Politics at Exeter University. He got involved in local politics almost immediately and joined the Harrow Weald Lib Dems after he was impressed with their local reputation for working hard. In 2013 alone he and the team presented …

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