Inauguration of the new Mayor of Greenwich

I was pleased to attend the inauguration of the new Mayor of Greenwich, Councillor Peter Brooks, at the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College last night – and to celebrate the work of our outgoing Mayor, Councillor Olu Babatola, who has worked his socks of for our borough over the past year.  My colleague Councillor Geoff Brighty, our Group Whip, helped sign the new Mayor into office on the Opposition’s behalf.

Mayoral inauguration

The event last night was of course overshadowed by the devastating news from Manchester this week – and the Leader of Greenwich Council, Denise Hyland, spoke movingly in sympathy and solidarity with the city of Manchester in her address.  She did the borough proud in her words, which were very powerful.

Like other candidates of all parties across the country, I suspended my campaign on Tuesday until this afternoon, when local campaigning is resuming across the country.

A small bit of progress on Woolwich Arsenal re-zoning

Matt outside Woolwich Arsenal stationPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

After a hectic couple of days of meetings here, there and everywhere, I wanted to give a quick update on where I am up to in supporting residents’ campaign to get Woolwich Arsenal moved into Zone 3 (Darryl at 853 has the background here, and if you haven’t yet signed the Change.org petition, do so here to show your support) Continue reading A small bit of progress on Woolwich Arsenal re-zoning

Greenwich Time remains – but its day is nearly done

gt_frontPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

Before going into last night’s full council meeting – the first since the election and the first under the new Leader of the Council, Cllr Denise Hyland – I said that it was time to see if anything really had changed at Woolwich Town Hall.  The answer is an unsurprising no – below are my first thoughts after the meeting, blogged at speed (so please forgive any typos).  If any reader is only interested in the question of Greenwich Time, the main event last night, skip to about half way down!  Continue reading Greenwich Time remains – but its day is nearly done