Why Syed Kamall has my vote for Mayor of London

Syed on the Greenwich campaign trail in 2014
Syed on the Greenwich campaign trail in 2014

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

In the space of two weeks, the contest for the Conservative nomination for Mayor of London has finally come alive.  The Party is lucky to have several strong candidates in the running – Zac Goldsmith, Andrew Boff, and now, after much deliberation, Syed Kamall joining the race on Friday.  All three have a lot to offer – and from the Greenwich perspective, Andrew and Syed have both been long-standing friends of our borough and its residents in their roles at the London Assembly and European Parliament.

I urged Syed to run earlier this year – and I’m backing him for the nomination now – because I know his ideas and his leadership are exactly what London needs to tackle the challenges it faces.  We share the same politics – achieving smaller, more effective government, backing businesses to create wealth and opportunity, and ensuring that anyone who works hard can achieve their aspirations.  Most importantly of all, we both believe in a relentless focus on tackling poverty – and not through the lazy idea that the only solution to a problem is for the state to throw money at it.

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Hot air and tempers at last council meeting for a while

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

Last night’s meeting of the full council was the last such meeting until September or more likely October, and just to make up for it went on well into the evening with hot-tempered councillors barracking each other until 10pm.

During members questions’ I raised two issues that have been raised with me in recent weeks.  One was on the issue of the re-zoning of Woolwich Arsenal station.  I am supporting this petition being organised by residents and calling for Transport for London to be re-zoned into Zone 3, in the wake of Stratford’s re-zoning announced last week.  Darryl at 853 has a good piece on the arguments here.  For me this is a simple issue of fairness and parity – a re-zoning is long overdue. Continue reading Hot air and tempers at last council meeting for a while