Dear Member, The last four months have been challenging as the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown has meant many of us have spent months apart from friends, family and loved ones. It has also meant that as a branch we have not had the opportunity to meet in person. However, as one of your Labour … More Councillor James Beckles – Custom House ward Mid-year Report 2020
The Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz and Cabinet agreed the £1m deal that preserves the services of Metropolitan Police officers, known as the Enforcement Partnership Team, to support the Council’s work on Anti-social Behaviour and environmental crime. There is also a previously agreed £200,000 investment to create the community safety intelligence hub; which will analyse … More Newham’s cabinet agree extra funding for additional police officers
As we leave behind the seventh week of the UK Lockdown, I reflect on what has been a challenging time for me, as a councilor and cabinet member, the borough of Newham and the country. It is times like this where you have to capture briefly what has happened, what you’ve done and what comes … More Seven weeks of lockdown: A brief summary.
On Thursday 8th August I was invited by the founder of the Equip Boys School, Noreen Mukalazi, to deliver a workshop on Politics in Britain to the young boys attending the Equip Boys summer programme. I was delighted to do so; not only am I keen to share my experiences about my journey into politics … More A Masterclass in Politics in Britain
On 17th July Custom House held its labour branch meeting. Due to the absence of the chair last month there was plenty for me and my councillor colleague who was present to updatem about our work locally and across the borough withing our cabinet portfolios. The meeting had a small attendance but was full of … More Custom House Branch Labour meeting – July 2019
On Tuesday 9th July, I visited the UK’s second largest city Birmingham to meet with Ashley Bertie, Deputy West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. I had read about some of the great work that was taking place across the West Midlands from tackling gangs and modern Slavery gangs. I felt that in my Newham cabinet … More Lessons of tackling crime and gang violence from West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
This week I am announcing to the Labour Party Members of Havering and Redbridge why I want to be your Labour London Assembly candidate. Havering and Redbridge are two unique boroughs with ambitious populations. However they have been underserved by the current Tory GLA member. There is a need for more affordable housing for families … More Havering and Redbridge I’m announcing to be your Labour candidate for the GLA!
Thursday May 23rd 2019 marked the deciding day of all our hard work over the last three weeks. Polling day had arrived and it was going to be just as busy! After casting my vote, for Labour of course, I set of for Pimlico to join activists in Cities of London and Westminster to knock … More Round up of EU Elections Polling day!
On Thursday 16th May I took part in a political party hustings at Sir George Monoux College with other MEP candidates from various parties including the Green Party, The Conservatives, The Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats. The hustings were organised by campaign group Vote For Your Future and were an opportunity for me and other … More Engaging the youth in the European Elections.
I had a fantastic night with Croydon Labour. I spoke about Labour’s progressive manifesto, the stalling of the domestic agenda due to Brexit, maintaining a close relationship with EU and working with other European Socialist and Labour Parties to make a better, more progressive Europe. I also heard from a legend of Croydon Labour Eric, … More Time for a Euro Party with Croydon Labour