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Category: Archive

  • November 1, 2002

    Census 2001

    The first release of the recent 2001 census data for Westminster would seem to be so far off the mark that one could easily believe it was carried out by gaslight in 1901 rather than by a state-of-the-art computer system in 2001. Estimates of more than 60,000 people (25% of the estimated total Cit…
  • October 1, 2002

    Crime And Congestion Charging

    Two items on which fellow local residents write to me regularly are the increasing crime in our community and the congestion charging that we face courtesy of Mayor Livingstone. I campaigned last year to reverse Labour’s cut in police numbers (estimated to be in the order of 145 in the Cities of Lo…
  • September 2, 2002

    Trade Justice

    It was a relief to see the recent Johannesburg Earth Summit almost entirely free of violence. It reminded me of another non-violent day in June when 10,000 Trade Justice campaigners came to Parliament to demand a level playing field in trade for the developing world. Demonstrators can make their po…
  • September 1, 2002

    Street Sleepers

    A concerned constituent wrote to me in July about a man who had taken to sleeping rough in the Horseferry Road area. Her concern was that, having spoken to the homeless man, he might have slipped though the social services net. As it turned out the man was very well known to local agencies and […]
  • August 1, 2002

    Pensions

    A decade ago the subject of pensions aroused little passion. The young would not consider it and single women, in the main, ignored the prospect. The main pension planners were couples beyond the age of thirty and executives looking for the best working deals. This may be a generalisation but the public’s lack of detailed […]
  • August 1, 2002

    Alzheimer’s Awareness Week

    In July the Alzheimer’s Society held their Awareness Week and I had the privilege to be invited to the launch of its research study into patient experience of diagnosis. The study highlighted the Society’s concern that many carers do not contact their GPs when they first notice that something may be wrong with their parent, […]
  • July 1, 2002

    Electorate’s Dim View Of Politicians

    In one recent survey politicians came top of the list of most disliked people. We even managed to beat estate agents and journalists by some margin. Maybe it is the innocence of a relatively new boy in parliament but one can only hope that all of us politicians and our advisers take the negative impressions […]
  • June 1, 2002

    Women in Public Life

    In a recent survey Patricia Hewitt, the Trade and Industry Secretary, was identified as the third most powerful woman in Britain. The survey of powerful women was conducted by the business magazine “Management Today” and its editor put a business woman top, the Prime Minister’s wife second and Mrs Hewitt third. One can always argue […]
  • May 1, 2002

    Recycling

    At one of my recent meetings with the Corporation of London I was given a plastic ruler made from recycled vending cups. I knew it was made from recycled material because it was emblazoned very strongly across its front. The City authorities were taking a pride in the fact. And so it should. Plastic is […]
  • May 1, 2002

    The Importance Of Community

    I cannot remember the first time I heard the phrase that London is made up of a series of villages. Like most of us Londoners, I reckoned it was something of a cliché at that time, but I must confess that in the year that I have represented the wonderfully diverse Cities of London and […]