Hounslow Council has back-tracked on a decision to lease Feltham Assemby Hall to an Islamic organisation after outrage in some sections of the local community. The decision to lease the hall to Feltham Hira Association was made by a single cabinet member, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, on March 29, during the period of Purdah in the run up to the local elections on May 3. This is a period which restricts the way in which information can be released by the council to the public. A council report stated the decision was made because the building was something of a "white elephant" and that Hira was "the only potential applicant". It said the council wanted to see the building used to fuller potential and also make some money from it, which it was not doing under its previous management company, Fusion. A way also needed to be found to complete expensive renovations of the building totalling some £350,000. Read More More stories well worth a read When they found out about the Hira … [Read more...] about Council’s U-turn on decision to lease hall to Islamic group
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Polling day in the May 3 local elections for Hillingdon is nearly upon us. This means you'll get the chance to vote for the ward councillors you want to represent you in the borough for the next four years. Voting is vitally important - as councillors make decisions on issues including education, housing, transport, social care and waste. That's why we've rounded up a full list of the candidates - and parties - standing in every ward in Hillingdon ahead of polling day. Hillingdon is strongly Conservative-controlled at the moment and has been for 20 years, but Labour is hopeful of capitalising on the potentially damaging issues of Brexit and austerity and hopes to take more seats in the middle and north of the borough to diminish the Tory majority. Read More News from around Hillingdon They have a major task on their hands to accomplish this though, as the Conservatives currently have 42 seats and Labour just 23. You can cast your votes at polling stations from 7am to 10pm on the day. … [Read more...] about Here’s who you can vote for and how to vote in Hillingdon
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn used a rally in Hillingdon to attack the far-right in a thinly-veiled attempt to try to repair any damage done to his party by the recent row over anti-Semitism. Speaking at Ryefield Primary School in the Tory-run West London borough on Saturday (April 21), Mr Corbyn welcomed a group of guests from the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPO) to the meeting, which came before a day of doorstep canvassing in the run-up to the May 3 borough elections. In a swipe at critics who have dubbed him too soft on anti-Semitism within Labour, he issued a call to arms against the far-right in Europe which has enjoyed a resurgence in Austria - and more-so Hungary under its premier Viktor Orbán - in recent months. Read More Latest local elections news Mr Corbyn said: "I want to pay a warm welcome to our colleagues who have come from Austria today. "The rise of the far-right across central Europe is something they have stood up against, they have opposed it, just as … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn uses Hillingdon rally to slam far-right extremists
Ealing Council doesn’t listen to its residents and is too busy focusing on “pet projects” and national issues rather than helping people with the things that matter to them, the borough's Conservative leader has claimed. Speaking ahead of the May 3 local elections in which 69 Ealing seats are up for grabs across 23 wards, Conservative group leader and candidate for Hanger Hill ward, Greg Stafford, said his party was campaigning hard and focusing on local issues which he said the council “doesn’t care about” such as rubbish collection, fly-tipping and the state of the roads. In reply, Labour group leader and candidate for Greenford Broadway ward, Julian Bell, makes no bones about the difficult financial position the council faces along with all local authorities across the country, but said he hoped people would recognise it has done the best it can in difficult circumstances. Mr Stafford's comments are part of his party's bid to increase their number … [Read more...] about Sparring for votes as polling day looms for Ealing local election
There is belief Labour could take the Tory-dominated borough of Hillingdon for the first time in 20 years at the upcoming council elections despite having to overturn a seemingly unassailable majority. That’s the message from leader of the council’s Labour group and candidate for Townfield ward, Peter Curling, as his party gears up to try to battle for the 22 wards and 65 seats up for grabs at the Hillingdon London Borough Council elections on May 3. The Conservatives currently have 42 councillors compared to 23 for Labour and his party would need to win 33 seats in total to take the borough with a majority of one, but Mr Curling insists the council is “really one to watch”. The borough has a well entrenched division between the Tory north, the hinterland of Conservative MP Nick Hurd in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, and the Labour-dominated south, the territory of Labour MP John McDonnell in Hayes and Harlington. In between lies the less clear-cut area of South … [Read more...] about Can Labour win Tory-dominated Hillingdon for 1st time in 20 years?