PUBLISHED: 16:30 25 April 2019 Ham&High letters An Easter lunch spent painting stones for Nazarin's garden. Picture: LINDA GROVE Archant Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week. Easter lunch for NazaninLinda Grove, Hampstead, full address supplied, writes:My Korean friends who live in Willesden organised a lunch on Sunday for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is imprisoned in Iran, and adults and children painted stones to go in Nazanin's garden. Yet another Easter for the Ratcliffe family to be separated. The garden is looking grand and this is where we will place the stones. I hope it will inspire others to paint a stone for Nazanin and place it on the garden. We must not forget this family and although Nazanin can't see the garden, her husband Richard can tell her about it so it lifts her spirits. The Korean family and ourselves, Malcolm, my husband, and I, have adopted each other as family. They are very special … [Read more...] about Ham&High letters: Remembering Nazanin, social care, housing, Sri Lanka, EU voting, private renting, trees, air pollution, EU and death penalties
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Danica Kirka, Jill Lawless and Gregory Katz Associated Press Published 6:41 AM EST Jan 16, 2019 London – British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote Wednesday, a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by a historic margin. May is battling to save her job after staking her political reputation on a last-ditch effort to win support for the divorce agreement she negotiated with the European Union over the last two years. Though defeat was widely expected, the scale of the rout – 432-202 – was devastating for May’s leadership. Immediately after the vote, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no-confidence motion, saying it would give Parliament a chance to give its verdict “on the sheer incompetence of this government.” Still, most analysts predict May will survive because lawmakers from her Conservative Party are unlikely to vote against her, and the Democratic Unionist Party, which supports the government, has said it … [Read more...] about UK gov’t faces no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat
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
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?