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Young Londoners are not aware of air pollution

Young Londoners are not aware of air pollution

Breaking News, Environment, Politics, Uncategorized
Despite campaigning by the Mayor and other groups, young Londoners in the congestion zone are not completely aware of air pollution. Air pollution is the significant cause of premature death of nearly 9500 Londoners every year, according to a study published by King's College London in 2015. Luke Gillham, 18, Eltham, admitted that air pollution is not really a big issue for him. He then added: “but obviously for certain people it is.”He said: “I’m threatened by it, but it’s not something I think about it. I don’t worry about the air pollution which probably could be an issue itself. I’m not fully aware or anything like that.” He emphasised that it is not “that much issue” for him currently. However, Luke concluded that in case it gets worse and widely televised triggering the co
Home Office removal of European rough sleepers challenged

Home Office removal of European rough sleepers challenged

Breaking News, Politics
The Home Office threatening to remove thousands of European homeless people has been questioned in the High Court. The judicial review of the Home Office policy enabling the removal of European homeless people who are living on the street will start tomorrow, November 21. In London alone, at least 95 rough sleepers have been removed in the last year and a half, according to a Freedom of Information request by NELMA and Housing Action South London. However, the number is likely to be higher, as most boroughs said they did not hold this information. The policy means Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) teams can arrest, detain and remove homeless EU nationals from the UK for sleeping rough. The guidance was issued in May 2016, stating that rough sleeping was an 'abuse'  (l
Mayor Khan: 33 people below the age of 25 killed by knife this year

Mayor Khan: 33 people below the age of 25 killed by knife this year

Housing, Politics, Transport
The Mayor stressed that safety in London is “the most important responsibility” he has, when he was talking about it in People’s Question Time in Dagenham last Thursday. “As we continue to face an unprecedented terrorist threat, it’s a tough part of my job,” the Mayor said, “But we are lucky to have the best police force in the world.” Khan reminded the attendees that the police showed “incredible bravery in recent months”. He also emphasised that he is all the time in close touch with the Metropolitan police. “I am working with the Met every day to keep our city safe and to ensure we are prepared as possible.” But the main concern of those who asked the Mayor in the meeting was knife crime. A mother, Dagenham, raised the issue by saying that her son was stabbed a
Do Young People Care About Politics?

Do Young People Care About Politics?

Politics
This years general election saw an increase in the youth vote, this was most evident with a large spike in young votes for the Labour party, but are young people engaged in politics. Young voters appear to been more engaged in politics in the last few years, broadly evident with the increase of youth voters in the Brexit referendum and 2017 general election, according to research organisation Ipsos Mori the 18 - 24 voter turnout saw a raise of 16 percent from 38 percent at the 2015 general election to 54 percent in 2017, this is consistent with the 53% turnout for the EU Referendum in 2016. The biggest swing of these 18 to 24 year old voters was towards the Labour party, which saw a 62 percent to 27 percent share with the Conservatives, Labour appealing to students in particular with...
Khan worried about Brexit Squeeze

Khan worried about Brexit Squeeze

brexit, Business, economy, EU investment, EU referendum, International, Politics
The Mayor advocated London to become a member of the EU at the Mayor’s question time, held at City Hall on Thursday. Sadiq Khan said: “The cost of Brexit may have high possibilities of a negative outcome since the period during the Brexit negotiations the pound has devalued”. He further said: “Inflation rates have risen from 0.5% to 2.9%, cost of businesses have rapidly increased passing the cost on to consumers while the wages remain stagnated resulting in a rise in the cost of living.” Khan said: “Amongst the countries in the G7, UK tops for inflation rate and Brexit’s having a negative toll on businesses in London relying on supply chains across Europe so will the government set aside the party interest and push together the interest of London”. “People are feeling the Brexi
Coffee With A Councillor

Coffee With A Councillor

News, Politics
A tall, strikingly handsome, bearded guy with endless charm approaches you. The last thing you think is that this guy works in Parliament, right? Luke Francis, 29, regardless of the little spare time he has (being devoted to the Labour party) shares his thoughts with Westminster World over a Starbucks Frappuccino. You have to take Francis seriously. If his masters in International Relations at New York University isn’t impressive enough, then his campaign to run for Councillor for Kensington should be enough blow you away. Young politicians may not be taken seriously in a society where the average age of one is 52. Research from House of Commons reveals that 52% (339) of MPs elected in 2017 were aged over 50. Following the election, the proportion of MPs aged 70 and over increased to
Think tank tells ministers to scrap interest on student loans

Think tank tells ministers to scrap interest on student loans

Politics, Student
A government think tank has released recommendations that interest rates on student loans should be done away with, saving money for students and tax payers alike. UK 2020, a centre right think tank, has advised ministers that interest on student loans shouldn’t just be cut, but removed completely. This would mean all current interest owed would be cancelled and all future rates of interest set to zero. The think tank's report claims interest charged on these loans is stacking up far quicker than any student is able to repay it, leaving a large amount of debt unpaid at the end of student’s repayment periods. Interest alone amounts to an average of £5,800 of debt on graduation, with the poorest 40 percent of students racking up the most at £6,500. In his forward for the repo
Theresa May Under Pressure to Develop New Guidelines in Response to the Growing Westminster Abuse Scandal.

Theresa May Under Pressure to Develop New Guidelines in Response to the Growing Westminster Abuse Scandal.

Breaking News, Politics
A spreadsheet with a list of 36 ‘Sex Pest’ MPs has been published by leading right wing blog, Guido Fawkes. Since the release of the spreadsheet Prime Minister Theresa May has called on leader of the Commons Speaker John Bercow to comment on the scandal and “ensure the reputation of Parliament is not damaged further by allegations of impropriety”. May in her letter to Bercow described the current system for dealing with complaints surrounding sexual allegations as lacking the “required teeth” and that the system is “simply not fair on staff, many of whom are young and in their first job post-education”. May herself is calling for tougher and more efficient procedures when it comes to dealing with the sexual harassment of women working in Westminster. She is calling for a new media
Londoners learn proper self-defence as threat levels surge in the UK

Londoners learn proper self-defence as threat levels surge in the UK

Fitness, Politics, Terror
Londoners feel their safety is at risk as government officials categorize the nations threat level as 'SEVERE' The UK has seen a surge of terrorist attacks in the past year, which has resulted in the British government ranking the threat level as ‘SEVERE.’ It has been a few years since the UK’s threat level was last categorized as SEVERE, which begs the question, 'are Londoners safe?' One movement that Londoners are slowly taking part in is the art of self-defence. Self-defence classes have seen a rise in applications ever since the terrorist attacks that have occurred throughout the UK in recent news. By taking part in self-defence courses, individuals will be able to learn the proper techniques to use if they ever feel threatened or unsafe on the streets. With the UK threat
Young Londoners in Green Park: We support T-charge plan but other measures should be taken

Young Londoners in Green Park: We support T-charge plan but other measures should be taken

Politics, Transport
Many Londoners who were in Green Park last weekend said they had supported the “T-Charge”, which they considered as a starting point in the right direction to reduce air pollution in London. Roger Thornhill, 19, Crystal Palace, is one of the younger Londoners who are affected by air poor quality. He said that he spent a period in Glasgow for this reason. He showed a strong support to the Mayor’s new plan because thousands of people are suffering like him. “I think it’s good, they need to be more harsh, charge more money,” Roger said, “because cars are really bad.” Mayor Khan’s T-Charge plan came into force last week. It imposes an extra 10 pound on drivers of old diesel and petrol cars when they enter the “Congestion Charge Zone”. Roger also wanted to see other measures