Tuesday, January 16News For London

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London First: We support Mayor’s call for students’ flexible work visa

London First: We support Mayor’s call for students’ flexible work visa

Breaking News, International, London, London Mayor, Politics, Student
Nonprofit advocacy group London First has welcomed Mayor Sadiq Khan’s call for a “flexible visa system.” This will allow international students to work in the UK as they did before 2012. A spokesperson for the group confirmed to Westminster World their support of the Mayor’s position. The spokesperson Emma Hutchinson said: “There has been around 40 per cent drop in students coming here from India since the post-work study visas were scrapped. So, the way we look at it, is that the international students make huge contribution to the economy.” Mayor Khan urged the Prime Minister to allow international students to have the kind of visa she scrapped five years ago, according to ITV London. He tweeted saying: “Our current visa system is holding London’s businesses back. We need a new flexi
Is May bordering on a breakthrough on Brexit?

Is May bordering on a breakthrough on Brexit?

Breaking News, brexit, Politics
Theresa May is in Brussels meeting with top EU figures, hoping to finalise the first stages of Brexit negotiations. Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting with Jean Claude Juncker the European Commission president and Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council. UK's prime minister Theresa May meets European Council president Donald Tusk. #EUCO president said he was ready to present draft EU27 guidelines tomorrow for #Brexit talks on transition and future. But UK and European Commission asked for more time. pic.twitter.com/l82TKlZXK6 — Johan Dobbelaere (@ProductiehuisEU) 4 December 2017 The BBC are reporting that Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts told their political editor Laura Kuenssberg that the UK has made concessions with regards to the Irish boarder. The Democrati
Confidence is key: Preparing yourself against terror threats and assault

Confidence is key: Preparing yourself against terror threats and assault

Fitness, Politics, Terror
Recent terror scares in London and high level of assaults on the streets have resulted in self-defence classes booming with applications. 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,’ according to the government website. There was also an approximation of 12 sex offenders caught in 2017 alone and recent report of a man suspected of 25 counts of attacks on woman and girls in London this past year. In circumstances like this and with threats coming from all angles—politically and personally—the people of London must be confident and know what to do during any act of violence that may come their way. One of the best ways to prepare in any threatening situation is to have knowledge and ski
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 the 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 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 is widely televised triggering the con
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 as prepared as possible.” But the main concern of those who questioned the Mayor was knife crime. A mother from Dagenham raised the issue by saying that her son was stabbed and died last ye
Thousands of pro-Palestinians marched in London to demand “equal rights”

Thousands of pro-Palestinians marched in London to demand “equal rights”

London, Politics
Today thousands of people have marched through the center of London in a national rally for Palestine. The demonstration has taken place exactly one century after the Balfour Declaration, the British pledge that supported the creation of State of Israel. Many people have come from all over the UK to demand justice for Palestine. Among them there was also the English director Ken Loach. The march started from Grosvenor Square, in front of the US Embassy. Two hours after, some pro-Israeli protestors tried to counter the demonstration in Oxford Street, and they marched in front of the pro-Palestine protest until the meeting point in Parliament Square. Fortunately, there have been no clashes. In front of the Parliament, many speakers have been expressing their views. For t...
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