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Young Londoners lead movement to stop fossil fuel investment

Young Londoners lead movement to stop fossil fuel investment

Environment, London, News
Young people in London are leading a movement to stop universities investing in fossil fuel industries. The campaign is known as the divestment movement, which essentially means getting rid of business investments or interests. The movement has been gaining traction, particularly as projections of global carbon emissions grew by a two per cent in 2017, sparking a worldwide sense of urgency to address climate change. Beth Parkin, a member of the divestment movement, explained the importance of ending investments in fossil fuels in light of recent projections on the rise of carbon emissions. Student campaigns have been instrumental in forcing universities to get rid of their fossil fuel investments. In London, the London School of Economics, King's College London, and Golds...
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
Kings Cross remembers fire victims 30 years on

Kings Cross remembers fire victims 30 years on

News
Three decades have passed since the tragic Kings Cross fire, and Londoners came out to pay their respects. Saturday the 18th of November marked 30 years since a fire at Kings Cross station claimed the lives of 31 people and injured 100. Londoners gathered to pay their respect to those who lost their lives, including the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, representatives from TfL and London Fire Brigade. A short service was followed by a minute’s silence and wreaths were laid beneath the memorial plaque. Sadiq Khan tweeted about the memorial service Today at King's Cross station we came together to remember the 31 people including @LondonFire Officer Colin Townsley who died 30 years ago. pic.twitter.com/ADfr1nBFjs — Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) 18 November 2017 Mark Wild, the man
Sadiq Khan rues London food poverty as ‘source of shame’

Sadiq Khan rues London food poverty as ‘source of shame’

Breaking News, Politics
London mayor Sadiq Khan rued the capital’s food bank crisis as a “source of shame” on Thursday, 12th October during his latest Question Time at City Hall. Khan, responding to a question from Florence Eshalomi, Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, highlighted that more Londoners are being referred to food banks as a direct result of government policy changes. “It shows that not just the current leader of the Tory party but the future leaders also are out of touch,” Khan took a swipe at Prime Minister Theresa May. “I think what’s clear to me is it should be a source of shame for one of the richest cities in the world to have friends, neighbours, and family members who’ve got to rely upon the charity of family and friends or a food bank.” Khan cited data from poverty charity Truss

Mayor says PM to blame for stress on food banks

News, Politics
Theresa May and the Tory government are to blame for increased stress on London’s food banks, said Mayor Sadiq Khan during his question period on Thursday. Khan, quoting the latest statistics from the Trussell Trust, told the assembly that the disastrous rollout of the Tory’s Universal Credit policy has directly resulted in a massive increase in food bank referrals. “It shows that, not just the current leader of the Tory party, but their future leaders also, are out of touch,” said Khan. Assembly Member Florence Eshalomi reinforced the Mayor’s statements, adding that her constituency of Lambeth and Southwark had seen a 33 per cent increase in food bank referrals from April to July of this year, with 94 per cent of those referrals coming as a direct result of benefit changes. Es
Sadiq Khan Promises To Make TfL Services More Dementia-Friendly

Sadiq Khan Promises To Make TfL Services More Dementia-Friendly

Bus, Politics, Transport, Travel, Tube
Mayor Sadiq Khan on Thursday committed to meeting with GLA Member Keith Prince and representatives of the Alzheimer’s Society to discuss ideas for making TfL journeys better for patients of ‘invisible impairments’, including dementia. Provisions for Alzheimer patients who use TfL services under Khan’s Transport Strategy were on the agenda during last week’s Question Time. Reiterating his commitment to making London the world’s first dementia-friendly capital, Khan paid special emphasis to improving Underground services to accommodate patients of dementia, especially staff training. “Since I became Mayor, TfL has hired 650 new staff; they’re all being trained in assisting customers with accessibility requirements, including people with invisible impairments. A trained Dementia Friends C

Tory GLA member describes Mayoral question time meeting as a ‘farce’.

Politics
Sadiq Khan and Conservative panel members disagreed on various topics and policies, a significant dispute revolved around Uber and the decision made by Travel for London (TFL) to revoke their license.   Khan came under fire from both Andrew Boff and Tony Devenish on the subject of Uber. Boff stated: “So you considered it proper to interfere at one point and improper to interfere at another?”   Khan responded: “I don’t think having discussions with the global CO who has apologised is an improper use of the commissioner’s time”.   These comments resulted in a back and forth dispute, ultimately resulting in Boff being denied the opportunity to ask a question relating to Uber and the Labour conference, with the chair of the meeting, Jeannette Arnoid, deeming th
Khan reiterates desire to have the UK stay in single market

Khan reiterates desire to have the UK stay in single market

Breaking News, Harrow, Politics
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has re-echoed his desire to have the UK continue to access a single market even after Brexit. Khan pointed to the growing inflation which has increased from 0.5 to 2.9 since the referendum and translated to high costs of living for Londoners and the United Kingdom at large as the main reason why efforts should be made to stay in the single market post-Brexit. “The fall of the value of the pound has increased the cost of all businesses who have subsequently pinched customers by raising prices or reducing the size of their product while keeping prices the same,” Khan lamented during the mayor’s questions time last Thursday at the City hall “The continued drop in the value of the pound since the referendum has contributed to inflation rising from 0.5% t
Hard Brexit could cause a severe housing crisis in London

Hard Brexit could cause a severe housing crisis in London

#breakingnews, EU referendum, Housing, News, Politics, Social media
 A 'hard Brexit' can have a crippling effect on London's housing crisis, Sadiq Khan reveals. According to a paper published by the Mayor, one in four construction workers in London are from the European Union and therefore face an uncertain future of their working titles in the UK. The mayor of London warned that due to the upcoming Brexit, UK could lose skilled workers and this could have a “seriously detrimental” effect on thousands of houses that Londoners need. “London is in the grip of a serious housing crisis. While we are working to train up more Londoners to have the skills to work in construction, you can’t escape the fact that a ‘hard Brexit’ could leave a quarter of the skilled construction workforce in the capital high and dry,” he said. The Evening Standard reported t