Healing the scars of our colonial past

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Many questions arise from the events in Bristol over the weekend. Should demonstrators have free rein to take part in criminal damage? No. Am I delighted that the statue of Edward Colston now lies at the bottom of Bristol harbour? Yes, absolutely! While I don't condone the criminal damage I can certainly understand why it … Continue reading Healing the scars of our colonial past

It’s time for us to step up, not down

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I remember tentatively walking into my first ever local Labour Party meeting in October 2016. Little did I know then that in three years I'd have been a candidate in not one, but two General Elections, that certainly wasn't the plan! The result was shockingly bad for the Labour Party and a new leader will … Continue reading It’s time for us to step up, not down

What lies ahead – and how we can stop it

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As a child completely obsessed by all things weather related, I first came across the concept of 'global warming' while reading a book which contained a chapter entitled 'Fire or Ice?'. At that time in the late 1970's there was actually some uncertainty about which type of climate emergency we were heading for, as there … Continue reading What lies ahead – and how we can stop it

Labour must be bolder on Equal Access

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Since the 'Access for All' funding scheme was first introduced by the previous Labour government in 2006, the progress of step-free access improvements on the UK railways has made somewhat stuttering progress. The 'Equality 2025' target was quietly dropped and replaced by the goal of achieving equal access for disabled people across the transport system … Continue reading Labour must be bolder on Equal Access

Biggleswade Step-Free Update 29th June

We are living through unprecedented times and my work has been dominated by the effects of the pandemic, so it was a welcome change to attend the latest Zoom meeting today regarding progress on step-free access at Biggleswade train station. Attendees at the meeting included lead designers and sponsors from Network Rail, Richard Fuller MP, … Continue reading Biggleswade Step-Free Update 29th June

An open letter re Johnson and Cummings

Dear Richard I am writing to you regarding the actions of Boris Johnson’s special adviser Dominic Cummings, the subsequent actions of Boris Johnson himself and the potential consequences of the actions of both. Although it will not be tested in Court it is clear to many, including those with considerable legal expertise, that Dominic Cummings … Continue reading An open letter re Johnson and Cummings

Johnson reveals so much by saying so little

On Wednesday afternoon (27th May) Boris Johnson appeared in front of the Commons Liaison Committee. A Prime Minister normally appears in front of this committee around three times a year. This was Johnson's first appearance in front of it. To very loosely paraphrase his hero, never was so much revealed by someone saying so little … Continue reading Johnson reveals so much by saying so little