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I am opposing Warwick District Council’s proposals to sell off their Riverside House site for exclusive use of private housing and build new offices on part of the Covent Garden site in Leamington alongside a new multi-storey car park. As a result, there will be no car parking available on the Covent Garden Car Park for at least 20 months.
The complete absence of affordable housing in their plans is scandalous. The cost of the project in a time of austerity makes it totally unjustifiable. 800 people rely on Covent Garden Car Park per day. Half of those who use it do so to shop in Leamington Town Centre, while up to 35% of shoppers are from Coventry. The loss of 800 people a day not coming to Leamington will seriously undermine the viability of many Leamington Town Centre businesses.
9 hours ago
The anger felt by Warwick and Leamington residents surrounding the death of George Floyd has been huge - and I share your anger. Enough is enough.I have received an unprecedented level of enquiries from constituents over the last few days regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. Be assured that if you do get in touch, it will be read and I will respond - but it may take longer than usual.As Britons, we can do something about the injustice across the pond. I’m joining colleagues in Parliament to demand the Government acts urgently. We can and should stop the trade of riot gear and rubber bullets with America to ensure our goods are not used to potenitally brutalise protesters. The Government should also put all of its pressure and condemn Trump's poor response.The UK is no better with its record on racism. Look what happens on our streets, in our workplaces, on the football pitches. Look at the Windrush scandal. Look at the lack of action to charge the person who spat at Belly Mujinga who later died of Covid-19. Look at our Government’s dishonesty in failing to release the full report into BAME deaths from Covid-19. We need justice here, too.We have a long way to go, but change can happen. Change must happen. ... See MoreSee Less
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17 hours ago
There are times when societies have to protest as the only way of having their voices heard. Now is such an inflexion point. But the moments are fleeting when outrage is at its greatest. People must come together to grab them and create the change we need to see. We cannot wait months or years for another opportunity for change. I'd like to thank everyone who is standing up against oppression and injustice.If you should join the protest today, I urge you to please act responsibly and observe social distance at all times in order to keep infections low and protect the NHS, yourselves and others. I'm sure you will. ... See MoreSee Less
1 day ago
Once more I am shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of life on our streets that was reported on Friday. My thoughts are with the loved ones of the victim. I’ve been liaising with the police on this matter and would like to thank them for their professionalism in dealing with the incident.Unfortunately, this is the latest in a series of murders - the second in five months and third in just over a year. Knife crime is abhorrent and must be tackled. Twice I’ve raised this in Parliament, on both occasions calling for real action against local knife crime.I’ve written to the Police and Crime Commissioner to ask why we are seeing such criminality and what is being done, as well as continuing my lobbying for higher Police budgets from the Government. If they don’t act, I fear this won’t be the last. Enough is enough.www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/people/warwick-and-leamington-mp-says-enough-enough-and-calls-kn... ... See MoreSee Less
Warwick and Leamington MP says 'enough is enough' and calls for knife crime to be tackled after murder in Leamington
2 days ago
A Black Lives Matter protest in Leamington is taking place tomorrow. Please see below for details.It's important that we all play our part in standing up against oppression and work towards eliminating racism from our society.In light of the current pandemic, please stay safe if you do attend and adhere to the guidance. ... See MoreSee Less
Parliament was today reduced to an utter shambles by Jacob Rees-Mogg. Voting for a Motion that ensured we go backwards, are regressive and discriminatory at the same time is some achievement but that’s how we’ve ended the day.A queue to vote that was almost a mile long, utterly shambolic and presenting the UK as not only a country that can’t manage a crisis but can’t accept 21st Century electronic voting systems. This is a Government that’s seemingly stuck in the 18th Century, forcing Parliament to spend 45 mins at a time standing in a queue just to vote...all because the Government refuses to continue with the digital voting arrangements. The public expects their representatives to spend their time representing their concerns, not standing in a line. The Government must stop this political charade and let us get back to doing our jobs. ... See MoreSee Less