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15 Jun 2018

Join the Brent Greens action day on Sunday June 17th and help us win Brent's first Green councillors

Action Day for Willesden Green by-election. Join us, take pics, help out, ask questions, grab posters & find out about ! Sunday 17th June 11am-1pm Willesden Green station.

Sian Berry (Green Party Assembly Member) and Rashid Nix (Green party activist from Lambeth) will be joing us. 

Our candidates are Shaka Lish (above), William Relton and Peter Murry.

Willesden Green election June 21st

PETER MURRY brief statement on Brent Advocacy Concerns and/or disabled people in Brent,

Could each candidate give us a brief statement as to how they would  help Brent Advocacy Concerns and/or disabled people in Brent, if they are elected as councillors for the Willesden Green Ward".
PETER MURRY 15/06/2018
I am standing as a candidate for the Green Party in the Willesden Green by election, and as a disabled person and supporter of Kilburn Unemployed Workers’; Group, I wish to state that, if elected, I would work to ensure that Brent Council, the Greater London Authority and other relevant governmental bodies support Disabled People's Organisation financially and in any other way they need. I am concerned that the council works better to extend facilities and consideration given to Disabled People in Brent, and that the Council does all it can to combat discrimination against Disabled People. I am particularly concerned about the difficulties Disabled People experience in traveling around the borough and wish to campaign for:
·      Step free access to trains at all stations, especially Willesden Green.
·      Longer times allowed to use zebra crossings
·      Pressure on Transport for London to ensure that bus drivers always lower buses to assist Disabled People to board, always stop exactly at bus stops, and always wait for passengers to be seated or standing securely before moving off.

4 May 2018

Willesden and Neasden jobcentre closures, written parliamentary answer

(acknowledgements to Alan Wheatley and Kilburn Unemployed Workers' Group)
Dawn Butler Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to assess the effect of closing Willesden and Kilburn Job Centre Plus in Brent; and if he will make a statement.
·         Hansard source(Citation: HC Deb, 3 April 2018, cW)
In March 2018, the 20-year contract covering the majority of DWPs current estate of over 900 sites came to an end. This presented an opportunity to re-evaluate what we needed from our estate. The increased use of our online services in recent years, coupled with reductions in unemployment and improved efficiency, meant that 20% of the rent being paid by DWP was going toward space we were not using. In response, we have sought to redesign our estate in a way that delivers value for the taxpayer. We would stress that this is not about reducing services, but about taking the opportunity to stop spending money on empty space so we can spend more on supporting those in need.
The face-to-face support our work coaches offer at jobcentres will continue to be a core part of the service we deliver. The Department has a number of co-located colleagues working to support the community in Brent. These include:
·         Troubled families advisers co-located within Brent Local Authority alongside social workers, providing employment and skills support.
·         Work coaches working with the care leaver team within Brent Local Authority providing employment and skills support to care leavers, including appropriate access to relevant benefits.
·         A Work Coach providing employment and skills support on an outreach basis in St. Raphael’s Estate in Brent. This is one of the most deprived estates in the borough. The Work Coach is based in the community hub alongside other local authority service providers.
DWP will also explore with Brent Local Authority jointly funding an employment team to deliver employment advice and guidance through community hubs, which will be located in Willesden, Kilburn, Harlesden and St. Raphael’s Estate. DWP will provide employment and skills support alongside the Employment Team managed by the council, with the aim of having a more holistic support offer working in partnership with Housing, Health and Financial Inclusion advice and support.

2 May 2018

Divest Brent 'Keep it in the Ground' joint meeting with FoE May 8th

Dear Friends 
Thank you again for signing the Divest Brent petition - this is an exciting time for the campaign!
Once the dust settles after this week's council elections, we can start putting pressure on the them again to move on divestment.
In preparation for this we are running, jointly with Brent Friends of the Earth, an event on May 8th called Keep it in the Ground. We're aiming to recruit new supporters who can help grow the petition, build up relationships with councillors and more generally campaign on climate change issues.
If you are interested, full details of the event, which will be at 7:30pm at a meeting room near Kilburn station, can be found on Eventbrite, at the link above. Although the event is free, capacity is limited so please do register.
You can also forward this email on to your friends and family who might be interested - particularly if you do not yourself live in Brent.
Best wishes,
Simon - Co-ordinator - Divest Brent

Simon Erskine started this petition on Fossil Free. If there's an issue close to your heart that you'd like to campaign on, you can start your campaign here.

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1 May 2018

Lesley Jones, former Mayor of Brent has died. Willesden Green election will take place at later date.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Cllr Tom Miller, has announced the death of his Willesden Green ward colleague Lesley Jones. Cllr Jones is a former Mayor of Brent.

On Twitter Cllr Miller said:
So very sad to hear of the passing of my comrade, ward colleague and partner in crime, Lesley Jones MBE. A beatnik in her youth, she was a warm person who took duty seriously - as a ward Cllr, a cabinet member, and as Mayor. Someone to look up to. Thinking of her family.
Lesley Jones was a candidate in Thursday's election. The Willesden Green ward election will now take place within 35 working days of the scheduled May 3rd election. There will be no need for nominations to be resubmitted. The decision was made by Brent Electoral officers in line with Electoral Commission guidelines:
If proof of the death of a validly nominated candidate at a contested election is received before the opening of the poll, the notice of poll is countermanded and the poll does not take place. The PARO must hold a new election.
Brent Labour Party has suspended all campaigning for the rest of the day as a mark of respect to Lesley Jones.

(acknowledgements to

Green message to friends and neighbours from a Wembley resident

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

I would never normally try to influence you on how to vote on Thursday, but desperate times call for desperate measures!

Who can best represent us on the contentious issues of the Regeneration of Wembley? The GREEN PARTY are fielding candidates and in other wards, hopefully an INDEPENDENT.  These may be the very best people to represent us.

I am certainly not against progress and the Regeneration will hopefully bring jobs and prosperity to Brent, but there has to be a sensible balance! This has not happened. Do we really want to see the future of Wembley to be entirely covered in concrete with multi-storey buildings? It would be a nightmare with all the extra congestion,  but that is the way it appears to be going.   Does the Council not think anything is worth preserving of the existing houses, bungalows and flats in Wembley?  I appreciate that the Regeneration of the Stadium and Wembley High Road areas are a "done deal", but we must do better in preserving the other areas of Wembley, which do not fall within the Regeneration.  These could soon also be under threat, so this is why we must act now.

Once they start knocking down a building on a residential  street to build something higher, do you really think they will stop there? It just sets a dangerous precedent for other smaller construction companies to also apply for permission to do the same. Brook Avenue is a case in point. I am sure it will not be long before all the houses with their gardens will be converted to concrete buildings.

The residents fought long and hard to try and stop Heron House on Wembley Hill Road from being turned into a much higher building, but despite all our efforts they received planning permission. Once built, this will certainly start to change the residential character  of Wembley Hill Road. Where will it end?

Quintain promised the residents that they would not only replace every tree which was destroyed, but plant many others around the tall buildings.  This has not happened either.  They will be building a small park, but that is not the same, as it is amongst the very dense high rises that we need more trees and bushes to combat the increased pollution.

Trees do not only enhance an area, they are vital for our good health and well being.  Pollution levels will rise due to the density of the new buildings and this will adversely affect everyone.  We desperately need cleaner air and amongst other things, the best way is to plant as many trees as possible.  I strongly feel that the GREEN PARTY would be the very best party to achieve this and to help us preserve the areas of Wembley we want to continue to live in.

The future of what Wembley will look like in the next 4 years is down to us. Vote wisely!

Warmest wishes,

25 Apr 2018

Rosemary Osborn your Green candidate for Sudbury

Rose Osborn (Sudbury)
My name is Rose and I moved to London 5 years ago, 4 of which I have lived in Wembley. I enjoy the benefits of city living, but I also recognise the increasing difficulties it creates for its residents health and wellbeing. I am struck by how many people find living here hard work and I believe the Green Party’s principles are ideal for improving residents lives and holding the council to account.  A mixture of representatives voicing the concerns of Brent and working with each other to resolve the issues Brent faces, is a positive alternative to the one party majority present locally.

21 Apr 2018

Green council candidates for Queens Park, Queensbury, Tokyngton & Kensal Green

John Mansook (Queens Park)
John writes:

I have been a sports and exercise coach for over 10 years and have been involved with initiatives to improve the health of people in Brent. I have strong links in Queens Park and Kensal Rise as it has always been my local area and I was the Parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn in the 2017 General Election. I am proud to be the lead Green Party candidate for Queens Park and Kensal Rise. I am an advocate for better health in our area and I support any initiative which helps to make our community healthier.

Having worked with children and young people, I understand how important it is to have a safe community for those most vulnerable. As a self-defence instructor I understand the need for people to feel safe. I will support and fight to keep our streets safe from criminals by supporting our local police. Knife and moped crime has been a blight in and around Queens Park and Kensal Rise and I seek to address this major concern for residents.

Air pollution is on the increase in and around Queens Park and Kensal Rise. As your Green party councillor I am committed to ensuring that the state of our roads are maintained to the highest standards  and initiatives to reduce air pollution are scrutinised to ensure that the air we breathe is safe.

I support local businesses. After speaking to business owners about their concerns over how Brent council does business, I am committed to working with small businesses in Queens Park and Kensal Rise to ensure that they thrive and continue to prosper. We have and always will support local businesses that are environmentally responsible with their waste and we would push to offer incentives to businesses that are environmentally conscious and socially responsible.

Nesrin Ahmet (Queensbury)

 Nesrin has lived in Queensbury most of her life, and aspires to do the best she can for her community. She has been a Green Party member for over a year, and strongly believes in pushing for a “greener” society. She hopes that the Green Party will receive the support it deserves at the local elections, which will encourage policymakers to do more to tackle climate change and protect the environment. 

Nesrin is currently studying towards a politics degree at the University of Nottingham and has a passion for helping others. She is currently a fundraiser for the Rosie May Foundation, a charity which aims to help children at risk of abandonment. She hopes to use her compassion and skills learned to help and inspire others, which is why she thinks she would be a great councillor.

Martin Francis (Tokyngton)
Martin Francis was born in Kingsbury and has lived in Harlesden and Wembley. After reporting the London Stock Exchange for Reuters Economic Services he switched careers to teaching.  He has taught in Neasden and Wembley as well as other areas of London. Now retired he is Chair of Governors at a Wembley primary school and a trustee of the Brent Play Association. He runs the voluntary organisation Brent School Without Walls providing nature activities for primary pupils. 

Martin is a member of the National Education Union (formerly the NUT) and is on the steering group of the Anti-Academies Alliance. He is a member of the Green Party Trade Union Group.

Martin believes passionately in local democracy and provides news and scrutiny of Council policies though his blog Wembley Matters. Martin believes that the current composition of Brent Council, overwhelmingly Labour, is bad for democracy and that ineffective scrutiny by the current opposition has allowed the implementation of many poor decisions, especially over regeneration and waste services. 

Martin says:
You may not agree with everything I say but you can’t deny that effective opposition is healthy for democracy and Green councillors are the way of strengthening the accountability of this Council.  As the African proverb says, 'If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito.'

Samuel Hopkins (Kensal Green)

Samuel works in the arts and creative industries and has a passion for all things Green. He has a particular interest in LGBT+ rights and affairs, and is delighted to see a strong presence from Brent Green Party at the 2018 local elections.


20 Apr 2018

SCRAP Universal Credit -Protest May 4th Tothill Street

 At Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group it was agreed we would hold our monthly protest outside Tothill Street HQ  SW1 9LL (St James' Park or Westminster tube) to continue the call to SCRAP Universal Credit, with Unite Community.4th May 12-1pm
Agreed that singing and dancing will also be on the menu and people to speak out. Travel and coffee costs available with receipts.

16 Apr 2018

More of your Brent Green Party council election candidates

Sophie Ogier (Mapesbury)
Sophie is a yoga teacher, project co-ordinator and vegan who lives in Mapesbury. Sophie is passionate about the environment and wants to encourage more input into our parks and green spaces in the borough. She believes we should be doing more to make our green spaces accessible and safe so that all residents can enjoy them.

Scott Bartle (Mapesbury)
  Scott is standing as a candidate in Mapesbury, his home ward, for the second time. Scott double majored in Psychology and Human Rights and now works as a psychologist in the NHS from a Human Rights Based Approach. This means he is good at understanding problems and working out how to solve them. At 21, he owned and ran his own business and later held employment as an analyst in the Clean Technology Sector. This means he has an eye to a future away from dirty industries. He wishes to use these skills to help us have a better functioning council.
Lenia Evans (Mapesbury)
 Lenia is a teacher and senior manager in a primary school. Lenia grew up in Mapesbury and after moving to Brondesbury Park later in her childhood, she subsequently returned to Mapesbury 9 years ago. As a Mapesbury resident, Lenia is directly affected by the decisions made for Mapesbury, and has seen many changes in the ward over the years. Her passions are education and elderly care. She believes Brent Council must do more for children, young people & the elderly within our borough. There are so many Labour voices in Brent Council, there needs to be a fresh, new voice to hold the council to account. Lenia would be honoured to stand up and be a Green voice for her fellow residents of Mapesbury. 

Phil Ram (Dudden Hill)

Phil Ram is a Horticulturalist, Musician, loving husband, father and Grandfather and has lived in London all his adult life.
'Fed up with the same old rhetoric while watching life get more expensive and stressful in a world where the hugeness of society issues seem totally beyond our reach? Then put a little sunshine in your life and vote for the Green Party in these important Local Elections. Having even a small “Green” presence on the local council will make a difference.
We will strive to improve where you live, for example air pollution, the ever dangerous litter and increasingly dumped rubbish (and I don’t just mean ineffective poster campaigns). The Greens can encourage community gatherings and discussions and not just online.'

Shonte Lia Miller-Howe
Hi, I’m Shonté Miller-Howe I am running for Green Party in the local elections for Kenton. I am a second year Environmental Science student and the university of Greenwich. I live in Kenton and have done for many years. I have experienced the change that Kenton has gone through. I went to St. Bernadette’s primary school. I am apart of the Kenton community and would like to represent the people and what they stand for. I have a passion for the environment and one day want to have a career where I can be involved in environmental protection and education.

Brent Greens: Vote for Accountability, Scrutiny, Democracy & Fresh ideas

Some of the eighteen Green Party candidates standing for election in Brent
Brent Green Party launched its comprehensive manifesto for the Council elections at the weekend. Candidates are standing on a platform of challenging the 'One Party' Brent Council pledging to hold the Council to account for its decisions, ensuring that its policies and decisions are robustly scrutinised, extending democracy so that all councillors have a share in decision making and putting forward imaginative and radical new ideas to improve the quality of life and life chances of Brent residents.

The full Manifesto is available here and can be downloaded (page symbol menu bottom left):