Fixed affordable housing targets will stifle house building in london

The Mayor has been forced to row back on his 50 per cent affordable homes target after realising what I have warned for some time – that it is totally unfeasible to ask developers to effectively give away half of their new homes. By continuing to insist on a 35 per cent target, the Mayor is doing nothing to incentivise developers to get building in…

Pokémon Go: Met could offer anti-crime tips at ‘Pokestops’

Force could replicate Leicestershire police and take advantage of gaming craze Neighbourhood policing teams in London could take advantage of the Pokémon Go craze and hand out anti-crime tips at popular game locations. Players of the game are drawn to specific places such as parks or buildings where they can catch Pokémon or other items at designated ‘Pokestops’. Community officers in South Leicester recently attended…

Mayor urged to take a stand against Anti-Semitic and terrorist flags in London

Flags of Anti-Semitic groups were flown at recent protests despite powers to remove them The Mayor and Metropolitan police should use their powers to arrest individuals flying terrorist flags at protests, marches, and rallies in London, says London Assembly member Kemi Badenoch. At the July 3rd annual ‘al-Quds Day’ rally through central London, Hezbollah flags were repeatedly seen. Hezbollah is listed in the UK as…

Defibrillators in phone boxes could save Londoners’ lives

– Just 73 of 10,000 cardiac arrest victims were treated with public access defibrillators in 2014/15, report shows. London’s phone boxes should house life-saving defibrillators to dramatically increase cardiac arrest survival rates on the capital’s streets, a new report backed by heart charities suggests. Data from the London Ambulance Service showed 10,211 people suffered a cardiac arrest in London in 2014/15. Statistics show defibrillators give a…

Southern rail chaos

The dire situation facing Southern Rail passengers emphasises the need for Transport for London to take control of the franchise as soon as possible. It’s completely unacceptable that a major rail network is effectively brought to its knees by completely unnecessary industrial action. Transport unions should not be allowed to block sensible changes by striking in this way. The only people who lose out are…