Sunday, 23 August 2009

Congratulations England

Congratulations to the England cricket team who have this afternoon won the Ashes at the Oval. Sadly I was at work, and only able to see the updates on the BBC website, but there were shouts of joy when the final wicket fell. Andrew Strauss and his team should be very proud, and what a great send off for Freddie Flintoff!

London Mayor Boris Johnson issued his own congratulations, in true Boris style!

''England have spun, swung and swatted their way to an incredible triumph. It is a wonderful achievement and testament to the courage, determination and remarkable array of talents within this fantastic cricketing team. This victory is all the more impressive in the way the team has dealt with adversity, injury and the huge expectations of a nation hungry for cricketing success. I hope this truly amazing feat will inspire young kids who may never have played cricket to pick up a bat or a ball in the hope of becoming the next Freddie Flintoff, Monty Panesar or this weekend's century man Jonathan Trott.''

But how right he is, sporting achievements like this can and do and should inspire our youngsters to get involved in sport.

Saturday, 22 August 2009


Ramadan Kareem.

Today starts the month of Ramadan, and having just returned from Morocco, I was speaking to a number of people preparing for the difficult month ahead, in which they will fast during the hours of sunlight.

David Cameron has sent his very best wishes to Muslim communities in Britain and around the world, as they start the month of Ramadan.

He said: "I know the significance this month has for all Muslims", he said, "and there are lessons which members of all faiths and none can learn from this observance. These include the importance of reflection, charity and self-control."

He added that these are principles which help to strengthen society as a whole, and "are a sign of the contribution which Muslim communities and the Muslim faith has made to our national life".

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Off on Holiday

Tomorrow I am off to Marrakesh, for a five night break. I am not sure that it will be the most relaxing holiday, but am looking forward to getting away for a few days. We will be taking in the sights of Marrakesh itself, and particularly the main square, and the souks.

Also hoping to make it out to the Atlas Mountains and Essouira.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Roman Road Action Day

On Saturday local residents were able to get more than their shopping from Roman Road market. In Gladstone Place, were a number of stalls, with representatives from the Council, the ASB team, the Dog Wardens, as well as members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).

I was along supporting the police stall and helping them give out their goodies! Residents were able to pick up a variety of items: door chains; UV markers for bikes and electrical goods; things to put on your drinks to stop them being spiked. Additionally, there were fridge magnets and cards with contact details for the SNT team; as well as the new non-emergency number that is available to contact the police.

It was a great chance for residents to meet their local neighbourhood officers, and we were also joined by the Sergeant from Bow West, who fielded questions from Bow West residents.

The Police also were able to give out advice, and hear directly from residents as to ongoing issues. Sgt Tony Mohan was leading from the forefront, handing out goodies and advice, as well as helping with issues that arose on the day with local drunks, issues in shops and matters raised by businesses and residents. It was a good opportunity for one of our new officers (Tony Harris) who has been with the team for a fortnight, to meet local residents.

Also on hand were two performers from the Arc Theatre, who did a number of performances highlighting the need for communication and understanding particularly between the older and younger generations. Cliff and TJ did a fantastic job, and the Arc Theatre generally does some very good work. See here for further details.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Police Ward Panel Meeting

Last night I was delighted to be voted in as the new Chairman of the Bow East Safer Neighbourhood Team Ward Panel (a bit of a mouthful!) alongwith my new Vice-Chairman (another local resident) June.

The meeting was an opportunity for the Police to report back on the priorities that they have focussed on in Bow East, and what progress they have made. The Panel (made up of local residents) then discusses what priorities should be adopted.

The next Ward Panel meeting is in September when we will be reviewing and receiving updates on our priorities.

If you have a police matter in Bow East, please do phone your SNT, or alternatively please drop me an e-mail or a comment on here.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Private Eye and Tower Hamlets

Private Eye has kindly given written permission to Bethnal Green and Bow Conservatives to produce copies of their articles on Tower Hamlets on our website. Not something you'd find in East End Life.

If you are interested, please click here.