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  • Article: May 25, 2021

    No amount of tough talk and bluster from the Home Secretary can hide the fact that she has utterly failed to get a grip on the UK's broken immigration system.

    Priti Patel has been talking tough about immigration for ages, while failing miserably to make the system fairer or more effective.

    Years of Home Office failure, coupled with hostile policies and rhetoric from successive Conservative Home Secretaries, have shattered public confidence.

  • Article: May 25, 2021

    Changing policy by stealth is completely irresponsible.

    Changing policy by stealth is completely irresponsible.

    Matt Hancock should have made clear the changes he was making to guidance in advance and communicated it to the public and local officials.

    He needs to make clear the situation immediately to Parliament.

    Clarification on the new rules in these areas is now needed, not only for residents but for those that would normally travel to the affected areas.

  • Thomas Clarke
    Article: May 4, 2021
    By Thomas Clarke

    Thomas Clarke lives with young family in Hornchurch, in the London Borough of Havering, where he works as senior content editor for Golf Monthly magazine. Thomas attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford and went on to read Film and Television Studies at Brunel University in West London.

  • Recycling bottles
    Article: May 4, 2021
    By Thomas Clarke

    When will Havering catch up with other boroughs and councils and start taking recycling seriously?

    In nearby Chelmsford the Lib Dem run City Council has implemented some fantastic recycling plans which include having separate bins and sacks for recycling food, plastics, paper, cardboard and non recyclables - they have bins for cans, bottles, and even clothes and small electrical items. Garden waste is even collected at no extra charge!

  • Article: Apr 23, 2021
    By Thomas Clarke

    I was gladdened to hear of the news coming from America on Tuesday night that justice has been done and Derek Chauvin has been convicted of the murder of George Floyd.

    The fallout from his brutal crime has been felt across the globe and of course in our own capital.

    I hope that the guilty verdicts that he received will be the catalyst for communities to start putting differences aside and to start working together.

    London's diversity is its greatest strength. We should all be tackling racism in all of its forms - from prejudice against Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities, to Islamophobia and Antisemitism, and to the worrying rise in hate crimes against European citizens.