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Longest Ever

by James Barber on 20 November 2014

The UK and Norwegian governments have agreed to the UK National Grid and Norwegian electric distribution company Statnett constructing a 450mile long electricity interconnector between the UK and Norway known as NSN Link. It will connect the electricity systems of the two countries via a subsea cable, allowing the UK and Norway to trade power. […]

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Roundabout Repeated Mistakes

by James Barber on 19 November 2014

Transport for London with Southwark Council are consulting about changing to the northern Elephant & Castle roundabout. They plan to remove the SE corner. It will mean everyone has to travel a lot further to get from A to B around this area. For the life of me, and it might mean my life as […]

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Cross Cancer Out

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I am backing the Cancer Research UK’s ‘Cross Cancer Out’ campaign. It is aiming to increase cancer survival rates from 50% to 75%. They’ve helped make the huge strides rising survival rates from 25% to 50% but that still means 159,000 people dies every year from cancer. That is too many people. Any death is […]

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New Gipsy Hill Federation Secondary School

by James Barber on 18 November 2014

Yesterday evening I met Sir Craig Tunstall, executive head of the highly regarded Gipsy Hill Federation, to discuss his plans for a new secondary school in the area. The plans for a secondary school follow overwhelming support from over 2,000 local parents at the federation’s primary schools, who want their children to continue their education within […]

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End Unpaid Internships

by James Barber on 16 November 2014

Few young people can afford to spend months working for free as unpaid interns. The Liberal Democrats in Government have recognised cracking down on unpaid internships, including the introduction of the Government’s Social Mobility Business Compact, the policy of naming and shaming rogue employers, steeper fines for non-payment of the national minimum wage and clearer advice […]

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Record number of people in work

by James Barber on 14 November 2014

I was chuffed at the fall in number of residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance and benefits announced this week. Since 2010 over 2 million net additional new jobs have been created. What is particualrly gratifying is that vast majority are full time. In Dulwich and West Norwood figures show a dramatic reduction in the number of people claiming unemployment […]

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Stark Housing Choices

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London is anticipated to grow from 8.5 million residents mid 2013  to 10.1 million residents within 22 years. That is a huge increase. It comes from the rise in births, fewer deaths and migration. We can not house 10.1 million people in London without either making new builds in London significantly taller or expanding London’s footprint. […]

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Pupil Premium £22M Boost

by James Barber on 13 November 2014

Primary schools in England are to be handed an extra £22.5 million next year to help close the gap between the poorest pupils and their richer classmates, thanks to the Liberal Democrats. £390,000 will go to Lambeth and Southwark Schools on top of the existing £39M planed for 2015/16. The Pupil premium, which was created […]

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Lambeth Living ALMO Banished

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Liberal Democrats vehemently opposed the creation of the Lambeth Living ALMO when Lambeth Labour first proposed it moving council tenants to this quango. Labour politicians had set up a dodgy poll of tenants and leaseholders promising a whole raft of improvements and cost savings. They also told tenants that voting for the ALMO would guarantee heaps […]

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Flight Noise Ghettos

by James Barber on 12 November 2014

South London has more than its fair share of aircraft flight paths – planes for Heathrow line up overhead and planes for City airport also fly over East Dulwich over a quarter of the time. If you agree this is already a problem then you’ll want to respond to the London City Airport consultation that […]

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