DTI Minister meets local business owners

Minister meets Leytonstone's small business owners

Leytonstone received a visit from Department for Trade and Industry Minister, Alun Michael MP, today. Mr Michael, who is the Minister responsible for Regions, Skills and Productivity, talked to local business owners about the challenges of running a small business and he also sought their views on potential business opportunities involving the 2012 Olympics. Continue reading “DTI Minister meets local business owners”

David Miliband meets Leyton’s red ladies

David Miliband MP, Cabinet Minister for Communities and Local Government, was in Leyton today to support Labour’s campaign in neighbouring Grove Green. He was charming and fab on the door step. There are not many government ministers I swoon over but 🙂 ………… Continue reading “David Miliband meets Leyton’s red ladies”

Operation Black Vote!

With newly registered Agnes Mensah and her son

Waltham Forest’s MPs, councillors and local campaigners were out in force on Saturday asking local residents from the Black and Minority Ethnic communities to register to vote. Only one third of Londoners of African origin is on the electoral register, meaning that thousands of them may miss out on their chance to vote in May’s local elections. Operation Black Vote campaigners and a multitude of local campaigners and volunteers, were joined by MPs Neil Gerrard and Harry Cohen, Greater London Assembly Member Jennette Arnold, and local councillors.

I organised the drive as part of the ‘5 Million Strong’ campaign, which aims to register 5 million ethnic minority Londoners by the deadline of March the 13th. I am delighted that Operation Black Vote came to my borough. Continue reading “Operation Black Vote!”

Employment Partners’ Plan of Action

At a meeting of Leyton's employment service providers

As the Leyton ward resident ‘Community Champion’ for jobs it is my role to act as a link between local people and the service providers who deliver Leyton’s employment services. In advance of the second residents’ employment ‘action partnership’ meeting on the 27th of February – which will gather local people’s views and opinions on current employment issues facing Leyton – representatives of all the major service providers – including Job Centre Plus, O-Regen, the ‘Step’ Youth and Construction Project, Team Leyton and the probation service – got together to see how they can work in a more joined up way. Continue reading “Employment Partners’ Plan of Action”

TUC Chief welcomes work of Team Leyton

With Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary

Britain’s leading trade unionist has given his backing to the work being done by local regeneration organisation Team Leyton, which manages Leyton ward’s Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder and its Neighbourhood Renewal Fund – and on whose board I sit as the Leyton ward ‘Community Champion’ for Jobs.

Earlier today, I met Brendan Barber, head of the 6.4 million strong Trades Union Congress, to discuss projects being developed by Team Leyton to create new jobs and improve local people’s skills in the build up to the 2012 Olympics Games. Continue reading “TUC Chief welcomes work of Team Leyton”