How’s your week been? Mine seems to have gone in a flash – I can’t believe it’s Friday already. It seems like yesterday (when it was in fact last Sunday) that I had the pleasure of visiting Balham Community Church for a lively seminar with members of the congregation on the power of communities to bring about change before heading to Earlsfield Baptist Church to celebrate their 117th birthday.
Our local churches do such a fantastic job, often supporting those most vulnerable in our community and I always enjoy meeting the congregation. You can see some photos from my visits at the weekend here. If you attend a church in the area, I would love to visit. Why not get in touch and we can arrange for me to attend a service in the future?
I have long supported the principle of recognising Palestinian statehood, with a view to working towards a two-state solution of a viable Palestinian state, alongside a secure Israel, secured through peaceful negotiations between the parties. That’s why I made sure to cast my vote in the important vote in Parliament on Monday, on recognising Palestine.
I was however disappointed to see that only 286 MPs voted in the debate, with Labour Leader Ed Miliband the only leader of the three main parties to vote in favour of the motion. Whilst it is symbolic it will have international implications. You can read more about this here.
Time for the council to clean up its act
One of the biggest issues local residents raise with me is fly-tipping and litter on our streets, from different types of furniture being abandoned on the street, to bin bags ripped open by foxes, I’ve heard about it all. This is a real problem in Tooting and sadly it only seems to be getting worse. Street cleaning is the responsibility of Wandsworth Council, however I continue to call for more proactive action on catching the perpetrators of fly-tipping and an increase in the number of street cleans for the worst affected streets.
This week a petition has been launched calling for the introduction of wheelie bins in Wandsworth, in an attempt to clean up Wandsworth. I know local opinion is divided on the issue, so I will leave it to you as to whether you sign the petition, but one thing is clear, Wandsworth Council cannot continue to ignore the problem. Find out more about this here, and feel free to share your concerns with me too.
Until next time.
p.s Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating the Festival of Lights on Thursday!
p.p.s. Got a spare five minutes? You can check out a piece I wrote for the South London Press on how our Human Rights Act has changed lives here.