News from Unmesh Desai: Column for City Matters Newspaper
Rising serious violence across the country has required police forces to work together ever more closely, and more routinely share intelligence and resources. I recently gained a valuable insight into this when I joined the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce on a covert mission. I heard about how integral the partnership between the Met and City of London Police has been in removing the most dangerous criminals from our streets.
Another prevalent concern that continues to be raised by local residents and businesses is anti-social behaviour. At a recent London Assembly meeting, I raised this with the Night Czar, Amy Lamé. I quizzed her about how she was tackling the issue in her drive to promote London’s night-time economy, which is so critical to the City of London community.
Earlier in the month, I also met with Barbican residents and local councillors regarding excessive noise produced by London Underground services running late into the night. I followed this up with a question to the Mayor about what action TfL can take to mitigate this, and will report back when I receive their answer.
Brexit is back in the spotlight after more revelations have been leaked about the Government’s shambolic approach to its negotiations with the EU. It is ludicrous that they continue to push a hard Brexit agenda ahead of the interests of businesses and Londoners. I am fully behind the Mayor’s recent intervention in which he has stood up for the City, arguing that the Prime Minister needs to urgently prioritise protecting the service industry and the jobs that are at risk.
To mark the start of Armed Forces Week, the Mayor hosted a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall to honour the courage and commitment of the Armed Forces community. This year’s ceremony, attended by veterans, reserves, cadets and representatives from military charities, had a special significance, marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.
City Hall also hosted a series of events to celebrate the achievements of the Windrush generation. We remembered their invaluable contribution in rebuilding a war-torn London and national economy, under extremely difficult circumstances.
In addition, Assembly Members have been paying tribute to the tireless dedication of all NHS staff, as part of the 70th Anniversary of the NHS. However, it is clear that we must continue to hold the Government to account on properly funding and staffing the NHS, especially in the wake of Brexit.