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Parliamentary Hustings at Finchley Mosque – video

Following our lively hustings at Hendon Mosque the Barnet Muslim Forum held a follow-up event at Finchley Mosque for the Finchley & Golders Green constituency on 7 April 2010. There were no earth-shattering revelations (that I recall) but a marked difference in approach and tone on the Middle East and other foreign policy issues between Mike Freer (Conservative) and Alison Moore (Labour) on the one hand and Laura Edge (Liberal Democrat) on the other.

The event got a little unwieldy with a number of frustrated residents making rambling speeches – and that was before everyone got excitable over the Middle East. Consequently the video upload has been delayed whilst I did a little ‘pruning’. The candidates’ speeches and answers to questions are published, unedited, but I’ve removed virtually all of the audience contributions. On the plus side it’s now just a 46 min video rather than 90 minutes!

Apologies in advance for some quality issues with the video. In particular there is some camera shake and microphone knock when we had to re-arrange the tripod. The lighting was also pretty poor.

Parliamentary hustings at Finchley Mosque – 7 April 2010 on Vimeo.

Video footage of the last event in this series (a question time for the party group leaders on Barnet Council) to be uploaded in the next 24 hours… I do realise there’s an election due!

European Parliament: Independent candidates for London

It’s relatively easy to find information on political parties for this election, but somewhat harder for independents. So I thought I’d do a round-up.

Normally, in a first-past-the-post election, I would vote tactically based on the two main candidates in a constituency. However, these elections take place via closed list PR where you place just one vote against either a party list or an independent. The 8 seats for London will be allocated in accordance with the percentage of votes gained by each list. So I’m happy to vote expressively, and encourage others to do so.

The closed list PR voting system puts power in the hands of political parties: you cannot vote for individual candidates from a party you can only vote for the whole list. On principle I’m therefore going to be voting for someone who is standing independent of any party list.

UPDATE 03 June 2009 16:04 – I’m endorsing Jan Jananayagam. Remember polls close 10pm tonight.

Back the Cross River Tram

Mayor Boris has decided to review all the various transport projects in London. Whilst this happens it’s important to show levels of public support for important initiatives. So please take a few moments to sign the petition in support of the Cross River Tram. Especially if you are one of the many people who has to find a vacant arm pit to squeeze your head into on the Northern Line every morning, or breath in all the bus fumes in Bloomsbury!

Even better why not write to the Mayor and your local London Assembly representative? Get your responses in good time for the 9th of September when the London Assembly’s Transport Committee will be looking at CRT.

Here’s a summary of some the benefits of the CRT:

  • Carrying over 90 million passengers per year.
  • Giving passengers travelling to work on the Victoria, Northern & Piccadilly lines a more comfortable journey as it will help relieve passenger congestion.
  • Reducing crowding at Euston, Camden Town and Elephant & Castle.
  • Providing access to over 200,000 residents with better access to employment, health and leisure opportunities.
  • Reduce car usage by over 2 million trips per year as people switch to this environmentally friendly option.
  • An estimated reduction in CO2 emissions of over 19,000 tonnes.
  • Enhance access by providing around 30 new fully accessible stops throughout central London.

There is a real risk that some local objections to details of the route in Camden may be used by those Conservative AMs opposed to trams to derail the whole scheme. So please lend CRT your support.