I fear cuts to education will damage music in our borough’s schools

Last night I was lucky enough to watch an inspiring concert at the South Bank Centre involving 1,300 children from 25 schools across Wandsworth. The Brighter Sound concert is one of those precious and inspiring “extras” that well-funded, well-supported schools are able to offer their students. The Mayor of London’s Music Fund, the Arts Council…

Triggering Article 50 – what it means for me

As I have already been reminded, today isn’t about me. But it is my birthday. And this is my blog so I hope you will indulge me. The European Communities Act was created in 1972; the year I was born. Today, my 45th birthday, we have begun the process by which we unravel it. If…

Taking on the traffic in Furzedown!

Tackling dangerous driving and parking in the ward is something I have been wrestling with for a many months. Welham Road, between Furzedown and Graveney Schools, experiences particularly bad problems, though the roads around both Eardley and Penwortham Schools also suffer from traffic, which has a detrimental effect on air quality and is dangerous for…

Larger 20 mph signage requested by residents and delivered!

Residents from Clairview Road recently contacted me to ask if I could get the Council to install more prominent 20mph signage on their road to deter speeding. I’m delighted to say that just 2 weeks later, Clairview Road is boasting the clearest 20mph signs in the ward! The 20 mph story… Last year, Wandsworth Council…

How can we oppose the proposed cuts of £16m to Wandsworth’s Schools?

Schools in Wandsworth are set to lose £15,612,273 by 2020, as a result of the Government’s so-called “Fairer Funding Formula” and other budget pressures, according to figures released by the National Union of Teachers (NUT). The cuts are equivalent to the loss of 419 teachers borough-wide or a cut of £603 per pupil in Wandsworth….

Nevertheless She Persisted

Last night’s Tooting Labour event to mark International Women’s Day was a fantastic celebration of talented local women. The venue was rammed – standing room only and the atmosphere was celebratory and inclusive. Thought I’d share a few pictures of the audience having a good time.. and a few more.. and some of the performers……