• July
  • 15th
  • 2009

Meet the Market

Chuka with Levi Roots and Mayor Chris Wellbelove

Chuka attended the ‘Meet the Market’ event this week, organised by the Friends of Brixton Market.

The event showcased Lambeth’s greatest market, the challenges it faces and the exciting new possibilities and projects that could see it thrive in the future. Attendees sampled the market’s finest produce including Nigerian snacks, Colombian delicacies, organic wine, rave-reviewed Neapolitan pizzas and
cupcakes.

Also in attendance was local celebrity supporter, musician and entrepreneur Levi Roots.

Friends of Brixton Market is a voluntary, not-for-profit group for customers, residents and supporters of Brixton Market, who are working to protect the market and ensure it continues to thrive.

  • July
  • 14th
  • 2009

Chuka joins Oona and Sadiq to talk representation

Chuka spoke last week at a parliamentary reception arranged by Sadiq Khan, MP for neighbouring Tooting, aimed at aimed at getting the Tooting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community more involved in politics.

  • July
  • 12th
  • 2009

Labour’s next generation campaigning in Streatham

London Young Labour activists joined Chuka campaigning in the Streatham constituency this weekend, despite the dodgy weather!

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  • July
  • 8th
  • 2009

Chuka launches Streatham tube campaign

Tube to Streatham?This week, Chuka launches a campaign to bring the tube to Streatham. He and local campaigners are calling on Mayor Boris Johnson to ensure that Streatham is considered in any future plans to extend the tube southwards, and an online petition has been set up for supporters of the campaign.

In February, Mayor Johnson stated that it is his ambition to extend the Bakerloo line southwards to Lewisham and beyond. Last week we obtained confirmation that TfL is working on these plans, looking into the feasibility of such a scheme.

Chuka is demanding to know why Streatham is not being considered for any possible southwards extension of the tube when Lewisham, for example, is already well-served by the Docklands Light Railway extension which opened in 1999.

The Bakerloo line could instead be extended southwards from Elephant & Castle via Camberwell and Brixton to Streatham. This would have the added benefit of relieving congestion on Streatham High Road.

However, The Bakerloo line is only one of the options available for bringing the tube to Streatham. The planned Crossrail 2 scheme, running from Chelsea to Hackney, would considerably relieve congestion on the Victoria line, creating the potential for an extension of the Victoria line to Streatham from Brixton.

Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Chuka said:

“I have lived here for most of my life and people have been talking about the desirability of having the tube in Streatham for as long as I can remember.

“This campaign is a long term project. Public finances are going to be tight for the next few years but we need to build up a head of steam behind this now so that when there is more money about, we are in a good position to demand it is used to finally bring the tube here.

Streatham residents’ hopes of getting a tube extension have a long history of false starts and disappointment. In the original plans for the Victoria line included in the 1946 London Plan, it was intended that the line would run to Streatham and on to Croydon. This scheme even received approval in Parliament, but was never built because of a lack of finance.

Chuka said,

“Streatham has been ignored for far too long while other areas have benefited from better transport provision. It is bad enough that our direct Thameslink connections are under threat, but the fact that TfL is looking at extending the Bakerloo line without even considering our area as a station destination, is not on. We deserve better.”

“This area would benefit hugely from a tube station. As well as obvious
benefits for local residents, it would give a massive boost to the regeneration of Streatham and the local economy.

“We are going to work together to put pressure on TfL to consider Streatham a top priority for tube improvements in South London.”

You can sign up to the petition to bring the tube to Streatham here: Bring the tube to Streatham petition

  • July
  • 8th
  • 2009

Sarah Brown at the G20

Chuka and SarahSarah Brown, the Prime Minister’s wife, is blogging from the G20 summit currently being held in L’Aquila, Italy. She hopes to give a behind-the-scenes insight into the G8, and will be attending a number of events with the other world leaders’ spouses, including an audience with the Pope.

Check out her blog and twitter page.

  • July
  • 4th
  • 2009

Chuka and Keith at the Streatham Festival

The Streatham Festival is under way.  To lend their support and enjoy what it has to offer, Chuka and Streatham MP, Keith Hill, visited one of the events - the Streatham Artists Exhibition - yesterday.  The exhibition showcases some of the best art Streatham has to offer. More details about the Streatham Festival activities taking place over the next week are here: Streatham Festival.

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  • June
  • 29th
  • 2009

Streatham Artists – Open Studios

Streatham Artists GalleryLocal artists will showcase their work to the public next weekend, unveiling a a range of contemporary art including paintings, photographs, print making and sculpture. This gives people the opportunity to buy directly from up-and-coming Streatham artists.

The event, which Chuka will be attending and is part of the Streatham Festival, will take place at ASC studios in Streatham Hill, opening on Friday evening and 11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more details and a list of artists taking part, check out the Streatham Artists website. The Open Studios weekend will be accompanied by a number of local events over the coming weeks, including a seminar on art in Iraq and a collograph print demonstration.

On the 18th and 19th of July, Josephine Avenue in Brixton will be transformed into a free outdoor art fair, Urban Art 2009. In October, artists across the borough will open their doors as part of Lambeth Open.

  • June
  • 29th
  • 2009

5 things Labour is doing to lead the way on Green issues

1. Climate Change Act – We have made sure Britain leads the world in ambition on targets to reduce carbon emissions by introducing this Act.  It make us the first country in the world to put carbon reduction targets into law, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to 80% less than 1990 levels.

2. Renewable energy – This has doubled in five years and the Labour’s aim is to generate 15% of our energy from renewables by 2020.

3. The Great British Refurb – Labour has insulated 5 million homes since 2002 and, by regulating the energy companies, we are insulating a further 6 million homes between now and 2012, with every suitable loft and cavity being insulated by 2015.

4. Smart Meter - Our aim is that every home will have a smart meter by 2020. Smart meters mean the end of estimated billing and waiting for the meter man. Smart meters give people the power to cut their energy use, save money on their bills and cut their carbon emissions.

5. Transport – Labour has led in the EU by setting the toughest mandatory car emissions standards in the world, and accelerated the commercialisation of electric vehicles, many of which we now see around London’s streets. We have imposed the toughest emission standards for aviation in the world and we are introducing Crossrail which will increase rail capacity and give more local control of bus services.

  • June
  • 27th
  • 2009

Soaking up the summer sun!

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As this weekend’s summer heat wave descended over London today, Chuka took some time out with Cllr Florence Nosegbe (far right), Labour’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Youth in Lambeth, to catch up with residents of Blenheim Gardens Estate at their fantastic Fun Day in Brixton Hill ward!  Here they are in the estate garden, overseen by Simon Ghartey (crouching).  Chuka finished up the day at the Abbeville Fete in Clapham, once again successfully organised by The Church of the Holy Spirit.