Cheapside Christmas lights switch-on

This year I had the honour of speaking alongside The Lady Mayoress at the annual Christmas lights switch-on outside 150 Cheapside. Organised by the Cheapside Business Alliance in support of the City of London Police’s christmas appeal. I took the opportunity to thank local businesses, the Cheapside Business Alliance and police officer for all their making Cheapside – as The Lady Mayoress said placed in the heart of the City – an amazing place to work and visit!

2019 Annual Christmas lights switch-on at Cheapside

City of London Corporation adopts International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition on Anti-Semitism

Proud I was present at the @cityoflondon full council meeting in December together with my Ward of Cheap colleagues where we unanimously adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition on Anti-Semitism. Sending a clear message against anti-semitism in our society.

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Inspiring excellence – The City’s commitment to education

This month we celebrated the 10th anniversary of The City Academy, Hackney. Truly inspirational to see amazing achievements of our students. Thanks to Sheriff Michael Mainelli for opening the event and handing out the prizes. It was an honour as Deputy Chair and sponsor lead for the City of London Corporation to represent the governors. ‪

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What we have done – 2019 annual report

Every Autumn the Ward of Cheap team provides an update on the work we have done over the last few months to represent local residents and City workers. In this edition we provide an update on two resolutions adopted by the annual Ward meeting in March – asking what the City of London is doing to tackle homelessness and improve diversity in our institutions. Our report also covers the Plastic Free City initiative, investment strategy, action to improve air quality and measure to promote social mobility and support education across London. You can read all about it here.

Rainbow Pride flag flies over Square Mile landmarks

The rainbow flag has been flying over a number of the Square Mile’s landmarks this week to mark the City’s support for LGBTQ+ communities, in celebration of London Pride. On Monday I joined fellow Councillors, Aldermen, staff and representatives of Pride networks from City businesses, the Armed Forces as well as our own City of London Police, for a flag raising ceremony led by the Lord Mayor Peter Estlin.

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City workers and residents discuss road safety, air quality, rough sleeping and diversity

Last week the annual meeting of the Ward of Cheap – called ‘Wardmote’ or meeting of citizens in the City – took place in the beautiful surroundings of the Goldsmiths’ Hall. Over 50 local City workers and residents attended to receive a report from and quizzed the Alderman and three local Councillors. There were questions about road safety at Ludgate Circus, access for black cabs to Bank Junction, congestion, air quality, the Corporation’s gender identity survey and the tradition of the City’s political independence. In addition, the meeting debated and adopted two resolutions one on rough sleeping and one regarding diversity.

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Business breakfast with City Minister

This week the team of Alderman and Common Councillors for the Ward of Cheap organised a business breakfast with City Minister John Glen MP. Over 20 representatives from businesses based in our Ward discussed Brexit, future role of the City of London, opportunities in trade, skills and new immigration system.