Archive for January 2017

Vote For Your Next Youth MP

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Voting is underway to elect Westminster’s representatives at the UK Youth Parliament.

The two winners of the election will serve a one-year term, and will represent the views and voices of young people across Westminster.


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The Prime Minister, Theresa May’s Chinese New Year Message

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The Prime Minister, Theresa May, sends her best wishes to everyone in Britain, China and around the world celebrating Chinese New Year.

To view her video message click the link below, or you can read her message below.


I want to send my best wishes to everyone in Britain, China and around the world celebrating Chinese New Year. 
From the fairs in Beijing, to the fireworks in Hong Kong and the parades here in London, families and communities will come together and look to the year ahead – the Year of the Rooster. 
And what a year it is set to be – particularly for the relationship between Britain and China. 
Our starting point is stronger than ever before. 
We had the historic state visit of President Xi just 15 months ago.  
We receive more Chinese investment than any other major European country. 
We’ve got around 150,000 Chinese students studying here and the number of Chinese tourists visiting has doubled in five years. 
Meanwhile, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, our countries are working together on the most pressing global issues. 
This year also marks some important anniversaries: 20 years since the handover of Hong Kong to China; and 45 years of ambassadorial relations between our countries. 
I want us to take this chance to build on all the ties we share – in business, diplomacy, education, tourism and culture – as we forge a new role for Britain, as the most outward-looking, free-trading nation in the world. 
Indeed, I look forward to making another visit to China, following my trip to Hangzhou last year, which was my first visit outside Europe as Prime Minister and my first meeting with President Xi. 
And it is an auspicious time. The Rooster – the Fire Rooster – represents so many of the characteristics we need to employ in that endeavour: openness, confidence, hard work and leadership. 
These aren’t alien concepts to any of us. 
Indeed, they are characteristics demonstrated day in, day out by the British Chinese community. 
For this is a community that makes an enormous contribution to our society – proving that the strength and success of this country rests on dedication, diversity and a deep spirit of citizenship among our people. 
So as the lanterns are lit and the dumplings are served, let me wish you and your family, wherever you are, a very happy and healthy New Year. 
“Xin Nian Kuai Le”


Improving Air Quality Across Westminster

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Conservatives on Westminster City Council have taken further action to deal with air pollution in our area.

From 4th February Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) will be issued to repeat offenders who ignore calls to turn off their car engines when they are not moving.

Residents may know that in 2016 it became an offence in Westminster to leave a vehicle’s engine running while stationary for more than a minute, and while on-the-spot fines were introduced, the new update will go further to improving our environment.

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Road Closures For Chinese New Year

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There will be a number of road closures as part of this year's Chinese New Year celebrations.

On Saturday 28th January there will be closures in Chinatown, and there will be further closures around Trafalgar Square between 7am and 8pm on Sunday 29th.

There may be an impact on surrounding roads.

Transport for London have outlined more information here.

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Supporting The Bloomsbury Association Against London’s First Underground Hotel

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Alongside colleagues from Westminster and Camden Council’s, local MPs and members of the GLA I have expressed my disappointment over the planning inspectorate’s recent decision to grant consent to an underground hotel.

The proposals relate to an application to convert an underground car park on the corner of Great Russell Street and Tottenham Court Road into a 166-bedroom hotel located four and five levels beneath the former YMCA, now the 720 room St. Giles Hotel.

My full comments, along with the full story, are available below, or by viewing the article here.

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New Young Professionals Networking Event in Westminster

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The Westminster Business Council is launching a new networking group for young professionals from across the Borough.
 
The events are aimed at people between 20 and 29 years of age, and will seek to help young professionals grow their network as well as to help them get an edge in the job market.

The launch event will be held on 26th January, from 6.30pm at Zen China Restaurant.

For more information about the event, or to book tickets, please click here.

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