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View from City Hall: Working together to tackle knife crime

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 August 2018

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August is a traditionally quiet political month but life has been as busy as ever at City Hall and in the constituency.

I will be hosting a meeting with Stephen Timms MP on serious violent crime at the end of the month.

This will provide an opportunity for City & East constituents to provide their views and suggestions on how to tackle it locally, which will help to guide our respective work programmes.

He is on a parliamentary committee looking at the Offensive Weapons Bill and I am deputy chairman of the Police Committee at City Hall.

I would encourage as many members of the community as possible to attend the meeting on August 30 at the Trinity Centre in East Ham.

Please email me at: unmeshdesai.desai@london.gov.uk to register your interest in attending.

I hosted a visit from Newham All Star Sports Academy’s ‘Carry a Basketball Not a Blade’ project which is this year celebrating its 10th anniversary.

This inspiring and invaluable project has reached thousands of young people across Newham schools and colleges and seeks to educate young people on the dangers of carrying a knife and the positive opportunities that can arise from participation in sport.

Another local organisation, Equip Boys Summer Camp also recently visited City Hall, and I gained an insight into how the young people taking part are mentored to cultivate life, career, entrepreneurial and active citizenship skills.

I would strongly urge community groups to apply for the next round of investment from the Mayor of London’s £45 million Young Londoners Fund.

Unfortunately, this summer has seen an upsurge in far-right extremism and we must remain vigilant and united against it.

I recently spoke at a Stand Up to Racism event in Canning Town, and a solidarity gathering at the recently attached Bookmarks book shop in Central London.

On a more positive note, the Latin American Festival in West Ham was a vibrant affair and showcased everything that is positive about our borough.

Newham’s cultural diversity in action will always be our core strength.

Finally, all the best to West Ham as the new season kicks off!

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