5 - 9 June
Monday 5 June
I start this week, by saying like everyone, I was shocked and saddened by the terror attack at London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night.
Once again, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the families and friends of all those who were killed and injured. It is hard to comprehend and this was another senseless attack, but we must continue to stand together as one community in the face of adversity. Read my full statement here.
Today I chaired the West London Skills and Employment Board. We looked at ensuring further education and higher education colleges, and sixth form colleges, are able to support our young people to gain the skills and education needed to go on and get sustainable jobs. We will also be working closely with local businesses and major employers.
Later I joined our Chief Executive, Mary Harpley, to meet local leaders of our Muslim communities along with Hounslow Police Borough Commander, Raj Kohli. The purpose of this was to ensure we are all working together and supporting each other to protect all our communities. It was a very positive meeting.
Tuesday 6 June
Today I went to the Causeway Estate in Hounslow to meet representatives from a possible new industrial employer that could potentially create 300 jobs for local people.
I then met various youth service providers, to see if we can work together as we look to revise and improve the youth service in our borough.
Wednesday 7 June
This morning our Chief Executive, Mary Harpley, and I hosted the weekly Leader’s meeting with heads of services from across the council.
The rest of the day was spent catching up on emails and messages, as well as one-to-one meetings with council staff.
Thursday 8 June
As everyone is aware, today was General Election day. My day included doing the last of my canvassing duties before I attended the count at the Civic Centre.
It was a bustling and busy evening as we waited to see who would be representing Hounslow’s constituencies and indeed the country.
The results, like most across the country, came in the early hours and I am delighted to see Ruth Cadbury and Seema Malhotra re-elected as MPs for the constituencies of Brentford and Isleworth, and Feltham and Heston respectively.
I would like to congratulate Ruth and Seema for fighting a great campaign based on the issues that matter to our residents. This included schools, health, police and crime issues.
I, and everyone at Hounslow Council, look forward to working with them both again.
I would like to thank all Council staff who were involved in such a smoothly run election count, plus the police and emergency services who supported us. Thank you also to all those residents who turned out in great numbers to vote. General Election 2017 coverage
Friday 9 June
After being at the General Election until the early hours, it was a gentle start to Friday today!
I have a few messages and emails to catch up on.
I hope everyone has a good and safe weekend.