Search

Keir Starmer MP: ‘I will defend residents’ vital interests’

PUBLISHED: 07:39 18 January 2018

Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer. Picture: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA WIRE

Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer. Picture: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA WIRE

PA Wire/PA Images

In his latest column, Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer outlines his priorities for the year ahead.

January is well underway but it’s not too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

2017, with a snap general election and the start of the Brexit talks, was a turbulent and demanding year for my team in Parliament and, I am sure, for many of you too.

2018 may be just as eventful, but let’s hope that it is peaceful and positive. In that spirit, I want to take this opportunity to set out my priorities for the months ahead.

First and foremost, of course, Brexit will continue to dominate the national agenda and my task will be to lead for the opposition in holding the government to account and shaping events as we go forward.

At the end of last year, the government finally secured agreement on the first stage of negotiations with the European Union. That was an important moment, but the next stage of the negotiations will be much harder.

In the next few months, I will continue to argue and press for strong transitional arrangements to come into effect in March 2019.

It is obvious that a final deal with the EU will not be completed by then and anything less than transitional arrangements on the same basic terms as we currently have with the EU will be bad for Holborn & St Pancras, bad for the economy and bad for the country.

The fact that just before Christmas we won an important victory in Parliament giving MPs a vote on the Article 50 deal before it is finalised is crucial. It allows Parliament a much greater role and say on the Brexit negotiations.

There are many issues closer to home that will also demand my time and attention. From the NHS to housing, education to air quality, and HS2 to crime.

Since becoming your MP, I have pledged to champion these issues in Westminster and in the constituency - and I will continue to do so.

HS2 will have a devastating impact on our local communities and the scale of the disruption residents will face is unprecedented. The concerns that residents have are rightly brought to my attention at my advice clinics, in my meetings with community groups and at public meetings. I will stand by our residents and defend their vital interests.

Turning to our local schools, which we should be proud of, my stance is clear. We should support our family of schools and protect them from threatened cuts. That is why I have held a number of public meetings on the issue and campaigned with others to reverse the government’s funding proposals. On a lighter note, one of the best things about being an MP is meeting with school children to hear about their ideas and ambitions for the future. It’s also an opportunity for them to ask me questions – which is a much more daunting prospect than you might imagine!

And finally, youth crime. I have been deeply concerned about the recent spike in moped robberies and the levels of knife crime in London – and indeed – Camden. It’s clear more must done to tackle this issue and that’s why I’m pleased to have been appointed to co-chair Camden Council’s Youth Safety Taskforce to take action to support and protect young people in the community.

So, in 2018, I intend to continue to be as accessible as before. I look forward to meeting, talking and working with as many of you as possible. If there is ever anything you would like to discuss with me please get in touch; and if you see me out and about, come up and say hello.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Friday, December 7, 2018

British Transport Police are looking to speak to a man about three women being racially abused on an underground train.

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Carlton Tavern could be reopened in April, nine months after the planning inspectorate told them to rebuild it.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Coffee isn’t the only thing Deniz Korkmaz is brewing up in Kentish Town.

Friday, December 7, 2018

We chat to five local designers and artists who tell us about the one thing they must have or do at home that puts them in the Christmas mood

Friday, December 7, 2018

An application to redevelop a house in Swiss Cottage, owned by an off-shore company linked to an address in the Panama Papers and billionaire property mogul Sol Zakay, has been approved.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Two sisters from Muswell Hill were lucky enough to meet the Queen this week after playing a pivotal role in publication of a book about an adoption pioneer.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Fears of rising knife crime dominated a community meeting held in West Hampstead last night, while local police called on vigilant locals to help them do their jobs by making sure to report crime.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now