Sadiq Khan recently revealed that more than half of London's clubs have closed in the past eight years. This steep decline of licensed venues, due to forced closures, could cause more harm than good by encouraging clubbers to attend unlicensed venues, including illegal raves. These unregulated environments lack the appropriate security, and health and safety measures to manage potential drug misuse.
Pete Tong MBE, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Carl Cox, the Chemical Brothers, Annie Mac, Sasha, DJ Goldie MBE, Andy C and BBC Radio 1's B.Traits are just a few of the famous DJs who have come out in support of Fabric. Most of these DJs scarcely play at the club themselves -- it's not a self-interest thing. They recognise the important contribution Fabric has made to the UK music scene.
Our current approach of criminalising drug use, in the hope that it dissuades people from taking drugs, is a failure; the numbers of drug-related deaths in England, Wales, and Scotland are currently the highest ever recorded. It's time for the UK to change its approach to drug use.
Putting defibrillators in London's phone boxes has the potential to hundreds of lives across the capital every year. In 2014/15, London Ambulance S...
On open letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and London Mayor Sadiq Khan...
True acceptance means welcoming all shapes and sizes. By banning an image of a slim woman, what message are we then endorsing about being slim? Is being thin wrong as well? Instead of demonising just another body type, we need to take control and responsibility of our own reactions. Why not refuse to buy magazines or watch programmes which diminish women, snub diet talk in the office, reject the diet industry and its product and advocate self-love.
London is the love of my life. Our magnificent capital has been my happy home for 29 years. But every day my heart sinks a little lower, as I watch more flash developments slowly devour the city's vibrancy, diversity and soul. Billboards advertising "luxury flats coming soon" may as well read "your time is up, millennials!" The cost of living here is spiralling out of control, and the burden is becoming too much for the young to bear.
One of THE biggest challenges facing London's new Mayor is protection of the green belt against the need to build vast numbers of new homes. This issue requires a clear and defined approach with robust, detailed and principled policies.
Only rules at a European level can truly clean up the air we breathe. For the sake of the British people, the UK government must stop its drive to undermine these new laws, learn from the mistakes of the past, and take the necessary action to address this growing public health crisis.
The seas of politics are stormy and any boat, however well positioned, may find itself sunk by unexpected squalls. Nonetheless, if you are passing a bookie in the next day or two and fancy a flutter on the identity of the next Labour Prime Minister, Sadiq Khan is a name you should keep in mind.
It would be stating the blindingly obvious to say that London has a housing crisis. But before you flip to the next article, ponder this: in a city with a chronic housing shortage, how can there be so many empty flats owned by overseas investors, and our own London borough councils?
A week that seemed to start off so well for Sadiq Khan, has already fallen apart and it's only Wednesday. Given his swift u-turn on this pledge and others he made during his election campaign, one is left wondering what else the new mayor will fail to deliver for Londoners.
For every person killed in London by a traffic accident, nearly a hundred are killed by low air quality. Imagine if that was reversed, if London's traffic was killing ten thousand people a year through collisions, would we still accept it as the price of urban living? How many thousands of deaths would we tolerate if we could see them happening on our streets?
Islamophobia is a problem in Europe certainly, but Trump's reckless hatred and stupidity is just as worrying for most Europeans. Trump may have retreated from his policy, but it is already set in stone; if the people of America elect Trump this November, they will be the nervously laughing stock of the world.
London is in the midst of nothing short of a health crisis. Over 2,000 schools are within 400 metres of roads carrying more than 10,000 people per day - we are quite literally poisoning our children. The cost to the NHS is likely to run into the hundreds of millions, if not billions. And yet all the time, the number of cars on London's roads continues to climb. Only a radical solution of the kind set out by the Mayor on Friday will ensure London is cleaner, healthier and safer in the years to come.
The election of Sadiq Khan is a breath of fresh air in a political system plagued by neoliberal orthodoxy and corruption through private interests. While not the ideal candidate to nail down London as the land of Corbyn, his win, for the left, was certainly a triumph - of sorts.