Taking the plunge

I said I would and now I have. My new year’s resolution to get fit is well on its way to fulfilment thanks to our new Kensington Leisure Centre. So excited in fact that last week I set off there determined to squeeze myself into a faded pair of trunks and test the water. It’s amazing how those trunks shrink when they’ve been out of the water for a while. Continue reading

Alan Johnson back on his old North Ken stomping grounds

Alan Johnson MP talking with social workersIn the febrile atmosphere of a general election campaign I have to be careful what I say, but anyway here goes: I rather like Alan Johnson, even though he is a Labour MP.

It’s certainly true that I’ve never actually met him, but I have seen him on the telly and I have read This Boy, the superb first volume of his memoirs. Continue reading

Nick opens up about the race to be the Conservative candidate for Kensington

As the world and his wife now knows, Sir Malcolm Rifkind is to stand down at the next general election and one of the most desirable parliamentary seats in the country is therefore up for grabs.

There is at least one formidable lady who has already asked me straight out whether I harbour any such ambitions to fill the vacancy. Continue reading

Budget speech 2015

Cllr Paget-Brown’s Budget speech Wednesday 4 March 2015

Madam Mayor,

I am very pleased to present the Budget for 2015-2016. I regret to say that whilst the national economic background has brightened considerably since my last Budget speech, the financial prospects for local government have not. Continue reading