Maintaining our voluntary sector spending

For the fourth year in a row, we’ll maintain our spending on voluntary sector organisations. Continue reading

Magnificent giving of the City Bridge Trust

The City of London Corporation is a venerable institution, so venerable in fact that no one is quite sure when it was founded.  We can be sure that it was in existence before 1066 because William the Conqueror granted the City a charter confirming the rights and privileges that it had enjoyed prior to his arrival. Continue reading

Give what you can: if not your time your presents

With the Christmas excesses a fresh memory, I’m sure many Kensington and Chelsea residents will have started the New Year with a determination to do something positive in 2016. That could be doing more exercise, losing a bit of weight, cutting down on the alcohol or even giving up the cigarettes.

However, whilst all the above are good options – and will more than likely end up doing you a power of good – perhaps this year’s resolution could be to do something that ends up helping others? If that appeals, you might want to think about helping out as a volunteer in one of the borough’s excellent charity shops. Continue reading

Reflection on glories of the past and hope for the future

In January, we local politicians are often asked for our New Year’s resolutions, and our hopes and predictions for the coming year.

But as a conservative I naturally look on the future with apprehension and so must first steel myself by dwelling on the glories of the past.  That’s why I am starting this article with a few highlights of the year just gone. Continue reading