Heathrow third runway pollution plan ‘inadequate’

There are "clear inadequacies" in pollution safeguards imposed on the planned expansion of Heathrow Airport, London Assembly members have said. Measures against the impact of a third runway were not…

Making the Thames a proper highway

On 6 January, Mayor of London Boris Johnson was the featured speaker at the launch of Policy Exchange’s new report At a Rate of Knots, which advocates the use of…

MUTINEERS, ASSASSINS & WAR CRIMINALS

It’s now a year since I went over to see the elections in Bangladesh which brought a civilian government back into power with a huge popular mandate. During its first…

BORIS PREACHING GREENERY @ COPENHAGEN

As often happens with the newly converted, Boris is now piously preaching to the rest of us on all matters green, for example in his latest Telegraph column on his way…

MUSLIM STATES AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Oil refinery in Qatar Speaking at a meeting of its Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation at Istanbul in November, Bangladeshi president Zillur Rahman called on the Organisation of…

London’s not so green, nor so pleasant

London is not as environmentally progressive as the Mayor would have us believe, according to research done by the Economist Intelligence Unit. While Boris Johnson has been playing up London’s…

QUEEN’S PARK BY-ELECTION, CITY OF WESTMINSTER

The immediate political consequence of the death of my father Mushtaq Qureshi, who was a serving Councillor for the Queen’s Park ward in the City of Westminster, was that a…

LONDON CALLING FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE

Last week the London Assembly Environment Committee and Oxfam jointly organised a Climate Hearing at City Hall, where we heard for the first time from London’s traditional and diaspora communities about the…

SUN JOURNALISM AT ITS WORST

Today when scanning the front-page headlines in my local newsagent one in particular caught my eye, and it did not surprise me to see it on the front of the Sun: “We…

THE GOLAN HEIGHTS: THE FORGOTTEN SETTLEMENTS ISSUE

This is the text of the chapter I contributed to the Labour Friends of Palestine pamphlet, Stop Building Hatred. THE occupation of the West Bank is rightly seen as central to the…