CONGESTION CHARGE DEBT – YES YOU CAN, PRESIDENT OBAMA!

With the recent publicity over the outstanding Congestion Charge payments due from embassies in London (see pdf document here), triggered by the arrival of the new US ambassador representing the…

PEDALLING FOR THE FUTURE

Last week I had an opportunity to pedal for the future when Oxfam held a screening of The Age of Stupid at the Laban Centre off Deptford Road, as our…

President Obama should order fines paid

Londonwide Assembly Member Murad Qureshi has written to President Obama requesting a Presidential Decree to ensure the US Embassy in London pays its backlog of congestion charge fines. Transport for…

Murad slams Mayor’s paltry eco-fund

London Assembly Member, Murad Qureshi, has criticised the Mayor’s latest move to win over the green lobby by offering a £4 million fund supposed to kick-start innovative energy efficiency measures. …

BLACK CABS: THEY’LL BE THE DEATH OF US

The black cab is one of London’s most famous icons. Along with Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and the Routemaster bus, it regularly features in stock footage for films set in…

CHINA IS STILL BOOMING

During my recent trip to China to attend a conference on air quality in Shanghai it became quite clear to me that, while the first phase of the recession has…

Have the Mayor’s actions on air quality undermined Olympic bid?

Speaking three years before the Olympics come to London, Murad Qureshi, Labour’s environment spokesman on the London Assembly, has expressed concern that the city’s bid may have been undermined by…

Mayor admits black cabs need to clean up their act – but won’t reinstate six-monthly checks

In response to questions from Labour’s environment spokesperson on the London Assembly, Murad Qureshi, the Mayor admitted this week that emissions of small particulates – especially problematic for Londoners suffering…

BORIS ON THE ENVIRONMENT: CHARM, BLUSTER AND HOT AIR

On a number of fronts, it has become all too clear what the environment strategy Boris Johnson is offering to Londoners actually consists of: a bit of charm with a…