Enfield & Haringey Residents Urged To Have Say on Brexit

Local residents and businesses in Enfield & Haringey are being asked to give their views on Brexit and what it means for them and their families. A year on from the vote to leave the European Union (EU), Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, has launched a survey to get local views on how Brexit will impact on a wide range of issues including jobs, the cost of living and public services. Ms McCartney said the government have a “duty to listen to what Londoners want” out of the negotiations.

In the EU in June 2016, 48.1 per cent of voters chose to remain in the EU, whilst 51.9 per cent chose to leave.

Yet London bucked the national trend with 59.9 per cent choosing remain. In Enfield 56% voted remain, with 44% voting leave. Similarly in Haringey, 75% voted remain and 24% voted leave. The majority of businesses in London and the UK also backed continued EU membership.

Whilst polling shows that the majority of Londoners would still like to remain in the EU, negotiations are underway to leave the union with Brexit expected to be completed by March 2019. Ms McCartney is now asking local people and business about the type of Brexit they would like to see and what issues they think the government should focus on in the negotiations. She will present the findings in a report later this year to ensure local priorities are taken on board by Ministers.

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“We’re a year on from Brexit, people have had some time to process the result, and we now want to hear what people’s thoughts and concerns are as we start to move through the negotiations.

“Brexit negotiations are going to take time and there is a lot of uncertainty, but it is vital local people and local businesses have a voice. The government have a duty to listen to what Londoners want out of the deal they’re trying to secure. I’ll be asking the Mayor to ensure local priorities are fed through to Ministers and are truly taken on board.”

Hard work of local health staff recognised

Labour London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney, visited Highgate Group Practice on World Health Day to see first-hand the services they provide to local residents.

The visit was organised by the Londonwide Local Medical Committees who represent NHS GPs. Ms McCartney met with their CEO, Michelle Drage and local practitioners to discuss discussed the challenges facing primary care today.

They discussed the need to improve co-ordination between different NHS trusts and to provide better transport links to mental health services. Health staff also raised concerns around recruitment and retention.

The challenges form part of a wider strain on local health services in recent years, with general practice threatened by a shortage of GPs. In 2015, GPonline calculated that by 2020, Haringey will need an extra 35 GPs and Enfield will need at least 84 more in order to keep up with demand.

Ms McCartney praised health staff for their hard work and said “their importance in keeping us healthy cannot be understated.”

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“It was wonderful to mark World Health Day by seeing the hard work that our GPs do for our local community I want to thank Highgate Group Practice for welcoming me.”

“Practitioners form the frontline of our NHS and with the closure of several large A&E departments their importance in keeping us healthy cannot be understated.”

“With the NHS being such a key part of our society, it was good to get a better understanding of the challenges that our GPs face. With a growing population, we must ensure that our health service is able to cope in the years ahead so that London’s GPs are able to continue to provide a good service.”

Mosques are “important part” of community

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, has praised the charitable and interfaith work done by mosques in Haringey. She made the remarks at Wightman Road Mosque as part of the national Visit My Mosque event, which saw over 150 mosques across the country open their doors to the wider public.

Ms McCartney visited the Mosque on Sunday and was accompanied by local councillors and members of the public. There she saw the work they do to benefit the local community, including meeting children from across Haringey who take extra English and Maths lessons at the mosque.

The Visit My Mosque scheme, which is organised by the Muslim Council of Britain, first started three years ago with around 20 mosques taking part. It aims to reduce misconceptions about Islam and Muslims in Britain, and to celebrate the charitable, outreach, and social action projects run by mosques across the country.

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“I was delighted to visit Wightman Road Mosque and learn more about Islamic traditions. Like other places of worship, mosques form an important part of our community and do vital charitable as well as inter-faith work. Events such as Visit My Mosque are a great way to showcase this.

“London is the most vibrant and diverse city on the planet. As the Mayor says, we don’t simply tolerate each other’s differences, we celebrate them. This is particularly important to highlight in the current political context.

“Schemes like Visit My Mosque are vital not only in helping to build an understanding of our different cultures, but show that London is Open.”

Haringey women’s group meet Mayor of London

Joanne McCartney AM invited the Turkish Women’s Philanthropic Association to City Hall where they listened to Mayor’s Question Time. Afterwards the group met with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and presented him with a tapestry plaque to thank him for his work as Mayor.

This month’s Mayor’s Question Time saw Sadiq Khan answering questions on the London Ambulance Service call handling, improving poor air quality, and help with rental deposits for public sector workers. Ms McCartney has encouraged local residents to come along to the monthly meetings at City Hall to find out more about the positive impact of the Mayor and London Assembly.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I was delighted to meet the women from the Turkish Women’s Philanthropic Association and to receive their thoughtful gift. Here in London we don’t just tolerate our diversity, we respect and celebrate it – and it was great to learn about what they are doing to support other women and the Turkish community in Haringey.”

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:  “It was great to welcome the women from the TWPA to City Hall and to see our London government at work. Our meetings are open to the public and I would encourage everyone to come to future meetings to find out more about what the Assembly and the Mayor do to improve Londoners’ lives.”

Chair of the TWPA, Sinem Arica said: “It was wonderful to visit City Hall. It was a real privilege to meet Sadiq Khan and present him with a plaque from the TWPA. We wish him all the best for the rest of his time as Mayor”

Joanne joins first ever ‘Walk the Met’

The period leading up to Christmas is one of the busiest for the Metropolitan police. Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, joined local officers to get an insight into the extra demands placed on officers keeping London safe throughout the festive period.

Ms McCartney joined PC James Flesher and PCSO Mark Tilley to walk the beat for a morning in Enfield. They spent time around Albany Park and spoke to local residents about their concerns. Some of the issues raised included anti-social behaviour and gang activity.

The Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said:

“It’s great that so many politicians are walking the streets with local police officers, getting a real feel about what policing London is about.

“At Christmas, officers continue to work around the clock and protect London whilst people are enjoying their festivities, so we hope this helps highlight the challenges our officers face and their year-round dedication.”

Local Labour London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM said:

“It was a pleasure to join officers from Enfield last week.

“Our officers work hard all year round but seeing the extra challenges the festive period can bring was very insightful. It was a chance to see first-hand how officers have responded to growing pressure on resources and it was impressive to see that they are still able to deliver a professional service with diligence and dedication.

“I am very supportive of the Walk the Met initiative and do hope it becomes a new Christmas tradition for Enfield and indeed for London.”