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Today I quizzed the Chancellor about transitional arrangements as we leave the EU.

This is a really important issue for British businesses, and could have a huge impact on jobs and the economy going forward.

The time to get this right and provide certainty is now. Businesses are likely to make decisions in the coming months about where they place jobs and assets, so it's important that the government provides clarity sooner rather than later.

You can read the Guardian's write up of the questioning here

Wes Quizzes Chancellor on Transitional Arrangements

Today I quizzed the Chancellor about transitional arrangements as we leave the EU. This is a really important issue for British businesses, and could have a huge impact on jobs...

21761489_1399282360121329_6674244831944927811_n.jpgI've lost count of the number of times I've driven past The Guide Dogs Training School on Manor Road. Today I actually got to visit for a briefing on key issues facing guide dog owners, a tour of the kennels and an experience of what it's like to walk around the area entirely reliant on a guide dog.

Initially I was disorientated and very nervous about being reliant on a person and then an assistance dog to guide me around.

Once I got over my initial discombobulation, a few things struck me (not literally thankfully!). The first was that the surfacing and layouts of pavements really mattered to me. Every lump and bump on the road was a challenge. Where pavement crossings weren't clearly marked out I wasn't always sure whether I was back on the pavement or in the road. Crossing the road was already a challenge as the guide dogs can't make judgements about when it's safe to cross. I had to rely entirely on my own hearing. Having well designed pavements with small bumps by crossings really helps work out where to cross - especially if the pavement doesn't have a clear kerb.

The second thing I noticed was that everything that brushed past my hand came as a shock - and an unpleasant one at that.

The final thing I noticed was how reliant I was on hearing. This might seem like an obvious point, but it does mean that I felt particularly vulnerable to risks I couldn't hear - like a passer by walking softly or a bicycle going past on the road. It made me think more about how we could all be more considerate if we see someone blind or partially sighted. It definitely shows how important things like audio announcements are on public transport.

I was really grateful to the whole team for their time. Following hot on the heels of my meeting with Transport for All last week, I definitely have a great deal of expert advice and some first hand experience to feed into Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's transport strategy for Transport for London.

 

Guide Dogs Training School Visit

I've lost count of the number of times I've driven past The Guide Dogs Training School on Manor Road. Today I actually got to visit for a briefing on key issues...

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I'm so pleased for Oakfield campaigners who've mounted one of the most professional and effective campaigns I have ever seen. With patience, persistence and determination they put forward a well-argued and well-evidenced case to save a much-loved community space. They deserve all of the credit for this outcome.

I am also relieved that the Local Plan will now go ahead without the inclusion of the proposed Oakfield development. Labour's commitment to build new homes and regenerate our town centres is just what this borough needs after years of Tory inaction and neglect.

You can read more here

Victory for Oakfield Campaigners

I'm so pleased for Oakfield campaigners who've mounted one of the most professional and effective campaigns I have ever seen. With patience, persistence and determination they put forward a well-argued...

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