Times’ letters: Cleaning Brent and remember the Holocaust

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 January 2019

Brent Council is bringing cleaning services back in house. Picture: Brent Council

Brent Council is bringing cleaning services back in house. Picture: Brent Council


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times’ readers this week.

Pleased cleaning returned to Brent

Claire Harper, Brent, writes:

At last some common sense.

It’s completely right that estate cleaning services are under Brent Council’s control.

I expect to see a general improvement in the treatment of staff and the conditions they work in. This service is a vital component in our communities.

Learn from Holocaust

Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, writes:

This January, at more than 11,000 events across the country, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (Sunday).

Holocaust Memorial Day is a time to remember all those affected by the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution, as well as genocides which have taken place more recently in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. As well as remembering what happened, we also find ways to take positive action and make sure they can never happen again.

The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation and has implications for us all. Without a basic understanding of this recent history, we are in danger of failing to learn where a lack of respect for difference and hostility to others can ultimately lead. With a rise in reported hate crime in the UK and ongoing international conflicts at risk of genocide, our world can feel fragile and vulnerable. We cannot be complacent.

Each of us has a responsibility to know what happened. Thankfully, more people than ever before are taking part in our annual commemorations to learn lessons from genocide and help create a better future.

For more information on how you can get involved with this year’s events, go to

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