MP speaks up for Kilburn

by Will Davies Only one MP has spoken up about Kilburn in the House of Commons since the last General Election, the Times can reveal. Although Kilburn is currently served by three members of parliament, Sarah Teather, Lib Dem MP for Brent

by Will Davies

Only one MP has spoken up about Kilburn in the House of Commons since the last General Election, the Times can reveal.

Although Kilburn is currently served by three members of parliament, Sarah Teather, Lib Dem MP for Brent East, is the only MP to have raised issues regarding Kilburn since 2005, according to the Houses of Parliament website.

Glenda Jackson, MP for Hampstead and Highgate, has not spoken about Kilburn in 16 years as an MP.


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Karen Buck's Regent's Park & Kensington North seat only covers a small part of south Kilburn, but she has never mentioned the area and only raised Maida Vale once - campaigning against the closure of Little Venice post office.

In a letter to the Times, Ed Fordham, Lib Dem candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn said: "There are just so many local issues on which Glenda Jackson has been silent in recent years and on which she and her Government could have done so much - in fact too little has happened."

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Glenda Jackson said she preferred raising issues directly with ministers instead of speaking publicly.

Ms Teather has raised Kilburn in the House twice in the last year.

In October 2008 she asked the secretary of state for work and pensions about the impact of the closure of the Kilburn Jobcentre Plus office - which was later granted a reprieve.

In July last year she spoke about In-volve RAW, a project which targets young people, many in South Kilburn, who are thought to be at risk of or on the cusp of being involved in serious violence.

Ms Teather urged the Government to consider replicating the project in other areas of the UK.

She also asked the Government to consider a more stable way of funding such work with difficult communities, who need long-term work in order to build up trust.

w.davies@archant.co.uk

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