As part of a longer report looking at developments in the Nine Elms area of Wandsworth, Alastair Greener was given an exclusive interview with Courtney Austrian from the new American Embassy. Here's a short excerpt from that interview...
This Symposium is a key event of the Community held at the largest mosque in Western Europe and this year marks the 14th to date. The event promotes a deeper understanding of Islam and other faiths and seeks to inspire a concerted effort for lasting peace. This year’s theme is Global conflicts and the need for Justice.
More than 800 guests attend the unique event including Secretaries of State, parliamentarians, diplomats, faith and civic leaders as well as representatives from numerous charities and faith communities. Guests will also get an opportunity to be given a guided tour of the mosque complex. Various dignitaries will give short speeches and the highlight of the event will be the keynote address by the Khalifa of Islam.
Reproduced with kind permission of Muslim TV Ahmadiyaa, MTA.
For more information about the plans for Twickenham Riverside please see below:
Here are a selection of comments from the 2,300 strong Lido petition so far:
LC, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
This is a must for Twickenham's long term regeneration!
A great and sound idea to really rejuvenate the riverside. Self funding and fully costed so minimal cost to the local tax payers.
JA, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I would like to see more in Twickenham than pubs and charity shops.
GR,TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I am a local resident that would use this facility.
SN, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I'd really like to see a lido in Twickenham and it would be an amazing feature for the riverside which seems to have strong financial support.
MB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
At last something positive being developed for the people of Twickenham. It has been idle for far too long!
SD, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It will bring a whole new lease of life to the area and generate business. We need this as the town centre is starting to die and shops are closing down.
Alastair Greener brings you the latest roundup of Parliamentiary candidates from the SW London region. These 30 second pitches plus many more can be found on www.simplepolitics.co.uk or follow them on Twitter with hashtag #30SecondPitch.
Not everyone knows the name of their local MP let alone their face, voice or what they stand for. Alastair Greener spoke to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan when he was running for re-election as Tooting's Member of Parliament.
Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce has just appointed the MP for Battersea, Jane Ellison as its first President and Sarah Banham, Communications Director of Battersea Power Station, as Vice President.
Richard Tracey from the GLA and Nick Smales from Wandworth Council were present as well as about 70 people attended from a wide variety of businesses and organisations, including a strong presence from the care sector, South Thames College, and Wandsworth Chamber and guests.
Councillors met at Wandsworth Town Hall to decide whether Tooting's Wheatsheaf pub should be afforded special protection from a change of purpose. MP Sadiq Khan spoke to us before and after the meeting with this update. Pia Jackson reports.
Laura Cornelius picks up on a local campaign to save the historic and popular Wheatsheaf pub in Tooting Bec. Supported by MP Sadiq Khan, we follow the story from South West London to Parliament...