Issued by: Keith Reed
Embargo: Immediate, 19/01/00

Edward Davey backs local boxer

Davey welcomes Ministers decision to allow local boxer to fight.

Edward Davey MP welcomed the news that local resident, and All African Games champion and Olympic Gold medalist boxer, Jacklord Jacobs, had been granted a work permit for his forthcoming fight. Jacklord, who lives and trains locally, had been battling the Department of Education and Employment (DFEE) and Home Office bureaucrats with Edward’s help for over a year and a half. Letters of support for Jacklord were sent by the British boxing board of control and by a number of internationally renowned trainers to the Government and this intense pressure has finally paid off.

Commenting on the good news, Edward said,

"Finally sense has prevailed. Unlike Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist who was granted clearance to enter the country within 67 seconds, Jacklord didn’t have Frank Warren and the world’s press on his side. In fact, the reasons why he should be allowed to fight in this country are overwhelming."

"He is a god-fearing local resident who fully participates in the life of our local community. The boxing board of control confirmed that he was an excellent fighter and that he would not threaten the livelihoods of British boxers. Unfortunately, the bumbling bureaucrats at the Department of Employment and the Home Office took so long to process his applications that he has lost over a year of his career."

"I just hope that Jacklord can put these trials behind him and prove hisability to everyone this Saturday by winning in the ring."


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Issued by: Keith Reed
Embargo: Immediate, 19/01/99

Davey presses Minister for quick Kingstonian decision

Further to the Office for London’s request for more information on the Kingsmeadow stadium planning application, Kingston’s MP, Edward Davey has been pressing the Secretary of State for the Environment to make a quick decision to ensure that the project doesn’t have to be permanently scrapped. The deadline imposed by the Football Association for the work to be completed is 1st April 2000 and unless a decision is received
shortly, this will become impossible to meet.

Edward Davey said,

"Due to the delays caused by a local labour councillor, it is a real possibility that even if Kingstonian come top this season, they will not be allowed into the Football League next year. This will obviously come as a real blow to the whole of the Borough which has revelled in the club’s success over the past couple of seasons. This is why I am trying to convince the Minister to make a decision ASAP. "

Commenting on local residents concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area, Edward added:

"I understand local residents concerns that higher attendances may create an increase in anti-social behaviour and I know the club is committed to tackling such problems."

"I myself have been working with the club, council officers and local residents to try and establish a common approach to reducing anti-social behaviour in the area. BT have already agreed to move a nearby phone box which acted as a magnet for local trouble makers. I was confident that with the club’s and council’s support we would have been able to introduce further measures to combat vandalism and graffiti in the area."

"The perception of increasing crime around the stadium is reflected right across the Borough and this has been caused by the Labour Government’s local programme of cutting police officers - a problem I have already raised in parliament."

"Hopefully some of the goodwill that has been fostered over recent months between these parties may still exist once this saga has been resolved. Maybe then, we can get back to trying to solve these problems for good."


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Issued by: Keith Reed
Embargo: Immediate, 19/1/00

CCTV Success - Davey again

Davey celebrates CCTV cash for Hook Parade & Cambridge Road Estate

Local MP, Edward Davey, has welcomed a Home Office announcement that Kingston Council's bid for funds towards new CCTV equipment for the Hook Parade and for the Cambridge Road Estate in Kingston has succeeded. Mr. Davey wrote to the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, before Christmas, arguing strongly for both bids, saying "the need for both these projects cannot be stressed too highly". (See December press release).
Commenting on the news, Mr.Davey said:

"Residents and local shopkeepers will be as delighted as I am. These CCTV cameras will be a big help in our fight against crime.

"Already the cameras in Kingston town centre have led directly to the arrests of a number of criminals. These new projects will help both deter crime and assist the police in catching offenders.

"Having inspected the local CCTV control centre on Millennium Eve and seen the cameras in action, I'm even more convinced they will help us reduce crime in Kingston.

"Last year I attended a large public meeting of residents and shopkeepers in Hook who were fed up of the hooligans and vandals who were causing so much trouble on the Hook Parade. I'm sure they will be as pleased as I am that we have won backing for a CCTV project, in such a relatively short amount of time.

"I would like to thank all involved in the campaign to win this CCTV funding, including local councillors and residents."

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