by: Keith Reed
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
Edwards 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,
has prevailed. Unlike Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist who
was granted clearance to enter the country within 67
seconds, Jacklord didnt have Frank Warren and the
worlds press on his side. In fact, the reasons why
he should be allowed to fight in this country are
"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."
by: Keith Reed
Davey presses Minister for quick
Further to the Office for
Londons request for more information on the
Kingsmeadow stadium planning application, Kingstons
MP, Edward Davey has been pressing the Secretary of State
for the Environment to make a quick decision to ensure
that the project doesnt 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
clubs 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:
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 clubs and councils
support we would have been able to introduce further
measures to combat vandalism and graffiti in the
"The perception of increasing crime around the
stadium is reflected right across the Borough and this
has been caused by the Labour Governments 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
by: Keith Reed
CCTV Success - Davey again
celebrates CCTV cash for Hook Parade & Cambridge Road
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:
local shopkeepers will be as delighted as I am. These
CCTV cameras will be a big help in our fight against
"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
"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