Opinion: Important we all deal in facts over Brexit

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 December 2017

Havering's London Assembly Member Keith Prince.

Havering's London Assembly Member Keith Prince.


As Brexit continues to fill our national newspapers, it was with great intrigue that I found myself in Brussels last week taking part in a video call with primary and secondary school pupils from Redbridge.

Some of the younger children may not have full grasp of the political arguments but asked some excellent questions nevertheless. As for the older pupils, they really had done their homework and asked some very testing questions.

What surprised me though was the amount of misinformation seemingly making its way to our younger generation. It’s important that both supporters and opponents of Brexit deal in facts.

Closer to home, I am working with residents to install signalled crossings across the A127 past Ardleigh Green towards Brentwood, and a pedestrian phase at the traffic lights.

I am pushing for these changes to be made during upgrades on Ardleigh Green bridge – the eastbound section of which I’m pleased to say has now been completed.

Next month the traffic flow will switch over so they can complete the work on the westbound section.

As a constituency London Assembly member I come across a whole range of issues I would have otherwise perhaps been unaware of. One of those is the problems with funeral arrangements among Muslim and Jewish communities.

Both religions require a quick burial, yet the documentation required is not always available in time.

I am working with both Havering and Redbridge councils, along with Imams and Rabbis, to get a 24/7 arrangement for the green slips that are needed.

I’d like to wish all of the readers of the Romford Recorder an early Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s to a successful 2018.

Keith Prince

Latest Romford Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

An invitation is being extended to residents across the borough to mark Holocaust Memorial Day at a special service.

Yesterday, 14:38

A man who is wanted in connection with nine burglaries was arrested in a police raid after he jumped from an upstairs window.

Yesterday, 12:50

A woman has been taken to hospital after a three-car pile up on the A127 in Upminster this morning (Monday, January 22).

Yesterday, 12:30

Two 20-year-olds from Chadwell Heath and Goodmayes have been charged in connection with a robbery in Southend on Saturday (January 20).

Yesterday, 12:16

These are the first purple Elizabeth line roundels installed ahead of the line’s official opening in December.

Yesterday, 11:11

A 60s-themed show celebrating everything that is British will be taking centre stage at a Romford theatre.

Hammers centre half James Collins says he has heard nothing from the club about a new contract

Yesterday, 10:00

The latest news from the Thomas McCurtains GAA club


Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

News from your area


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now