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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.

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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

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