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  • Voters could force by-election in Uxbridge if Boris Johnson is suspended

    Boris Johnson might be obliged to stand in a by-election in his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency if it is determined that he misled MPs over Partygate. Despite having resigned as Prime Minister, Mr Johnson still faces a parliamentary probe over what he told MPs about the events that took place in Downing Street during the pandemic. The House of Commons Privileges Committee has detailed a number of protocols and processes that will guide its investigation into the conduct of the Rt Hon. Boris Johnson MP in a report that was recently released. The report published on Thursday July 21, outlines how it will conduct its investigation, confirming that witnesses will be questioned “under oath” or “in the case of written evidence accompanied by a statement of truth”. The committee will commence taking oral testimony in the autumn, including from the outgoing Prime Minister himself. If Mr Johnson is found to have been in contempt of parliament and the committee punishes him by suspending him from the House of Commons, it might result in the Recall Act, according to a ruling acquired by the committee from Speaker Lindsay Hoyle. In accordance with this law, MPs who have been expelled from the House of Commons for a period of 10 sitting days or more, or who have received a prison sentence, may be forced to stand in a by-election if 10% of the voters in their constituency sign a petition calling for one. This means residents of his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency could force a by-election to fill the seat. As well as affirming the potential sanctions against Mr Johnson, the privileges committee clearly states from the legal advice obtained from the House of Common Clerks that Mr Johnson does not have to intentionally misled MPs in order to be judged to have deceived the House, and as a result, to have held the Commons in contempt.

  • Uxbridge public have their say on Boris Johnson’s resignation

    HILLINGDON Herald reporters took to the streets of Uxbridge today to ask people in Boris Johnson’s constituency what they thought about his resignation as leader of the Conservative Party. Some people in the survey did not wish to give their full name. Interviewed by - Soumik Saha Camera - Lali Adhikari Editing - Nivedita Bhushan

  • Eyes of the world are on Boris Johnson's constituency

    THE eyes of the world are on Uxbridge and South Ruislip today as its MP Boris Johnson is set to resign as Conservative Party leader. It is believed that Mr Johnson will address the nation later today but it’s not completely clear at this point if he will stay on as Prime Minister or leave Downing Street immediately. Here, the Hillingdon Herald takes a brief look at his time in his constituency where he was first elected in 2015. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, born in New York City, U.S, on June 19, 1964, was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 24, 2019. This followed Theresa May’s resignation as PM and leader of the Conservative Party after Parliament repeatedly rejected her Brexit withdrawal agreement. On May 16, 2019, Mr Johnson declared he would run for the Conservative Party leadership election and on June 7, Mr. Johnson formally launched his campaign saying: “We must leave the EU on 31 October. We must do better than the current Withdrawal Agreement that has been rejected three times by Parliament—and let me clear that I am not aiming for a no-deal outcome. I don't think that we will end up with any such thing. But it is only responsible to prepare vigorously and seriously for no deal." Mr Johnson was then appointed PM following the results of the 2019 leadership election where he received 114 votes in the first ballot of party MPs, 126 in the next, 143 on the third, and 157 on the fourth. He gained 160 votes in the final ballot, which was held on June 20, becoming one of the two finalists alongside Jeremy Hunt. The members' vote ended on July 22. The next day, Mr Johnson defeated Jeremy Hunt for the position of leader with 92,153 votes (66 percent) to 46,656 votes (34 percent ). Before his premiership, Mr Johnson served as MP for Henley in 2001 to 2008. Then, as Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016 and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2016 to 2018, appointed by Theresa May. However he resigned and by doing so, Mr Johnson returned to the role of a backbench MP. Mr Johnson returned to Parliament running for office again in 2015, winning the Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat in West London in a vote that saw the Conservative Party achieve a clear majority for the first time since the 1990s. Since then, with two more general elections, the seat in Uxbridge and South Ruislip has been held by Mr Johnson with a Conservative hold. In the first general election in 2015, the Conservatives won majority with Mr Johnson gaining 22,511 votes (50.2 percent). In 2017, he received 23,176 votes (50.8 percent) and in 2019, 25,351 votes (52.6 percent). The Hillingdon Herald will keep up to date with any local news.

  • Man dies after being found with stab injury in The Greenway

    A MAN has died after he was found with stab wounds in Uxbridge. Police were called at 19:07pm on Wednesday, July 6 in response to reports of a stabbing at the crossroads of Cowley Road and The Greenway in Uxbridge. Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance. A 57-year-old man, named as Khurram Butt, was found with stab wounds, police have said. He passed away at the scene despite the efforts of the emergency services and his next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers according to the police. Police say a 49-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of murder and currently remains in custody. With several crime scenes in place, detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command have been informed and enquiries are ongoing. Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, said: "We are appealing for any witnesses who were in the area of Cowley Road, near to the junction with Frayslea just after 7pm on 6 July, who may have seen anything that may help with our investigation. "It is a busy road and a number of people would have been on foot in the area or in vehicles. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have a dashcam footage." Any footage or images can be submitted directly via the link: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/01MPS22U01-PO1 Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call the Incident Room on 020 8785 8244 or phone 101 and quote CAD 6685/06Jul Operation WARNSPAN. To remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  • Hillingdon’s unsung heroes recognised at awards ceremony

    UNSUNG heroes of Hillingdon have been honoured for the extraordinary, often unnoticed work they carry out in the local neighbourhood. On Tuesday, June 21, Hillingdon Council hosted a special awards ceremony to recognize 25 of the borough's unsung heroes. The Council invited locals to submit nominations for a Hillingdon Community Award at the end of 2021, for those they knew who were going above and beyond to improve the lives of others. The council received a flood of nominations from all throughout the borough and 25 nominations out of the 150 received, were selected as winners in various categories. The winners were invited to the awards ceremony, which was held in the Council Chamber of the Civic Centre in Uxbridge. There, they received certificates and unique lapel pins from the Mayor and Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllrs. Becky Haggar and Ian Edwards. The Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Becky Haggar said: “It was such a privilege to meet the winners and hear a little more about what they have achieved. “All the nominees have proven that they have real heart and commitment and have served their community without hesitation. Huge congratulations to everyone nominated, and of course all of the deserving winners.” Eastcote's Brian ‘Bob’ Beeston, 91, received The Civic Medal as the recipient of the evening's highest honour, the Special Recognition award, for dedicating 80 years to supporting his neighbourhood scout group. The Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ian Edwards, said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure and a genuinely humbling experience to meet our Community Award winners. These are residents that have gone the extra mile, for their neighbours and community and have created a greater sense of belonging where they live. “The calibre of all who were nominated was exceptional, not just our fantastic winners, so I share my congratulations and thanks to everyone involved.” And the winners are…. Special Recognition Award Brian 'Bob' Beeston: The Civic Medal Extraordinary Achievement award Susan Setterfield: Gold Dee Lennon: Silver Nimesh Pattani: Bronze Samantha Queen: Bronze Helping Vulnerable People award The Silver Fox Memory Group: Gold Alexander and Daniel Bisland: Bronze Helping Communities award Angela Cox: Gold Ruislip and Eastcote Arts and Crafters: Gold Bhim Tamang: Silver Nicola Setterfield: Silver Gretta Batts: Bronze Julie Spittle: Bronze Jane Turnbull: Bronze Long Service to the Borough award Brian 'Bob' Beeston: Gold Simon Dyke: Silver Jane Taylor: Bronze Keeping the Borough Clean and Green award Hillingdon Litter Pickers: Gold South Ruislip Litter Pickers: Bronze Tidy Harefield Volunteers: Bronze Marie and Bob Earley: Bronze Lesley Crowcroft: Bronze Keeping the Borough Healthy award David Odonkara: Silver David Gentry: Bronze Shirley Gore: Bronze

  • Herald the last edition until we return after summer

    RESIDENTS can give themselves an extra special treat by grabbing the latest copy of The Hillingdon Herald. Your new local paper's eighth edition is now out in print and available at a number of locations around the borough for free. Front page of the eighth edition of The Hillingdon Herald This month’s special Platinum Jubilee celebration edition is filled with news and views as well as columns from your local politicians, including MPs Boris Johnson, John McDonnell and David Simmonds. Read more about Hillingdon’s Jubilee celebrations packed with pictures and quotes from your local areas, the new Elizabeth Line, the Canal Festival, the Hillingdon Business Expo, a new women's only gym opening, plus a wealth of stories and features about key news and sport developments in the local area. Rachel Sharp, Editor, said: "We hope you love this edition of the Hillingdon Herald, it is one of my favourite so far, and the last edition for the summer while we take a short break. We will be back in September, so meantime thank you for your support so far, and we hope you enjoy this platinum Jubilee celebration edition of your local paper." Subject to availability, the paper can be found at several locations including the following: Botwell Green Library Charville Library Northwood Library (oak lands gate ) Eastcote Library Harefield Library Harlington Library Hayes Library Uxbridge Library Ickenham Library Manor Farm Library Northwood Hills Library Oak Farm Library Ruislip Library South Ruislip Yeading Library Yiewsley Library West Drayton Library Hayes Muslim Centre Balcony Shirts

  • Boris Johnson visits residents at Options The Old Vicarage to plant a wish tree

    PRIME Minister Boris Johnson paid a surprise visit to residents at the Options The Old Vicarage, during the Platinum Jubilee weekend. The residential home, situated on The Greenway Road in Uxbridge, is a home for people aged 18 and above who have an Autism Spectrum Condition and may also have a learning disability or require similar support. Manager Dr. Roda Jeylani, who wrote the letter inviting the Prime Minister - MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, to their home said: “I was thrilled beyond belief when I received notification from the Prime Minister’s aide that Boris Johnson would indeed be visiting our home.” The purpose of the visit was to plant an Arbutus Unedo strawberry 'wish tree' in the home's gardens, whereupon residents can pin their hopes and desires. According to Dr. Jeylani these trees are identified as having special religious or spiritual value to which people come to and make offerings in order to have a wish granted or a prayer heard. She was determined to restore positivism in her residents following the lockdown which ended numerous trips they had enjoyed, posing a difficult time for the many. “His visit made us all feel really valued,” said 21 year old, Simon, who along with other residents and his mother were given the opportunity to pose questions to the Prime Minister. Picture Credit: The Old Vicarage Jenny, one of the residents, asked the Prime Minister if they could have more plants and mentioned how much she had been looking forward to having a wish tree in the garden where she could hang her wishes and have them come true, by magic. They went on to laugh together when the Prime Minister asked her what type of music she liked, and she replied whale noises. Commenting on his visit, Mr. Johnson , said, "It’s been a great privilege to visit the home and, having met the residents, I can clearly see Roda that you and your staff are doing a great job and indeed making their wishes come true. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity. I will visit again." Picture Credit: The Old Vicarage Boris Johnson’s visit to WLIoT at Uxbridge College campus BORIS Johnson was “bowled over by the knowledge and enthusiasm” of students at West London Institute of Technology (WLIoT) when he visited on National Thank a Teacher Day. WLIoT is part of Harrow College Uxbridge College (HCUC), with its primary base at Uxbridge College in Park Road, Uxbridge, which Mr Johnson visited on May 26. In addition to meeting students and staff and seeing demonstrations of WLIoT’s technology, the Uxbridge and South ruislip MP took the time to leave a message on the Thank a Teacher website, stating: “To all the teachers at Uxbridge College and the West London IoT I just want to say what an amazing job you have been doing. “I am bowled over by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the students I have met. You are the future! Best wishes Boris Johnson.” Captured by Liz Driscoll at Uxbridge College Mr. Johnson visited three of the WLIoT workshops where he saw a showcase of a 3D composite printer, solar power and wind power systems, as well as meeting with students undertaking surveying and field procedures outdoors. The Prime Minister also said: “It was a real pleasure to meet staff and students at the West London Institute of Technology here in Uxbridge. Backed by £8.6 million of Government funding, it is closing the skills gap in key STEM areas and boosting opportunities for students, trainees and apprentices across Uxbridge and South Ruislip.” Dr Darrell DeSouza, CEO and Principal of HCUC said: “We would like to thank our local MP Boris Johnson for taking the time to visit us at West London Institute of Technology – and for his kind words on the Thank a Teacher website. I am sure it goes without saying that everyone at HCUC would echo their sentiments!”

  • Hillingdon's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

    CELEBRATIONS have commenced all across the Borough of Hillingdon on Thursday, June 2, with residents and their Jubilee spirits ready to party, honouring the Queen's 70 years on the throne. Town Crier, reading a special proclamation to honour the Queen's Platinum Jubilee alongside Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Becky Haggar, as they walk down Uxbridge High Street. Later that evening, the Beacon Lighting Ceremony took place outside the Civic Centre in Uxbridge. All pictures and videos captured by Hillingdon Herald's photographer Nivedita Bhushan.

  • Boris Johnson visits Brunel - praises Hillingdon Business Expo

    PRIME Minister Boris Johnson visited Brunel University London today (May 26) to view Hillingdon Business Expo. Mr Johnson, who is MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, told The Hillingdon Herald that the Expo was 'great'. Captured by Nivedita Bhushan He said: "I have seen some brilliant businesses and some very inspiring projects. It's very, very good to see people coming together and really starting to get the economy moving again after the pandemic." More than 50 businesses have exhibited at the event, held at the university's Hamilton Centre, and organisers predicted there would be more than 1,500 people attending. Mr Johnson also met with Hillingdon Herald editor Rachel Sharp and staff. The Prime Minister, who writes a monthly column for the paper, told the reporters: "I am one of your journalists." Kim McGearty, Expo Director, said of the event organised by Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce: "It's been amazing - such a great turn-out and so lovely to have everybody back in a room together. There are lots of networking going on and we are having really good feedback. "It's the biggest free network event in the country and also people are here to promote their businesses so we have members of the public to make connections and find out what services people are offering as this is collaborative." Picture Credit: Nivedita Bhushan

  • Hayes Canal Festival to Be Hosted End of May

    THE Hayes Canal Festival will be hosted on May 29th for the first time in almost three years. The event will be held by the Canal & River Trust, a charity which brings to life 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales, with more than two million people in London and the South East living within a kilometre of a waterway looked after by the Trust. Ros Daniels, director of Canal River Trust London & the South East, said: “Hayes Festival is one of our favourite events that we run during the summer months. We’re especially excited to be bringing it back, celebrating the contribution that volunteers and partners are making across London’s waterways, ten years after the Canal & River trust was established as a charity to protect and promote them." Hayes Canal Festival 2017 Picture Credit: Jane Russell-lpr In the festival, there will be free boat trips and canoe sessions to fishing and climbing wall as well as live entertainment throughout the day - water and land - from noon to 5pm. Ms Daniels also said: “We hope this event right by the Grand Union Canal will encourage the local community to use this special green space on their doorstep, as well as appealing to visitors from further afield.” In partnership with Hillingdon Council and Retail Revival, waterways and wellbeing charity the Canal & River Trust is currently working on a regeneration project to revitalise Hillingdon High Street through a ‘Canal Retail Trail’. At the event, people will be encouraged to follow the trail, visiting the high street and the independent businesses there, completing the trail at Retail Revival’s stall where they can collect a free goodie bag afterwards. David Brough, Chair of Hillingdon Canals Partnership, added: “We started Hayes Canal festival eight years ago to raise awareness of the local community about the fantastic asset that the Grand Union Canal provides for local people. "Since it has been run by the Canal and River Trust it has gone from strength to strength and become a highlight of the year for Hayes families. After the break caused by the pandemic it is a joy to see it happening again.” Founded in 2012, the Canal & River Trust believes waterways have the power to make a difference to people’s lives and that spending time by water can make people healthier and happier.