From fighting to improve borough services, to securing millions in funding for local schools and helping bring an end to child detention, Sarah Teather’s record as MP for Brent Central has been nothing short of stellar.
It is in this spirit that the Brent Liberal Democrats gathered for their Annual Dinner to recognise the successes of the past, while looking ahead to a promising future. It was an occasion to celebrate the enlightenment of Diwali and honour Brent’s proud standing as the most diverse constituency in the country, made up of vibrant and enterprising communities from all over the world.
Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, summed it up nicely on the evening when he pointed out that as Sarah steps down, Ibrahim Taguri, raised just around the corner from Sarah’s constituency office, has stepped up to continue her legacy by putting Brent first.
Ibrahim reaffirmed his pledge to taking on the tough challenges, fighting for the things that matter most to residents, and pronounced his steadfast commitment to ending child poverty by 2020.
Why does he care so passionately about the issue? Because, he said, it speaks to the very heart of many of the challenges that too many people face on a daily basis, from housing shortages, to struggling schools, to rampant crime. If we want to see real change, we have to start at the very beginning, giving children a fair chance.
The Annual Dinner was a reminder of all of Sarah’s hard work over the last 11 years, taking on issues both big and small. It’s this same commitment that remains the guiding ethos in Ibrahim’s promise to his home, to where he grew up, to where he learned about the value of community, in his mission to put Brent first.
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