iCITY: London's New Digital Community
I recently met with Gavin Poole, who is heading up the exciting new iCITY development situated in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
iCITY will provide a new home with state-of-the-art infrastructure for the creative and digital industries, the fastest growing sector of the UK economy. There are plans to include a wide variety of spaces, including custom office space aimed at new start-ups and community space ideal for film screenings, markets, pop-up stalls and street food vendors
iCITY is aiming to create 7,500 jobs by the completion of the project. This includes 5,300 directly on-site and a further 2,200 in the local community through the impact of using local supply chains.
Both Hackney Community College and Loughborough University will have location at iCITY, training thousands of students a year with the skills to take advantage of jobs in the digital economy.
Protecting children from the effects of passive smoking in cars
Almost half a million children in England inhale an unsafe amount of secondhand smoke in family cars every week. Labour has managed to get through legislation that will ensure that they are no longer placed at risk.
Whilst over 100 Conservative MPs opposed this motion, the united voice of Labour MPs successfully carried a motion through the House that will outlaw smoking in enclosed vehicles whilst there are children present.
This is another step in the continued work of the Labour party to take action to improve the level of public health, which is a crucial necessity for reducing the strain on the NHS, particularly in the face of the continuing government cuts to one of our most vital public services.