Articles by Catherine West
Catherine West is leader of the opposition Labour group on Islington council

No more policing on the cheap

Catherine West  |  25 October 2017

Despite facing ever-more cuts, the Metropolitan Police has done an admirable job keeping Londonders safe. Now the government must give it the resources they need, argues Catherine West MP It has been an intensely difficult year to keep Londoners safe. Against the backdrop of rising reported crime, terror attacks and tragedies such as Grenfell, the Metropolitan Police’s …

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A work programme that works for our young people

Catherine West  |  3 September 2013

Young people have been hit hard by this government. Educational maintenance allowance has been scrapped as tuition fees have trebled. The Future Jobs Fund has been cancelled as career advice services are slashed. Nearly one million young people are out of work with many being offered nothing but exploitative, unpaid internships or zero-hours contracts as …

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Real change in Islington, fairness in tough times

Catherine West  |  16 November 2012

These are very difficult times for councils. We’re in the middle of the biggest funding cut since the second world war – figures out this week show that areas with high levels of deprivation, like Islington, are seeing our budgets slashed by almost 10 times the amount lost by the more affluent, mostly Tory, boroughs. …

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Free school meals help pupils and families

Catherine West  |  31 March 2010

After successful pilots, the extension of free school meals will help the health and education of many more pupils

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Food in schools

Catherine West  |  15 January 2010

Why our children need a free lunch, and how we have already reaped the benefits

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