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Olympic Legacy Lives On in Westminster

 Here in Westminster the Conservatives’ priority during the Olympics was to fight to ensure disruption to residents and Council services was kept to a minimum. We now want to ensure Westminster residents benefit from the Olympic legacy.

David Cameron: Britain can rise again

David Cameron today vowed "to get behind people who want to get on in life" to ensure Britain can "rise" again. The Prime Minister vowed to build an "aspiration nation" driven by individual ambition - the "doers, the risk-takers".In a powerful direct challenge to Ed Miliband he said: "We don't preach about One Nation but practice class warfare, we get behind people who want to get on in life". Labour, he said, was a "party of one notion: more borrowing". 

Five-star rating for the cleanest streets in the capital

Westminster’s streets have been hailed as the cleanest in the capital, after the city council was awarded the only 5* rating in London by the Clean Britain Awards – known as the industry standard by which all UK authorities are evaluated.Judging is based on objective measures of cleanliness without regard to the particular challenges that each area faces. Westminster came out on top with the highest rating any council’s cleansing services can receive.

Michael Gove sets out Key Stage 4 exam reforms

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, has set out his proposals to reform the Key Stage 4 exam system.In the core academic subjects - English, mathematics, sciences, history, geography and languages – GCSEs would be replaced with new qualifications, to be called English Baccalaureate Certificates.

Torch has pop stop off at Abbey Road

The Paralympic relay made a pop stop off to visit Abbey Road in St John's Wood.Five torchbearers took the flame across the zebra crossing and recreated The Beatles' famous pose for the cover of their 1969 album Abbey Road.

Regent’s College looks set to become the UK’s third private university

A college in Regent’s Park could become the UK’s third private university.Regent’s College, in Inner Circle, has been awarded the power to grant university degrees by the Queen’s Privy Council.It will operate entirely without State funding and will be awarding degrees from next month. It is applying for university status.

Meeting held over future of Jubilee Sports Centre

A community meeting was packed out last night as residents sought the latest news on the proposed demolition of a sports centre.More than 150 people crammed in to the hall in Queen’s Park Primary School in Droop Street to find out more about Westminster Council’s plans to tear down Jubilee Sports Centre in Caird Street and instead redevelop the Moberly Sports Centre in Kilburn Lane.

Going deeper underground: St John's Wood road where basement extensions are hidden under 24 homes

It is known as the “Iceberg Road” because so much of it lurks below the surface.Hamilton Terrace in St John’s Wood has been named as London’s most “dug-out” street with 24 applications for full-scale basement excavations since 2000. Three are being worked on now.In that time at least seven swimming pools, not to mention gyms, hot tubs, saunas, spa baths, massage rooms, underground cinemas and car parks, staff accommodation, play rooms, wine rooms and offices have been carved out of the London clay that the homes sit on.

Forced marriage to become criminal offence

The government has decided to create a specific offence for forced marriages that will cover England and Wales and make it a criminal offense to force marriage upon any person. This decision came from a twelve week consultation which listened to the views of victims, charities and organisations and in doing so realised that a combination of both education and prevention will engage communities and tackle this problem.