Barry participates in installation of new shrine at Shiri Sanatan Hindu Mandir in Wembley


On 1st June 2012 Barry had the pleasure of joining Mo Butt, new Labour Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Bhagwanji Chonan and Narendra Thakrar to take part in the ceremony of the installation of the Jyotirling (shrine) of Lord Shiva at the foundation of the Mandir on Ealing Road.

Barry invited by HRH The Prince of Wales to a roundtable discussion on Accounting for Sustainability at the Royal Society

Barry_Gardiner_MP_invited_by_HRH_The_Prince_of_Wales_to_take_part_in_discussion_on_Accounting_for_SustainabilityOn 30th May 2012 Barry took part in an event organised by HRH The Prince of Wales discussing the development of global accounting standards for a sustainable green economy ahead of the United Nations Rio+20 conference – the most important global environmental and sustainable development conference in twenty years.

Barry highlighted the need for serious discussion and intelligent policy making with respect to establishing the United Kingdom as a leading global example of how to account for green economic initiatives.

For more information about HRH The Prince of Wales' Accounting for Sustainability Project please click here.

Barry meets with the Trustees of Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden

Barry_Gardiner_MP_meets_with_Trustees_of_Shri_Swaminarayan_Mandir_BrentOn 29th May 2012 Barry met with the Trustees of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden to discuss the temple's future activities and its key role in the community.

You can find out more about future activities at the temple here.

Barry awards Diamond Jubilee certificates to Brent North school children


Between 25th May and 1st June 2012 Barry awarded special commemorative certificates to pupils of Sudbury Primary School, Byron Court Primary School, Barham Primary School, Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Preston Manor Primary School, Park Lane Primary School, Ark Academy, Kingsbury Green Primary School, Buxlow Primary School, Roe Green Primary School and Wembley Primary School To celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

To mark the 60 year reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II, a significant occasion in British history with Queen Victoria being the only other monarch to have done so, Barry wanted Brent North schoolchildren to have a lasting souvenir. The certificates also provided an opportunity for Barry to meet with schoolchildren and teachers from Brent and to hear their thoughts about the role of the Queen and the importance of the Diamond Jubilee.

If any school would like certificates for their pupils these can still be obtained from Barry's office whilst stocks last!

Barry chairs Sustainability Live event at NEC Birmingham


On 22nd May 2012 Barry opened the National Energy Management Exhibition at the Sustainability Live event at the NEC Birmingham in his capacity as Leader of the Opposition's Special Envoy for Climate Change and the Environment.

Barry addressed the conference discussing how renewable energy sources factor into Electricity Market Reform.

The Sustainability Live event is one of Europe's leading conferences bringing together experts and organisations with an interest in developing a sustainable, environmentally friendly economy.

Barry hosts Chinese in Britain press conference in Parliament


On 21st May 2012 Barry hosted a press conference in Parliament for a recently formed parliamentary group representing the British Chinese community.

The event marks the election of a number of representatives from the Chinese community in Britain to a parliamentary engagement forum in which matters of importance to the Chinese community may be addressed. Barry praised the Chinese community for their extensive contributions to British society and to the economy.

You can see BBC's Chinese coverage of the event here.

Barry welcomes delegation of female politicians from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Brent to discuss key issues


On 18th May 2012 Barry welcomed a delegation of female members of the Afghan and Pakistani parliaments to Brent to discuss specific issues such as forced marriage and domestic violence and to share ideas on how women may take a more active role in politics.

Barry also had the pleasure of guiding the group on a tour beginning with a visit to Brent Town Hall to meet local councillors and council staff before joining the trustees of the Asian Women's Resource Centre to learn about the centre's service offerings and facilities. This was then followed with a meeting with staff of the Brent Community Law Centre before attending prayers at Brent Central Mosque.

Barry addresses Brent Private Tenants Rights Group and National Landlords Association as keynote speaker


On 16th May 2012 Barry was invited to attend a meeting of the Brent Private Tenants Rights Group (BPTRG) and the National Landlords Association as keynote speaker to discuss the rights of tenants in the private sector and the difficulties faced by both tenants and landlords.

The meeting was organised by BPTRG to address concerns that Brent residents have regarding their rights when it comes to renting from private landlords and to discuss the government's position on the rights of tenants and the regulation of the private housing sector.

You can find more information about the Brent Private Tenants Rights Group here.

Barry responds to Government’s legislative programme

11_-_15th_July_2010On 14th May 2012 Barry responded to the Government's legislative programme announced earlier in the month with a speech delivered by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament. Barry criticised the Government's plans to change employment rights and the impact that this would have on ordinary people.

Read more: Barry responds to Government’s legislative programme

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