I attended the launch of ground-breaking research by Breast Cancer Care on existing services to support BAME Women whilst going through cancer treatment. Until now, little research has been undertaken into the needs of BAME women in breast cancer survivorship. This means there is little understanding of what support these groups require to be able to self-manage and live well. In partnership with the Black Health Initiative, Kings College London and National Lottery funding
In my capacity of IntoUniversity Patron I visited their Haringey Centre and attended an academic support session for Secondary school pupils. IntoUniversity is a programme which offers support and mentoring to young people from Britain’s poorest backgrounds and less likely to do well at school or go to university. It was really good to speak to so many enthusiastic young people looking to fulfil their aspirations. Furthermore I’ve been thrilled to hear the news that number of
On Tuesday I voted in strong opposition against the Government's abolition of student maintenance grants. The cut will see the poorest 40% of students graduating with debts of £53,000 from a three year course. My recent visit to the IntoUniversity programme's Haringey centre and meeting representatives of the National Union of Students highlighted me of the importance of grants which enables access to university for teenagers from less well-off families. As a result I was eve
I attended the public bill committee on the Riot Compensation Bill to ensure those affected by the riots receive the best requital for their damages. I put forward the removal of a 'compensation cap' in order to make it possible for claimants to receive over £1million in compensation. Furthermore I pushed to ensure previous money received by claimants via emergency or recovery funds, doesn't reduce the compensation a claimant may receive. Finally, due to the logistical diffic
I visited the Holy Trinity School in Tottenham with the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres. The event gave the opportunity for the whole school community to come together and served to celebrate the immense progress of the school in recent years. I was pleased to congratulate the staff and pupils for their incredible hard work and fantastic SATs results which now rank the school as the top primary school in Haringey, seventh best in London and 34th in the whole country. Mean
I attended and showed my support for the Junior Doctors Strike on the 12th January by joining the picket line at St Ann’s hospital. As they stand, the government’s planned changes to junior doctors’ contracts will mean cuts to pay, especially at evening and weekends. Clearly longer hours will compromise the safety of doctors and patients. I fully urge the government to listen to NHS staff and give junior doctors a fairer deal.
I voted in support of the motion by Mhairi Black MP calling for transitional arrangements for women negatively affected by equalisation of the State Pension Age. Legislation passed by the previous Coalition Government accelerated the rise in the State Pension Age for women. As a result, women born in 1951 have been left with only a few years to find alternative sources of income, make other arrangements or otherwise receive undue hardship or disruption to their retirement pla