Today I led a debate on mental health services in Haringey in the House of Commons. I brought this debate because it is unacceptable that three out of every four people with mental health problems in England receive little or no help for their condition. I told the Minister Alistair Burt that it is clear that institutional bias against providing proper care for people suffering mental health problems persists in 2016. I raised the fact that while the Government has promised t
Today in Parliament I will be calling on the Government to deliver on their promise of "parity of esteem" between physical and mental health services. Ahead of my adjournment debate on mental health services in Haringey I have written a piece for The Times: Mental health makes up 23% of UK disease, but gets only 11 of funding. You can read the full piece below: After years in the shadows, mental health is now right at the top of the political agenda. With high-profile advocat
I have secured an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on Thursday 28th April on the topic of mental health services in Haringey. I am extremely concerned about the funding of mental health services in my constituency and I will be calling on the Government to take serious action. I would appreciate constituents and mental health charities sharing their views and experiences with me, in confidence, via email@example.com.
Last night I spoke in the Immigration Bill debate in the House of Commons. I spoke about the "pull factor" argument, which the Government used to argue against taking in 3,000 lone child refugees stranded in Europe, abandoning them to their fate on the basis of an unproven theory that if we did something, others might be encouraged to follow in their footsteps. This is an unpalatable and immoral position to take when the issue at hand is thousands of vulnerable children who a
I am very concerned to hear that BHS has filed for administration today, and I am particularly worried about the impact that this will have on the BHS store in Wood Green and its staff. I have released the following statement: “I sincerely hope that BHS is able to find a buyer in the coming days as it would be a real shame for Wood Green to lose another large department store so soon after Marks and Spencer closed its doors on the High Road. The real tragedy here is that loca
Tomorrow the Immigration Bill will return to the House of Commons. I will be voting in favour of an amendment to the Bill added by Labour peer Lord Dubs, which would commit the Government to taking in 3,000 lone child refugees who are currently stranded in Europe. Lord Dubs was himself rescued from near-certain death at the hands of the Nazis by the Kindertransport programme, and I am proud to be supporting this amendment. These children are stranded on the streets of Europea
Today The Times published a further interview in which I discussed my independent review into evidence of racial bias within the criminal justice system: Rooting out racism from criminal justice. I told The Times that: “There’s been a lot of attention on stop and search, in the Met particularly, but far less attention downstream from that, once the prosecutor picks up the case. “I will leave no stone unturned for this root-and-branch review, which will scrutinise every stage
The Mirror published the results of a survey of MPs carried out by ComRes showing that over two thirds (72%) of MPs want to see tougher regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), 81% say FOBTs are having a negative impact on society and 67% say the £100 maximum stake is too high. Fixed Odds Betting Terminals are the crack cocaine of gambling. Addiction to these high stakes machines is blighting people's lives and taking its toll on thousands of families. This is not
Yesterday The Times published an interview in which I discussed my ongoing independent review into evidence of racial bias in our criminal justice system: Race review MP criticises the absence of black police chiefs. One of my major concerns is the lack of black police chief among the 43 forces in England and Wales which I told The Times is "bringing the system into disrepute" and is "deeply problematic". I am concerned that our police forces do not reflect the people that th
Before the debate on BBC Diversity in the House of Commons on 14th April I hosted a summit in Parliament for parliamentarians, broadcasters, campaigners and stakeholders to meet and discuss diversity in the media.
I was joined by Shadow Culture Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Chi Onwurah MP, former Culture, Media and Sport Minister Helen Grant MP, Liz McInnes MP, Julie Elliott MP and Dawn Butler MP, Director of the 2012 London Paralympic Games Lord Holmes of R