On Thursday I led a debate in the House of Commons on the issue of BBC Diversity. You can read the debate in full on Hansard here. You can also watch the debate here on Parliament TV, from 13:55 onwards. Ahead of the debate, I wrote an opinion piece for The Spectator, and the debate was also reported on by BBC News, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The Daily Mirror, The Sun, Broadcast, The Voice, The Stage and The Herald.
The debate was dominated by a range of fantastic speeches fro
Today in the House of Commons I led a debate on BBC Diversity. I applied for this debate because I believe very strongly that our national public broadcaster should fully represent and reflect modern Britain accurately and authentically. You can read my speech below: Mr Speaker I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for allowing me to bring this motion today, and also to my colleagues the Member for Maidstone and The Weald and the Member for East Renfrewshire for c
After the scandal revealed by the Panama papers I wanted to know exactly what the Prime Minister intends to do to tackle the ownership of London properties by shady overseas investors. Therefore I took the opportunity to ask him the following question immediately after the statement he made on his own tax affairs to the House of Commons yesterday (11 April 2016): “At the last count, 36,364 properties in London were owned by offshore companies—that is one in 10 in one London b
On Wednesday morning, I spoke with Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London about the terrible effects of high street betting shops and fixed-odds machines. All over London, high streets are becoming casinos and more regulation is needed. In Tottenham alone, there are more than 65 betting shops. New regulations mean that betting shops will have to share information on problem gamblers that have self-excluded themselves from gambling, and shops will also have to conduct a local risk
On 7th April I visited the Stamford Hill branch of Hatzola, a community-run volunteer ambulance service that helps to take some of the strain off the London Ambulance Service by attending local medical emergencies. They receive around 6,000 calls per year and their 35 highly trained local volunteers work alongside the London Ambulance Service in dealing with local incidents. I was pleased to meet with representatives of their organisation to discuss the vital work Hatzola are