Ahead of the debate that I have secured in Parliament tomorrow (1st November) on the future of apprenticeships funding, I have written an article for the New Statesman today (31st October) that you can read here. Even after last week's u-turn the Government is still cutting 9 of the 10 most popular apprenticeships by 30, 40 and even 50%. I will continue to lead the fight against these cuts, beginning tomorrow morning in Parliament.
On Sunday 30th October I was a guest on BBC Sunday Politics and discussed the Government's decision to support the expansion of Heathrow Airport, the impact of Brexit on the financial services sector and London's capacity to deal with a terrorist attack following the publication of the Harris Report. You can watch my interview here, from 38 minutes in. I was also a guest on Sky News' Murnaghan show where I reviewed the Sunday newspapers, highlighting stories about the falling
In a written statement published yesterday (25th October) the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening MP has U-turned on the apprenticeships funding cuts that the Government tried to sneak out on a Friday afternoon in Summer Recess without any form of scrutiny or statement. The Government have addressed the two main concerns of the #SaveOurApprenticeships campaign that I have led in opposition to the proposed cuts, namely the fact that 16-18 year olds were being pen
On Friday 21st October I was delighted to visit Mulberry Primary School to mark Black History Month, where I spoke at the school assembly and discussed my role in Parliament and how I became a MP. I was pleased to hear that some of the pupils have set their sights on attending some of our country;s top universities and were very keen to learn about politics and how they can they become more involved in politics? It was a pleasure to tour the school and see the children taking
Yesterday (18th October) I spoke in Parliament in the debate on the BBC Charter. Earlier this year I led a campaign calling on the BBC to do more to promote diversity and equality of opportunity for minority and disadvantaged groups (including BAME individuals, LGBT individuals, those with disabilities and those from low income backgrounds), resulting in changes to the BBC Charter and a new 'Public Purpose' committing the BBC to representing and reflecting the diversity of ou
On Monday 10th October I was delighted to attend the opening of a new GP surgery in Tottenham Hale. Special thanks is owed to Haringey CCG, Haringey Council, Healthwatch Haringey, NHS England and Lee Valley Estates for their role in making this possible. There is a huge shortage of primary care in Tottenham and this is an issue that I have campaigned on for many years. In December 2015 I secured an adjournment debate in the House of Commons to call on the Government to take a
On Saturday 8th October I was delighted to speak at the launch of National Hate Crime Awareness Week at an event organised by Tell Mama at St Paul's Cathedral. Any hate crime is absolutely intolerable and unacceptable and I am extremely concerned to have seen a spike in reported hate crime following the EU referendum. As I said during my speech, I fear that Great Britain is becoming little England, and that people seem to have forgotten that Jo Cox MP was killed in the name o
On Friday 7th October I had the pleasure of opening London’s first gallery dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the art and music of those recovering from mental ill health – the Outsider Gallery, which is located on the ground floor of Clarendon Recovery College in Haringey. All the work showcased in the gallery is produced by NHS patients and therapists during their therapy sessions. I was impressed and moved by the work, and each piece has enabled patients to communicat