At Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday 30th November I asked the Prime Minister about the Culture Secretary blocking a minority ethnic woman being appointed to the Channel 4 board. I asked:
"Yesterday the Prime Minister's Government published a Green Paper on corporate governance emphasising the importance of gender and racial diversity.
Why then has her Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport blocked the appointment of a black woman to the Channel 4 board.
Ahead of the Autumn Statement, I wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (on 22nd November) to urge him to reverse cuts to in-work Universal Credits. These cuts totally contradict the Government's rhetoric on making work pay and will leave thousands of people on low incomes worse off. You can read my letter in full below:
On Monday 21st November I wrote to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to outline my concerns about staffing levels and budget cuts at North Middlesex Hospital, and called on him to ensure that the Government gives the NHS the funding and resources that it needs. You can read my letter in full below:
I am so very humbled, proud and honoured to have been awarded Parliamentary Upstander of the Year at the National Hate Crime Awards last night (17th November). I will continue to stand up against hate and prejudice wherever I find it. Hate will not win - not in my name.
Last night (16th November) in Parliament I hosted an event discussing post-Brexit hate crime and what government, communities and the police can do about it. I was delighted to be joined by speakers including Diane Abbott MP, Steven Woolfe MEP, Dawn Butler MP, DCLG Minister Lord Bourne, David Davies MP, Nick Cohen, and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton.
It is more important now than ever that we all standup against hatred and prejudice. I have been absolutely horrifi
Yesterday (16th November) I published emerging findings from my independent review into race and the criminal justice system. This interim report offers ground-breaking empirical evidence proving that individuals from BAME backgrounds are more likely to go to prison for certain types of crime. You can read the full announcement here, and read The Guardian's report here. You can listen to my interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme here, from 2:47 onwards. Some of the figure
On 12th November I wrote an article for FE Week about the Government's cuts to apprenticeship funding. "It's time for the Government to come clean about apprenticeships cuts. The young people of this country deserve better. Even after a recent u-turn 9 out of the 10 most popular apprenticeships still face cuts ranging from 14 to 51 per cent. These cuts will hit young people in constituencies like mine, where youth unemployment is high, skilled jobs are hard to come by and buz
Yesterday (10th November) I wrote to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Damian Green MP to oppose the reduction in the benefit cap implemented this week. 500 households in Tottenham have now lost £300 per month. Cutting housing benefit will do nothing to increase the supply of affordable homes, it will just increase homelessness. In Haringey the housing waiting list is already 10 years and homelessness has already doubled since 2010. So not only is this arbitrary cap mo
I am very concerned about reports of human rights abuses in Turkey and the lack of response from our Government to the situation. I have written to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson today (8th November) with a number of urgent questions for him to address.
Yesterday (7th November) I wrote to Work & Pensions Minister Caroline Nokes about unpaid child maintenance. There are 2 million single parents in the United Kingdom (1 in 4 of all families with dependent children and single parent families) and children living in single parent families are twice as likely to live in poverty than those in couple families. At present single parents are owed almost £4 billion in unpaid child maintenance payments, and almost half of non-resident