In response to comments in the media and on social media accusing me of being undemocratic, today (4th November) I released the following statement: "75% of my constituents voted to Remain. We have a parliamentary system and this is a parliamentary vote. Shouldn't I represent my constituents? My constituents voted overwhelmingly to Remain, so I will represent my constituents in Parliament, not someone else's constituents" .
On 3rd November I wrote an article for The New European following the High Court decision on Article 50. I have copied the text of the article below, or you can read it here. This is what regaining our sovereignty looks like. This is what taking back control really means – the High Court unanimously agreeing that the Government does not have the power to trigger Article 50 without our sovereign Parliament and elected representatives voting to do so. Since 1689 we have been a
Yesterday (3rd November) I released the below statement following the news from the High Court decision on Article 50: StartFragment "The great paradox of our age is that the very same people who wanted to Take Back Control from the EU in order to uphold our sovereign parliament now argue against our sovereign parliament taking the decision to trigger Article 50. Today’s ruling that the government cannot go it alone on Brexit and that parliament must vote on Article 50 is a h
On Wednesday evening (2nd November) I was so proud and honoured to be awarded Labour MP of the year by the Patchwork Foundation in recognition of my work with underrepresented and minority communities, particularly the independent review of the over-representation of BAME individuals in our criminal justice system that I am undertaking and my campaign for more diversity within the BBC. I am very humbled to have been nominated and to have won this award, and as I said during m
On Tuesday 1st November I led a debate in Parliament on apprenticeships funding cuts. Over the course of the last couple of months I have led a campaign against these cuts, resulting in the Government announcing a u-turn, and securing this debate enabled Members of Parliament to debate these cuts in Parliament for the first time. You can read my speech in full here, and you can read the debate in full on Hansard here. You can also read more about the debate in FE Week here.
On Saturday 29th October I was delighted to attend the Haringey Youth Festival and speak to 150 young people about the wonderful work they are doing in creative arts in Haringey. The young people involved in the festival set such a wonderful example to young people in Haringey and throughout London. The festival featured fantastic performances from Jackson’s Lane Theatre, Haringey Shed, Highgate Theatre, ZIVA Youth Dance, Streetz Ahead, Mountview Theatre School, Project 7 and