As 2016 draws to a close and we reflect on a year that has included Sadiq being elected our Mayor of London, the murder of our colleague Jo Cox and the result of the referendum in June, it is the London vote that we must draw heart from. We must remember that London rejected hate and division and we must now stand together as a party and a country against the rise in xenophobia and hate which has seen a 57% surge in hate crime since the Tories’ Brexit referendum in June. My Y
On Monday 19th December I was 'Guest of the Day' on BBC's Daily Politics show. I discussed topics including the ongoing Southern Rail strikes, the issues facing the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Liam Fox's comments on our future relationship with the European Union and the customs union. You can watch the show here.
Yesterday (Tuesday 13th December) I spoke in the Urgent Debate on Aleppo and today (Wednesday 14th December) I have published the following statement: A lot of people have written to me about Aleppo. I wanted to share my response to set out my position. I apologise for the brevity of this letter. In the interests of time I wanted to write to set out my position as quickly and succinctly as possible. I am absolutely horrified by the humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo. There ar
On Friday 9th December I was delighted to be invited to the Our World Club presentation at St Ignatius Primary School. It was wonderful to hear about the children’s Send a Friend to School campaign and to answer questions about issues that the children are concerned about, particularly local issues like road safety, crime and homelessness. I was so pleased to see that the children are very keen to make a difference in their community and to learn about politics. I look forwar
On Thursday 8th December I wrote an article for The Guardian setting out my reasons for voting against the motion put before the House of Commons on Wednesday 7th December that gave the Prime Minister a blank cheque to trigger Article 50 in March: I didn't endorse May's Brexit timetable - but I'm no 'enemy of the people'. You can read the article in full below or here. If this government is to be the one -nation government it claims to be, the personal attacks that fuel the a
On Wednesday 7th December Parliament voted on an Opposition Day debate motion on Brexit. Whilst I do agree that the Government must publish a substantive Brexit plan well ahead of any moves to trigger Article 50, I voted against the motion because it gave Theresa May a blank cheque to trigger Article 50 in March 2017. I set out the reasons behind this decision to oppose the motion in my speech during the debate, which you can watch in full here. Due to time constraints I was
On Thursday 8th December I was delighted to be invited to turn on the Christmas lights at Protheroe House in Tottenham. It was wonderful to see the community come together to celebrate the start of the festive period, and I particularly enjoy the carol singing!
On Monday 5th December I was delighted to be invited to present awards at Haringey Council's Outstanding for All Awards ceremony and celebrate the achievements of some of the fantastic young people, teachers, support staff and schools in our borough.
Yesterday (5th December) I was in Parliament for the Second Reading of the Children and Social Work Bill. I am very concerned about the Government's proposals to allow local authorities to become exempt from their statutory duties to children, and plans to test new 'ways of working' that could lead to the outsourcing of children's social care. In October I tabled Early Day Motion 626 opposing any move that could lead to any exemption from legal statutory responsibilities towa
I have written an article on the social impact of Brexit for the December 2016 article of Politics First. You can read the article here (p19) or below. In the aftermath of a dog-whistle campaign, which focused on immigration and sought to play on fear and division, hate crime rose by between 40-50 per cent over the summer months, according to the National Police Chiefs’ Council, while Home Office Figures show a 19 per cent increase year-on-year. There is no doubt that we are