Earlier this week (20th March) I hosted the British Caribbean Association (BCA) in Parliament. I am a proud son of Windrush Generation immigrants and I was delighted to welcome over 60 members of the BCA to Parliament along with Dawn Butler MP, Clive Lewis MP and Baroness Howells. I am concerned that young people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds are not as politically engaged as older generations. It is vitally important that young people from all backgrounds get in
On Saturday I spoke at an anti-racism march in Parliament Square. You can read more about the protest here. I said that we need to send a message that we don't want the fascism and xenophobia of Le Pen and Wilders in our country. My parents arrived in this country to signs saying "No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs". At the turn of the century I thought we had left racism behind in the 21st century but racism is back and it feels like we are going backwards. The EU referendum has u
Today (9th March) I secured a debate on our relationship with Turkey in Parliament. Speaking in debate, I argued that given the actions of President Erdogan Turkey is now a democracy in name only and that the Government must condemn the human rights abuses and march towards authoritarianism we are seeing in a country that is our NATO ally. You can read my speech in full here, or watch it online here from 15:55.
Ahead of the debate in Parliament on Turkey today, I have written an article for The Times about the situation in Turkey and Erdogan's actions: Britain must denounce Erdogan as the dictator he is. Democracy, the rule of law and human rights have all been completely trampled all over by Erdogan and his acolytes. A referendum next month will give Erdogan absolute power to embed his dictatorship, choose judges and enact laws by degree. Since the declaration of a state of emergen
Last night (8th March) I spoke in the debate on the Chancellor's Budget. I argued that the Budget had let the country down because it ignored the main economic issue of our time - the impact that Brexit and leaving the Single Market will have on every aspect of our economy: growth, trade, jobs, wages, investment, inflation and our public finances. I also spoke about the need for the Government to commit to a strategy for investment in adult education to plug skills gap and en
I am delighted and very proud to see National Apprenticeship Week go from strength to strength 10 years after I launched it as Skills Minister. Last night (6th March) I presented the 'Apprentice of the Year' award at the YMCA Training awards night and spoke about the importance of technical education in the modern economy.
Last week (Thursday 2nd March) as part of my adult education campaign I visited Morley College. Morley College is a wonderful institution and jewel in the crown of technical education and lifelong learning in London. I will continue to champion adult education and support institutions like Morley College as they work to give people the confidence and skills they need to thrive.
Yesterday I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament about the role of fathers in the family. As Chair of the All-Party Group on Fatherhood this is an issue that is incredibly important to me. It is vital that we respond to the nature of the modern family and work to support active fatherhood, particularly young fathers, and equip them with the necessary help and support. You can read my full speech below or on Hansard here. “I congratulate the hon. Member for Airdrie
Last night (28th February) I spoke at a meeting organised school funding cuts in Haringey at Fair Funding for All on school funding cuts.
It is frankly shocking that a Government talking about social mobility is going to be the first Government since the mid-1990's to cut schools funding.
By 2020 Haringey schools will lose around 8% in real terms when taking into account the Government's new 'Fair' Funding Formula and other funding pressures like increased national ins
Last night (28th February) I spoke at a rally for Haringey Stand up to Racism alongside anti-racism activists and representatives from the local Muslim community. I spoke about the racist abuse that I have received since the EU referendum last year as well as the racist behaviour and spike in hate crime that we have seen since last June. I stressed that whilst some people have seen the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump as legitimising racist and xenophobic attitude