On Tuesday 21st November I was delighted to open St Francis at the Engine Room in Tottenham Hale - the first purpose-built Anglican parish church in London for 40 years. As I said during the opening ceremony: “Someone at No 10 [Downing St] once said: ‘We don’t do God.’ I’ve always been very clear that here in Tottenham we do do God.” The opening of the church was a very special moment for our community. Strong faith is a tradition in Tottenham, and for many people faith suppo
I am deeply disappointed that last night (21st November), the Government voted down Amendment 46 to the EU Withdrawal Bill, which would have removed the exclusion of the Charter of Fundamental Rights from the EU law that we retain in UK law post-Brexit. As I said in Parliament: When there are still children in the world being trafficked, used as child soldiers and forced into slavery it is an abhorrence that our Government will send a message that we can do away with rights t
On 21st November, to mark the publication of a report into global education by the International Development Select Committee, I wrote a joint article for The Times with Conservative MP Pauline Latham: Helping the world's poorest girls go to school is a moral imperative for Britain. I called for the Department for International Development to increase the funding that it gives to education around the world through our aid to developing countries and called on the new Internat
On 16th November I was humbled and very proud to be awarded 'Hero of the Year' at the European Diversity Awards for my work in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster. I dedicated the award to my friend Khadija Saye, the people of Grenfell Tower and the fight for justice.
On 15th November I tabled Early day motion 546 on human rights in Turkey, signed by over 30 Members of Parliament from seven political parties. I am deeply concerned about the ongoing crackdown on human rights in Turkey, including the recent arrest of human rights activists on trumped up charges of membership of a terrorist organisation.
Following my campaign calling on Oxbridge to improve their access, I spoke to Times Higher Education and the Times Educational Supplement about the universities' response. Oxford and Cambridge have been defensive and seem determined to hide their failings instead of looking at themselves. As I said: "It is all excuses: it's the child's fault it's the school's fault, it is the education system's fault. It is never, ever, ever the college's fault, never the tutor's fault, never
Today (10th November) I have written an article for The Times about so-called 'affordable' housing. You can read it here, or in full below. Every so often certain words and phrases become political mantras, and as they do so they lose any real meaning. Under New Labour the public tired of jargon like “delivery” and “implementation”. In the coalition years we never saw the “Big Society” come to fruition. The repetition of mindless expressions is patronising and erodes trust in
On Tuesday 7th November I spoke in a debate on temporary accommodation on behalf of 3,140 families in Haringey living in temporary accommodation, including two families I have represented in the last couple months who have been living in temporary accommodation for 14 and 17 years respectively. You can read my speech in full below: I am pleased to have an opportunity to speak in this important debate and to have supported my colleague the Hon Member for Mitcham and Morden in
On Monday 6th November in response to a statement by the Secretary of State for Communities on the Grenfell Recovery Taskforce, I asked the Secretary of State why the Government did not bring in Commissioners to take over the running of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea following the Grenfell fire. I said: It breaks my heart that many of these people—over two thirds of them—will not be housed by Christmas. Given that the taskforce has found the council to be so inep
On Monday (6th November) I published answers to Parliamentary Questions that I tabled to the Department for Communities and Local Government showing that: - Only 26 of the 202 households that lost their homes in the fire 5 months ago are living in permanent homes - 130 households are still living in bed and breakfasts and hotels - The Government refused to tell me how many children are still living in bed and breakfasts and hotels You can read the answers to my questions in f