On 17th May, I welcomed the Government’s decision to cut maximum stakes on Fixed Odd Betting Terminals to £2. Since I launched the Stop FOBTs campaign in 2013 and as Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on FOBTs, I have been calling on the Government cut the maximum stakes for Fixed Odd Betting Terminals from £100 to £2.
On 22nd May during a debate on the Government’s Serious Violence Strategy I raised issues of austerity, cuts to the police and local authorities, cuts to the Border Force and the issue of serious organised crime and drugs with Home Office Ministers. I said: Am I really supposed to believe that if 50 or 60 white middle-class young people were killed in Surrey or Kent in space of five months, we would just have an “awareness-raising communication activity”? It is also important
On 14th May, I spoke in the debate in Westminster Hall on the petition calling on the Prime Minister to build public trust in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. I emphasised the importance of an inquiry that represents the victims of the tragedy. You can find a clip of my speech here. I said: The inquiry is not for the Government, and it is not for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is for the victims. It is for the people who died in the Grenfell fire. It is for all wh
On the 17th May, the Government published the Hackitt Review which did not urge a ban on flammable cladding. I released the below statement on the issue, and the Government subsequently committed to consulting on the banning of combustible cladding and desktop studies: This review is a betrayal and a whitewash. It is unthinkable and unacceptable that so many people can die in a disaster like Grenfell and one year on flammable cladding has not been banned. I will continue to s
On 28th April, I co-ordinated and wrote a letter to the Prime Minister alongside Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbot which was co-signed by 200 MPs. The letter called on the Government to enshrine the rights of the Windrush generation in law. It stated: It is important that the Government enshrines the changes that have been announced in response to the Windrush crisis into law without delay. We are calling on you to do this by bringing a Statutory Instrument before Parliament
On 11 May 2018, I held a Windrush surgery at the Holy Trinity Church in Tottenham for my constituents who have been affected by the Windrush scandal. More than 20 constituents participated in the event which was attended by an Immigration Law specialist from Wilsons LLP- a Tottenham law firm that is offering pro-bono legal advice to my constituents.
Representatives from the Home Office were also in attendance, answering constituents’ questions on how the Home Office is han
On 1st May, as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race, I hosted an event for Windrush citizens to discuss the uncertain status of Commonwealth citizens in the UK. We heard from many Windrush citizens who shared their story, as well as Guardian reporter Amelia Gentleman, Barbados High Commissioner Guy Hewitt, the Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott. The Minister of State for Immigration, Caroline Nokes MP, came personally
On 23rd April, I spoke in response to the Home Secretary’s statement on Windrush in the House of Commons, emphasising the status of the Windrush generation as British citizens. I also raised the issues facing other Commonwealth citizens, who have temporary or indefinite leave to remain. You can watch my speech here. I said: The Home Secretary will appreciate that everybody in the Caribbean is there because Britain and other European countries brought them from Africa to the C
On 15th April, I wrote a letter co-signed by 140 MPs, calling for the Prime Minister to take urgent action to address the Windrush scandal. The letter urged the Prime Minister “to guarantee the status of all Commonwealth nationals whose right to remain is protected by law and to provide an effective, humane route to the clarification of their status.” I also demanded that the Prime Minister meet with Commonwealth nationals and their legal representatives to address this crisi