Harriet Harman MP, in a speech to Labour’s National Women’s Conference, said:
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It’s great to see you all here today.
There’s always a terrific atmosphere when Labour women get together. We’ll have a tremendous discussion today - as we always do.
So here are my 10 future points to throw in to the debate.
We’re deeply disappointed not to be in government. We know that it is only Labour - Labour in government - which will make the changes that women need to go forward in their lives.
The Conservatives never have, and never will, fight for equality:
The cause of women’s equality needs more rights at work. The Tories always chop back rights at work - look what they’ve done on tribunals, imposing massive fees so the number of maternity discrimination cases has plummeted.
The cause of women’s equality needs strong public services - at national and local government level - for childcare, for the elderly - for the women who work in those services - and that is the opposite of what happens under the Tories.
The cause of equality means using the power of government to bring about progressive change. The Tories brought in Clause 28 which Labour abolished and brought in civil partnerships. Both of the last Tory minsters for equality voted against equal marriage. They turn back the clock on equality
So my first 2 future points are:
1. We can’t go along with the line that the Tory party now share our fight for equality. They don’t. And women Tories are in a party which is the opposite of equality. If they want to fight for equality - it’s simple - they need to get out of the Tory party.
2. Let’s never lose sight of the massive, ground-breaking progress the Labour government made for women - on maternity pay, on maternity leave, on childcare, on domestic violence, for women pensioners, on the Equality Act. Let’s totally reject the argument that the last Labour government was no different to the Tories.
We’re all sad and disappointed for our women candidates who we needed in Parliament but who didn’t win in May.
We needed Sophy as MP for Gloucester, Clair for Dover, Sarah for Hastings, Polly for Thurrock, Anne for Swindon, Suzie for Harlow, Lucy for Lincoln, Lee for Carlisle all our brilliant women candidates.
You put your finances, your work, your families on hold for the sake of the party. We are proud of you and what you did - and have great hopes for you for the future. And I want to pay tribute to them.
But we are so pleased to welcome our new women MPs - not least those who won their seats from the Tories and the Lib Dems. And many congratulations to Kate Green and Cat Smith, who Jeremy has appointed to be our new ministerial team on women and equality.
We don’t have a majority in parliament. But Labour women are still the majority of women MPs. We have more Labour women MPs than all the other parties put together. Irrespective of us not being in government, women in this country are counting on Labour women to speak up for them to challenge discrimination and sexism.
So my next future point is:
3. Let’s never forget that women in this country are looking to us, to Labour women to continue to speak up as the voice of women in our democracy and we must do that with courage and determination.
And when I say Labour women - I mean Labour WOMEN, not Labour MEN. Though we’ve made great strides, evidently we still have further to go to reach equality in our party.
Now, we have a male Leader, male Deputy Leader, male London Mayoral Candidate and male General Secretary. These were all separate elections so it’s not any of their fault - but we can’t leave it as a clean sweep of men. We’ve got to sort it out so that we have women’s leadership at the top of the party - and that must include women who are chosen by and accountable to us women in the party. Women who are strong enough to fight for women because they are elected - as well as those who are appointed by the male leadership.
So my next future point is:
4. Let’s review and renew the party rules and organisation so that we have women at every level in the party including in the leadership and that we give this women’s conference power by putting it on a proper constitutional footing.
For the most part Labour men will support our demands for change and our quest for equality. But they won’t always and sometimes we’ll have to fight for it. So my next point is - don’t worry if you seem to be having a massive row. That is inevitable in any fight for change. None of the huge leaps of progress we’ve made, like all women’s shortlists, were done without massive controversy.
So my next future point is:
5. Be worried if you are always massively popular - it probably means you aren’t demanding enough! And remember today’s unreasonable demands are tomorrows conventional wisdom - so don’t hold back.
And let’s keep up the momentum for change.
Future point 6: let’s warn those in the party who want to drag their feet on women’s demands and who want to resist change. If we drop our mantle of being the champions of women in this country there will be others - the SNP, The Greens - who will be only too keen to pick it up.
Labour women, like the women’s movement, have always been about solidarity and women working together. All women, lesbian, straight, transgender, black and white, disabled and not, working class and middle class, younger women and older women.
So my next future point is:
7. Let’s not have a hierarchy of inequalities with a competition for which is worse. All inequality is iniquitous and we should all challenge it wherever it rears its ugly head.
And let’s have no ageism in the women’s movement. The women’s movement needs, and is for, all the generations - not just the “next” one. Fiona MacTaggart MP set up the Older Women’s Commission to map out the policy demands of older women - who are balancing work, home, ageing parents, children and grandchildren. She’s now setting up the campaign to make those changes happen. She’s calling it the Older Women’s Lobby - OWL. I for one plan to be an OWL.
So my next future point is:
8. Let’s have wise Owls roosting in every CLP in every region.
After our leadership election we have doubled our membership and have over one hundred thousand registered and affiliated supporters. To our longstanding members we have added legions of new enthusiasts.
These new women are the opportunity for a great boost to our energy and strength. We must wholeheartedly and warmly welcome the new women members, affiliated supporters and registered supporters. But it has to be a two-way street - the long-standing members welcoming the new ones and the new members and supporters respecting the work of the longstanding members who have fought to get woman candidates selected and elected - and who have fought for and stood as women councillors.
As we welcome the new members, we must remember that all of us stand on the shoulders of those Labour women members who have stood up for the party and for women, through thick and thin and year in and year out.
So point 9 is let’s have harmonious integration of the new members and supporters into our party.
And, 10, as we rebuild and re-organise as women in the party - lets never lose sight of the women out there in the public. Their hopes and dreams - their fears and concerns. Our party is for them, their prospects and their progress. We are the agents of change but the change is not for us – it’s for them. And without their votes we can’t get elected to make the progress that is needed.
Finally, it has been an incredible experience being a woman on the front bench of our great party for over 28 years - an incredible opportunity for me to play my part - along with so many magnificent women throughout the party. And I want to thank all of you who’ve given me so much strong and warm support throughout those years. That generous encouragement has been there for me when I’ve messed things up as well when things have gone right and I deeply appreciate that.
So, a huge thank you and let Labour women continue the fight for a feminist future.
Harriet Harman MP, in a speech to Labour’s National Women’s Conference, said: ***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY*** It’s great to see you all here today. There’s always a...
In Brighton 1000 women gathered for this year's Labour Party Annual Women's Conference.
This great event is an integral part of the Conference calendar and the packed agenda included guest speakers, debates, workshops and the opportunity for women from across the country to meet.
You can read my speech from this year's conference here:
In Brighton 1000 women gathered for this year's Labour Party Annual Women's Conference. This great event is an integral part of the Conference calendar and the packed agenda included guest...
Local Labour candidate Octavia Lamb has been selected to stand as the candidate for the South Camberwell ward by-election on October 15th.
This evening I went out campaigning on the doorstep with Octavia and a great team of local councillors and members to ensure that she gets elected on the 15th October.
Octavia Lamb said: “I am standing to be a councillor in South Camberwell because I want to represent my local community and bring improvements to the local area. I will work to improve local housing, work with local businesses and get transport improvements to make roads safer. I will also work to ensure that the new secondary school on the Dulwich hospital site is delivered on time.”
Local Labour candidate Octavia Lamb has been selected to stand as the candidate for the South Camberwell ward by-election on October 15th. This evening I went out campaigning on the doorstep...
The 2015 Southwark Labour Annual Conference took place at the The Beormund Community Centre today.
Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council opened and welcomed everyone to this years event and I addressed conference during the morning session.
It was great to see such a fantastic turnout.
Also in attendance and taking part in in a panel discussion and Q&A were Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich & West Norwood and Neil Coyle, MP for Southwark & Old Bermondsey. We were also joined by our guest speaker Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, Labour's London Mayoral Candidate.
The 2015 Southwark Labour Annual Conference took place at the The Beormund Community Centre today. Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council opened and welcomed everyone to this years event and I addressed conference...
Tomorrow I'll be voting in the House of Commons in favour of the Assisted Dying Bill. This is an emotional and particularly difficult issue to make a law on. And it’s a very personal issue, so all of us MPs will vote according to our conscience on a "free vote" and there will be no party "whip". I will be voting to change the law so that doctors will be allowed to prescribe a lethal drug dose to terminally ill patients in England and Wales who are deemed to have less than six months to live.
Many local people have written to me about this vote. And shared many heartfelt concerns on both sides of the issue. One woman told me she had witnessed the unnecessary suffering of her family members in the final stages of their life and she wanted people to be allowed to die with dignity and not have to ask a loved one to risk prosecution to help them.
Everyone agrees that people should, as far as possible, be able to make choices as their life comes to an end. Everyone agrees that no-one should have to suffer unbearable pain. Everyone also supports the hospice movement and all those in the NHS who, whether in our hospitals or caring for people at home, do so much to care for the dying. No-one wants to see people with disabilities or life-limiting illness feel that they are a burden and must end their life. No-one wants to see someone suffering mental illness end their life. But that is not what this Bill is about.
The Bill does not allow for assisted dying when the patient is not terminally ill, or euthanasia where a doctor administers a lethal medication to a patient.
This Bill is to enable competent adults, who are deemed to have less than six months to live, to choose medically supervised assistance to end their own life. A High Court judge and two independent doctors would all be required to agree that the patient had made an informed decision to die.
I've never had to watch a relative or friend suffer horribly at the end of their life. But I know that if that were the case I'd want to support their choice even if that meant medication which, as well as alleviating their pain, brought forward the end of their life.
We've all seen the people who've gone to Dignitas in Switzerland to end their life. But some have said they've had to go earlier than they might otherwise, for fear of getting to ill to travel. Others have wanted to go, but could not afford to travel. And most want to die at, or near, home rather than in a foreign clinic.
Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands now have different laws to deal with assisted dying. This is not about forcing people who are terminally ill to end their life. It’s about giving people a choice. This is what I would want for my family. This is what I would want for myself. So this is what I will vote for on Friday.
Tomorrow I'll be voting in the House of Commons in favour of the Assisted Dying Bill. This is an emotional and particularly difficult issue to make a law on. And...
Today in the House of Commons I challenged David Cameron over his response to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. This is now the worst humanitarian crisis to reach European shores since the Second World War and its impact is being felt right across our country.
Today in the House of Commons I challenged David Cameron over his response to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. This is now the worst humanitarian crisis to reach European... Read more
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham) (Lab): I am pleased to follow the Prime Minister’s tribute to Her Majesty the Queen. As he did, I want to start with her words when she was 21 years old:
“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.”
Those words, remarkable from such a young woman, were a solemn vow to this country that she has kept through the 63 years and 218 days of her reign. She had not expected to succeed to the throne, but even before she was crowned she was clear that her life would be dedicated to the service of her country.
There can be no doubt about the commitment that she has made and the public service she has given and continues to give. Even today, at the age of 89, she is undertaking a public engagement. Her life has been a great sweep of British history—the second world war, the cold war and the fall of the Berlin wall—and she has presided over the transition from empire to Commonwealth. Her reign spans profound changes in all respects: in work life, family life, our communities and technology. She has gone from sending telegrams to sending tweets. At a time of so much change, her reign is the reassurance of continuity, a defining feature of this country both at home and abroad. At home, she has done thousands of official engagements, including visits, walkabouts, meeting and greeting the public and welcoming thousands to Buckingham Palace every year. In the one year of her golden jubilee, she visited 70 cities and towns across the country. There is a great commitment to her in every part of this country.
Abroad, she has been tireless in her international engagements, and in her long reign she has made official visits to more than 116 countries. It is no exaggeration to say that she is admired by billions of people all around the world, particularly in the Commonwealth, including those who come to live here in the UK, like many in my constituency of Camberwell and Peckham. People respect the fact that she has stayed fastidiously neutral and above politics, yet at times she has played a significant role in key political moments, such as the extraordinary personal generosity she displayed during the peace process in Northern Ireland.
She is now on her 12th Prime Minister, although we on the Opposition Benches had hoped that she would now be on her 13th. She reigns over more than 140 million people, a huge number, nearly as large as the number of registered Labour party supporters. It is entirely characteristic of her that she has let it be known that she does not want a fuss to be made about today, but we are making a fuss, and deservedly so. We send her our warmest congratulations, our appreciation and, above all, our thanks.
11.40 am Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham) (Lab): I am pleased to follow the Prime Minister’s tribute to Her Majesty the Queen. As he did, I want to start...
Today, in the House of Commons, I delivered a response to the Prime Minister’s statement on the refugee crisis in Europe and recent counter-terrorism action. This is now the worst humanitarian crisis to reach European shores since the Second World War and its impact is being felt right across our country. The full text of my response is available below:
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Labour Leader also calls for emergency meetings with EU leaders and COBRA
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Harriet Harman MP calls on Camila Batmanghelidjh to give the London Borough of Southwark the information they need to help vulnerable children and young people affected by the closure of Kids Company.
Harriet Harman MP has today also written to the Cabinet Office to ask the Government to provide the necessary resources for Southwark Council to enable them to support these children and young people.
She thanks the staff of Southwark Council for their hard work in seeking to protect vulnerable children and young people from the impact of the closure of Kids Company.
Notes to editors:
1. Kids Company was based in Camberwell and supported many of the children and young people in Harriet Harman’s constituency
2. Full text of the letter to Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster:
Re: Kids Company
Following the closure of Kids Company, Southwark Council has been undertaking a great deal of work to make sure that vulnerable children and young people do not suffer because of the closure.
As you know I am very concerned that Southwark Council has the resources it needs to be able to protect these children and young people.
I am writing now to ask what additional resources are being made available to Southwark Council.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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PRESS RELEASE: Kids Company closure - protecting the children and young people is vital, says local MP Harriet Harman
Harriet Harman MP calls on Camila Batmanghelidjh to give the London Borough of Southwark the information they need to help vulnerable children and young people affected by the closure of...
Tax credits which help families make ends meet are set to be cut by the new Conservative Government. They announced this in their Budget last month. We agree that the deficit needs to be brought down but this is absolutely the wrong way to do it and Labour is against it.
Tax credits go to families on low incomes - most of them in work but on low pay. The Labour government brought them in to tackle in-work poverty, where even though people are working, they don't earn enough to live on. And Tax Credits "make work pay" by topping-up low pay so that people are better off in work than on benefits.
In Camberwell and Peckham alone 64% of families get Tax Credits. Even with the National Minimum Wage those families need the tax credits to make ends meet. The Government is going to put the Minimum Wage up - and that's a good thing. But the cuts in the Tax Credits are much bigger than the increase in the Minimum Wage and so around the country 3 million families will be, on average, £1,000 a year worse off.
Of course it's right that employers should increase pay. But it's wrong for the Government to cut Tax Credits before that happens.
The Conservatives said before the election that they would cut £12billion from the welfare bill. But they always ducked questions about cutting Tax Credits, inferring that they would be safe. They said they would not "balance the books on the backs of the poor". Yet that is exactly what cutting Tax Credits would do. So they have no democratic mandate to do it.
And they plan to do it in an underhand and undemocratic way. Even though this is a £3.6 billion cut which will effect around 3 million people they plan to sneak it through without proper scrutiny by the House of Commons. They plan to cut tax credits in a Committee with no more than 15 MPs in a meeting in a room upstairs in the House of Commons lasting no more than 45 minutes. I’ve written to the Prime Minister saying:
*That it was not in their Manifesto
*That it is a big measure involving 3 million families and £3.6billion
*That it is highly controversial - they say that families will not be worse off because of the increase in the Minimum Wage but we, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies dispute that, and so it should first be scrutinised by the all-party Select Committee for the Department of Work and Pensions and if the Government then intend to go ahead with it they should put it in a Bill that will be scrutinised by the whole House of Commons and the House of Lords before it becomes law.
It is shameful that the Government is planning to sneak this controversial and harsh measure through without proper scrutiny at the same time as they are cutting tax for millionaires. We are determined to campaign against this and make it our task, as Opposition, to seek to prevent them.
Tax credits which help families make ends meet are set to be cut by the new Conservative Government. They announced this in their Budget last month. We agree that the...
Responding to reports that local charity ‘Kids Company’ may close, Harriet Harman MP for Camberwell and Peckham today said:
“Kids Company work with some of the most deprived and vulnerable children and young people in South London, and in other parts of the country.
“Whatever happens to Kids Company, these children and young people must be protected and supported. Such vulnerable young people must not suffer as result of the breakdown of government confidence in Kids Company.
“The Government must ensure that local authorities and voluntary organisations have the resources they need to make sure that the children and young people who are being supported by Kids Company will not be without that support if the charity closes.
“The Government must publish a full report showing what funding decisions they have made in regard to Kids Company, and on what basis”.
Responding to reports that local charity ‘Kids Company’ may close, Harriet Harman MP for Camberwell and Peckham today said: “Kids Company work with some of the most deprived and vulnerable...
On Friday 31st July I signed ONE’s ‘Just Say Yes’ campaign pledge to help end extreme poverty.
The pledge reads:
‘I believe the UK must keep its promises to the world’s poorest people. Throughout the next Parliament, I will do my part to help end extreme poverty and preventable disease in Africa, with most UK aid focused on countries that have the least, girls and women at the centre of development and all parts of government working together to build a better and safer world.’
You can sign online by adding your details here: http://www.one.org/international/take-action/sign-the-just-say-yes-pledge/
Thanks to Zainab and Ewa for coming to see me at my advice surgery.
On Friday 31st July I signed ONE’s ‘Just Say Yes’ campaign pledge to help end extreme poverty. The pledge reads: ‘I believe the UK must keep its promises to the...
Interim Labour Leader Harriet Harman MP has today written to the Prime Minister to call for compensation from the French government to be paid to Britons affected by the chaos at Calais.
In the letter, she says David Cameron’s government has ignored repeated warnings from Labour and hauliers about the growing crisis at the port.
She writes that it is wrong for UK businesses and families to bear the costs of the situation in Calais and calls for diplomatic pressure to be applied to the French government to seek compensation for hauliers, businesses, self-employed people and holidaymakers caught up in the crisis.
PRESS RELEASE: Harriet Harman calls for Cameron to demand compensation from French government for Britons hit by Calais chaos
Interim Labour Leader Harriet Harman MP has today written to the Prime Minister to call for compensation from the French government to be paid to Britons affected by the chaos... Read more
Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Interim Leader, has written to David Cameron calling on the government to bring forward primary legislation on the substantial planned changes in tax credits.
At the moment tax credit changes costing working families £1,000 a year could be imposed with the scantest possible parliamentary scrutiny, through a Statutory Instrument which will not be debated by the whole House of Commons.
Labour is calling for changes to tax credits to be first examined by the Treasury Select Committee and thereafter included in primary legislation.
The full text of the letter is below
Dear Prime Minister,
You have proposed substantial measures to cut tax credit work allowances which the IFS say will cost 3 million families an average of £1,000 a year each – a total cut of £3.4 billion.
The cuts in tax credits of £3.4 billion were not in your manifesto. During the election campaign you gave no indication that your government had plans to do this. Indeed on 30 April 2015, in response to a question on whether you would cut Child Tax Credit, you said: “No I don’t want to do that”.
This is a controversial measure. You assert that working people will be compensated for the cuts to tax credits by the increases in the minimum wage. This is contested by the IFS who say that it is “arithmetically impossible”.
It appears that you are proposing to implement your cuts to tax credits with the scantest possible parliamentary scrutiny, through a Statutory Instrument which will not be debated by the whole House of Commons. It will only be considered by a committee of no more than 15 MPs and is likely to be concluded in no more than 45 minutes. It will not be possible to amend it in the House of Lords.
Parliament needs to be able to scrutinise this measure which was not in your manifesto, and is substantial and highly controversial, and which we oppose. These cuts to tax credits hit working families in every constituency, and must not be sneaked through the back door without the chance for MPs to subject them to proper scrutiny.
I am writing to ask you to undertake that this is not implemented by way of a Statutory Instrument. I propose that it is first examined by the Work and Pensions and Treasury Select Committees, who can take evidence on the extent to which the cuts to tax credits will hit working families and the inaccuracy of your claim that those who lose out will be compensated by a higher minimum wage.
Thereafter, if you persist in taking these measures forward, I propose that you do so in primary legislation which can be considered at a Second Reading on the floor of the House of Commons, then in a full Committee Stage, then again by the whole House of Commons at a Report Stage and Third Reading, and then by the House of Lords.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Interim Leader, has written to David Cameron calling on the government to bring forward primary legislation on the substantial planned changes in tax credits. At the...
You can read my Parliamentary report for July here
Today at Prime Minister’s Questions, I challenged David Cameron over some of the measures in last week’s budget, including his cuts to tax credits which will make millions of working families on low incomes worse off. I also questioned him over changes to party funding and trade unions. There is an issue about big money in politics but it must be dealt with fairly, it must be done on a cross-party basis. It cannot be one rule for the Labour Party but something completely different for the Tories.
Today at Prime Minister’s Questions, I challenged David Cameron over some of the measures in last week’s budget, including his cuts to tax credits which will make millions of... Read more
During the last three weeks constituents in Camberwell and Peckham have sent me 543 emails on 66 different policy issues – from the Budget to the future of British bees. Here’s a full breakdown of the issues people have raised.
- Concern at Government plans to cut support for people placed in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), down to the rate paid to people on Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).
- The need to crack down on tax avoidance
- Condemning Government plans to cut Working Families' Tax Credits
- The one year anniversary of Andargachew Tsege’s detention, a British National in Incommunicado Detention in Ethiopia
- The need to protect the future of Britain’s bees
- In support of the Assisted Dying Bill
- Against the Assisted Dying Bill
- The Climate Coalition’s National Lobby of Parliament on 17th June
- Call on the Government to invest in early years education and child literacy in the Budget
- Support for the Hunting Ban
- Against the Hunting Ban
- Against Heathrow airport expansion in response to the Howard Davies Airport Commission report on additional airport capacity
- Support for compulsory sex and relationship education in schools
- Against the privatisation of National Gallery security and services
- Against the income threshold requirement of £18,600 for a spouse visa
- Stop the War, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Campaign Against Arms Trade’s report: ‘Arming Apartheid: UK Complicity in Israel's Crimes Against the Palestinian People'
- Support for the ‘Back Off’ Campaign to provide more protection for women using abortion clinics
- Against the potential taxation of Personal Independence Payments
- Supporting Debbie Abrahams MP’s call on the Government to publish the number of people who have died within 6 weeks of having their Employment and Support allowance stopped
- Anti-military action in Syria
- UNICEF campaign to ensure the UK takes a leading international role to end violence against children
- Wateraid’s ‘1858’ sanitation event
- Concern to ensure that disabled people are protected from the Government’s £12 billion welfare cuts
- Concern to ensure that children with sensory loss are protected from the Government’s £12billion welfare cuts
- Concern at food waste and supermarket disposal of edible food
- Against the use of wild animals in circuses
- In favour of more provision of talking therapies in Camberwell and Peckham
- In support of the Rethink Mental Illness campaign to help make mental health funding a priority in communities
- Concern at European Union decision to ask the UK to remove its tax exemption for small scale producers of cider.
- Trident and the Strategic Defence and Security Review
- Make sure the River Thames Garden Bridge is good value for the tax payer
- Improve dog breeding regulation and legislation
- Support Anthony Nolan’s ‘Destination Cure’ Campaign to support research of blood cancer
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- Cancer Research UK’s Parliamentary drop-in event – Wed 8 July
- British Heart Foundation's (BHF) call to maintain science funding in the Budget
- Crisis’ ‘No One Turned Away’ campaign to ensure vulnerable single people can access social homes
- To oppose the Housing Benefit cuts to 18-21 year olds
- The need to do more to help the world’s refugees
- Supporting the introduction of a guardianship law to protect a missing person’s financial and legal affairs
- Protect seals from the impact of the British fishing industry
- Condemning the conflict in South Sudan on South Sudan’s 4th Anniversary of independence
- Concern at actions of the Nigerian military and their civilian militias in North Nigeria
- Oppose the Anti-Semitic Demonstration in Golders Green on 4th July
- Protect people at Yarlswood Immigration Removal Centre
- Ensure private hire taxis are held to same standards and regulation as black cabs
- Concern at the privatisation of criminal fine and compensation enforcement
- Reduce the amount of antibiotics used on farm animals to help fight the antibiotics resistance crisis
- EU Referendum – Campaigning for the UK to stay in Europe
- Make tackling climate change priority in Government
- Maintain Overseas Development Aid at 0.7%
- Make Shared Ownership Properties more affordable in London
- Ensure Shared Ownership properties are included in the extension of Right to Buy for social housing
- Stop the deportation of Dominicans of Haitian descent from The Dominican Republic
- Stop the deportation of Raja Bachir Khouja
- Support for ZP Dala, a Muslim South African Writer attacked for public praise of Salman Rushdie’s work
- Stop trading Israel’s illegal settlements goods
- Free West Papua Campaign
- The need to resettle more Syrian refugees
- Condemning Saudi Arabia's actions in Yemen
- Provide a comprehensive and mental health service
- Concern for the pregnant woman attacked in Peckham
- The need to take action to minimise noise pollution in South London
- Against fracking in Southwark
- Performers’ Alliance All-Party Parliamentary Group – protect independent music venues from closure due to new residential developments and noise complaints
- Concern at banks’ actions around the world and their impact on global inequality
During the last three weeks constituents in Camberwell and Peckham have sent me 543 emails on 66 different policy issues – from the Budget to the future of British bees. Here’s a full breakdown...
This morning I held an advice surgery on the Glebe Estate in Camberwell. Thank you to Maureen Moseley and Bev Hayes from the Tenants and Residents Association for helping to organise it and for showing me around the estate along with local councillors Radha Burgess and Ian Wingfield.
This morning I held an advice surgery on the Glebe Estate in Camberwell. Thank you to Maureen Moseley and Bev Hayes from the Tenants and Residents Association for helping to organise... Read more
Today the Chancellor delivered his budget speech in the House of Commons. It leaves working people worse off and fails the test of building a more productive economy to bring the deficit down. David Cameron and George Osborne’s decision to cut tax credits will hit 3 million working people – completely undermining their argument that this is a Budget for working people. The full text of my response can be found below:
Today the Chancellor delivered his budget speech in the House of Commons. It leaves working people worse off and fails the test of building a more productive economy to bring the... Read more