Following the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria earlier this month, I spoke in a parliamentary debate on the situation. I urged the Government to introduce a family reunion scheme so that families in Hackney who have family caught up in the disaster can provide them with a safe home in our country. See here for my speech in full.
When it comes to asylum, the Home Office is the worst I’ve seen it in 18 years.
As a result, asylum seekers are living in appalling and dangerous accommodation.
Watch me press the Immigration Minister on when we will see any improvement.
Hackney is home to a wide range of brilliant hospitality venues, including many great pubs. I recently visited the George & Vulture pub in Hoxton to discuss how it has been affected by the cost of living crisis and other inflationary pressures. The removal of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme in March, and its replacement with a less generous scheme, will mean that many pubs will be massively squeezed.
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day and it was a privilege to attend a moving ceremony in Hackney Town Hall. As the Holocaust moves from living memory to history, it’s all the more important we remember it and remain vigilant against such atrocities happening again.
I met with a Minister to press the case of unsafe cladding on buildings in Hackney. The good news is that from the 9 January there are now six high-street lenders offering mortgages on properties with cladding. But there's not enough movement on high insurance costs and a lack of skilled workers to carry out the works that will be required to remove unsafe cladding – I’ll keep pressing.
The Government that was clapping nurses during the pandemic now wants to sack them. It says the new trade union legislation introduced this week is to guarantee minimum service standards but doctors and nurses are striking precisely because they can’t guarantee those minimum service and safety standards during the normal course of work. The bill is only at its first parliamentary stage but I will vigorously oppose it alongside my Labour colleagues.
Hackney needs more properly affordable homes. Children are growing up in severely overcrowded or temporary accommodation – and the idea of owning a home is for many a pipe dream.
See me challenge the Government on what it will do to help councils build more affordable housing.