Due to a significant increase in emails due to Brexit it is taking longer to respond to emails than normal.

I am prioritising people with urgent personal cases.

We will respond to all emails but please bear with us during this exceptionally busy period in politics.

If your email is urgent or we have not got back to you please call my team on 0207 219 5325 or visit my regular advice surgeries.

Thank you for your understanding.
 

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See the new round-up of my week in Hackney and Parliament. This week Brexit, knife crime, policing and the Public Accounts Committee report on transforming children’s services.

See here for our report.

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Prime Minister’s Questions is the most popular and well attended question session in Parliament.

Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets I operate a ballot system for Prime Minister’s Questions.

If you wish to enter the ballot you must send your name, postal address (you must be a constituent) and contact information to meghilliermp@parliament.uk

Entries for the ballot for Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday 3 April 2019 are now closed.

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I have voted against Brexit repeatedly – including not voting to trigger Article 50 in the first place.
 
On 15 January I voted against the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement along with 431 other MPs. She then returned to the House of Commons on 29 January.

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I recently met a group of volunteers in Hackney to hear about the excellent work they do accross London to welcome refugee families to the UK.

The group hopes to welcome a new family of refugees into Hackney South and Shoreditch in March.

To find out more about the work of the group visit their twitter here or email them at northhackneywelcome@gmail.com

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I recently signed an open letter to the Chancellor in support of the ONE Campaign for Real Aid.

The campaign is calling on the UK Government to guarantee that all UK aid is transparent, effective and targeted at ending extreme poverty.

You can read the letter to the Chancellor here.

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I signed and voted for Yvette Cooper MP’s amendment to the Finance Bill, making it harder for Government to allow a No Deal Brexit without Parliament having a say.

I am clear that a No Deal Brexit would be a disaster for our economy. As Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, I have repeatedly raised concerns about No Deal.

On 8 January, the Government was defeated by seven votes.

This amendment makes Parliament’s opposition to a No Deal Brexit clear and provides legislative safeguards to prevent a No Deal Brexit.

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The Government repeatedly claims that employment rates have risen and more people are in employment than ever before. But too many of these jobs are low paid, with limited prospects.

Many employers of low paid workers do not provide training, so their workers are trapped in low income work.

I asked the Minister for Employment about plans to help people who work in more than one low income job get support to secure training and development.  

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On Monday 7 January the Government launched the NHS Long Term Plan.

The Public Accounts Committee has repeatedly inquired into the sustainability of the NHS and made recommendations to the Government about the creation of a sustainable long term plan for the NHS.

I will continue to challenge the Government on this and monitor whether the Government measures up to its promises.

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