Every day more than 250 shop workers are attacked and up to September 2019, there have been at least 42,000 violent and abusive attacks on shop workers. This is clearly unacceptable. 

There are now more than 50 types of products that are restricted by law and shop workers are expected to enforce the law. Staff often pay the price by being on the receiving end of violent and abusive behaviour from customers. 

Nobody should face violence at work. The laws on the protections of shop workers need to be strengthend.

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December 12th is our chance to elect a truly transformational Labour Government. 

See me discuss why only Labour will give the public a final say on Brexit, invest properly in our public services, and put the climate emergency top of the agenda.

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This week the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) looked at the Home Office’s response to fraud in English Language Tests for visas. Whilst it's right there was a clampdown, the Home Office also wrongly accused thousands of innocent people of fraud – some of whom have since been deported whilst others have had to spend thousands of pounds to clear their name.

See me discuss this as well as the PAC hearing on Overseas Development Assistance spending, a visit to Cardinal Pole school, and the worrying developments at Hackney New School, in my new weekly round-up. 

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Like many, this week I was gripped by the semi-finals of the football and though it’s a shame the Lionesses didn’t make it through, it’s fantastic that women’s football is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

See me discuss this + a PAC hearing on NHS penalty charge notices + tomorrow’s Pride celebrations in my new weekly round-up.

Read the transcript of the PAC hearing here.

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Would you like to see Prime Minister's Questions live in the chamber of the House of Commons on Wednesday 10 July 2019 at midday at Westminster?

If so, please enter the ballot for my ticket allocation, which is now open. If you can attend with a plus one (I have two tickets in total), please enter the ballot by sending your name, postal address (you must be a constituent) and contact information to meghilliermp@parliament.uk 

The deadline for entries is Thursday 4 July.

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I met a large group of constituents in Parliament as part of the mass lobby for climate, nature and people.

I was struck by the thoughtfulness and eloquent passion of all, although most particularly by the youngest members, who vividly set out how it is them who will have to live the longest with the consequences of this climate catastrophe. 

Hackney Council is already leading the way by declaring a climate emergency and setting out a roadmap to doubling the percentage of its electricity generated from renewable resources to 100 per cent.

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This weekend, in memory of Jo Cox, I will join Hackney for the ‘Great Get Together’ to celebrate all the wonderful things we have in common rather than what divides us.

See me discuss this, the Conservative PM contest, and the PAC report on Network Rail’s sale of railway arches.

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