The Windrush scandal continues, as Home Office announcements unravel under close scrutiny. 

The Home Secretary needs to take proactive steps to contact those affected Commonwealth citizens, as highlighted by the recent PAC report and many cases in Hackney. Or he needs to come clean with the public that Home Office systems are simply not fit for purpose.

See the full Urgent Questions here.

Read the Public Accounts Committee report here

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Yet another week where there is no clear way forward in relation to Brexit. We’ve made progress on ruling out No Deal but there’s still a lot to play for.

See this and more in my new weekly round-up.

Read the PAC report on Crossrail here.

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Every year the UK throws away nearly 3 billion nappies a year. 90% end up incinerated or at a landfill, taking more than 300 years to break down.

Going green is easy but I know more can and must be done to support parents.

This is why I welcome the Nappies (Environmental Standards) Bill. This will establish clearly defined environmental standards for nappies and promote reusable nappies. Read more here.

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See here for my speech during the Withdrawal Agreement debate for my take on the Brexit mess that we find ourselves in. 

Click here to see the full speech.

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This week Brexit continues to dominate Parliament’s agenda but finally we are making progress with two options coming to the fore. This and more in the new round-up of my week in Hackney and Parliament. 

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Domestic abuse is a tragedy, there were 29 domestic abuse killings in London last year.

A joint committee of Lords and MPs has been set up to undertake pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Domestic Abuse Bill.  This is when experts are called to give evidence about how the legislation can be improved before MPs consider it in the House of Commons.

The Home Office and Ministry of Justice conducted a joint consultation on domestic abuse from 8 March to 31 May 2018.

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Medical professionals across Hackney provide top quality care, from the Homerton Hospital to GP surgeries and the East London Mental Health Trust.

The NHS Parliamentary Awards recognise NHS frontline staff for their continued hard work.

I invite individuals and local health and care organisations to contact my office with suggestions of teams or individuals for me to nominate so the hard work of Hackney health care professionals can be recognised.

I can submit one nomination per category. The nominations close on Friday 26 April 2019.

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Reach Out is one of the UK’s largest mentoring charities. They provide an invaluable service in Hackney by helping to build up young people’s skills, resilience, and pride.

It was a privilege attending their 2018 Impact Report launch event, where I heard first-hand accounts of Reach Out’s transformative impact. See the video of the event here

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It was a real pleasure welcoming Queensbridge Primary School for a tour of Parliament.

We talked about many issues but top of the list was climate change. We all have a duty to protect the environment and stop the climate catastrophe, not just for ourselves but for future generations as well.

If you would also like to visit Parliament for a tour, please contact me here

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14 months to the day after Carillion, another key ‘Strategic Supplier’ collapsed: Interserve. The UK Government provided 70% of its annual £2.9bn turnover and yet the taxpayer was left in the dark.

See me challenge the Government in the clip above and follow the link here to watch the Urgent Questions in full.

Read the Public Accounts Committee report on the use of Strategic Suppliers by clicking here

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