Thank you to everyone who shared their suggestions and experiences of the tireless dedication of our wonderful NHS staff. I am proud to have nominated:
Last winter, I had the privilege of selecting Hackney’s winning joke to compete in the final of the VoiceBox competition. VoiceBox is a UK-wide joke-telling competition run by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. It helps build young people’s confidence whilst raising awareness of the life-long importance of communication skills.
Today saw the final take place in Parliament. It was a real pleasure to see the talent on display from children across the UK. British comedy is in safe hands.
Economically, environmentally, and existentially, there is urgent need for action on Climate Change. There’s a lot to be done and we mustn’t let this slip off the agenda just because of Brexit.
See this and more in my new weekly round-up.
Read the transcript of the PAC hearing on NHS waiting times for elective and cancer care here.
In the wake of last year’s River Lea oil spill, Sue Hayman (Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment) and I jointly hosted local campaigners, the Environmental Agency (EA), and the Canal & River Trust (CRT) at a roundtable meeting in Parliament
I am pleased that the EA has launched a ‘key messages’ service. You can now sign up to receive email notifications of significant and major environmental incidents in the Lower River Lea area.
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.
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.
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.