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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‘Take 5’

5 Places to Volunteer

Welcome to my new regular feature where I outline my own ‘top 5 suggestions’ for events, activities, and opportunities in Hackney South & Shoreditch. This week: ‘5 Places to Volunteer’.

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See the new round-up of my week in Hackney and Parliament. This week more important Brexit votes, the escalating costs of Brexit, and a school visit from Queensbridge Primary School.

Read my article on ‘The Costs of Brexit’ here.

Read the PAC report on Brexit and the UK Border here.

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Once again Parliament is faced with important votes on Brexit this week. And once again strong opinion on both sides is drowning the facts. 

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See the new round-up of my week in Hackney and Parliament. This week knife crime & police funding, a new Public Accounts Committee report on the Windrush Scandal, and International Women's Day.

Read the PAC report on the Windrush Scandal here

Contact me by clicking here

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On International Women’s Day, I am reflecting on the political pioneers that pushed for greater female representation in Parliament. There’s still a long way to go but Rachel Reeves’ new book is a timely reminder of these strong women that helped pave the way.

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