At today’s statement on the Windrush Lessons Learned review, I challenged the Home Secretary to remove the barriers for citizenship for young people who've been in the UK since childhood.

They are passionate about the country that is their home. 

I’ll keep pressing the Government to learn the lessons from the Windrush scandal.

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A number of constituents contacted me to raise their concerns about Israel's plans to annex parts of the West Bank. I wrote to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and received this response from the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa.

 

I am pleased to see that the Government has condemned these actions. I believe the best way to end this conflict would be a two state solution. 

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The systemic injustice of low-pay and poor working conditions in the NHS needs to end.

Many NHS trusts and hospitals, including Homerton hospital, depend upon low-paid workers and outsourced agency staff in order to remain financially solvent. This is unacceptable.

The Government needs to step up and fund the NHS so that poverty pay and poor working conditions are not baked into funding models.

Every person working in a hospital – from cleaners to doctors – face an increased risk of catching COVID-19; they all deserve to be paid a wage they can afford to live on.

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Like many constituents I was shocked and saddened by the scenes of police brutality in the United States. That is why I joined Dawn Butler MP in calling for the Government to suspend the export of rubber bullets, tear gas and other equipment to the US.

I unequivocally condemn the killing of George Floyd and the ugly scenes in the US since. President Trump is stoking a divide his country along racial lines and we must have no truck with this.

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I share the anger of many of my constituents who wrote to me about the sad case of Belly Mujinga. Belly was a transport worker who died from COVID-19 after being spat at whilst at work. I am clear no one should be in fear of assault for simply going to work.

I wrote to the Department for Transport  to press the Government over the lack of PPE provided to transport workers. See the Department for Transport's response above.

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I share the anger of many of my constituents who wrote to me about the sad case of Belly Mujinga. Belly was a transport worker who died from COVID-19 after being spat at whilst at work. I am clear no one should be in fear of assault for simply going to work.

I wrote to the British Transport Police (BTP) to press them on why they failed to pass the case on to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). I welcome its decision to invite the CPS to conduct an independent review of the available evidence. You can read the full response to my letter above.

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The Government needs to step up and radically improve the test, track and trace system. 

Hackney Council is a pioneer borough piloting localised tracking and tracing, but it is not getting the data it needs from the central system. If someone is tracked as having been close to an infected person, all Hackney gets is information that they live somewhere in the borough.

This is not good enough. We can’t return to any safe sense of normality until the Government gets this right.

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The Government is failing vulnerable children with no proper plan for schools and pupils.

There's no catch-up plan. It beggars belief that there was no planning in place. The Education Secretary is asleep on the job.

The Government cannot just give up on supporting vulnerable children and their families in the middle of a crisis. I’ll keep pressing the for support for all pupils. We cannot risk a lost generation.

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