I signed and voted for Yvette Cooper MP’s amendment to the Finance Bill, making it harder for Government to allow a No Deal Brexit without Parliament having a say.
I am clear that a No Deal Brexit would be a disaster for our economy. As Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, I have repeatedly raised concerns about No Deal.
On 8 January, the Government was defeated by seven votes.
This amendment makes Parliament’s opposition to a No Deal Brexit clear and provides legislative safeguards to prevent a No Deal Brexit.
The Government repeatedly claims that employment rates have risen and more people are in employment than ever before. But too many of these jobs are low paid, with limited prospects.
Many employers of low paid workers do not provide training, so their workers are trapped in low income work.
I asked the Minister for Employment about plans to help people who work in more than one low income job get support to secure training and development.
On Monday 7 January the Government launched the NHS Long Term Plan.
The Public Accounts Committee has repeatedly inquired into the sustainability of the NHS and made recommendations to the Government about the creation of a sustainable long term plan for the NHS.
I will continue to challenge the Government on this and monitor whether the Government measures up to its promises.
The Department for Transport has recently spent £13.8 million on a contract with a ferry company, that has no ferries.
I have repeatedly raised concerns that the Department for Transport is not prepared for Brexit.
I’m concerned about the legality of this contract and I am interrogating further.
During the recent Liaison Committee hearing I questioned the Prime Minister on austerity and the economic impact of Brexit.
The Prime Minister claims austerity is coming to an end. However, all evidence suggests that the UK will be economically worse off after Brexit.
You can read the full transcript from the hearing here.
On the 17 December the Secretary of State for Education annouced funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
This is a big concern to parents in Hackney. I am asking Hackney Council to let me know what impact this will have in Hackney.
Please click here to see the Secretary of States statement.
I asked the Economic Secretary to the Treasury about the Sale of Public Assets and whether they offer value for money.
The Public Accounts Committee, which I Chair, has been challenging the Governments selling of assets that could be of benefit to the public in the long term.
See my questions and the answers here.
November marked the centenary of women first standing in Parliament. I was the 275th female MP to be elected to Parliament in 2005.
The 209 Women in Parliament exhibition, currently on display in Portcullis House until February, showcases portraits of the 209 female MPs currently elected into Parliament. My photograph was taken by local Hackney Photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg at a bus stop in Hoxton.