Having been pressed for action for some time, the Government finally announced support for charities and the voluntary sector.

I was also pleased to learn that Victoria Park will reopen on Saturday, although opening hours are shorter than usual – the park will close each day at 4pm.

Although it’s due to be sunny and warm this weekend, please keep following the lock down advice. We may be nearing the peak of the pandemic, and it is essential that everyone does their bit by staying home as much as possible.

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Too many people are falling through the gaps and missing out on Government support during this public health emergency.

If you’ve written in, thank you! I’ve been feeding in your personal experiences to press the Government to step up its support. Please bear with me and my team as I write back to you all.

 

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This week I've been pressing the Government on:

✅ Time limits for the Coronavirus Bill
✅ Support for start-ups, small businesses and the self-employed
✅ Homes for overcrowded and homeless families

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If you know a friend or neighbour who’s been forced to self-isolate because of coronavirus or who is ill – check up on them, give them a ring. We need to continue looking out for one another in Hackney.

For a summary of my week in Westminster and Hackney see my round-up above. 

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This week I met with representatives from the National Education Union to discuss the chronic underfunding of sixth form colleges.

In Hackney, pupil funding per head has fallen by £704 with sixth form colleges hit even worse.

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

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See my new weekly round-up where I discuss:

-              The Cladding Scandal

-              The Government’s empty promise of more local government funding that doesn’t make up for a decade of cuts

-              How to enter my PMQ ticket ballot for Hackney constituents

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This week I attended the APPG on Knife Crime’s first meeting to help get it up and running again. No child, in Hackney or anywhere else, should be afraid to walk around their neighbourhood.

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

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My week began on Monday with moving testimony from a Holocaust survivor at Holocaust Memorial Day. It was a timely reminder that we must stand up to anti-Semitism wherever we see it.

This week I also challenged the Prime Minister over the GP shortages crisis and the health minister over delays in the breast cancer screening programme.

I was also confirmed as the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. I’m looking forward to taking up the reins again and challenging the Government over how it spends your money.

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

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This week:

- The Withdrawal Agreement Bill passed through Parliament and became law

- The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government agreed to meet with me in February to discuss unsafe cladding in Hackney

 - I put my hat in the ring to be Chair of the Public Accounts Committee

 

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