It was an honour to nominate Barley Massey, founder and owner of Hackney business 'Fabrications', for the All-Party Corporate Responsibility Group’s ‘2019 Responsible Business Champions’ award. Today I welcomed her in Parliament at the awards reception and thanked her for her business' 20 year dedication to championing sustainability in Hackney.
This week the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) looked at the Home Office’s response to fraud in English Language Tests for visas. Whilst it's right there was a clampdown, the Home Office also wrongly accused thousands of innocent people of fraud – some of whom have since been deported whilst others have had to spend thousands of pounds to clear their name.
See me discuss this as well as the PAC hearing on Overseas Development Assistance spending, a visit to Cardinal Pole school, and the worrying developments at Hackney New School, in my new weekly round-up.
As a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on cycling, I know the real mental and physical health benefits that regular cycling can bring. Not only is regular cycling better for our health, it is also better for the environment.
It's estimated that around one million women cycle in the UK compared to three times as many men. Cycling UK want to double that number of female cyclists and get a million more women cycling.
Join me in taking their cycling pledge for the month of July:
It was a real pleasure hosting a productive meeting between the FA and Hackney Wick FC.
On the agenda was inclusion, investment, and better facilities for grassroots community football.
It was also a welcome reminder of the important role that sports plays in our communities – everything from building community spirit to keeping us fit and healthy (both physically and mentally).
Like many, this week I was gripped by the semi-finals of the football and though it’s a shame the Lionesses didn’t make it through, it’s fantastic that women’s football is finally getting the recognition it deserves.
See me discuss this + a PAC hearing on NHS penalty charge notices + tomorrow’s Pride celebrations in my new weekly round-up.
Read the transcript of the PAC hearing here.
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I met a large group of constituents in Parliament as part of the mass lobby for climate, nature and people.
I was struck by the thoughtfulness and eloquent passion of all, although most particularly by the youngest members, who vividly set out how it is them who will have to live the longest with the consequences of this climate catastrophe.
Hackney Council is already leading the way by declaring a climate emergency and setting out a roadmap to doubling the percentage of its electricity generated from renewable resources to 100 per cent.
This weekend, in memory of Jo Cox, I will join Hackney for the ‘Great Get Together’ to celebrate all the wonderful things we have in common rather than what divides us.
See me discuss this, the Conservative PM contest, and the PAC report on Network Rail’s sale of railway arches.
The £11.7 billion of taxpayers’ money committed under the Government’s ‘Help to Buy: Equity Loan’ scheme is the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s (MHCLG) largest housing initiative by value. Yet it has done nothing to counter homelessness in Hackney or fix Hackney’s broken housing market.