See the new round-up of my week in Hackney and Parliament. This week action on London Overground skipping Hackney stops (please get in touch if you've experienced this), the PAC session on Seaborne and the Department for Transport (DfT) + Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) unpreparedness for a no-deal Brexit, and Thursday 14th February’s Brexit votes.
I have voted against Brexit repeatedly – including not voting to trigger Article 50 in the first place.
On 15 January I voted against the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement along with 431 other MPs. She then returned to the House of Commons on 29 January.
I recently met a group of volunteers in Hackney to hear about the excellent work they do accross London to welcome refugee families to the UK.
The group hopes to welcome a new family of refugees into Hackney South and Shoreditch in March.
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.