Humanitarian situation in Syria

The humanitarian situation in Aleppo is more serious than ever, with supplies of food, clean water and medical equipment now nearly exhausted. It is now time for the Government to consider airdrops of humanitarian aid and to work to ensure the safe passage of civilians from besieged areas to safe grounds. We in the Labour […]

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December 13th, 2016

Brexit Vote

Many in Hodge Hill and the West Midlands voted to leave the European Union on June 23. I accept and respect the result as the will of the British people expressed in a democratic exercise. I will not therefore vote to frustrate the Brexit process. I will be fighting to ensure that we get the […]

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December 13th, 2016

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill 2016-17 is an important Bill which requires the United Kingdom to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. This Bill has come at in important time. According to research, 936 women were killed […]

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December 13th, 2016

My letter to the Foreign office on the plight of the Rohingya people of Burma

I write to you on behalf of my constituents who have writen to me with regards to the plight of the minority Muslim population in Burma who are faced with the gravest threat to their human rights. According to the United Nations, the threat of sectarian violence and torture has led to some 10,000 of […]

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December 7th, 2016

Investment in Education

Schools in Hodge Hill and across the country are faced with inadequate funding to their budgets which affects their ability to provide for the quality of education that our children deserve. The huge cuts by the government to school budgets over the next coming years is an issue of serious concern to me. The government’s […]

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December 7th, 2016

Policy response on the import of fur into the UK

The welfare of animals is an important issue and the suffering of animals is deplorable. We took the decision many years ago to end fur farming in the UK. The UK was a driving force behind EU regulations banning the import of animal fur and skin. The import of fur of endangered animals into the […]

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December 7th, 2016

CCTV in Equine Slaughterhouses

The welfare of horses at the end of their lives is an issue that requires proper scrutiny. Protecting animal welfare in slaughterhouses should be encouraged. The mandatory use of CCTV in slaughterhouses should therefore apply in all circumstances and in relation to all animals. CCTV coverage in equine slaughterhouses in nowhere near as comprehensive as […]

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December 7th, 2016

My letter to the Foreign Secretary on Bedouin village in Israel facing demolition

I write to you on behalf of my constituents who have raised the issue of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the South of Israel which is facing demolition to make way for new settlements. This is a huge concern to me, and to my constituents. A basic injustice is being done. We must […]

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November 29th, 2016

Community Pharmacy cuts

Community pharmacies offer a very important service to their local communities, particularly to the elderly, the disabled and those with long term illnesses. Pharmacies also provide vital services to support over-stretched GP surgeries and hospitals. They have a special place in our communities. Despite this, the Government will be pushing ahead with huge cuts to […]

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November 28th, 2016

Higher Education and Research Bill

It is my view and that of the Labour Party that there are substantial parts of the Bill which need radical improvement. As such we outright reject particular parts of this Bill. This Bill produces 20th Century answers to the problems faced in the 21st Century. It is based on market-led ideology and not reflecting […]

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November 28th, 2016