A Raw Deal for Women

Last weekend I spoke alongside fellow north Londoners Jeremy Corbyn, Frank Dobson, David Lammy and Diane Abbott in support of Labour's candidate in Hornsey and Wood Green, Catherine West. You can see a video of part of my speech here: https://vimeo.com/125066844.

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Children's Mental Health in Crisis

Last night, when I spoke with other election candidates at Sadler's Wells' hustings, the first question asked for our views on the impact that austerity has had on our community, both practically and psychologically. The questioner focussed in particular on the ways the community has become more fragmented in recent years, and the knock-on effects this can have on our mental health and that of our children.

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Welfare Reform: Two Years On

This week marks two years since the introduction of some of the most radical changes to our social safety net in its history. The Welfare Reform Act, spearheaded by Iain Duncan Smith, was welcomed by the Tories as an important piece of legislation intended to deliver "a welfare state fit for the 21st century that's both fair to claimants and the taxpayer".

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A Seven Day NHS?

Yesterday at his party's spring forum, David Cameron promised that, if re-elected as Prime Minister in May, he would deliver a "7 day NHS" where those who need to see a GP or access emergency medical care can do so any day of the week.

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The Choice on 7 May

The closer we get to election day, the more time I spend out knocking on doors in Islington, talking to my constituents about the issues they care about and how we can find solutions to the problems they face.

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Seven Weeks To Go

This time next week Parliament is dissolved, and the election campaign is officially underway. There’s a lot to get through in the short amount of time before then, and this week has been a particularly busy one.

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Only Labour Will Protect the NHS from Privatisation

Last week it was reported that, in a deal worth £780 million, the NHS had agreed to the largest ever privatisation of its services.

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To Truly Tackle the Pay Gap, We Need a New Equal Pay Act

It has been forty-five years since the Equal Pay Act, and yet whilst the gender pay gap is still nearly 10 per cent for full-time work and over 19 per cent for all employment, full time and part time combined,[1] the number of claims has fallen off by 70%. The Equal Pay Act is no longer working and we need a new one which will make a renewed effort to tackle some of the underlining causes of pay inequality. This should be a priority for the next government, who should commit to getting rid of the pay gap within five years. Labour’s commitment to require employers with over 250 staff to publish pay audits is welcome, but not sufficient in itself to tackle this deep seated problem. Women in Britain have been waiting for long enough.

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Worse Off Under the Tories

This week the respected, politically independent think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) issued two reports which together serve as a searing indictment of the Tory-led government’s record.

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Taking a Look Back to Celebrate Gay Marriage

In celebration of the passing of the Equal Marriage Bill , I have re-published a letter I wrote back in 2008 which responds to the case of Lillian Ladele. As I am sure some of you will remember this was a high profile case of a civil registrar in Islington - Lillian Ladele, who refused to perform civil partnership ceremonies because of her religious beliefs. Follow the link to see what I thought.

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