Labour Party Conference 2017

Dear Friends,

At Labour Party Conference in Brighton this year I had the privilege of delivering a speech on the conference floor. You can watch my full speech here.

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Prime Minister's Questions

Dear Friends,

Today I had the honour of standing in for Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister's Questions after Theresa May pulled out to attend a reception for the royal visitors from Spain.

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Election Campaign Diary

Dear Friends, 

At my last constituency meeting I presented an Election Campaign Diary which details the fantastic experiences I had campaigning across the country. I have now uploaded it here for you to read and enjoy.

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Abortion Rights March

Dear Friends,

Last Sunday I took part in a St Patrick’s Day march with the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign.

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Earth Hour

Yesterday I signed up to support WWF's tenth Earth Hour by making a special pledge to help protect the planet.

I am delighted to support Earth Hour and demonstrate how important it is that we take climate change seriously. I will continue to urge the government to live up to our ambitious emission reduction targets.

I hope you will all participate with me in the global lights out event on Saturday 25th March at 8.30pm.

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The ONE Campaign

This Wednesday I attended the ONE Campaign's event in Parliament in the lead up to International Women's Day. I had the opportunity to speak to many passionate young ambassadors for their 'Poverty is Sexist' campaign.

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Tamils for Labour

On Tuesday 28th of February I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with the Tamils for Labour group. In the speech I gave I highlighted the importance of British diplomacy in ensuring justice for Tamils affected by the Sri Lankan Civil War. I have shared the speech below for you to read.

 

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Yemen Debate

Today, we held another debate in the House of Commons on the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. I used the opportunity to challenge the government, asking why they are relying on the Saudi authorities, and a notorious Bahraini judge, to investigate themselves over allegations of war crimes, rather than backing an independent, UN-led inquiry. I also asked them why the UK’s draft UN resolution to stop the conflict has been sitting in limbo for the last three months, apparently at the insistence of Saudi Arabia, while hundreds of thousands of children in Yemen are being left to starve. I was unable to deliver my full-length speech in the House due to time constraints at the end of the debate, but I thought I would share it with you. As always, please let me have your thoughts.

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The humanitarian situation in Yemen

As many of you know, I used an Opposition Day debate in Parliament yesterday to raise the desperate humanitarian situation and terrible conflict in Yemen. I argued that - to protect the civilian population - we needed an urgent, independent, UN-led inquiry into whether the Saudi-led coalition has violated international humanitarian law in Yemen, both by attacking civilian targets and destroying Yemen's agricultural sector, thereby worsening the country's horrendous hunger crisis. I also argued that, until that investigation was complete, the UK's support for the coalition forces should be suspended. Unfortunately, our motion did not succeed, but we will continue to fight on this issue, and below, I have laid out the arguments in more detail, based on my speech to the House of Commons yesterday.

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