We're Better Together

Scotland remaining in the United Kingdom doesn’t just matter to Scotland, it matters to Islington too. Not because we don’t think Scotland could cope by itself but because we believe that everybody’s better, Scots, English, Welsh and Northern Irish, when we’re all united.

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Emily's letter to Eric Pickles on Mount Pleasant

Dear Eric

Re:      MOUNT PLEASANT PLANNING APPLICATION

As I am sure you are aware, the Mayor of London has called in the planning application for the Royal Mail site at Mount Pleasant. In my view, Islington Council and Camden Council should have been permitted to deal with this application on a local level, as they are best placed to respond to local needs and priorities.

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Housing Crisis Debated in Parliament

This morning I joined MPs from across London for a debate in Westminster Hall on Housing in London where I brought up the outrage of Mount Pleasant. Land formerly owned by the public, sold off for a song, where the developers now want to build 88% luxury flats. Only wanting to offer 12% affordable housing!

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Social rents at Mount Pleasant

At Prime Minister’s Questions today I asked the Prime Minister to intervene in the plans for the development of the formerly publicly owned Mount Pleasant Sorting Office. The Prime Minister said today he’d look into the application. I hope he means it. I have written to him today to give him all the details. As any open minded person can see this is an appalling deal for local people and for London. I am keen to ensure that Boris does not get away with taking this decision out of the hands of local people.

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Fighting the Cost of Living Crisis

It is a great pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Wirral South (Alison McGovern) and the hon. Member for Croydon Central (Gavin Barwell), who have both made thoughtful contributions to the debate. It is a great shame that more Members are not present on the Government Benches. We seem to be running out of speakers rather early, which speaks volumes.

 

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Taking a stand against gender selective abortion

Emily Thornberry: On 5 September, the Crown Prosecution Service issued a statement justifying its decision to take no further action regarding two doctors who had been caught in a Daily Telegraph sting allegedly assisting an undercover journalist to procure an abortion on the grounds of the gender of the fetus. The original statement started with a statement of the law:

 

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Standing up for victims of miscarriages of justice

Emily Thornberry (Islington South and Finsbury) (Lab): I am grateful to be called, Mr Speaker. Thank you for letting me speak in the debate. I appreciate that my role as a shadow law Minister means that it is an indulgence to allow me to speak. I appreciate it.

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Child victims are not predatory

Dear Baroness Deech, 

I am writing to express my concern that barrister Robert Colover may have violated the Bar Standards Board’s code of conduct when representing the Crown in the sentencing of Neil Wilson for sexual activity with a child on Monday 5th August 2013 at Snaresbrook Crown Court. He referred to the 13 year-old victim of the crime as “predatory” and “sexually experienced”. The clear meaning of such words is that the child victim was not only complicit in the crime inflicted upon her, but that it was she who manipulated the perpetrator. 

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Emily Davison Memorial

2013 marks the centenary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison, the suffragette who was trampled by the King's horse at the Epsom Derby.

 

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NHS Budget Cut

This Tory/Lib Dem Government repeatedly tell us that the have not cut funding for the NHS. This is simply not true.

Here is a letter from the Office of National Statistics to the Government's Health Secretary informing him that the NHS budget has in fact been cut and asking him clarify statements where he claims otherwise.

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