Monthly Report - June 2015

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Emily meets with constituents for climate change lobby

I was so pleased to meet with my constituents today. Tackling climate change is fundamental for our future prosperity. Climate Change is an issue that will affect not only our children’s future but the whole planet as well....

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Emily takes on the Tory government on voter registration and disenfranchisement

There’s a serious need to improve levels of voter registration and turnout at elections. In Islington South and Finsbury there are still almost 24,000 voting age adults who either could register to vote but haven’t, or would love to register but aren’t allowed to. This second group includes more than 8,000 EU nationals who can vote in local elections, but have no say in who represents them in Parliament. In my view, that is quite wrong...

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Emily tables Parliamentary motion celebrating marriage equality in Ireland

On 22nd May, Irish voters approved an amendment to their country’s constitution to recognise marriage between same sex couples on an equal basis with opposite sex couples. The vote marked the first time in history that marriage equality was approved in a nationwide popular vote...

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Emily marks return to Parliament with question on GP appointments

I’m worried that Islington’s GP surgeries may be heading for crisis. One practice – Mitchison Road – has already announced that it will close this summer, and information from NHS England with regard to what will happen to its 5,000 patients has not been forthcoming...

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Emily stands up for human rights in first speech of the new Parliament

It was a privilege to speak on behalf of my constituents today after being re-elected with such a convincing majority, although I’d obviously hoped to be returning as part of a Labour government...

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Legal Aid cuts threat to justice

I am extremely concerned about the government’s plans regarding criminal legal aid. In order to have any semblance of “equality of arms” a poor, inarticulate, marginalised citizen taking on the State needs good legal representation, not the cheapest possible representation. This follows hard on the heels of the near-abolition of civil legal aid. It is not possible to strip out £0.5billion from the legal aid budget and not expect consequences. Legal aid is an essential pillar of the justice system.  Accessible, good quality legal representation is the only way to ensure that evidence is properly tested in court. Without it, miscarriages of justice are inevitable.

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Amid rent strike, Emily urges bold action to tackle poor conditions in student housing

Last week I visited Dinwiddy House on Pentonville Road – a residential block housing around 800 students from SOAS, University of London. The accommodation is managed by a company called Sanctuary Students.

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Emily visits historic Charterhouse

Today I spent time at the historic Chaterhouse buildings in Clerkenwell, meeting with the master and a number of the residents (known as “brothers”) who live in the sheltered accommodation there.

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Talking politics with local residents from Islington’s Turkish and Kurdish business community

Islington has been home to a substantial Kurdish population for decades, and their contribution to the diverse character of the borough’s community has been immense. Given how international the local community is here, it’s important for all candidates seeking election to be engaged and informed on the issues that matter to diaspora communities.

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