For Immediate Release
The Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow, Rushanara Ali, yesterday called on the Government to rescind the offer of a State Visit to American President Donald Trump. Following the President’s Executive Order for a travel ban from seven-majority Muslim countries and a litany of misogynistic and racist comments, Rushanara called on the Prime Minster to protect the reputation of the Queen and offer the President a government-to-government visit rather than a State Visit.
Yesterday Members of Parliament had the opportunity to speak in a Westminster Hall debate regarding a Petition signed by nearly two million people that demanded that the offer of a State Visit be withdrawn due to the embarrassment it would cause to the Queen. With 11,476 residents from Bethnal Green and Bow signing the petition, Rushanara who attended the debate said:
“Given President Trump’s remarks on torture, his misogynistic stance against women, as well those against Muslims, associating with him in the form of a State Visit will do a huge amount of damage to our Queen. The monarchy is respected around the world and the government should have a government-to-government visit with Donald Trump and leave Her Majesty out of this.”
After the debate, Rushanara addressed a large demonstration against the State visit gathered in Parliament Square.
“Donald Trump’s rhetoric and policies are deeply, deeply worrying for not only our country, but also for all those who care about the rights of minorities, rights of women and all those threatened by his values. That’s why we will continue to fight against this State Visit.”
Following the demonstrations Rushanara said:
“Rescinding the offer of a State Visit is not an attempt to boycott President Trump’s visit. It is always better to have dialogue between countries, but given President Trump’s comments, a government-to-government visit would be much more appropriate for this American President’s trip to the United Kingdom.”
For Immediate Release
On 21st February, the world celebrates International Mother Language Day. Established by UNESCO in 1999 as a day to promote linguistic and cultural diversity, it is needed more than ever. With 7,097 known living languages, according to UNESCO, there are 2.3 billion people who lack access to education in their own languages.
Marking International Mother Language Day, Rushanara Ali said:
“It is with great pride that I mark Bengali Language Day. After so many students and activists gave their lives in the mass protests on 21 February 1952 in Dhaka, it is with a sense of great honour and respect that Bangladeshis around the world pay tribute to their sacrifice for an independent Bangladesh.”
“We commemorate this sacrifice by celebrating Bangladesh’s richly diverse culture and heritage. Throughout history, people have given their lives to defend linguistic and culture diversity and International Mother Language Day focuses the world’s attention on the importance of protecting marginalized languages. Thanks to the efforts of those who have sacrificed so much in the past, our communities are given the chance to flourish by being able to freely express themselves in their mother-tongue.”
“With these messages of equality, freedom and tolerance in mind, I wish you all a wonderful Ekushe February.”
Rushanara Ali MP has voted against triggering of Article 50 after more than 40 amendments to the Brexit Bill were defeated by the Government. After three days of debate in the House of Commons, where MPs had the opportunity to support a range of amendments that protected jobs in the financial services sector, the environment and worker’s and women’s rights, MPs decided to approve the Government’s bill unamended, beginning the process of leaving the European Union.
In total, the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow supported 30 New Clauses and 10 Amendments to the 2 clause bill. These included a written assurance that the Prime Minister seeks the approval of Parliament prior to offering a deal to the European Union and that Theresa May seeks further time to continue negotiations if any deal is not reached.
These would have ensured that economic assessments are made on the impact of leaving the Single Market and Customs Union. With thousands of jobs dependent on the financial services in Bethnal Green and Bow, Rushanara has supported specific changes to the bill that would preserve the existing trading rights for UK-based financial service companies.
Rushanara has also supported changes to the bill to ensure worker’s rights, women’s rights and environmental legislation are protected upon exiting the European Union.
“I want to ensure we get a good deal for Britain when we leave the European Union that means a deal that protects our jobs, our economy and safeguards our rights and Britain’s strong influence in Europe. Leaving the single market and customs union will be devastating for many of our businesses and their employees. That is why I couldn’t support this Conservative Government’s hard Brexit.”
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For Immediate Release
Rushanara Ali MP this evening voted against triggering Article 50 and beginning the process of leaving the European Union due to the risk it poses to jobs in Bethnal Green and Bow and across the country.
Price Water House Coopers suggests that if the UK leaves the Single Market between 70,000 and 100,000 jobs in the financial sector could be lost. Following the Prime Minster’s speech at Lancaster House two weeks ago where she laid out her negotiating strategy, HSBC confirmed that they will move 1,000 jobs out of London, as did UBS.
Speaking in the historic debate on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill Rushanara said:
“As a passionate European, a proud Londoner and someone who comes from a background in which Britain was a welcoming home to me and my family, and a constituency where almost 70% of the electorate voted to remain, it goes without saying that this is a bill that I wish I didn’t have to vote on.”
“I don’t agree with the Prime Minster’s plan to take us out of the Single Market and Custom’s Union because the effects will be dangerous and damaging to our economy and that is well documented when it comes to the city of London and Canary Wharf. My constituency boarders on these two financial sectors where some 70,000 – 100,000 jobs are at risk. And it’s not just the jobs of financiers at the top end of those institutions that are at risk – it’s the receptions, it’s the caters, it’s all the people who serve the city and Canary Wharf.
“It’s because of the damage that the move away from the Single Market will do to my constituents and also up and down the country to our economy but also to our rights that I can’t support triggering Article 50.”
“I do not believe it’s in our national interest, as a country that is supposed to be outwards looking and internationalist and I do not believe it is in the interest of the next generation.”
Statement on Osmani School
I understand that the proposed name change of Osmani School has caused great concern with both parents and residents in Whitechapel. The name Osmani is derived from General Muhammed Osmani, who fought in the British Army in the Second World War. Born in Sylhet, General Muhammed Osmani is a heroic figure in the eyes of many British Bangladeshis.
While it is a real concern that the school’s nursery intake is in decline, I do not think that changing the name from ‘Osmani' to ‘Vallance’ will have the desired effect of boosting next year’s intake. I agree with Mayor John Biggs that the decline in the demand for primary school places in the west of our borough appears to be driven by changes in the local population and further exacerbated by an oversupply from unplanned and unnecessary ‘free schools’.
The names we assign our public institutions, such as schools, have a tremendous significance to our local communities. By naming a place of learning after a respected hero of the Bangladeshi community, we recognise the valued traditions and histories that our fellow citizens hold and celebrate. At a time of great hostility towards ethnic minorities and migrants, it is deeply disturbing that the school is considering changing the name of the school.