Rushanara Ali MP raises doubts over Circle Housing Association merger after litany of complaints

Residents carrying umbrellas indoors because of leaking ceilings, a heavy heater falling off a wall near small children playing on the floor, lifts breaking down on a weekly basis, and 30 flats left without light for weeks. These are the ‘life-threatening’ and ‘shoddy’ repair and maintenance services of the Circle Housing Group in Tower Hamlets. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP presses PM May on local jobs in banking

Brexit must not mean exit for Britain’s banks. That was the message to the Prime Minister this week from Rushanara Ali MP. Many major banks are threatening to relocate their British headquarters from Canary Wharf and the City of London to Dublin, Frankfurt or Madrid following the referendum to leave the EU. Some may move as soon as 2017. The head of the British Bankers’ Association has warned that as many as 70,000 jobs are at risk. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP raises recent arrest of Youth Support Worker with Tower Hamlets Borough Commander

A video has circulated online of an incident between a Youth Support Worker and Tower Hamlets police, outside Arbour Youth Centre. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP commemorates the eightieth anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street

On Sunday 9 October Rushanara Ali MP marked the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street by speaking at two events organised by local community groups including Cable Street 80, and an event organised by the London Jewish Forum and the Jewish Leadership Council. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP’s statement on the Boundary Review

Detailed proposals for changes to parliamentary constituencies have been announced. The plans are part of reforms which would see the House of Commons reduce from 650 MPs to 600. A public consultation is now under way and final proposals will not be made until 2018. Continue reading

Eid Mubarak Message from Rushanara Ali MP

"I would like to offer my warmest wishes and salaams to all those celebrating Eid ul-Adha this year. As we come together with family, friends and neighbours, we join millions of others across the world taking part in this important celebration of our faith." Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP attends Boishakhi Mela 2016

On 31 July Rushanara joined Mayor John Biggs, local Councillors and thousands of Tower Hamlets residents in Weavers Fields for the Boishakhi Mela 2016. The Mela is a celebration of Bangla New Year, and is now the largest Bengali festival outside Bangladesh, attracting over 100,000 people from all over the country.

Rushanara Ali MP condemns the vandalism of the Labour Party Offices in Bethnal Green

On 5 July 2016, the Labour Party offices in Bethnal Green were vandalised.  Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP’s statement following the release of the Chilcot Report

"Sir John Chilcot’s report into the decisions taken leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 stands as one of the most comprehensive ever conducted. I hope Chilcot also enables this generation of political leaders, and future generations, to avoid ever making the same mistakes again. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP condemns xenophobic and racist abuse after Brexit vote

The MP for Bethnal Green and Bow spoke in the Chamber to condemn shameful xenophobic, racist and intolerant abuse as police figures suggest a 57% increase in reported hate crimes across the country after the EU referendum result. She also criticised those who have used the referendum campaign to stir up division and hatred for their own political agendas. Continue reading