Rushanara Ali MP slams Prime Minister’s lack of leadership over disability cuts scandal

In Prime Minister’s Questions, Rushanara Ali MP demanded why the Prime Minister failed to put a stop to the cuts to Personal Independence Payments for disabled people sooner, given the Government’s drastic U-turn since announcing this policy in last week’s Budget. Personal Independence Payments allow disabled people to buy essential living expenses like walking sticks or wheelchairs and these cuts would have affected nearly 400,000 of the country’s most vulnerable people who could have lost out on £3,500 a year. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP backs Air Quality Bill to reduce Diesel Deaths

Rushanara Ali MP is supporting the introduction of an Air Quality Bill presented by Geraint Davies, Labour Co-operative MP for Swansea West. This Bill follows a report from the Royal Colleges that recently found diesel fumes cause 40,000 premature deaths every year from lung cancer, strokes and heart disease. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP raises Saudi war crimes in Yemen and issue of UK Government complicity

Last month the Guardian obtained a leaked copy of a report by a UN Panel of Experts which found evidence of Saudi Arabia targeting civilians in Yemen in violation of international humanitarian law in the course of their military operations. The crisis in Yemen is having a devastating effect on the whole country and as matters currently stand, an astonishing 82% of the population needs humanitarian assistance. Meanwhile, UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, a key military presence in the region have totaled about £7 billion pounds since David Cameron took office in 2010. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP urges government to re-think new ‘pay to stay’ housing policy

As a result of recent government changes to housing policy, Londoners living in social housing with a total household income of over £40,000 will be forced to either pay market rent, use right to buy or move out. Continue reading

Race still determines success in Britain. But there is a way to break the barriers.

Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali writes an opinion piece in the Guardian on social mobility ahead of youth leadership development and employability charity UpRising's launch of its emerging leaders network. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP welcomes second helicopter to London’s Air Ambulance Service

London’s Air Ambulance held a press launch at the Royal London Hospital to celebrate the addition of a second helicopter to the service. The London Air Ambulance team treated almost 2000 critically injured patients on the streets of London in 2015. The introduction of a second helicopter will mean London Air Ambulance can reach up to a further 400 patients by air each year. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP condemns Government’s decision to scrap student maintenance grants

Rushanara Ali MP attacked the Government’s recent decision to replace maintenance grants with loans for lower income students through the back door using a statutory instrument which avoids proper parliamentary scrutiny. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP condemns the lack of ambition over UK action to match commitments in the December 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement

Rushanara Ali MP questioned the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP on the outcomes of the Climate conference in Paris and what impact the agreement will have on the UK government in achieving the goals that have been set out. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP calls for unity against racism and islamophobia in the wake of divisive comments by Donald Trump

Donald Trump has caused international controversy this week over his inflammatory remarks, calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on”. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP shows support for the United Nations International Human Rights Day

Rushanara Ali MP marks Human Rights Day by supporting Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Campaign. Continue reading