Statement by Rushanara Ali MP for Bethnal Green & Bow on Times report about Shamima Begum

The Times has reported that Shamima Begum who fled the UK to join IS in 2015 was recently found in a camp in Syria. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP condemns racist video in Bethnal Green and Bow

On Friday 25 January a video circulated on social media showing a man making offensive and racist comments outside Central Foundation Girls’ School. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP questions the Government over their use of non-disclosure agreements

Over the last few weeks, Rushanara Ali MP has questioned the Government over their use of non-disclosure agreements, which prevent organisations and businesses from revealing any information related to contingency plans drawn up by Government departments in no deal Brexit preparations. Following Rushanra’s enquiries, the Government admitted to using NDAs in a number of departments, including the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Exiting the European Union. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP's statement on the EU withdrawal agreement

On Wednesday 16 January, Theresa May's Brexit Withdrawal Agreement was voted down by MPs in a landmark defeat for the Government.  The Government lost the vote by a margin of 202 to 432, with the majority of 230 being a record defeat in the Commons in the modern political era.    Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP's statement on the two-child limit policy change

Last week, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd MP, announced plans to cancel the ‘two-child limit’ benefits cap for families with three or more children born before April 2017.  This U-turn comes after a cross party campaign by MPs, the Church of England and the Child Poverty Action Group. Over 100 MP’s signed a letter facilitated by Rushanara Ali MP in October, urging PM Theresa May, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond MP and the then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey MP, to reconsider the two-child limit policy. Continue reading


On Thursday 20 December, Rushanara Ali MP, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy in Burma and the Rights of Rohingya, called on the Government to apply greater pressure on the Burmese military and government to protect Rohingya Muslims.   Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP’s statement on health centre attack

Earlier today the police were called to an incident after three people were stabbed and injured at a health centre on St Stephen’s Road in Tower Hamlets. Continue reading


Rushanara Ali MPs statement on the 47th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Victory Day Marking the 47th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence on December 16th, Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushanara Ali paid her respects to those who sacrificed their lives to secure the freedom and independence of Bangladesh. Continue reading

A Tribute to Max Levitas

On Friday 2 November, the East End lost of one its brightest radical flames. My friend Max Levitas died at the age of 103, after a long life of community service and activism. Max’s roots were in the old Jewish East End of Whitechapel and Stepney, amongst the refugees from Russia and Poland, and in the Communist Party before the war.   Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP and Anne Main MP condemn forced repatriation of Rohingya refugees

Rushanara Ali MP and Anne Main MP have today called on the government to end forced repatriation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The two MP’s jointly chair the cross-party parliamentary group on the rights of the Rohingya. Continue reading