Rushanara Ali MP responds to Britain voting to leave the European Union

After a closely fought referendum campaign, Britain went to the polls yesterday and voted to leave the European Union. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP attacks Government’s education funding plans

In the fifth day of debate on the Queen's Speech in the House of Commons MPs debated aspects of the speech relating to education, skills and training. The Prime Minister claimed the Queen’s Speech has bold reforms to remove all barriers to opportunity for our young people by measures such as the new Education for All Bill and the new Universities Bill. Today, young people are suffering from what the Equality and Human Rights Commission says are “the worst economic prospects for several generations”. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP congratulates Sadiq Khan on securing City Hall for Labour

The Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow has given her congratulations to Labour's Sadiq Khan who has been elected as London's new Mayor. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP warns the government not to turn back the clock on London’s education success story

Rushanara Ali MP spoke in a debate in the Chamber to raise her concerns about changes to a new national funding formula for schools. She asked the Minister to confirm if these proposals would mean a £260 million pound cut to schools in London.   Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP observes Altab Ali Day

Altab Ali Day is a commemoration of the death of Altab Ali who was murdered on 4 May 1978 by three racist teenagers as he walked home from work. The reaction among the Tower Hamlets community and across London played a key part in the defeat of the National Front in the late 1970s. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP appointed as UK Trade Envoy to Bangladesh

Rushanara Ali MP has been appointed as UK’s Trade Envoy to Bangladesh. This is a cross-party programme established in 2012 to build business and bilateral trade relationships and help drive economic growth in developing countries. Rushanara Ali will also focus her work as Trade Envoy to address climate change concerns and share the UK’s expertise on labour standards to support Bangladesh’s garment industry. Continue reading

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