Labour calls for action on East End housing crisis following huge slump in housebuilding and steep rise in rough sleeping

Labour are calling for urgent action to increase the supply of affordable homes in the East End after new figures released by the NHBC show that building work started on just 14 new homes in Bethnal Green and Bow in the first three months of 2013. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP demands answers from PM on shocking increase in homelessness

Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali has exposed the Conservative-led Government’s shocking record on housing and homelessness. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP calls on the UK Government to exert pressure on Burma to end discrimination against the Rohingya and find an urgent resolution to their citizenship status

Following her recent visit to Rakhine State with Refugees International, Rushanara Ali MP, Shadow Minister for International Development, spoke in a Westminster Hall debate to call for an end to the discrimination against the Rohingya community in Burma and an urgent resolution to their citizenship status. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP holds the Government to account on the UN Syria appeal

According to recent figures, more than 1.6 million Syrian refugees are hosted in foreign countries. The conflict in Syria is placing unprecedented strain on communities, infrastructure and services in these host countries. In Lebanon, the number of refugees has now reached half a million with thousands more Syrians arriving each week, risking destabilising the country. With no official refugee camps for the Syrian refugees, Lebanese host communities are bearing a large share of the burden in the country. Their generosity and the pressures they face have been largely ignored by the media. Rushanara therefore decided to visit Lebanon with World Vision to see for herself the plight of refugees and the impact of the continued outpouring of Syrians on Lebanese host communities. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP holds Prime Minister to account over Government’s economic failure and broken promises on borrowing

Rushanara Ali MP opened Prime Minister’s Questions by slamming the Conservative-led Government’s economic failure and its broken promises on borrowing. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP urges Prime Minister to take action against all violent extremist groups, including English Defence League

Rushanara Ali MP has called on the Prime Minister to take urgent action against all forms of extremism, including the threat posed by far-right extremist organisations such as the English Defence League (EDL). This follows an alarming increase in the number of attacks against British Muslims in the wake of the recent murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP reports back on her visit to Burma with Refugees International

Following the violence that erupted between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Rakhine State in June and October 2012, Shadow Minister for International Development, Rushanara Ali MP, reported back from a trip to Burma where she visited Rohingya, Kaman and Rakhine camps in Rakhine State and met with NGOs, UN agencies and Rohingya activists. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP calls for more action on safeguarding halal meat

Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali has strongly questioned the Government’s response to pork DNA being found in halal meals served to students in London. Continue reading

Local MP warns Prime Minister Queen’s Speech does nothing to address major problem of child poverty

During the opening exchanges of the House of Commons debate on the Queen’s Speech, local MP Rushanara Ali warned the Prime Minister that he was failing to take any action to tackle the alarming increase in child poverty under his Government. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali calls on urgent need for UK Government to step-up its response to future humanitarian crises

Last week, a report released by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network estimated that the number of people who died during the 2011 Somalia famine was much higher than initially anticipated at almost 260,000. Shadow Minister for International Development, Rushanara Ali, has urged the need for the UK Government to ensure that warnings for similar humanitarian crises are responded to much earlier and faster in order to avert the huge loss of life witnessed during the recent East Africa famine. Continue reading