Urgent action needed to create jobs following huge increase in long-term unemployment last year warns Rushanara Ali MP

Local MP Rushanara Ali is calling on the Conservative-led Government to take urgent action to create jobs in the East End, following the news that both long-term unemployment and long-term youth unemployment increased in Bethnal Green and Bow over the course of 2012. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP strongly condemns homophobic incident in Whitechapel

Rushanara Ali MP has condemned a serious homophobic incident which took place in Whitechapel. Responding to a video of the incident, filmed in her constituency, Rushanara said: “This kind of intolerance and intimidation has absolutely no place in modern Britain, and absolutely no place in our capital city.” Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP urges the UK Government to take further steps towards ending violence in Burma

Following the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Ivan Lewis MP’s visit to Burma, Rushanara Ali MP, has urged the UK Government to take further steps towards ending violence in Burma.  Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP warns of radicalisation threat posed by Ibrahim Magag

Rushanara Ali MP has questioned the Home Secretary Teresa May on Ibrahim Magag, a Somali-born British national who eluded authorities in December despite being subject to a terrorism prevention and investigation measure. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP raises police cuts contradiction with Boris Johnson

Rushanara Ali MP has written to Mayor of London Boris Johnson, asking him to explain deep cuts to community support officers. The cuts have not resulted in more police officers, despite Home Secretary Teresa May’s claim that this is Metropolitan Police policy. This is at a time when crime in Tower Hamlets is also rising, having gone up by over 9% since 2010. Continue reading

Autumn statement offers no hope says Rushanara Ali MP

Following Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, Rushanara Ali, said: “This Government is failing my constituents on jobs, growth and the deficit. People on low and middle incomes are being hit the hardest while millionaires are getting a tax cut. The poorest in society are paying the price for the Government’s economic failure with higher VAT, the granny tax, and real terms cuts to tax credits, jobseekers allowance, maternity pay and child benefit. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP praises staff during visit to local maternity unit

Rushanara Ali MP has praised the work of NHS maternity staff during a recent visit to the maternity unit at the Royal London Hospital. Continue reading

Action is urgently needed to halt violence in Gaza says Rushanara Ali MP

Following news of the horrifying outbreak of violence and conflict in Gaza, Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow said “I am gravely concerned about the current situation in Gaza and southern Israel and horrified by the news that over 90 Palestinians and three Israelis have died since Operation Pillar of Defence began. Action is urgently needed to put an end to the violence on all sides and prevent this crisis from escalating further. I strongly condemn both the continuing Israeli air strikes and the rocket attacks into southern Israel. I urge the Israeli authorities to act in accordance with international law and to immediately cease taking action that exacerbates the conflict and puts further civilian lives at risk. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali hosts event in Parliament to address the plight of the Rohingya in Burma

Shadow Minister for International Development, Rushanara Ali MP, chaired an urgent press conference with Labour MPs, Peers and representatives from campaign groups, to discuss how the international community can apply pressure on the Burmese authorities to address the plight of the Rohingya and facilitate immediate humanitarian access to affected areas. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali celebrates the reopening of the Half Moon Young People’s Theatre

MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, Rushanara Ali, attended the Half Moon Theatre’s reopening activities and arts ceremony following its 4-month closure for major refurbishment works. The project was endorsed by Dame Helen Mirren and supported by a number of organisations. Continue reading