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

Rushanara Ali MP joins Mary Portas to relaunch Roman Road Market

Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushanara Ali, met with local residents and market traders at the relaunch of the Roman Road Market, a project lead by Mary Portas. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP joins local residents to celebrate 25 years of the Jagonari Women’s Centre

Last week, Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushanara Ali, joined local residents to celebrate the work the Jagonari Centre has been providing to generations of women, families and children since its creation 25 years ago. To mark its 25th anniversary, the Jagonari Centre celebrated its achievements by showcasing its long history of making a difference to individuals, families and communities. Continue reading

London Mayor’s plans to close fire stations would put lives at risk says Rushanara Ali MP in House of Commons debate

Speaking in an Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons, Rushanara Ali MP has raised concerns about the Mayor of London’s reported plans to close Bow and Whitechapel fire stations as part of a £65 million cut the London fire services budget. Continue reading

Government and Local Council need to act fast to tackle youth unemployment in Tower Hamlets Rushanara Ali MP tells Parliament

During Treasury Questions in the House of Commons, Rushanara Ali MP noted that whilst all other Olympic boroughs received a much-needed economic boost from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, youth unemployment increased in Tower Hamlets between June and September. Continue reading

Action needed to stop violence in Burma says Rushanara Ali MP

Following news in the last week that violence has once more broken out in Rakhine State in Burma, Shadow Minister for International Development Rushanara Ali MP said “Just last week violence broke out again in Rakhine State in Burma following weeks of violence in June that saw at least 100,000 people displaced. Unlike last time however, the Burmese Government has asked for help and the British Government must step up to answer that need. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP joins Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls at a Skills and Employment Workshop for young people

Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushanara Ali, joined Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls at a Skills and Employment Workshop for young people at Queen Mary University in her constituency. The workshop aimed at progressing young people into work. The sessions provided an opportunity to learn about how to develop the skills, networks and confidence required for employment. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP reports back on Labour Party Conference 2012

Local MP Rushanara Ali has been speaking at numerous events and meetings at the Labour Party Annual Conference 2012. It was a busy week in Manchester, where Rushanara Ali raised key issues affecting constituents in Bethnal Green and Bow such as education and unemployment alongside speaking on her work as a Shadow International Development  Minister.  Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP reports back on her visit to East Africa with Islamic Relief

On her return from a visit to East Africa to see the projects the organisation have been carrying out in the region since the start of its operations in Kenya in 1993, at the launch of a new report from Islamic Relief on disaster risk reduction in the developing world, Shadow International Development Minister and Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushanara Ali said: “I am grateful to Islamic Relief for giving me the unique opportunity to witness firsthand the work that is being done in places like East Africa to tackle the effects of climate change.  The famine last year in East Africa, caused by one of the worst droughts in at least 25 years, saw 13 million people left in need of food, water and emergency healthcare.  Hundreds of thousands fled Somalia due to the drought and conflict. Continue reading