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

Rushanara Ali MP welcomes High Court ruling on international students at London Metropolitan University

Rushanara Ali MP has welcomed the High Court ruling which will enable existing students at London Metropolitan University with full immigration status to continue their studies at the university. Continue reading

UK Government must keep up the pressure on the Burmese Government to protect rights of Rohingyas says Rushanara Ali MP

Rushanara Ali MP, Shadow Minister for International Development, has spoken in a Westminster Hall debate to call for an end to the violence and discrimination against the Rohingya community in Burma. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP celebrates Stepney City Farm Project Launch with local residents

MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, Rushanara Ali, attended Stepney City Farms’ launch of The Barn and Rural Arts Centre - opening up gallery space for temporary exhibitions and educational opportunities for the wider community. Crossrail provided the Barn and Rural Arts Centre as compensation for the land from the Farm. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP pledges support to London's Air Ambulance Charity

Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushanara Ali today co-hosted a parliamentary reception to celebrate the work of London's Air Ambulance service where she met the doctors and paramedics from the service.  The reception followed a debate earlier this week on VAT on air ambulance fuel payments.   Continue reading

Diversity and trust in our democracy will be enhanced by Lords reform says Rushanara Ali MP

Speaking in a House of Commons debate on the House of Lords Reform Bill, Rushanara Ali MP said that reforming the House of Lords would make it more diverse, democratic and fit for the twenty-first century. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP joins Labour Leader Ed Miliband MP and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP for keynote speech on banking reform

Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushanara Ali, today joined Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Chancellor, Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, and Leader of the Labour Party, Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, as he delivered his speech on banking reforms to an audience at the Co-operative Bank in her constituency.   Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP condemns Government's failure to answer Bow residents questions about Olympic missile plans

Rushanara Ali MP attended a meeting organised by local residents to discuss the Ministry of Defence' s plans to base surface to air missiles on Lexington Building Water Tower in Bow Quarter during the Olympic Games.  Over 200 people attended the meeting in Bow.  Continue reading

Government failing young people says Rushanara Ali MP

This week, Rushanara Ali MP for Bethnal Green and Bow spoke in the House of Commons in a debate on the Finance Bill. Rushanara focused on the rising levels of youth unemployment in her constituency and the UK as well as the Government's failure to take action to address this.   She also spoke in support of a Labour amendment to introduce a tax on bankers' bonuses to fund a "Real Jobs Guarantee" to help young people who have been long-term unemployed into work. Continue reading

Budget fails to deliver on jobs and growth says Rushanara Ali MP

Following the Budget Statement from the Chancellor George Osborne MP today, Rushanara Ali MP said "this government's economic policies have failed - today was an opportunity for them to finally acknowledge this and deliver a budget that would really help those who need it most.  Instead the Chancellor has delivered tax breaks for the very richest and yet again hit hard-working families, young people and poor children the hardest.  Continue reading