Rushanara Ali calls on the Government to drop the NHS bill

Speaking in the House of Commons last night, Rushanara Ali MP called on the Government to listen to people and drop their damaging NHS Bill.  Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP calls for UK Government to show international leadership during a parliamentary debate on Somalia

On 23rd February, the UK Government will host a conference on Somalia to pull together international effort to address the conflict and humanitarian challenges facing Somalia. Senior representatives from over 40 governments and multi-lateral organisations will come together in London with the aim of delivering a new international approach to Somalia.  Continue reading

Labour Party Leader, Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, joins Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushanara Ali, on visit to Bethnal Green Academy

Leader of the Labour Party, Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP and Rushanara Ali MP visited Bethnal Green Academy this morning to talk to teachers, staff and students.  They discussed the Shoreditch Citizens' campaign for a Living Wage, opportunities for young people in Tower Hamlets, and the challenges facing schools and colleges in Tower Hamlets and across the country. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP says Al-Shabaab must allow aid organisations into Somalia

Following news today that Al-Shabaab have banned aid organisations from Somalia, Rushanara Ali MP, Shadow International Development Minister and Vice-Chair of Somali Friends of Labour, said “reports today of rebels seizing and looting the offices of some UN and international aid agencies working in Somalia to alleviate the consequences of a severe drought, are incredibly concerning and open up the possibility of the crisis in Somalia turning into a full-blown disaster.  With 4 million people in desperate need of help in Somalia and a quarter of a million people in imminent danger of starvation, too many of them children, Al-Shabaab must allow aid organisations to deliver desperately needed aid and guarantee the safety of their staff and offices.  The people of Somalia have already had to suffer through a civil war, the drought and famine - what they need now is for the international community to provide them with the support they need and to work hard to find a solution to the ongoing conflict.” Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP supports charity’s work to reduce violence against women

Rushanara Ali MP joined Labour colleagues, to mark White Ribbon Day and show support for the White Ribbon Campaign’s work to reduce violence against women. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP welcomes Olympic Torch route announcement

Rushanara Ali MP today welcomed the announcement that the Olympic Torch will visit Tower Hamlets on Saturday 21 July 2012 just six days before the Opening Ceremony of the Games.  Rushanara spoke of the opportunity the visit of the Torch would bring to Bethnal Green and Bow.  She also emphasised that we must also continue to work to ensure that the Olympics fulfil their promise for local people. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP celebrates women cyclists at the Fieldgate Bike Project awards in Whitechapel

Rushanara Ali, Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow, today joined female cyclists at the Fieldgate Bike Project awards, hosted at the Jagonari Centre in Whitechapel. Continue reading

Local MP Rushanara Ali supports diabetes testing at launch of Silver Star Challenge

Rushanara Ali MP joined the Opposition Leader Ed Miliband MP along with other Labour colleagues at the launch of the Silver Star Diabetes Challenge at the Houses of Commons. At the special MPs testing event, held on Wednesday 19th October, Rushanara took the quick and simple Type 2 diabetes test to help raise awareness of the need for public testing for the disease. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP receives Devex 40 under 40 Award for her work in International Development

Rushanara Ali MP was honoured by Devex as one of the top 40 under 40 International Development leaders in London. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP calls on UK companies operating in Bangladesh to help improve conditions for women working in the garments industry

Significantly, 85% of women in Bangladesh work in the garment industry and 78% of export in Bangladesh is from the garment industry.  This is a huge contribution to economic growth and it is vital that women have access to support so that they can empower themselves and educate others around them. Continue reading