Rushanara Ali MP urges Government to tackle public health emergency

On 14 May 2019, MPs debated the recent cuts to the Public Health Grant in the House of Commons. Rushanara Ali MP urged the Government to provide funding and resources to tackle the UK’s public health emergency, instead of issuing catastrophic cuts. The Public Health Grant is expected to see a £700 million reduction between 2014/15 and 2019/20—a fall of almost a quarter per person. This will see cuts to vital services such as – children’s services, sexual health, alcohol and substance misuse, stop smoking services and others.     Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP's statement on the 20th anniversary of the Brick Lane bomb

It is 20 years on since the Brick Lane nail bomb terrorist attack, one of three horrific far-right terror attacks carried out across London in 1999.   Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP speaks about Loan Charge

On Thursday 4 April, MPs debated the 2019 Loan Charge in the House of Commons Chamber.  Rushanara Ali MP highlighted HMRC's admission of failure to be transparent over disguised remuneration schemes, which could have prevented the misery inflicted on people who now face retrospective charges of tens of thousands of pounds. You can watch her intervention in the Chamber here. Rushanara has been campaigning for urgent action from the Government on loan charges. She has signed an open letter to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP urging him to delay the Loan Charge which you can view here. Rushanara has also supported an Early Day Motion expressing concern at the Loan Charge and its retrospective application, you can read the full Early Day Motion here. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP's statement on the New Zealand terror attack

On 15 March 2019, there was a horrific terrorist attack in two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.  Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP commemorates International Mother Language Day

Since 1952, February 21st has been commemorated by the people of Bangladesh, and Bengalis around the world, as Language Martyrs Day, after student demonstrators from East Pakistan were killed by Pakistani police, whilst protesting for Bangla to be preserved as an official language of Pakistan. These students are celebrated as martyrs, with their deaths being seen not only as leading to the preservation of the Bangla language, but also being the start of the struggle for Bangladesh independence. In 1999, UNESCO created International Mother Language Day, so that 21st February would be recognised across the World, to promote linguistic and cultural diversity. Continue reading

Statement by Rushanara Ali MP for Bethnal Green & Bow on Times report about Shamima Begum

The Times has reported that Shamima Begum who fled the UK to join IS in 2015 was recently found in a camp in Syria. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP condemns racist video in Bethnal Green and Bow

On Friday 25 January a video circulated on social media showing a man making offensive and racist comments outside Central Foundation Girls’ School. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP questions the Government over their use of non-disclosure agreements

Over the last few weeks, Rushanara Ali MP has questioned the Government over their use of non-disclosure agreements, which prevent organisations and businesses from revealing any information related to contingency plans drawn up by Government departments in no deal Brexit preparations. Following Rushanra’s enquiries, the Government admitted to using NDAs in a number of departments, including the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Exiting the European Union. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP's statement on the EU withdrawal agreement

On Wednesday 16 January, Theresa May's Brexit Withdrawal Agreement was voted down by MPs in a landmark defeat for the Government.  The Government lost the vote by a margin of 202 to 432, with the majority of 230 being a record defeat in the Commons in the modern political era.    Continue reading