Making the case for a debate on services for deaf children
Making the case for a debate on services for deaf children
Friday 20th July 2018

Welcome to my newsletter for Poplar and Limehouse, the best way to keep up to date on some of the things I get up to as your Member of Parliament. 

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Brexit, a Government under pressure and an anti-Semitism row
This last week the Government has been under pressure with close Brexit votes and the former Foreign Secretary's resignation.  I voted 20 times on Brexit issues.  There has also been an anti-Semitism disagreement in the Labour Party.
Leasehold debate secured for Tuesday
I secured an adjournment debate for Tuesday on First-tier Tribunals.  This system must be reformed for leaseholders.
Services for deaf children
Last week I made my case here for a debate in the House of Commons on services for deaf children.  Debate secured for Thursday 13th September.
Department for Transport's Maritime Review
As co-chair of the APPG for Maritime and Ports, I sponsored and spoke at the Department for Transport's reception launching their new Maritime Review.
Leasehold demonstration outside Parliament
I joined the National Leasehold Campaign demonstration outside Parliament on Wednesday highlighting the injustices leaseholders can face in the UK.
Leaseholders Forum on Wednesday
I joined the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership for a leaseholders forum.  The new Housing Minster was present to listen to concerns, including cladding replacement. 
Citizenship ceremony
On Thursday 12th I welcomed 18 new citizens from 14 different countries at the ceremony at Bow Registry Office.
Newspaper review on Talk Radio
On Monday I reviewed the papers on Talk Radio and secured a £130 donation for the fire safety charity I chair "Fire Aid."
Meeting Dame Judith Hackitt
I met with Dame Judith Hackitt to discuss her review of building regulations and fire safety after the Grenfell disaster.
InSignLanguage's app for those with hearing loss 
I discussed ideas for an interpreter-finding app for speakers of British Sign Language at a meeting of the APPG for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood 
I was re-elected chair alongside co-chair Baroness Floella Benjamin and will host the launch of a new report on therapeutic play in early 2019.  
GCSE in British Sign Language (BSL) and my first BSL lesson!
I met the Minister for State for School Standards on 11th July to press the case for introducing a BSL GCSE across the UK and onThursday I had my first BSL lesson!
Meeting representatives from the Bangladesh Caterers Association
I met with representatives of the Association to engage with their concerns at their lobby in Parliament on 10th July.
Supporting the work of the Terrence Higgins Trust 
I visited the drop-in hosted by the Terrence Higgins Trust and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV/AIDS to support their work.
Standing against all wildlife crime
I joined the League Against Cruel Sports for their annual summer reception in Parliament and continue to stand against all animal cruelty.
Supporting the campaign for Care After Breast Cancer
I attended the launch of Breast Cancer Care's campaign highlighting the need for improved post-treatment support.

Prime Minister's Question Time

Click here to watch or read the Question Time in full from Wednesday.  Issues relating to Brexit and the allegations regarding Vote Leave dominated the exchange between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.

This week in Parliament...

The Prime Minister made a statement on the NATO Brussels Summit and there were important debates and votes on the Taxation Bill relating to leaving the EU.
There was an urgent question on the Electoral Commission's investigation into Vote Leave and further important debates on the Trade Bill relating to leaving the EU. 
There was an urgent question on maternity leave and proxy voting and a report was published on changes needed in building regulations and fire safety.
There was a debate on a new Commons Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy in response to allegations of inappropriate behaviour in Westminster.

Parliamentary Activity

Please follow the links to view my Voting Record, spoken material, the written questions I've submitted and the Early Day Motions (EDMs) I've supported.
For further updates you can check my social media, particularly my Twitter account. You can catch up on all the news and events from Parliament here.
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