Debate and vote on the impact of Universal Credit
Debate and vote on the impact of Universal Credit
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Hello,

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. This update is only a few snapshots; it cannot cover the regular surgeries, ongoing case work, research and hundreds of enquiries I receive every day.

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Jim
Brexit continues to dominate proceedings at Parliament
On Monday the Prime Minister made an urgent statement to the House of Commons updating MPs on the continuing negotiations regarding a 'backstop'.
Debate and vote on the impact of Universal Credit
Concerns continued to be raised on the impact of the roll out of Universal Credit in Wednesday's Opposition Day Debate.  I voted for the UC impact assessment to be published, however we lost the vote 279-299.
Speaking in Tuesday's Road Safety debate
You can read and watch my contribution, where I called on the Government to consider re-introducing casulty reduction targets, enforce 20mph zones and tackle drivers evading driving bans.
Keeping up the campaign against school funding cuts
Yesterday I joined Rushanara Ali MP, teachers and pupils from Tower Hamlets schools to present a mail sack full of postcards to the Department for Education.
Joining the campaign to #LoveOurColleges 
On Wednesday I met Lisa Coles and Alison Arnaud from New City College, during Love Our Colleges Week, to hear their concerns about funding for Further Education.
Speaking at the ARMA Conference 2018
As part of my ongoing work on leasehold reform, yesterday I spoke at the Association of Residential Management Agents' Conference on the Law Commission and the Government's reforms on leasehold tenure.
Calling for a Cabinet Minister for Children and Young People
Last Friday I tabled an 'Early Day Motion' calling for leadership at Cabinet level on issues affecting children and young people.  You can view the EDM here, where 15 MPs so far have signed their support.
Sea Cadets' Impact Report launch in Parliament
On Monday I joined Lord Greenway at the launch of an impact report on the work of the Sea Cadets.
Citizenship Ceremony at Bow Registry Office
On Wednesday I had the privilege of congratulating 27 new citizens from 16 countries at the Bow Registry Office on becoming British Citizens.
Welcoming Mayflower Primary School to Parliament
On Tuesday it was a delight to welcome Mayflower's 'School Ambassadors' to Parliament and join them for a question and answer session.
British Veterinary Association (BVA) Parliamentary Briefing
On Wednesday the BVA briefed MPs on the impact of Brexit on the veterinary profession, the Agriculture Bill and current animal welfare issues.
Reception to celebrate the work of charity Support Dogs
On Tuesday I met Angela Rippon and Caroline Quentin in Parliament showcasing the work of Support Dogs, whose pioneering work for the past 25 years has supported those with autism, epilepsy and disabilities. 
Tours of Parliament for constituents
On Monday I gave my latest tour of the Houses of Parliament for constituents.  Email me if you are interested in joining the next tour on Monday 10th December at 10am.
Chairing the APPG on a Fit and Healthy Childhood
On Wednesday I chaired our latest meeting where we considered the nutritional needs of babies in their first 1,000 days.
Credit Union Reception in Parliament
On Wednesday I joined the APPG on Credit Unions, of which I am Vice Chair, to celebrate International Credit Union Day.
Long Live the Local Campaign
On Tuesday there was the British Pub & Beer Association's drop-in updating MPs on the role of pubs in the British economy.  In Poplar and Limehouse they count 57 pubs and claim they support a total of 1,305 local jobs.
10th Anniversary of Mitzvah Day
On Tuesday I joined the APPG on British Jews and the Board of Deputies of British Jews for their drop-in on interfaith social action. Photo by Yakir Zur.

Prime Minister's Question Time

 On Wednesday we had the latest questions to the Prime Minister.  You can and watch or read the exchange.  Jeremy Corbyn's questions covered different topics relating to Brexit, including the Chequers Plan, a no-deal Brexit, a customs union and post-Brexit medicine supplies.

This week in Parliament...

Monday
The Prime Minister's urgent statement above and the subsequent questions dominated Monday, however other debates included the remaining stages of the offensive weapons bill

Tuesday
Proceedings included a question on the Universal Credit roll out, an urgent question on bullying and harassment in the House of Commons and there was a debate on childhood obesity.

Wednesday
Wednesday saw Opposition Debates on Universal Credit and Social Care Funding, and a report called for a review of dog control legislation.  

Thursday
An urgent question was asked on ESA underpayments, the Women and Equalities Committee continue to examine the discrimination faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and there was a general debate for World Menopause Day 2018.

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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