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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 many enquiries we receive every day.

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Jim
The Brexit deal debate
The Government was forced to publish their Brexit legal advice and this week we've had the first three days of the debate on the negotiated Brexit deal.
Animal Rescue Centres
On Tuesday I sponsored a debate in Westminster Hall, raising issues relating to animal cruelty legislation and the regulation of rescue centres.  Watch and read here.
Celebrating Mr Abdul Aziz Sardar BEM
On Sunday I had the privilege of speaking in support of former councillor and civic mayor Mr Abdul Aziz Sardar who has been honoured with the British Empire Medal.
Psychological therapies for BSL users
On Wednesday I had a good meeting with the Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities, and James Watson-O'Neill and Dr Sarah Powell of Sign-Health, regarding access to psychological therapies for British Sign Language users.
Asylum Seekers' access to work
On Tuesday I joined Refugee Action's reception and I support not only allowing asylum seekers to access employment but expecting them to do so.
World Homeless Day
I met Hayley on Tuesday at St Mungo's' report launch where we learned that in London funding for floating support services has decreased by 41% whilst rough sleeping has risen by 109% (2013-18).
Chrisp Street Christmas Lights
It was a pleasure to turn on the Chrisp Street Market Christmas lights last Friday.  Thank you to all those that organised the event.
Cats' Protection Reception
On Wednesday I joined Cats Protection's annual Christmas Reception.  Cats Protection is the UK's leading cat welfare charity.
PE and School Sport
I support taking steps to encourage children to exercise and enjoy sports.  On Wednesday I attended the Youth Sport Trust's drop-in.
Reception addressing Puppy Smuggling
On Tuesday I joined the Dogs Trust reception who highlight in their latest report the horrible illegal puppy smuggling occuring in Europe.
Taskforce for Lung Health 
On Tuesday I attended the British Lung Foundation's briefing on lung health and I support a national plan for lung health.
FIRE AID Fundraising Dinner
Last Friday I hosted a fundraising dinner in Parliament for the international development charity I chair, FIRE AID.
Prime Minister's Questions
Amid the Brexit debate, Wednesday saw the latest questions to the Prime Minister.  You can read and watch here.  Jeremy Corbyn's questions addressed poverty, universal credit, falling living standards, those with disabilities and welfare reform.

This week in Parliament...

Monday
The Prime Minister made a statement on the G20 summit , the Attorney General made a statement on the Government's Brexit legal advice and there was a Westminster Hall debate on a second referendum.

Tuesday
There was a debate on Brexit legal advice, a debate on the process of the Brexit deal debate, and then the first day of that debate got underway.

Wednesday
There was the second day of the Brexit deal debate, a debate on the future of free schools and academies, and a 'ten-minute rule motion' on immigration detention.

Thursday
There was the third day of the Brexit deal debate and a debate on evictions in the private rented sector.

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.
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