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Brussels diary 18th July

1 Aug , 2018  

On an European Parliament mission to Washington D.C., I met with think tanks, congresswomen and congressmen from across the political spectrum to find common ground on global challenges.

In D.C., I visited the National Holocaust Museum and learnt about the warning signs of potential holocausts.

In Strasbourg I met with colleagues, NGOs and voted on a number of proposals. Informed by my trip to Washington, I pushed the EU to take even more global leadership on human rights.

I am increasingly speaking out about the#PeoplesVote. In Chester I spoke at the Chester for Europe event, engaging with people from different political parties (and some from none) on the need to have final say on the Brexit deal.

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Tackling European-wide issues with Unite

24 Jul , 2018  

I met with Unite the Union and fellow Labour MEPs about Trump’s steel and aluminium tariffs and Brexit, both of which threaten British jobs and our economy. We also discussed specific cases where Unite were supporting workers with threats to their working conditions imposed by their employers.

Unite are clear that working people did not vote for attacks on their jobs, employment rights and living standards and so they are working for a deal that protects workers and industry, something I wholeheartedly support. Unite are lobbying the Conservative government for tariff-free access to the EU to enable the UK to continue to be economically attractive and to protect British jobs.

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Brussels diary – 25th May

13 Jun , 2018  

• With my colleague Julie Ward, I welcomed constituents to the European Parliament and discussed youth engagement with politics.

• In the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, I condemned the Israeli army’s despicable actions at the border with Gaza after the US embassy opening.

• I hosted an event with the British Medical Association to discuss the medical professions concerns about a badly negotiated Brexit. We sent out a powerful message that patient care must not be negatively affected by ideological decisions. I support the BMA’s call for clarity for the healthcare staff working in the UK currently who might leave because of Brexit.

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Labour MEPs call for action on Kashmir

8 Jun , 2018  

Labour MEPs today called for action on Kashmir, in dialogue with human rights activists at the European Parliament. Mr Wajid Khan MEP chaired the event and he was honoured to hear the voices of Kashmiri women speaking up about human rights abuses.

The chief guest, Shamim Shawl, spoke of her direct experience of violence in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Undeterred by her experiences, she speaks out on behalf of Kashmiri women and calls for their calls to be listened to: "Kashmiris are not voiceless they are simply not heard".

In a frank discussion the various MEPs gave their opinions.

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Strasburg Session Jan 2018

5 Feb , 2018  

It's been a really busy January in the European Parliament. One Strasbourg session and plenty of committee meetings, but also some important additional things too:

It's been a really busy January in the European Parliament. One Strasbourg session and plenty of committee meetings, but also some important additional things too:
➡️I am honoured to have been appointed Special Representative for Muslim Committees for the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament by Group President Gianni Pittella.
➡️I welcomed my friend Arndt Kohn MEP to Lancashire. Arndt discovered a link between the Cockerill family (from Haslingden!) who moved to continental Europe and became a major producer of iron & steel, as well as steam engines.

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Security challenges and Human Rights in South Asia

26 Jan , 2018  

It was my distinct pleasure to welcome Pakistan Minister for Defense, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan and former Speaker Dr. Fehmida Mirza to dinner last night.

It was a really enjoyable evening, with a fascinating discussion about security challenges in South Asia, Kashmir, human rights, trade and Brexit.

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Brussels diary – 27th November

26 Jan , 2018  

Last week was another very productive week in the European Parliament! Last week, the usual committee meetings and votes, but here's what else I've done.

It was good to catch up with David Miliband to hear about his role as head of the International Rescue Committee - talked about human rights, particularly in relation to Myanmar and Kashmir.

Labour MEPs met with UK Permanent Representative to the EU Sir Tim Barrow to talk about ongoing Brexit negotiations ahead of December's European Council meeting.

I met with representatives of the Channel Islands to discuss Brexit and working together for better tax transparency.

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Brussels diary – 14th November

26 Jan , 2018  

North West Regional Labour Conference and a mission to talk about human rights in Saudi Arabia - it's been a busy week!

Here's what I've been working on for you this week:

I spoke at North West Regional Labour conference in Blackpool about Brexit and the disastrous scenario that No Deal would be.

I took part in official European Parliament missions to Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. In Riyadh I met with the UK Ambassador as well as the Saudi Foreign Minister and spoke about women's empowerment, human rights and the ongoing crisis in Yemen.

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Brussels diary – 14th July 2017

14 Jul , 2017  

This has been my first full week in Brussels as the North West's newest Member of European Parliament. It's been a very busy week, working hard to get my office up and running so that I can represent you effectively right from the start of my term in office.

But I have also spent time attending meetings and events, including a number of engagements on issues which will form a core part of my work here for you. I know that these issues - especially Brexit and human rights, are priorities for constituencies and communities in the North West.

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Wajid Khan MEP meets President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir

11 Jul , 2017  

Today I attended an event with the President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, about the ongoing situation in Kashmir.

I addressed the meeting and raised my concerns about the situation there and in the wider region.

I stressed the importance of dialogue, and just as peace is one of the founding principles of the EU, we must work towards peace in Kashmir and the wider region. In particular I am appalled by the human rights abuses, particularly against women and children.

I firmly believe Kashmiris have the right to determine their own future, and we should support them in this endeavour.