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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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BAME Labour Plus Consultation – Leeds

20 Feb , 2018  

BAME Labour is launching a national and UK wide consultation to engage BAME Labour Party members and BAME communities in the Labour Party Democracy Review. The Labour Democracy Review is the first major review of its kind for over thirty years since the principle of Black Self-Organisation in the Labour Party was adopted in Labour's rules.

Join us at our event 24th February 2018 in Leeds at Unison, Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds, LS2 8NJ.

To RSVP to our event please click here.

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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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Defending The Valuable Work of Women’s Refuges

13 Dec , 2017  

Yesterday I stood up for Women who are victims of Domestic Violence in Jess Phillips MP Westminster Hall debate

I highlighted the shocking statistics facing women escaping domestic violence and highlighted the fantastic work of women's refuges in Lancashire

"In the north-west last year there were 140,000 reported incidents of domestic violence, and some of those women are most at risk when they take a step to leave—that is when they need us; that is when they need a refuge. Last year in my constituency 359 women benefited from the refuge service, as did 761 children.

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A Budget For Burnley and Padiham?

29 Nov , 2017  

I always view every Government policy, every announcement with a Burnley/Padiham filter. How will this affect my constituents is always the question and last week’s budget was no different. I don’t know what was more surprising or rather shocking: what the Chancellor said or what he didn’t.

Beginning with what he did say: Economic growth is down and is forecast to go down further for the next three years. Productivity is down and falling. The deficit which we were told would be wiped out by 2015 is still with us.

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Islamophobia Awareness Month

10 Nov , 2017  

As the 30th anniversary of Black History Month comes to an end, Islamophobia Awareness month begins. It’s a month that should remind us of the continuous struggles Muslims go through on a daily basis. As a black muslim both months are significant to me, they remind me of the barriers I face, one due to the colour of my skin, and the other due to the god that I worship. Nevertheless, this month shouldn’t be marked by simply highlighting the levels of Islamophobia in our society, but by looking at how governmental policies have fueled the shocking levels, and putting forward objective solutions to eradicate Islamophobia from our society.