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My Report from Cox’s Bazar Refugee Camp

22 Feb , 2018  

My Report from Cox's Bazar Refugee Camp in Bangladesh, where the Rohingya community has taken refuge!

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Kashmir Solidarity Day.

22 Feb , 2018  

Kashmir Solidarity Day. The use of pellet guns against children in Kashmir and other human rights violations must end. Kashmiris cannot wait another 70 years for self-determination.

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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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The only prediction I’ll make for 2018: it’s not going to be boring.

5 Feb , 2018  

The only prediction I'll make for 2018: it's not going to be boring.

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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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Brexit moves on to Phase Two

26 Jan , 2018  

After Theresa May's frenetic dashing around this week, we are now - finally- in a position to move onto trade talks.

But what will that mean for Britain, and what do we need to look out for in the negotiations?

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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.

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Tory chaos, workers’ rights at risk. Your Brexit update from Brussels.

6 Oct , 2017  

The EU Parliament has just passed a resolution, stating that not enough progress has been made to move to the second phase of Brexit negotiations.

Some 6 months after Article 50 was triggered, there is annoyance at the lack of clarity on citizens' rights, the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the UK's financial commitments.

The lack of progress in negotiations also means there's less time to negotiate what our future relationship with the EU will be.

Here is my update from Brussels, in the immediate aftermath of the Tory Party conference.