When I became an MP in 2015 one of my first actions was to introduce a private members bill to end the morally wrong practice of charging carers for hospital car parking. This was the result of months of hard work put in by me and my constituents as part of our Park the Charges campaign. If you are unwell in a hospital sometimes the love of a caring family member can lift your spirits in your darkest times. It is immoral to charge that family member up to £40 a week just so they can visit a relative in a time of need.
I want to begin by putting this budget in context for my constituents. We have a Government that has borrowed more in 7 years than the last Labour Government did in 13 years. The deficit that we were told would be gone is still there. The country is just to about to embark on the most serious negotiations since the end of the Second World War and the Chancellor barely mentioned Brexit. The disabled who are desperately trying to gain employment are to have their incomes cut by close to a third next month.
As part of our Liberation in Labour Students blog series, our new BAME Officer, Lydia Okoibhole, writes about her plans for the year.
My name is Lydia Okoibhole, I go to the University of Leeds and I am the newly elected and incredibly proud Labour Students BAME officer!
Since becoming a Labour student, unfortunately there have been issues when it comes to the treatment and representation of BAME students. My first Labour Students event in Scarborough was incredibly difficult but I’m optimistic that things are changing for the better.
2016 was an amazing year for the BAME caucus in Labour students – our numbers increased massively, we had our first BAME caucus conference which was an interesting experience for those in attendance and a great way to meet BAME students from around the country.
Young Labour is hosting its first ever Political School this weekend in Birmingham. Here's a little of what you can expect from a jam-packed day of politics.
What can we do to stop the rise of the far right?
How can we fight for secure work for young people? What is the role of trade unions in this?
What is the right response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria?
These are massive questions. There’s not one simple answer to any of them. But this weekend in Birmingham, Young Labour will be debating, discussing and learning about all of these issues, and many, many more.
As part of our Liberation in Labour Students blog series, our new Disabled Students' Officer, Gabriel Phillips, writes about his plans for the year.
Hi everyone, I’m Gabriel. I’m a fourth year student studying Japanese at Edinburgh and I’m your new Disabled Students’ Officer. I was elected at National Council in December and I hope to be campaigning on a number of key areas this year.
Accessibility of Labour Students events: Students have raised concerns over the accessibility of past events, such as a lack of hearing loops in rooms or even something as simple as the lack of water during events.
Last week in Prime Minister’s Questions I challenged the Prime Minister directly about her plans to introduce grammar schools while at the same time refusing to protect existing schools from £3 billion worth of spending cuts under the new School Funding Formula and continuing to underfund nursery schools. I asked the Prime Minister the following:
“In my constituency of Burnley, primary and secondary schools are severely underfunded, and maintained nursery schools are struggling to survive. Why, then, at a time when we cannot adequately fund the schools we already have, is the Prime Minister suggesting spending millions of pounds to create new grammar schools that will help only a minority of children? That is unfair as a new funding formula, and will do nothing to help social mobility.