Archive for category: Causes

Westminster Hall Debate – Court Charges

Westminster Hall Debate – Court Charges

November 17, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Today in Parliament, I led my first Westminster Hall debate which considered the effects that the criminal courts charge has had on access to justice in the United Kingdom. The charge has created an incentive for defendants, often in need of state support to survive, to plead guilty when they […]

Finchley Road, 2nd March

Junior Doctors Dispute

October 21, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Hampstead and Kilburn is home to the Royal Free Hospital and many outstanding GP surgeries that are desperately in need of Government support. I have repeatedly raised concerns over resources during my short time in Parliament so far. Examples can be found here, here and here. This week I pledged […]

Gospel Oak School, 26 March

Talking Ofsted with local teachers

March 27, 2015 at 8:33 pm

One of the least popular Conservative ministers has been Michael Gove MP. As Secretary of State for Education (now “promoted sideways” to Chief Whip), teaching and leadership unions lined up to pass no confidence motions in him. Understandably, teachers are concerned about whether Government will be ready to listen to […]

Kilburn High Road, 20 March

Working with RNIB on the High Road

March 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm

My thanks go to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) for organising a fascinating experience. I tried on several pairs of glasses that mimicked different types of visual disability and then tried to navigate Kilburn High Road. It really made me realise the difference between complete sight loss […]

Ed Balls – speech on public spending

Ed Balls – speech on public spending

March 9, 2015 at 3:26 pm

I was pleased to be asked to introduce Ed Balls at his speech on public spending today, 9th March.  The BBC were also broadcasting the speech live here.