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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.