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Brexit: Impact on Higher Education

Brexit: Impact on Higher Education

October 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

Some of the most significant consequences of the vote to leave the European Union won’t be truly noticeable until ‘Exit Day’. However, there can be no denying that the trepidation created by the referendum has already impacted several key industries and export sectors. One of those is our higher education […]

 
Article 50: Challenging the Prime Minister

Article 50: Challenging the Prime Minister

October 9, 2017 at 2:47 pm

My concern over the lack of progress in negotiations with the EU grows with each passing week. Amongst the many reasons why I voted against triggering Article 50 in February, the Government’s obvious lack of preparation featured highly. The length of time it is taking to clarify the status of […]

 
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – Threat of new charges

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – Threat of new charges

October 9, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Tulip Siddiq MP said: The latest charges brought against Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe are an outrage and must not be allowed to stand. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard have subjected my constituent to illegal arbitrary detention for the best part of 18 months, and the new spurious charges against her underline their […]

 
Unaccompanied child refugees

Unaccompanied child refugees

September 11, 2017 at 2:32 pm

It is clear that we need to improve the measures in place to protect the unaccompanied child refugees that come to the UK seeking our protection. Unfortunately, nearly a year has passed since the Government committed to publishing a strategy to better safeguard vulnerable, separated children. Upon arrival in the […]

 
Urgent Question: Government’s 30 hours of childcare pledge unravels

Urgent Question: Government’s 30 hours of childcare pledge unravels

September 6, 2017 at 4:20 pm

I recently had the privilege to serve as Shadow Minister for Early Years – Labour’s frontbench spokesperson on the issue. Throughout my tenure, I consistently raised the funding challenges facing nurseries across the country. I warned that a toxic combination of pressures – such as increased business rates, running costs […]