[07/10/2019 | No comment]

Today I met with Michael Gove to raise very serious concerns about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on food poverty in Leicester. Watch my video below:

[02/10/2019 | No comment]

It is a disgrace that 40,000 children in Leicester are now living in poverty, including almost 12,000 children here in Leicester West. That’s 40% of all children in our city.

Today I held a debate in Parliament demanding action from the Tories to end this scandal, including scrapping Universal Credit, tackling low pay and insecure work and ending Britain’s housing crisis.

You can watch the full debate here:…/70d214c9-be29-44fd-96eb-3fce521…

As chair of Feeding Leicester, which is working to end food poverty in the city, I am especially worried that a no-deal Brexit will make the already unacceptably high levels of poverty we face even worse.

Our foodbanks have warned that no-deal could lead to big increases in demand at the same time as supply is reduced, because there will be less surplus food available from supermarkets.

Leicester’s Emergency Food partnership is already distributing 16 tonnes of food a month. We could have to find another 8 tonnes in the event of no-deal – yet we have no funds whatsoever to pay for this.

It is a disgrace that the Tories are even contemplating a no-deal Brexit that would make the poorest people in society even poorer.

That is why we must focus all our efforts on getting the Tories out and electing a Labour government to make the changes our country desperately needs.

You can watch two clips from the debate below.

[27/09/2019 | No comment]

It’s almost 2 years since we won our campaign to save the children’s heart surgery unit at Glenfield Hospital. I visited the service again today to talk to NHS staff and patients, and to hear about the improvements that are being made. I am particularly proud that the unit has some of the very best survival rates in the country, and that we are doing more operations than ever before.

You can watch my video here.

[26/09/2019 | No comment]

As Chair of Feeding Leicester I am extremely concerned about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the cost and availability of food, especially for people who are already struggling to make ends meet.

I challenged Michael Gove about this in the House of Commons, in particular how on earth we are going to support our food banks who are desperately worried that no-deal will threaten the supply of surplus food that we tragically now depend on to feed the poor.

You can watch my question and Mr Gove’s response here.

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