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[15/07/2019 | No comment]

Today I visited New Parks Adventure Playground on the first day of our brilliant holiday hunger scheme.

Despite not receiving any Government funding this year to boost our fantastic project and reach even more children, we are determined to ensure that no child goes hungry over the summer holidays.

The holidays can be a real struggle for many families, especially those where children receive free school meals. That’s why it’s fantastic to see so many community organisations and volunteers from across the city coming together to ensure every child has access to a healthy lunch over the holidays.

 

 

 

[10/07/2019 | No comment]

I recently caught up with Leicester West Neighbourhood Policing Area Inspector , Rob Randall, where we discussed important local policing issues such as Operation Lionheart – the recent investigation to tackle gangs and organised crime networks that are using children and vulnerable adults to sell illegal drugs across Leicestershire.

We also discussed other issues such as the increase in knife crime in the city and the pressures facing our local police force. Since 2010 we’ve lost over 500 police offices in Leicestershire due to Government cuts to policing budgets. I’ve constantly backed calls from our Police and Crime Commissioner for increased funding to enable us to recruit more officers into the force.

[09/07/2019 | No comment]

I was absolutely thrilled to visit Queensmead Primary Academy on Friday and meet their under 11 girls football team who were crowned champions of the Premier League Primary Stars Football tournament –  undefeated throughout  – the first time a team has done this since the tournament was created.

I am so proud of these amazing young women! You can read more on their achievement here.  

[05/07/2019 | No comment]

Liz and Director of Tell MAMA

Religious hate crime increased by 40% last year with more than half directed at Muslims. We know from the attack on Zaynab Hussein and a 12 year old school in Beaumont Leys the devastating consequences anti-Muslim hate can have.

I’m very concerned about the impact on my constituents and recently met with Beaumont Leys Muslims to discuss this issue and what more can be done both locally and nationally. I will be following this up with two more meetings, specifically with Muslim women and young people.

I’ve also met with the national organisation Tell MAMA, which supports victims of anti-Muslim hate. They told me there is a direct correlation between increases in anti-Muslim incidents and both terrorist incidents and anti-Muslim comments by high profile politicians in the media. I will be working closely with Tell MAMA to support the work they do, and to make sure everybody knows: words have consequences and anti-Muslim comments are completely unacceptable.

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