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[26/06/2019 | No comment]

I was delighted to visit the Stephen Lawrence centre at De Montfort University recently.

It was incredibly moving to walk through the timeline of Stephen’s case, which explained what happened on the night of his murder up to the present day. It also includes artefacts – school books, football boots and family photos.

Many people will remember Stephen’s tragic murder, but for younger people the centre provides an introduction to the case and to the issues and activism that grew from it.

The centre is really keen to engage with local schools and as well as offering schools the chance to visit the centre, they will also come to do assemblies.

You can find out more about the Stephen Lawrence centre here.

[24/06/2019 | No comment]

Every Friday I like to get out and about speaking to local people about any issues or concerns they have. On Friday I held my latest coffee morning at the Manor House Community Centre.

Lots of residents came along and we discussed many issues including Brexit, NHS and school funding, the loss of over 75s free TV Licences crime and potholes!

If you’d like to come along to one of my coffee mornings then please do contact my office on liz.kendall.mp {at} parliament(.)uk or call 0116 204 4980

[21/05/2019 | No comment]

On 20 May, I joined Doreen Lawrence at the launch of the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day in Parliament. This annual day of remembrance aims to engage young people in Stephen’s story, with a central theme of ‘Live Our Best Life’. You can read more about Stephen Lawrence Day here.

Leicester’s De Montfort University is the home of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, which is curating the Stephen Lawrence Archive and working on research into areas including the histories of BAME communities in the UK and the psychology of racial violence. I would encourage all schools to visit the centre and use the guides produced by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust on incorporating Stephen’s story into lessons and assemblies.

You can read more about the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre here.

[15/05/2019 | No comment]

I have today, Wednesday, called on the Government to take urgent action after new figures were released that show over 40 per cent of children in Leicester are growing up in poverty – which is a rise of almost three per cent in the last year. Here in Leicester West we have over 11,600 children living in poverty.  

These shameful figures lay bare this Government’s failure to tackle child poverty, harming their life chances and our country’s future success.

Children living in poverty are more likely to start school months behind children from better off backgrounds. They are also less likely to do well at school, go onto further education, earn the same salaries as their better off peers and therefore find a way out of the poverty trap.

Poverty doesn’t just affect families on benefits, it’s also working parents who are increasingly finding themselves and their children trapped in poverty. The shambolic introduction of Universal Credit and the rise in zero hours contacts alongside increasing rents and the rising cost of living mean more and more families across Leicester are struggling.

I believe that no child should be growing up in poverty. The Government must wake up to this crisis and take urgent action to ensure every child has an equal chance in life.

 

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