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[18/09/2019 | No comment]

Last week the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he intends to annex the Jordan Valley, as well as Israeli settlements that have themselves been built in breach of the Fourth Geneva convention, if he is returned to office as a result of the current general election.

The UN has said that these plans would see a third of the occupied West Bank annexed and destroy any chance of future peace talks. That’s why I’ve signed a letter to Boris Johnson, along with over 100 MPs demanding the UK government acts robustly to any Israeli annexation of Occupied Palestinian Territory. You can read the letter in full here.

[15/08/2019 | No comment]

ASDA GMB

ASDA workers up and down the country have been told they’ll be sacked unless they sign a new contract that cuts their overtime pay and holiday entitlements.

I recently met with one of my constituents who told me that the new contract will end much of the flexibility she and other ASDA staff currently have. The changes include holidays being slashed by 8 days and bonuses and paid breaks being cut.

This is the third time that my constituent has had her contract with ASDA changed in just three years. She told me that if she refuses to sign the new contract then she will be given twelve weeks’ notice and her employment will be terminated. Many of her colleagues have mortgages and children to think about, and the threat of losing their jobs has meant that they have felt bullied into signing the new contract.

I am appalled that ASDA is attempting to cut the pay and conditions of many low paid staff, and trying to bully them into signing these contracts. I have written to the CEO of ASDA, Roger Burnley, to demand he stops pressurising staff and properly negotiates any contract changes with the GMB trade union. I have also written to the Minister of State for Employment to ask what the Government is doing to guarantee that companies like ASDA are treating their staff fairly.

I am proud to be a member of the GMB, which is leading a fantastic campaign on this issue. Read more here.

[07/08/2019 | No comment]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a British-Iranian woman being held in Tehran and facing terrible human rights abuses. The UK Government seems to have lost any semblance of control over Nazanin’s case, and there is now chaos at a time when she needs competence and determination.

That is why I recently co-signed a letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to make Nazanin’s case a priority. The letter asks the Government to work with international allies at the UN, and to use the robust protections at its disposal to ensure an end to this appalling practice.

You can read the full letter here, and you can find out more about Nazanin’s case here.

[16/07/2019 | No comment]

On 9th July I voted to legalise same sex marriage and extend abortion rights in Northern Ireland if the Stormont Assembly has not been reconvened before October 21st. I was delighted that both amendments to the Northern Ireland (executive formation) Bill, tabled by my Labour colleagues Conor McGinn MP and Stella Creasy MP, passed by such a large majority. This is a fantastic victory for everyone who has campaigned for so long to champion equality and ensure people in Northern Ireland can enjoy the same rights as everyone else in the UK. You can read the debate in the House of Commons here.

 

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