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[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: https://parliamentlive.tv/…/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.

[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.

[29/03/2019 | No comment]

Liz Kendall's speech in the Brexit debate

Watch my speech in the Brexit debate: I voted against the Government’s withdrawal agreement today because it is not what people were promised, it would give us a worse deal than we have now and we would face more uncertainty for years to come. We cannot allow the future of this country to be held to ransom by hard-line Tory Breixteers who put their own jobs and ambitions before the jobs and ambitions of people in this country.

Posted by Liz Kendall on Friday, 29 March 2019

On Friday 29th March I voted against the Government’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement for the third time. The Prime Minister’s Agreement is not what people were promised during the 2016 referendum, it would give us a worse deal than we have now and – far from ‘sorting Brexit’ – it would mean the uncertainty facing our country would go on for years to come.

Now Theresa May has said she will step down if her Withdrawal Agreement is approved by Parliament, I am deeply concerned that the fundamental questions and choices facing this country will be made by a hard-line Brexiteer who will succeed her as Tory leader. We cannot allow the future of this country to be held to ransom by the never-ending internal Tory psychodrama and by people who want to put their own jobs and ambitions before the jobs and ambitions of people in this country.

You can read my full speech in the debate here.

[20/03/2019 | No comment]

Liz Kendall's speech in emergency Brexit debate

Watch my speech in the emergency debate on extending Article 50: It is dangerous for the Prime Minister to attack MPs over delays to Brexit. It is our job to question, scrutinise and stand up for what we believe in. Pitting MPs against the people puts our parliamentary democracy at risk. Read my full speech here: http://bit.ly/2JtYTsA

Posted by Liz Kendall on Thursday, 21 March 2019

On 20th March I spoke in Labour’s emergency debate on the Government’s plans to extend Article 50.  I argued that any delay to the date the UK leaves the EU should be used to be straight with the public about the choices and trade-offs Brexit inevitably brings.  I also warned the Prime Minister against attacking MPs over delays to Brexit. It is our job to question, scrutinise and stand up for what we believe in. Pitting MPs against the people puts our parliamentary democracy at risk. You can read my full speech here.

I was interviewed about Theresa May’s catastrophic failure of leadership on BBC Two’s Newsnight. You can watch a clip of the show here, or catch up on the whole show here.

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