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[04/06/2019 | No comment]

I was absolutely thrilled to meet my constituent Grace Karanja on Friday. Grace is just 14 but she sent me a fantastic letter about why she thinks the UK should remain in the EU and how important it is that we listen to the voices of all young people.

Lots of young people feel they haven’t had a say in this hugely important decision that will have a big impact on the rest of their lives and I really liked Grace’s idea of a mini-referendum to allow teenagers a chance to say whether they want to remain part of the EU

[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.

 

[11/05/2019 | No comment]

Today I joined the African Network Leicester at an event in Beaumont Leys where I presented some inspiring young people with an award for achieving excellence in education. This is the first time that the awards have been given and they recognised the achievements of African children from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.  

I am extremely proud to support the African Network and the work they do in Leicester West to empower Africans and people of African heritage to their full potential.

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