Helen's Statement on Recent Resignations from the Labour Party

I am very sorry to see a number of MPs leave the Labour Party this week. At a time when our country is riven with division and anxiety over Brexit, and the damage the Tories have caused to our public services is visible across the whole country, we should not be seeing the resignation of Labour MPs.

The Labour Party, our Trade Unions and the wider Labour movement are a part of my DNA, just as they have been for generations of my family. There is no question of me leaving the Labour Party.

 

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Helen challenges the Secretary of State on the continued injustices faced by Windrush Citizens

Today, I challenged the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, who used to be the Home Secretary, on the continued injustice faced by Windrush citizens who are being denied access to benefits to which they are entitled.

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Helen challenges the Education Minister on the illegal offrolling of students

Today, I challenged the Education Minister on the scandal of academy schools off-rolling vulnerable pupils to improve their exam results. 

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Helen challenges the Treasury Minister on the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland

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Helen challenges the Equalities Minister on the impact of Universal Credit on survivors of domestic abuse

 

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Helen responds to the Homelessness Statement in Parliament

The Government has fundamentally failed to address homelessness. It is shameful that the number of homeless people in our community continue to rise. Research by Shelter finds that the Government's benefits cap are pricing families out of basic housing. Today, I challenged the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on this continued injustice. 

 

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Helen visits Help Refugees in Calais

Last month, I joined a group from Dulwich and West Norwood to visit the charity Help Refugees, working in Calais. It is shocking to see the conditions in which hundreds of refugees are living, less than a three hour drive from London.

Thank you to everyone who donated tents, blankets and clothing which were gratefully received by the charity for distribution to the hundreds of refugees sleeping rough in appalling conditions on the outskirts of Calais. There is much more that the UK government can and should be doing to help.

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Helen speaks to ITV News about SE22 mail deliveries

I have been campaigning against Royal Mail's disastrous decision to close the SE22 delivery office on Silvester Road since they first announced this around 18 months ago. Today, I spoke to ITN news about the serious ongoing problems my constituents in SE22 are experiencing with mail deliveries and long queues to collect their post in Peckham.

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Helen speaks in debate on serious youth violence

Today, I spoke in a debate in Parliament on the public health approach to youth violence. We have seen an increase in serious youth violence in recent months, which has had tragic consequences in my constituency. In my speech, I support the public health approach to reducing violence, based on the successful model used in Glasgow, and called on the government to fund our public services to implement it in full.

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Helen challenges the Minister on Local Government cuts

In the midst of the Brexit chaos that is dominating Parliament this week, I challenged the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the appalling cuts to the funding for our local councils which we have seen as a result of Tory austerity over the past eight years.

There is grave concern that the Tories are planning to use their so-called 'fair funding review' of council funding to take even more money away from London councils - the Secretary of State provided no comfort in answering my question.

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