I have recently passed one year since my election and maiden speech!
Making Your Mind Up
On Thursday the whole Country will vote in the most important decision of a generation.
Europe has kept the post-war peace and enshrined worker’s rights, helped to ensure our collective security through the European Arrest Warrant, and provided the collective environmental policies we desperately need to tackle climate change. Moreover, all major economists, the IMF, and the Bank of England foresee us being plunged again into recession and financial crisis if we leave.
For these reasons I believe that the UK absolutely needs to remain a part of the EU and have been out campaigning with the IN team, including the former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson MP.
I will be voting to remain, and I hope that you will be too.
Faith in the Future
Over the last year I have had the opportunity to meet with leaders from many different faith groups to discuss their views, the challenges they face, and their hopes for the future.
I recently spoke with the Archbishop of Canterbury at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, who stressed his support for remaining “IN” Europe, met with the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and attended a Ramadan event at the Muslim Council of Britain.
Challenging the Government
On 8th June I challenged the Prime Minister to explain exactly when we will finally get a decision on airport expansion and Heathrow.
£22 million has now been spent on the Davies Commission and in 2009 David Cameron stated “No ifs, No buts, No third runway”. However, the Prime Minister only gave the vague answer of “The Summer” as to when we can expect a final decision, which frankly fails to give any of those living in West London the clarity they badly need.
I have also recently pushed the Government on the Housing Crisis in London, the appalling lack of affordable housing throughout the whole City and the huge difficulties faced by first-time buyers.
All of my speeches, questions and contributions in Parliament since last May are available online here;
Back to School
I was lucky enough to open new buildings at both Berrymede and West Twyford Primary Schools recently, and am pictured here with the Mayor of Ealing, Patricia Walker, and pupils of John Perryn Primary at their concert celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday and the unveiling of their art gallery.
It’s always a pleasure to visit Schools across the constituency and I was especially pleased to return to my old school, Montpelier Primary, to open their fete last year.
I was pleased to take part in ‘cleaning west Ealing’ with the West Ealing Business Improvement District. Here are Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, volunteers from A2 Dominion Housing Association and myself applying lacquer to benches outside the library.
Celebrating Summertime in the Borough
I've enjoyed numerous parties for the Queen’s 90th Birthday including at St Barnabas in Pitshanger, scene of my old playgroup, and those held by Residents Associations. Below is a ‘selfie’ taken at the Green Days Bedford Park festival, Chiswick, including the BBC’s Jeremy Vine, Rageh Omaar, Fergal Keene, Gavin Campbell (ex-That’s Life) and Ealing Acton MP 1974-1997 Sir George Young.
More upcoming Ealing council summer festivals are listed here:
Remembering Jo Cox
Many constituents have written to me about the shocking and tragic loss of my friend and colleague Jo Cox. Read my further thoughts on this at the Guardian.
This devastating act was hopefully a one-off and while I, like all of my colleagues in Parliament, have been stunned by this horrific attack, I am continuing to hold my weekly surgeries in Ealing and Acton. We must carry on our work in the spirit in which Jo performed hers – with absolute dedication and commitment to those we represent.