Here's my comment piece to mark the launch of my new book: Black Flag Down: Defeating ISIS, Counter-Extremism and Winning the Battle of Ideas. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/17/britain-must-lead-battle-isis-theresa-may-counter-terrorism-plan
I write to you on behalf of my constituents who have raised the issue of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the South of Israel which is facing demolition to make way for new settlements. This is a huge concern to me, and to my constituents. A basic injustice is being done. We must use our voice to stop it.
Community pharmacies offer a very important service to their local communities, particularly to the elderly, the disabled and those with long term illnesses. Pharmacies also provide vital services to support over-stretched GP surgeries and hospitals. They have a special place in our communities.
It is my view and that of the Labour Party that there are substantial parts of the Bill which need radical improvement. As such we outright reject particular parts of this Bill.
This Bill produces 20th Century answers to the problems faced in the 21st Century. It is based on market-led ideology and not reflecting the challenges of change within Higher Education and the post-Brexit world.
The situation in Calais was a dreadful one. These were real people fleeing war and economic devastation, who were living in appalling conditions. In the absence of any effective government action, they were at the mercy of people smugglers and criminal gangs.
Britain and Israel have an enduring relationship shaped by our historical ties, bilateral trade, security cooperation and the values of freedom and tolerance we share.
It was the British Labour party that led the way in supporting the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland in Palestine. Three months prior to the adoption of the Balfour declaration, Labour’s stated policy was:
The Homelessness Reduction Bill is a Bill that I support, that the Labour Party supports as it makes strides towards addressing the plight of the thousands of people facing homelessness across the country. In Birmingham alone there are currently over 3,524 cases of households who are statutory homelessness and in priority need of assistance, which simply is not good enough.
New research conducted by Liam Byrne reveals the “staggering” scale of Islamophobia. The research pulls together extensive surveys of his Hodge Hill constituents’ experience of Islamophobia over the last year.
Launching his new report at the House of Lords today, Mr Byrne said: