Yesterday I voted for both Jeremy Corbyn’s Amendment and Chuka Umunna’s Amendment to the Queen Speech. Both amendments were good amendments. They were pro-European amendments. They sought to secure a positive and progressive relationship between the UK and the EU with a focus on securing the rights of EU migrants in the UK; securing reciprocal rights for UK citizens living in EU member states and ensuring that jobs and workers’ rights are prioritised in the negotiations.
My decision not to abstain but vote for Mr Umunna’s amendment was because I believe all options, including remaining within the Single Market and the Customs Union, should be on the table at this point in the negotiations.
As a staunch Remainer, I am proud to represent Hornsey and Wood Green, the constituency with the highest Remain vote in the UK. The decision to vote for both these amendments was driven by desire to represent the views, values and interests of our community here in Hornsey and Wood Green.
I have thoroughly enjoyed serving in the Shadow Foreign Office Team since September 2015 and I will continue to pursue my interest in foreign affairs and human rights in parliament.