Here’s the message of support I’ve sent to Haringey Council’s Black History Month celebratory event at Wood Green Library tonight:

“Black History is British History and Black History Month is a chance to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black communities right here in Haringey.  The diversity of our borough is one of its greatest strengths.

In Parliament tonight I am supporting the Refugees Welcome rally and meeting with some of my constituents who, like me, are incredibly concerned about the Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill.  It’s a Bill that puts those seeking sanctuary at risk, criminalises already vulnerable refugees and makes it even harder to access essential safe routes and legal protections.  

 I am sad that in 2021 we must still fight against the demonisation of refugees because the story of Haringey is the story of immigration.  Whether it’s the Windrush generation who came here after the war to help Britain rebuild or refugees arriving today escaping persecution and climate change effects.  People from all over the world have made this special corner of north London their home and they have enriched our community.  

We know that there’s more to be done to end discrimination and secure racial equality in this country.  This Black History Month may we celebrate Haringey’s Black community, teach our children black histories and work together for a better, fairer future for the next generation.

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