It was fantastic to march alongside so many people from Hornsey & Wood Green on Saturday for a people’s vote. Over 20,000 people from my constituency have signed the petition calling for Article 50 to be revoked (the second highest in the country) and I co-sponsored an amendment in Parliament calling for that. I’ll continue to keep up the fight.
If you haven’t yet signed the petition, you can sign it here. Let’s make sure this Tory Government knows the strength of feeling against their Brexit shambles.
Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject the destination of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit. There are now 225 hours left before the UK could crash out of the EU without a deal, and it is utterly outrageous that the Prime Minister is ruling out a long extension to Article 50, which I fear will enable a no-deal Brexit. At Prime Minister’s Questions this week, I once again challenged Mrs May on her reckless approach to Brexit and the urgent need to secure a second referendum to deal with this crisis in Mrs May’s Government.
Labour’s commitment to repeal the Vagrancy Act is a welcome one, but I want to see this Tory Government act now to end the criminalisation of homelessness. We should not be threatening to fine people who have virtually nothing. No more can we accept legislation which targets rough sleepers as criminals, when they are far more likely to be victims of harassment, violence and abuse. My letter in The Guardian, through the Labour Homelessness Campaign, calls for the urgent repeal of the Vagrancy Act and a strategy to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping that is grounded in compassion, not enmity.
Over the weekend, I enjoyed joining the CWU for their branch meeting, celebrating Newroz in Finsbury Park and celebrating one year since Muswell Hill Methodist Church welcomed their first Syrian family.