Great to be out with so many friends and members in support of Joanne McCartney
Great to be out with so many friends and members in support of Joanne McCartney's re-election campaign

As the UK finally walked away from the most successful peace project in human history at 11pm on Friday, I felt desperately sad.

I never wanted this day to come.  Brexit leaves the UK with less influence on the world stage, poses a huge threat to jobs and our economy and denies our next generation the opportunities that we’ve always taken for granted.

My job now is to hold Boris Johnson’s Government to account as trade talks, and the mammoth job of negotiating our future relationship with the EU, begin. I’ll always defend our NHS, push for the strongest workers’ rights and environmental protections and stand up for the three million EU citizens who have made the UK their home.

I still believe Brexit will prove to be a historic mistake and hope that, one day, the UK will be back where we should be, at the heart of Europe.

I’m a signatory to this letter raising concerns about Donald Trump’s Middle East plan.  This “plan” is not about peace, it completely undermines the two-state solution and is utterly unworkable.  The only route to peace is a two-state solution working within international law and with the support of the Palestinian people. The British government should condemn this proposal and work with our allies who believe in the two-state process, and stand up for a Palestinian state.

I’m extremely worried about the use of guns in violent crime, with last weekend seeing another shooting and a stabbing in the Wood Green area.  I held an urgent meeting with Haringey’s Borough Commander and Operation Trident on Monday to discuss diverting resources to the area. I’ve repeatedly spoken out in Parliament and in writing to the Home Secretary about my concerns that this Government is not doing enough to tackle rising violence on our streets.  That doesn’t just mean more Police on our streets, although that’s a start.  It also means crucial early intervention work, something I’ve consistently called for, and ensuring schools and youth services are adequately resourced to help tackle the cycle of violence.

I’m working to organise a Justice Conference in the constituency covering problems in the justice system including the courts, probation, police cuts, conditions in prison and access to high quality legal aid.

 

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