I was a Council Leader when we became the first local authority in the country to become a Living Wage accredited employer, and I know the difference it makes to people’s lives. The difference between working one job or two, paying bills or running up debt. It’s also good for employers – increasing job satisfaction and retention. So as Shadow Sports Minister, I’ve written to all the Premier League clubs this week urging them to become Living Wage employers. Five are accredited already but the rest aren’t. Read my letter in the Guardian.
Following the protests outside the bpas clinic in my constituency last week, I urged the Government to introduce legally enforceable buffer zones to give Councils the ability to protect women. It’s something I’ve long called for and it needs to be put in place nationally as soon as possible. I will continue to support calls until the law is changed. Watch my speech here.
I’m so disappointed that the wonderful Wood Green The Animals Charity is threatening to close their base on Lordship Lane and leave the constituency after almost 100 years. Sign my petition urging them to stay in Wood Green.
I held an extremely busy advice surgery in Wood Green on Friday and then went along to the extremely moving Holocaust Portraits exhibition at Alexandra Palace today. The portraits of survivors living in Britain serve as a reminder that we can never forget what they and their families went through, and we can never again allow such bigotry and hatred to go unchallenged. I’d urge everyone to go and see it.
I was also at Ally Pally for the community performance of our super talented Haringey Music Students, a wonderful night!