June 21, 2019

Refugee Week 2019

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility …

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March 1, 2019

My Monthly Newsletter for February

My monthly newsletter for February is now available, featuring a roundup of my work in Parliament and the constituency over the last month. You can view February’s newsletter by clicking here.   If you would like to sign up to receive my newsletter via email, please click here.

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November 5, 2018

Asylum Seekers Working

I strongly support the campaign to relax this unnecessary and unhelpful restriction on asylum seekers working in the United Kingdom. Labour’s position is that all people seeking asylum who have waited six months for a resolution on their asylum application should be able to work, unrestrained by the Home Office shortage occupation list. I provide extensive support, with my constituency office team, to people seeking asylum on a daily basis and I hold a …

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July 5, 2018

Refugee Families and Home Office Accommodation

  I’m getting more and more casework in my advice surgeries about refugee and asylum seeking families with young children being ordered to move out of their Home Office accommodation in Cardiff Central with just a few days notice, to other parts of the UK often hundreds of miles away because of a shortage of accommodation provided by the private …

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June 22, 2018

Letter from Home Office on Windrush Compensation

  The headlines may have moved on, but the work of getting justice for the victims of the Windrush scandal continues. I recently wrote to the Home Secretary in a letter coordinated by my Labour colleague Kate Green MP, asking about the Government’s plans for compensation.  In his response the Home Secretary said he was still gathering information and that …

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June 4, 2018

Family Reunion Rights – Home Office Questions

I asked the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid whether he will change the rules to help unaccompanied refugee children who have come to the UK reunite with their parents. I have championed the cause of unaccompanied children who have had to flee their homes due to war and violence and become separated from their parents, because of the cases that …

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May 22, 2018

End the Practice of Charging Children for British Citizenship

This week I called on the Government to end the practice of charging children for British citizenship. I have signed an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to end the practice of charging a fee to children for registering for British citizenship. 6 years ago it was estimated that there were 120,000 undocumented children in the UK. Tens of thousands of them will have been born …

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May 8, 2018

My Question to the Prime Minister about her “Hostile Environment”

I challenged the Prime Minister in PMQs last week about the “hostile environment” which the new Home Secretary has described as, “not in line with our country’s values”. Whilst she was Home Secretary she boasted that “the aim in Britain is to create a really hostile environment for illegal immigration” but the collateral damage from that has been a required …

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April 30, 2018

Why Tory Promises to Windrush Children Aren’t Enough

Last week I wrote to the Prime Minister in a letter coordinated by my Labour colleague David Lammy MP demanding that the Prime Minister clarify enshrine the promises she has made to the people impacted by her policies in law. Given the Prime Minister’s record of broken promises and the cruelty and incompetence that has characterised Home Office policy and its implementation – her direct legacy as …

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