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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April 18, 2018

Mistreatment of the Windrush Generation

In the last week many constituents have got in touch to express their anger and shame at the treatment of the Windrush generation by the Government, so I thought I would share my response here.   Thank you for contacting me about the unacceptable and shameful situation that many members of the Windrush Generation have been placed in by the Government. I signed …

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October 30, 2017

Presenting Mohammed Mirzo Petition to the Home Office

This morning I joined Mohammed Mirzo and his father Ali, along with Jonathan Cox from Citizens UK, to present a 31,000 plus signature petition to the Home Office. The petition, signed by people in Cardiff Central and across the UK, is addressed to Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP, asking that she intervenes to stop Mohammed from being taken from his …

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June 29, 2017

Bashir Naderi – Raising the Case in Parliament

This morning I raised the case of Bashir Naderi again in Parliament. Bashir came to the UK as a child refugee over 10 years ago and has made his life in Cardiff, attending school and college here. I first met Bashir when his family came to me for help in November 2016. The Home Office were attempting to forcibly remove …

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March 9, 2016

Calling on the Government to Make Private Contractors Accountable to the Public

I asked Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock this morning to confirm that the Government will make changes to the Freedom of Information Act to allow taxpayer scrutiny of businesses providing lucrative public sector contracts. Disappointingly, the Minister refused to make such a commitment. I asked my question during Cabinet Office Questions in the House of Commons today. At present, Government …

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