This summer, Lambeth Council is hosting a Summer of Food and Fun. They are working with local holiday club providers across the borough to provide an exciting programme of meals and activities for children and young people in our local communities.
Thankfully, after a strong backlash, the NHS Data Grab has been pushed back until the 30th of August, giving patients until then to opt out and giving us a little more time to raise awareness around the issue.
Lambeth Council are asking everone who lives or works in Clapham, Brixton, Stockwell, West Norwood, or Vauxhall should get a Covid-19 test as soon as possible.
I was very glad to receive my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine this week. We should all be incredibly grateful to the NHS workers and volunteers who have made our rapid vaccine rollout possible.
Parliamentary Work & Campaigns
I voted to throw out the Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill at Second Reading. Rather than creating a fair and humane asylum system, the Tories are punishing people who come here seeking safety and exposing them to further risk of exploitation and human rights violations.
The Prime Minister personally negotiated the Northern Ireland Protocol. Now the Government is threatening to tear it up.
Opposing the Health and Care Bill: money we spend on the NHS should go into our health services, not Tory donors’ pockets
How are the Tories celebrating the NHS’s 73rd birthday this month? By introducing a Bill that undermines its foundations: increasing privatisation, putting private companies at the heart of NHS management and paving the way to sell off our health data.
The Tories’ Higher Education (Free Speech) Bill is nothing of the sort. It tramples on students unions’ autonomy, overturns long-standing no-platform policies, narrows the legal definition of academic freedoms and fails to address real threats to campus free speech: the ever-failing Prevent duty, casualised employment, insecure research funding and, of course, the Government.
By resourcing local governments properly and adopting a holistic public health approach to violence, we can work effectively with the local community to make harm reduction the number one focus.
We need to recognise that this authoritarianism fundamentally comes from a place of weakness, and ultimately, fear, and that hope is stronger than fear. It falls on us to stand together and build a movement that’s so big even this government can’t ignore it.
What we needed was an internationally coordinated response to prioritise the vulnerable and prevent healthcare systems being overwhelmed. What we got was wealthy nations using their purchasing power to secure enough doses to vaccinate their populations several times over, at the expense of poorer nations.
The EU Settlement Scheme: Another Windrush Scandal in the Making – In My View Column for the South London Press
Far from working to ensure there can never be another Windrush Scandal, the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme is all but ensuring a repeat.