Last week, Sarah Everard’s killer was given a full life sentence. During the trial, we heard the harrowing impact statements from Sarah’s family; outlining the horrific effect that losing a daughter and a sister has had on their lives.
Ministers keep mouthing they want to ‘level up’ but only seem to deliver empty rhetoric. The Government cannot level up when people are parked up waiting to fill up, if they can find a petrol station with fuel.
The scenes over recent weeks in Afghanistan have been deeply upsetting as the country has faced the tragic rollback of progress that so many have worked so hard for – not least of all the gains in education and rights for women.
In a packed church hall in my constituency, I recently held a meeting for Lewisham’s Afghan residents following the Taliban takeover of their country. Four times as many people turned up as had booked slots, a telling sign of the despair currently gripping the Afghan diaspora.
We’re coming to he end of the second annual Black Maternal Health Awareness Week, founded by fantastic campaign group Five X More. Thanks to them and to other brilliant black birth campaigners, we are now having a serious conversation about these disparities.
As some of you may know, as well as being MP for Lewisham Deptford, I am Shadow Minister for Disabled People. It’s been a steep learning curve (especially when the pandemic has had such a profound impact), but I am really enjoying it.
In a matter of weeks, the Government will cut the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit. This cut will push 700,000 families further into poverty. With the economic impact of the pandemic far from over, the Government should be working towards lifting families out of poverty and not pushing families further into hardship.
Next week schools across South London return after a well-earned break for pupils, teachers and school staff who have all worked so hard in very difficult circumstances over the last 18 months during the Covid-19 pandemic. My congratulations to pupils and the parents, teachers and support staff who have supported them on the fantastic GCSE, BTEC and A-level results achieved.