Friday 15th December 2017

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The week in Westminster was again dominated by Brexit.
On Monday, the PM gave a statement in the Commons following the breakthrough in negotiations the week before. Then after two days of debate, on Wednesday evening, the government suffered a defeat by 4 votes which will mean Parliament is now guaranteed a vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal.
It wasn't all bad news for the government though - the Speaker announced David Davis wasn't in contempt of Parliament over the impact assessment fiasco.

Compensation to victims of terrorism 

At a debate on 'Government support for UK victims of IRA terrorism' I made the case that compensation should be made available for those affected. 
An example of such an attack was the Canary Wharf bombing in 1996, during which 2 people were killed and over 100 injured.
Follow the links to watch or read the debate in full or skip to my contribution here.

Meeting with Housing Minister

I met with Alok Sharma MP, Housing Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government, to discuss the mounting costs leaseholders are facing for fire marshals and cladding work.

Walk the Met

It was a privilege to go walkabout with two great Police Officers, Mick Reale and George Norteye, on Friday morning in Poplar and Limehouse - well received by residents who love them.

Global Network for Road Safety Legislators

The Global Network for Road Safety Legislators held events in London on 12-13 December including the HRH Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards (pictured above) and the Annual Council Leadership meeting, at which members heard from experts from the World Health Organisation, World Bank and International Transport Forum.

Dying to Work

I'm proud to pledge my support to the TUC's Dying to Work campaign. 
The campaign wants terminal illness recognised as a ‘protected characteristic’ so that an employee with such an illness could not be dismissed as a result of their condition.

Guide Dogs in Parliament

Guide Dogs is a fantastic charity and I had the pleasure of meeting staff, volunteers and puppies from the organisation at their event in the House of Commons. 
Please click here for more information and to find out how you can support.
Pictured: Me and Amit with his guide dog Kika, and guide dog in training, William

Arnhem Wharf visit

It was a pleasure to visit Arnhem Wharf Primary School this week. I'd like to thank all the pupils and staff for the warm welcome and for presenting me with their child refugee project.

Sustainable Aviation

I sponsored a Sustainable Aviation event celebrating the progress the UK aviation sector has made in improving their environmental record over recent decades.

Prime Minister's Question Time

Follow the links to watch or read the exchange in full from Wednesday.
Jeremy Corbyn tackled the PM on rough sleeping, child homelessness and house building.

This week in Parliament...

The PM made a statement on Brexit.
The Foreign Secretary made a statement on his trip to Oman, UAE and Iran.

Labour asked an urgent question on the resignation of Lord Kerslake from Kings College Trust.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was debated.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was debated.

The Foreign Affairs Select Committee made a statement on Violence in Rakhine State.

Parliamentary Activity

Please follow the links to view my Voting Record, spoken material, the written questions I've submitted and the Early Day Motions (EDMs) I've supported.
For further updates you can check my social media, particularly my Twitter account. You can catch up on all the news and events from Parliament here.
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