Apsana Begum MP

Labour MP for Poplar & Limehouse

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Response to Government’s Statement on Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions

Yesterday, in Parliament, I spoke about why so many of us are simply appalled by the Government’s statement on lifting coronavirus restrictions.Every death from COVID-19 is a death too many. Every person or family suffering hardship right now is a person or family too many. No one is expendable.Protecting people in the first and utmost duty of any Government, and the primary function of our economy should be to serve the interests of our communities. Please see below for the clip of my full speech which addresses a range of issues from the effect of COVID-19 on BAME communities to to trade union rights to opposing the re-opening of schools unless it is safe to do so.The transcript can be found here: here: https://bit.ly/3cusn3x

Posted by Apsana Begum on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Apsana Begum MP for Poplar & Limehouse – Updates

🎥 An update from me for Poplar & Limehouse constituents including my work to ensure the Government suspends hostile environment policies, the repatriation of constituents from abroad and the challenges being faced by schools and care settings.#COVID19 #coronavirus

Posted by Apsana Begum on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Yesterday I spoke in the 2nd Reading of the Fire Safety Bill in Parliament about how it is utterly unacceptable that residential blocks in my constituency of Poplar and Limehouse and elsewhere, covered in ACM and other types of cladding, have still not had it removed.The Government must acknowledge the difficulties that leaseholders face in particular and ensure with action – not simply words – that remediation work will not – in any circumstances whatsoever – fall on individual leaseholders in affected blocks.See here for the full text of my contribution to the debate: https://bit.ly/2WdIPy2

Posted by Apsana Begum on Thursday, April 30, 2020

Apsana Begum

Article on bailouts

“In the wake of coronavirus, there’s an emerging new consensus that government support should never be unconditional and public money must always be used in

Letter on state support for big business

If big business want public support, they should pay their fair share towards society’s upkeep. See here my letter to the Chancellor, written with Zarah Sultana

My pledges

Workers’ Rights

Millions have faced cuts to their real pay since 2010 while the highest earners have had theirs rocket. Workers of Bangladeshi heritage in the UK have the lowest median hourly pay of any ethnic group. I am proud that Labour will establish a real living wage, end in-work poverty and repeal the anti-trade union laws.

Housing

Tower Hamlets has one of the highest average rents in London, while at the same time having some of the highest levels of poverty. It’s a toxic combination which means those on low incomes face an increased risk of homelessness. I support ambitious targets for social housing, council house building, requisitioning empty homes by Compulsory Purchase Orders and rent controls to protect private renters.

Education

Education shapes future generations and, in Tower Hamlets, we have seen the impact of cuts on key frontline services, in a borough where children suffer from the highest rates of poverty in the country. I support local campaigns to protect nurseries and community language services, the restoration of Sure Start, end of academisation, abolition of tuition fees and restoration of grants and increased funding for adult education.

Green Industrial Revolution

Diaspora communities understand the devastating impact of climate change on our families’ livelihoods in countries such as Bangladesh and Somalia. Climate change can only be addressed via public ownership of our energy system, mass investment in renewable energy to create new jobs and increased support for developing countries. I will champion Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution and campaign to build an environmentally sustainable society.

Brexit

Like most people in our constituency, I voted remain and am deeply concerned about the prospects of a catastrophic No Deal Brexit. I support our party’s position of negotiating a better deal and putting that back to the people with remain as an option on the ballot.

Migration

The government's ‘hostile environment’ has damaged our society and fostered intolerance and racism. We urgently need to shut down detention centres, defend freedom of movement, end no recourse to public funds policies and extend voting rights to resident non-UK nationals.

Opposing wars abroad,
challenging racism at home

It is over 80 years since our community fought the Battle of Cable Street and we have a long tradition of standing up against fascism, racism and antisemitism. I stand against intolerance, violence and division. In our foreign policy, we have to stand with Jeremy Corbyn’s principled opposition to military interventions which have caused so much havoc around the world.

Health

The NHS is Labour’s finest achievement, but it is under threat. I oppose creeping privatisation and the lasting consequences of the disastrous Private Finance Initiative. I will fight for a publicly owned and publicly run NHS, ensure sufficient funding, and demand that mental health services achieve the parity they deserve.

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