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.
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 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 the Labour Party’s Green Industrial Revolution and campaign to build an environmentally sustainable society.
Like most people in our constituency, I voted remain and am deeply concerned about the prospects of a catastrophic No Deal Brexit. I support the Labour Party’s position of negotiating a better deal and putting that back to the people with remain as an option on the ballot.
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.
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.