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IMG_3585.JPGThe NHS is one of our greatest achievements and one of our most precious organisations. But it’s under threat from a Tory-led government which puts privatisation before patient care. 

That is why I am proud to be one of the 241 MPs who voted for my colleague Clive Efford MP’s Private Members' Bill today.

This Bill would repeal the Government's section 75 regulations and free the NHS from the morass of competition law that has been introduced by the current Government. I believe it will also help restore the right values to the NHS, putting patients' needs before profits. 

The Tories have not only destabilised our health service, but are also holding it back from meeting the challenges of the 21st century. We need to pass this new Bill so that we can end the creep towards NHS privatisation, bureaucracy and red-tape.

Labour will ensure that the NHS once again serves patients first and prioritises spending on much-needed doctors and around 20,000 more nurses instead of letting private companies cherry-pick the most profitable NHS services, regardless of patient need.

Labour will rescue the NHS with our £2.5 billion Time to Care package– investment the Tories will not match.

I am well aware of the chaos on the NHS, with rising waiting lists and intolerable pressure on A&Es. A&E departments have now missed the Government's own lowered A&E target for every one of the past 63 weeks. The Government is also creating a perfect storm in Ealing, and West London more generally, by closing and downgrading 4 out of 9 A&Es in the area while overseeing the worst waiting times in the country at Northwick Park. I have campaigned tirelessly locally against these closures and will continue to pressure the Government to correct these dangerous decisions.

I am confident that this bill will be a blessing for the NHS and the community!

Vote to protect our NHS from Tory privatisation

The NHS is one of our greatest achievements and one of our most precious organisations. But it’s under threat from a Tory-led government which puts privatisation before patient care. 

On 3rd November 2014, I met the Rang De UK Chapter President Rohit Parakh and Lambeth Labour Councillor Neil Sabharwal in the House of Commons.

 Rohit and Neil came to give me an overview on Rang De which, its story so far and how it plans to serve the poor in India through its UK Chapter through a sustainable model based on microcredit, peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding.

Rang De is a non-profit organization committed to fighting poverty by providing access to affordable micro loans to underserved communities in India working on a model of microcredit, peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding. It has so far facilitated £2.52million in loans to micro-entrepreneurs in India with loan sizes generally ranging between £50 to £150, with a maximum loan interest rate of 10%. Each individual can contribute my making a loan of Rs 100 onwards (~£1). The loan repayment rate so far on the loans has been 99.75%.

Rang De UK Chapter is performing a major outreach program in the next few months to spread awareness on its goals. To get in touch please reach out to ukchapter@rangde.org or check their website at www.rangde.org.

Rang De

On 3rd November 2014, I met the Rang De UK Chapter President Rohit Parakh and Lambeth Labour Councillor Neil Sabharwal in the House of Commons.

Yesterday I co-hosted a meeting with Lord Swraj Paul and The British South India Council of Commerce (BSICC) in the Houses of Parliament.

The BSICC is one of the main organisations that promote trade and investment between the UK and South India. This event was about showcasing the opportunities for investors in the South Indian State of Karnataka and also encouraging businesses from Karnataka to pursue opportunities in the UK.

The BSICC meeting was important as it addressed issues which are restricting the Indian economy such as corruption in many rural parts in Karnataka and how many Indian craftsmen do not have access to the tools they need.

I am pleased to report that the BSICC is planning to work with investors to focus on improving the Indian economy, through programmes that will provide training to young people and by providing fertilisers to farmers in impoverished areas.

However, the investments into India are not one-way and will help the UK economy, providing growth and hopefully create further jobs in Britain.

The general atmosphere of the BSICC was electric with so many people passionately promoting investment into Southern India. I hope that this meeting will help promote growth in the Indian economy and will reduce the number of unemployed Indians, alongside much needed growth in the UK economy.

UK Karnataka business meeting

Yesterday I co-hosted a meeting with Lord Swraj Paul and The British South India Council of Commerce (BSICC) in the Houses of Parliament.


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