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It was refreshing to meet a class of Year 5 students from Allenby Primary School on 26th November. 

Young children are very inquisitive and it’s always a pleasure to meet them and answer their questions. I have a special attachment to Allenby Primary School as my two grandchildren used to attend it, so today’s meeting brought back good memories.

I talked to the students about my role as MP representing Ealing Southall and told them a bit about my background as former Mayor and Councillor. I, then, invited them to ask any question they had on their minds and the range of questions I was asked was very interesting.

I was also asked about who inspired me to be in the political sphere and I replied, saying it was my father, his values and the way he wanted to make society a better place for the community.

I was very impressed with these young children who have a wide general knowledge about the particular issues in their locality. They are very aware of what’s happening to the health service, the downgrading of the A&E at Ealing Hospital, and issues relating to the widening of pavements.

At the end of our session, we took a group photo as a souvenir. I hope that this meeting was as much of a good experience for the children as it was for me!

Welcoming Allenby Primary School students to Parliament

  It was refreshing to meet a class of Year 5 students from Allenby Primary School on 26th November. 

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.


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