Yesterday evening, The Labour Party's motion to remove the NHS staff pay cap was passed. It's about time those who work so hard to look after us get a pay rise. Now, Labour will be pushing to make sure this is actually delivered.Read more
The public inquiry into the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower fire starts today. Since the fire, I’ve taken a lot of action locally and in Parliament on the issues that have come up since. This is an update on what I’ve done and am continuing to do.Read more
It’s right and proper that our fantastic police officers, who keep the city and county safe, are properly paid and I welcome the news that they will receive pay rise. But it shouldn’t come at the cost of having to cut officer numbers - something Norfolk Constabulary's Chief Constable Simon Bailey has warned may be the end result.
The blame has to be squarely with the government and their austerity policies and the real time cuts to police funding. We should be able to pay police officers and PCSOs.
Pope Francis warned yesterday that history will judge adversely politicians who don’t act on climate change. I just spoke in the chamber to ask when the Government will heed his words and publish its long overdue report and fifth carbon budget emissions reduction plan.
Watch the full video HERE.
A couple of days ago, I was lucky enough to spend time with local artist Sally Hirst at Norwich Theatre Royal and see her latest exhibition: ‘Past, Present, Imperfections’. This project explores the rich industrial and architectural history of Norwich.
The photos below show Sally’s piece depicting the Pantheon which used to stand in Ranleagh pleasure garden (also at various times known as Vauxhall and Victoria Gardens), which was said to be visited by prominent local figures such as Parson Woodforde. These gardens eventually became the site of Norwich’s first railway station: Victoria Station. The Pantheon became the station's booking hall and was the only part of the original gardens to remain. Sadly, it’s now long gone - but the memory of its existence is preserved in Sally’s stunning artwork.
The exhibition can be found on the first floor of the Theatre, is free to enter and runs until October 2nd. Catch it while you still can!
Read more on the exhibition website.
Earlier today, I visited ‘How come we didn’t know’: a photographic exhibition by Marion Macalpine currently on display at The Greenhouse Trust, Norwich, UK (Bethel Street, NR2 1HR) and supported by NHS Norfolk Action Group. The exhibition explores privatisation of the NHS and highlights the many diverse forms it can take. Watch this video to hear a bit more about the exhibition and some of the issues it broaches: HERE.
It was fantastic to meet and chat with stallholders at Norwich Market this afternoon.
Pictured is Churros & Chorizo, Indian Feast, Jakey the Bakey and Bunbox. These stalls are situated on Row A, where you can now find foods from all corners of the globe. They're also all relatively new to the Market, having opened their doors (so to speak) within the past few months. I'm glad to hear things have been going well for them so far.
I'll be passing feedback received onto Norwich City Council at my next regular meeting with them. In the meantime, make sure you take a trip down to see what's on offer on Row A and the rest of the Market!
I've added my name to a letter by my Labour colleague Rushanara Ali MP to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, to make it clear we stand against violence to the Rohingya people in Burma. Our Government must exert more pressure on its Burmese counterpart. You can read the letter in full above.
Yesterday, I met with nurses who work at local Norwich hospitals to hear firsthand the devastating effect the pay cap - which, in real terms, is rather a pay cut - is having on patients and staff. They'd travelled to Parliament for Royal College of Nursing's #ScraptheCap demo.
Nurses should be paid an amount which reflects the dedication the job requires - and the challenges it throws their way. With some nurses currently having to rely on food banks to get by, it's clear this currently isn't happening. Theresa May must #ScraptheCap and gives nurses the pay rise they deserve.
Watch the full video HERE.