We must step up to plate in time of crisis

I’m back in Parliament today, following events in Afghanistan. For 20 years we’ve been battling extremists obsessed with perverting Islamic ideals. Whether it’s Daesh who emerged from the remnants of Al Qaeda or the Taliban, their striking feature, apart from their barbarity, is their attitude towards women who can’t hold jobs but can be soldContinue reading We must step up to plate in time of crisis

An internationally supported, long-term plan is needed to bring peace to Israel-Palestine

The announcement of a ceasefire will bring a much-needed and welcome respite for the peoples of Israel and Palestine following the horrific violence of the past two weeks. However, past history suggests this could result in another uneasy stand-off – one that will do nothing to address the Palestinians’ desire for self-determination and the Israelis’Continue reading An internationally supported, long-term plan is needed to bring peace to Israel-Palestine

Local MP calls on Government to tackle Child Poverty

New figures released by the End Child Poverty coalition have revealed the growing scale of child poverty across the country, even before the pandemic hit. The research carried out by Loughborough University for the End Child Poverty Coalition shows that in the latest year (2019/20) there were 7483 children trapped in poverty in Selly Oak. That’s 38% of children. SteveContinue reading Local MP calls on Government to tackle Child Poverty