Well, not quite a weekly update, but nonetheless an update!

Weekly update 23rd October 2015

Well, not quite a weekly update, but nonetheless an update! Read more

You may have seen the news yesterday that Jeremy Hunt has finally caved in and attempted to head off a damaging strike by junior doctors. I wrote a blog post about it yesterday – you can read it here

That this protest has gone as far as it did is an indication of how out of touch the Conservatives are with the health service. To extract these concessions the junior doctors had to threaten to take industrial action, something few of them wanted to see. The government must now act with more respect for the NHS and those who work for it 

With this in mind, I have called an emergency open meeting about this issue for Wednesday 14th October at 8pm in the Paget Room at BMA House, Tavistock Square, WC1H 9JP. Two BMA junior doctors have confirmed they will speak – Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis, a local junior doctor, and Dr. Johann Malawana, Chair of the Junior Doctors Committee. We’d love to have people come along and join the discussion with us, particularly those with a background in, or keen interest in, healthcare. 

We need to provide a list of attendees so please RSVP to Ashley at ashley@camdenlabour.org.uk with the subject line ‘BMA open meeting’.

Open meeting with junior doctors, Wednesday 14th October

You may have seen the news yesterday that Jeremy Hunt has finally caved in and attempted to head off a damaging strike by junior doctors. I wrote a blog post...

It will come as a relief to everyone in the NHS that Jeremy Hunt – the minister concerned – has finally caved in and attempted to head off a damaging strike by junior doctors.

Junior doctors force government to back down

It will come as a relief to everyone in the NHS that Jeremy Hunt – the minister concerned – has finally caved in and attempted to head off a damaging... Read more

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It was standing room only for anyone who arrived late at last Friday’s housing seminar. There was a real buzz of energy and engagement as around 100 people packed into a hall at the British Library. We had to ferry chairs in – and still some were left in the corridor! 

From all the work I do – in my surgeries and from my correspondence – this is a key issue. I introduced the expert speakers, then listened to what they and the remarkably well informed audience had to say.

Packed housing meeting brings fresh perspectives on key issues

It was standing room only for anyone who arrived late at last Friday’s housing seminar. There was a real buzz of energy and engagement as around 100 people packed into... Read more

Read here about Keir's week, commencing 20th September.

Keir's weekly update, 24th September 2015

Read here about Keir's week, commencing 20th September. Read more

Letter to Prime Minister David Cameron from Keir Starmer MP, Tulip Siddiq MP and Catherine West MP on the current refugee crisis

The Prime Minister Must Offer More than Words on the Refugee Crisis. Here is the Practical Action that is Necessary.

Letter to the Prime Minister about the refugee crisis

Letter to Prime Minister David Cameron from Keir Starmer MP, Tulip Siddiq MP and Catherine West MP on the current refugee crisis The Prime Minister Must Offer More than Words on... Read more

In recent months, there has been a growing consensus that the role of Old Oak Common as the London Terminus for HS2 should be reconsidered.  This is partly driven by cost; the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee pointedly asked the Government to estimate the overall reduction of cost to HS2 of terminating the line at Old Oak Common in its March 2015 report.  It is also driven by the realisation of the devastating impact on our local communities and the environment if HS2 terminates at Euston: a point repeatedly emphasised by Frank Dobson and myself when we gave evidence to the HS2 Select Committee earlier this month.  And it is partly driven by politics; each of the mayoral candidates has seen the potential for Old Oak Common as a far more effective interchange than Euston and compared that to the potential damage if Euston remains the terminus.  Interesting then, that upon his elevation to the HS2 Board recently, Lord Adonis spoke in a piece he authored in City AM of the “huge opportunities” HS2 provides in west London, “where a new Stratford is waiting to be created at Old Oak Common”; later he cites Old Oak Common as the “biggest” opportunity for HS2.  Nowhere in the article is Euston mentioned.

HS2 and Old Oak Common

In recent months, there has been a growing consensus that the role of Old Oak Common as the London Terminus for HS2 should be reconsidered.  This is partly driven by... Read more

Labour should not support measures which will increase child poverty. The Welfare Reform and Work Bill will increase child poverty and therefore I cannot support it. That is why I voted for Labour’s amendment which opposed the Bill, giving reasons including the adverse impact on child poverty. That was a vote against the Bill.

My position on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading

Labour should not support measures which will increase child poverty. The Welfare Reform and Work Bill will increase child poverty and therefore I cannot support it. That is why I... Read more

The impact of HS2 on our communities will be profound.  That is why I have been pressing my colleagues on the Labour Party front bench on the issue.  I am delighted that, as a result, Michael Dugher MP, Shadow Transport Secretary, has agreed to meet local residents so that he can be shown first-hand some of the problems that the construction of HS2 would cause in Holborn and St. Pancras.  As soon as a date for this visit has been set, I will circulate it locally. 

An update on HS2

The impact of HS2 on our communities will be profound.  That is why I have been pressing my colleagues on the Labour Party front bench on the issue.  I am... Read more

The Leveson Inquiry concluded that victims of press abuse need greater protection.  Leveson found that the existing Press Complaints Commission – the main regulator of the press in the UK since 1990 – was not fit for purpose.  His report recommended creating a new independent body and said that it should take an active role in promoting high standards, including having the power to investigate serious breaches and sanction newspapers.

I agree with the conclusions of the Leveson Inquiry.  The old system did not work for ordinary people.  The Leveson recommendations should be implemented and it is for the industry to establish a Leveson-compliant mechanism for independent self-regulation.  Victims of press abuse deserve nothing less.

However, journalists’ rights also need protecting.  The Human Rights Act 1998 recognises and protects freedom of expression and the right to receive and impart information.  These rights are an essential foundation of a democratic society and should be afforded considerable weight.  And they apply as much to offensive expression as to inoffensive expression.  Interference with these rights must be strictly necessary and proportionate.  Those who advocate repeal of the Human Rights Act, or withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights, should reflect on the positive influence of the European Court of Human Rights on press freedom in the UK, not least its strong protection of journalists’ sources.

The London Press Club Debate

The Leveson Inquiry concluded that victims of press abuse need greater protection.  Leveson found that the existing Press Complaints Commission – the main regulator of the press in the UK... Read more

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