Apologies for no update last week; I was leading for Labour on the Investigatory Powers Bill and with over 400 amendments to deal with I had my hands full. Happily the Bill finished in the commons on Tuesday night and is now with the Lords.
I am glad to report that we got very significant concessions out of the government, including a review of the so called ‘bulk’ powers, an overarching privacy clauses and protection for trade unions.
Talking of trade unions, two weeks ago I delivered the Thompson’s annual lecture. I have conducted over 200 trade union cases on behalf of the solicitors at Thompson’s over the years, so this was a real pleasure. It provided a good opportunity to emphasise the impact of Brexit on social and employment rights.
Nearly all my time is now devoted to campaigning to stay in the EU.
I have written a number of articles on the security implications of leaving the EU. Here’s the latest, published in the Guardian last week. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/08/europe-safer-join-forces-beat-crime
Last Wednesday, we had a packed event at Osborne’s in Camden – where I went head to head with Bernard Jenkin MP and Peter Lilley MP.
And, of course, I have been door knocking and holding numerous public meetings on the referendum. That included hosting Neil Kinnock and Julian Allwood (the aspiring Olympic triple jumper on the Strong In battle bus.
Cllr. Sarah Hayward and I are also doing a series of EU events across the constituency.
On Wednesday in the constituency there is a special one-day Labour In conference with Tom Watson MP, Sarah Hayward and Georgia Gould. I will be introducing the event. You can sign up for it here: http://eventsignup.nationbuilder.com/labour-in-conference
Last weekend I was down in Tooting campaigning for Dr Rosena Allin-Khan; a brilliant candidate. Stella Creasey had a great ‘stow’ team out with us on the same day. The by-election is on the 16th June, and they are aiming to get 1000 volunteers out on the day. If you can help, sign up here: http://www.labourinlondon.org.uk/tootingelectionday?utm_campaign=test0906&utm_medium=email&utm_source=londonregion
Violence against women and girls
This Thursday I was the speaker at a special seminar on violence against women and girls, run by Tender, an excellent charity acting to end abuse. This was a chance to reflect on how safe spaces need to be created at work for victims of abuse to confide confidentially and get support.