|Last month we heard the shocking news that Matt Hancock, the very person who designed the stringent lockdown laws, broke them himself. Evidence was across the front pages of newspapers, yet the Prime Minister decided there was no need for Hancock to go.
After the British public have strived to follow the laws, sometimes meaning not being able to say goodbye to precious loved ones, this breach was not acceptable. Labour called for Matt Hancock to resign, and on 26th June he did. Watch Keir Starmer in last week’s PMQs here.
50 Years of the Misuse of Drugs Act
June marked 50 years since the introduction of the Misuse of Drugs Act, which has led to the mass-criminalisation of particularly young Black men, and had no success in reducing the use of drugs. Too many children have also become victims to the exploitation from landlordsa
I spoke in Parliament to raise awareness of the very harmful impacts of this policy and call for a public health approach, which protects children from being exploited.
Diplomatic Protection for Anoosheh Ashoori
In May, 60 MPs joined me in writing to the Foreign Secretary to call for Diplomatic Protection to be given to Anoosheh Ashoori. I pressed the Foreign Secretary again on this in FCDO questions, and I will not give up until it is granted.
Meanwhile, as the 4th anniversary of Anoosheh’s imprisonment in Iran approaches, I would like to encourage all constituents to sign Amnesty International’s petition to bring Anoosheh home for good. You can find it here: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/help-get-retired-father-home-his-family
Aviation Noise from Busy Flightpaths