Dave to my friends. Labour MP for Tottenham. Shadow Justice Secretary. Author of Tribes and Out of the Ashes. @LBC on Saturdays from 4pm. Spurs fan #COYS.
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Sep 12, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
The Home Office has been broken by a public discourse that has gotten out of control. A xenophobic rhetoric that has become accepted by too many. The UKIPification of our newspapers, TV, and our politics.
Alberta's story is a reminder of why we need to 🚮 the #HostileEnvironment
You can watch my full speech on the treatment of people under immigration control here:
This is a drop in the ocean & just spin until we know full numbers deported, detained & those hounded out of their home country by the home office. Apology is crocodile tears & an insult to people still not given hardship fund, left jobless, homeless & unable to afford food.
Home Office covering up scale of the scandal by consistently refusing to answer my questions, including those to the PM back in April. This will all be viewed as just spin until every single person affected gets an apology and compensation.
Aug 16, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Well done Stormzy for giving back and leading the way, once again.
You don't need to use your power and platform to bring others with you, but you do it anyway. bbc.com/news/amp/newsb…
This should spark a proper conversation about access to Oxbridge and other top unis, because as the data shows, access spending has totally failed.
.@Michael_Heaver just cannot help himself from trying to define racism. Please send help and dictionaries to @WestmonsterUK.
The Macpherson report defines racism from a victim's point of view. This is important here because there is clearly an unequal power distribution between Johnson, Eton & Oxford-educated, former Foreign Sec, and Muslim women, who are some of the most vulnerable in our society.
Jul 20, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Nailed it @Trevornoah. Being French and being proud of African identity is not mutually exclusive. But this debate has treated those things as such. French does not = ethnic French. (1)
The nation is not an ethno-state. The England team is black, brown, mixed, white, working class, Afro-Caribbean and more. This is England and it’s beautiful. (2)
Jul 13, 2018 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
Trump has access to one of the world's most sophisticated intelligence services. He knows last summer's terrorist attacks didn't result from decisions made at City Hall. Each time he blames @SadiqKhan, he insults every victim & every Londoner #trumpvisituk
I will call it like it is. The real reason Trump blames my friend @SadiqKhan for the terror attacks last year is simple. He hates that London chose a Muslim mayor. The President is racist. He does not deserve to meet our Queen today #StopTrump
Jul 10, 2018 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Govt politicians won't admit it because it doesn't fit their narrative, but there has been a dramatic shift to British public attitudes, in FAVOUR of immigration since Brexit and Windrush. A thread:
Over time, there has been clear trend towards a majority who recognise immigration's positive impact on BOTH our culture and the economy.
If Dominic Raab is as successful as Brexit Secretary as he was as Housing Minister, we will have a #PeoplesVote by Christmas.
At this time of political turmoil we need clear thinking, but Raab represents the very worst of hard Brexit ideology. Last year he made up that immigration pushed up “house prices up by something like 20%.” The country deserves better than this
Jul 9, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Brexit always made more sense as a protest position for a rabble of Tory backbenchers. As an actual policy it is a disaster. The EU has always been a whipping boy for mendacious national politicians, not the real problem. David Davis' resignation proves this.
So now the govt wants my vote to get this absolute calamity of a policy through. Are you having a laugh?
Jul 5, 2018 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
Bizarre that it needs debunking but @Jeremy_Hunt is unforgivably wrong. Labour rightly claim the NHS. The Conservatives opposed its conception and have systematically bled it dry in government. A thread for #NHS70conservativehome.com/platform/2018/…
In 1948, the post-War Labour Government introduced the NHS. The Conservative Party had voted against the third reading of the legislation in 1946. Despite Tory opposition, Labour won the vote by 261 votes to 113. #NHS70
Jun 27, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
*unless you're: 1) A #Grenfell survivor 2) Homeless 3) From the #Windrush generation 4) An EU citizen living in the UK 5) A UK citizen living in the EU 6) An Airbus worker 7) On a zero hours contract 8) Young 9) Disabled 10) A refugee
Have I left anyone out? #PMQs
lots more good suggestions coming in: 11) Teachers 12) Users of Sure Start centres 13) Not a homeowner 14) A rail commuter 15) Receiving Universal Credit 16) Hit by the bedroom tax 17) Relying on a food bank
Keep them coming in; unfortunately this could go on for a while.
Jun 22, 2018 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
Thread: On the anniversary of Windrush, I remember the contributions of the 492 West Indian immigrants who arrived at Tilbury Docks on 22nd June 1948, and of the 524,000 Commonwealth-born people who followed until 1971.
My thoughts go out to the thousands of people who came before 1971, to form the backbone of our public services in Britain. I think of the nurses like my aunts, who I watched work late nights and early shifts with incredible pride and dignity.
Jun 14, 2018 • 19 tweets • 4 min read
Justice for Grenfell. My statement on the one year anniversary:
Today my thoughts and prayers go out to Khadija Saye, all those who lost their lives in Grenfell Tower and their families and loved ones who are grieving and coming to terms with what happened one year ago.
Khadija was a beautiful soul & visionary artist who was at the beginning of what would have been a wonderful career. Her life was tragically cut short and the loss of a young woman with so much talent and joy at the age of 24 is a tragic ordeal for her family & friends to endure.
Apr 29, 2018 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
Thread: I have written to the PM supported by 200 MPs demanding that the promises made by the Govnt following the Windrush crisis are written into law. Warm words don't cut it. Announcements by Ministers with no legal backing are simply not good enough (1) bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
I am calling for legal guarantees in three areas: compensation, burden of proof required by the Home Office Commonwealth taskforce assessing cases and promises about immigration enforcement. Immigration policy made up on the hoof risks further problems (2) bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
Apr 24, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Whilst we're on the topic of @ukhomeoffice injustices: My constituent who came from a Commonwealth country and has been living in Tottenham over 30 years was granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in 1998. The Home Office lost all their records of this Indefinite Leave to Remain. (1)
As a result, he was arrested by 9 immigration enforcement officials at home and detained in a detention centre under the suspicion of being an illegal immigrant. His application for citizenship was denied due to the Home Office losing his documents. (2)
Apr 18, 2018 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
This morning the Prime Minister has written to me regarding #Windrush crisis: "Let me be clear: people who have spent a lifetime here are entitled to be here and access the public services to which they have contributed - through their taxes, or in many cases by working in them".
"It is not a question of granting them an amnesty - as that would imply that they were previously outside the law - but of enabling them to secure documentation which attests to their status". A number of questions now follow from this letter I have received from the PM. Thread:
Apr 16, 2018 • 5 tweets • 4 min read
What is this @theresa_may@AmberRuddHR? I thought this was a joke but @ukhomeoffice have actually produced a “Coming home to Jamaica guide”. Eg “Try to be Jamaican”. How can someone do that when they are British and their home is in Britain? #Windrushgov.uk/government/pub…
This document harks back to “repatriation” campaigns. This document was published when Theresa May was Home Sec, promoting her hostile environments policy – the starting point for the injustices that we are seeing writ large for the Windrush generation. theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/a…
Apr 16, 2018 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Thread: Today I have led 140 MPs from 6 parties urging @theresa_may to take immediate action to address the #Windrush crisis. What is going on is grotesque, immoral and inhumane. It is a stain on our nation’s conscience and the PM must act urgently to right this historic wrong.
After World War II we invited the Windrush Generation over as citizens to help rebuild our country, and now their children are being treated like criminals. The government is essentially stripping people of the rights that our government itself granted decades ago.
Nov 28, 2017 • 20 tweets • 11 min read
Thread: at 09:30 @CommonsEUexit meeting to discuss redacted and edited Brexit economic impact assessments. Is Govnt in contempt of Parliament? Did the Govnt mislead Parliament and the public? Did the reports ever exist in the first place? Let's look at the evidence (1)(2) In August 2017 then Brexit Minister David Jones confirmed that @DExEUgov had "conducted analysis of over 50 sectors of the economy. Spokesman confirmed that a list of the sectors would be published, but not the analyses themselves. independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…
Oct 8, 2017 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
Thread: Parliament back this week & EU Withdrawal Bill will return for Committee Stage shortly. Good time to assess where we are with Brexit
2: Govnt refusing to publish impact assessments looking at over 50 sectors of the economy. Hiding something? theguardian.com/politics/2017/…