Shabana Mahmood MP said:
"This is a deeply provocative move by the Education Secretary which is
hugely disappointing. I am a Muslim Member of Parliament for Birmingham. I was born here. I grew up here I went to Small Heath School. The idea that the way that one loo...ks into these allegations of governance and bullying in a transparent, judgment free way is to appoint a counter terrorism expert is quite simply shocking.
"What would have been much more appropriate was an advisor led process
with someone appointed jointly by the DFE and Birmingham City Council... Read more...
Shabana Mahmood MP and Councillor Nagina Kauser held a cake competition for local women in Aston last Friday 21st March . Half a dozen women from the neighbourhood brought along homemade cakes, with around 35 more coming along for a cuppa and the opportunity to discuss community issues.
Shabana Mahmood MP said, “Seeing so many people come along this morning is a really encouraging sign that women want the chance to get involved in civic life. As well as having had some delicious cake, we have started to discuss the things which are important to the women round here. Councillor... Read more...
Today in Parliament, Shabana closed the Budget debate. In her speech Shabana called on the Government to tackle the cost of living crisis affecting so many people in the country. Shabana highlighted that there was nothing in yesterday's Budget to help ordinary people now - wages are down, fuels bills are up and the economy won't return to its pre-crisis level until 2017.
Labour has a plan to deal with the cost of living crisis and deal with the deficit in a fairer way. A Labour Government would:
Freeze energy bills until 2017 and reform the broken energy market... Read more...
The debate about whether Muslim woman should be allowed to wear the niqab in public was raised again today by Conservative MP Philip Hollobone. Shabana has a clear record of supporting women who wish to wear the niqab. Following the debate Shabana said:
"For women who wear the niqab it is an important article of their faith. The idea that we would ban women who wish to wear it strikes me as deeply "un-British". A public ban would also run the risk of locking many of these women out of education and skills training... Read more...
In response to today's inflation figures, Shabana said:
"At long last it looks like average wages will soon be rising faster than CPI inflation. But after four years when wages have fallen sharply in real terms, a huge turnaround is needed to ensure people aren't worse off than when David Cameron came to office.
"Real wages have fallen by £1600 a year since 2010 and, on top of this, tax and benefit changes will see the average household £1000 a year worse off by next year.
"It would be deeply complacent and out of touch for Ministers to try and tell people the cost... Read more...
Despite the fact that many people are facing a cost-of-living crisis, today's Budget offered little to help. In fact, the Chancellor failed to mention it once during his hour-long speech.
The Chancellor showed just how out of touch he is when he said that "things are getting better". We know that wages are down £1,600 a year since David Cameron became Prime Minster and that people will be worse off in 2015 than they were in 2010.
This is why Britain needs a Labour Government We would:
Freeze energy bills until 2017 and reform the broken energy market.... Read more...