Shabana has continued her longstanding work supporting vulnerable refugees by asking the government to give further help to unaccompanied child asylum seekers. A copy of her letter to the Government minister is below.


Dear Edward Timpson MP

I am writing to ask the Government to take further action in relation to unaccompanied child refugees.

Shabana Mahmood MP has signed Dawn Butler MP’s open letter to the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State of Culture, Media and Sport about her decision to reject the appointment of the only person of colour out of the five Ofcom recommended candidates to the Channel 4 board. Ofcom is responsible for finding, vetting and appointing Channel 4 board members and it not usual for the Government to reject their proposals.

Shabana Mahmood MP along with her fellow Labour MPs in Birmingham wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond in November to demand action to reverse the damaging cuts to Birmingham City Council’s budget and called for a “fairer funding deal”.

The MPs wrote:
“The consequences of a £150 million black hole in the City's budget next year are unthinkable".
“Unless the Government acts now, grave damage will be done to the social fabric of Birmingham and Brummies in need of care and support will be let down.”

Shabana Mahmood MP is supporting calls from Birmingham Progressive Synagogue and Citizens UK to bring 1000 unaccompanied child refugees in France to the UK.
Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. Shabana signed Citizens UK’s letter to Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Home Secretary, expressing concern that since the Calais ‘jungle’ was demolished, and as Christmas approaches, 1600 unaccompanied children are still stuck in limbo in centres across France.

Shabana Mahmood MP has signed an open letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May calling on her to approve airdrops of food and medicine to aid the desperate citizens of Aleppo.
The letter stated:
“This is now the epicentre of the crisis. The Assad and Putin regimes are moving to ‘exterminate’ all those who have not already been killed as a consequence of their indiscriminate bombing campaigns.

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, said on taking up office in the summer that he would reset fiscal policy and provide a new plan for new circumstances. 

However, with no radical action in the Autumn Statement to tackle 6 years of Tory complacency on the big problems in the UK economy including low pay, low productivity, low business and infrastructure investment, the most discernible new plan from the Chancellor was to put back the date for dealing with the deficit even further.

In advance of the second reading of the Homeless Reduction Bill, Shabana Mahmood MP met constituents and representatives from the homeless charity Crisis in Parliament to discuss the Bill.

Unfortunately, Shabana was unable to attend the debate due to prior commitments in the constituency. However, she is most concerned about the lack of effort by the Tories to prevent and deal with Homelessness and was therefore most pleased that the bill passed its second reading on Friday 28th October.

Following the failure of the Home Office to provide a satisfactory response to Shabana Mahmood MP’s written question on the topic of improvements to forensic pathology services in England and Wales, Shabana has submitted a set of follow up questions to the Home Secretary.

These questions ask what steps the Tory Government has taken as a result of a number of recommendations made by the Hutton review of forensic pathology in England and Wales, which was submitted to the Minister of State for Crime and Prevention in March 2015.