Letter signed by Shabana Mahmood MP

Shabana Mahmood MP has signed a joint letter coordinated by the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs. In the letter, the Parliamentarians support a fair, transparent, and open process being taken in regard to the case of Jagtar Singh Johal of Dumbarton, Scotland.

The Sikh Federation UK say that Mr Johal has been denied access to his lawyer, British Consulate staff and family for 10 days. He was detained in Jalandhar in the Punjab on 4 November. Mr Johal's campaigners say that Mr Johal has been tortured by the Indian police.

Shabana Mahmood MP has joined with other MPs  to ask the Vice Chancellors of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge to take action on access and reforms to their admissions process. 

It is clear, following the release of data under a Freedom of Information Request, that a very troubling picture has emerged.A quarter of all students are drawn from just 8 local authority areas. This is a huge regional disparity which requires  immediate attention.

 

“On Your Bike!”
Local MP Shabana Mahmood Raced Against Service Personnel in Support of The Royal British Legion’s Annual Poppy Appeal

On Wednesday 01 November the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, the Director General of The Royal British Legion, and over 90 Members of Parliament raced alongside serving members of The Armed Forces on an exercise bike to raise money for The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

Shabana Mahmood MP has signed a letter to the Foreign Secretary in which MPs raise their serious concerns over the persecution of Muslims in Rakhine State in Burma. A copy of the letter is below.

Dear Foreign Secretary,

RE: Violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

We are writing to you today regarding our serious concerns over the unfolding crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar and the indiscriminate targeting of Rohingya Muslims.

Shabana Mahmood MP has probed the Government on its failure to publish its strategy on unaccomanied asylum seekers. The strategy was due in May 2017 but a recent parliamentary question laid by Shabana elicted the answer that the report woudl be delayed until "the autumn".

Shabana Mahmood has demanded an independent inquiry into prisons following yet another disturbance in HMP Birmingham in Ladywood constituency over the weekend. Shabana's question to the Minister was:

""The Minister will be aware of the serious disorder at HMP Birmingham in my constituency on Sunday which follows the very serious riot that took place in December last year and serious incidents at other prisons across the country over the summer months. Clearly our prisons are in absolute crisis, isn't it time we had an independent inquiry into the state of our prisons"

I wanted to update you on what I have been doing to support residents living in high rise flats. Since the Grenfell disaster I have had many residents get in contact – not surprising given that we have 73 towers - the highest number in any constituency in the city.

I have written to all residents living in tower blocks and asked them to tell me their concerns. 100s of people have written back and each and every piece of information is being looked at by my office and followed up with the relevant authority.

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