Senior Labour MP Shabana Mahmood MP is urging voters to vote to remain in Thursday's referendum. Shabana Mahmood MP said:

"I am voting to remain and I urge voters to do the same.  At the end of the day I believe that trade, growth and productivity all benefit from membership of the single market. This means more jobs for people here and therefore better standards of living." 

Article originally published on the Fabian Society website Fabian Essays page on 25 May 2016 following the Fabian Summer Conference 2016 on 21 May, where Shabana Mahmood MP spoke on the European Union and the economy.


As with the referendum on membership of the then European Economic Community (EEC) 41 years ago, the economic context is once again important this year, though I believe that the instinctive economic argument is often overlooked as each side throws different facts at the public.

In a budget full of gloomy forecasts, downgrades, missed targets and broken rules, the gloomiest perhaps was the significant cut to productivity forecasts by the OBR. Significant because the lower forecasts for productivity are what has led to the lower growth forecasts, and significant also because George Osborne’s so-called Long Term Economic Plan has clearly failed to deal with this long-term problem which is getting much much worse on his watch.

Shabana speaking in the House of Commons

Article on Muslim Women in response to David Cameron January 2016 (First published in the Birmingham Mail)

I hate to break it to David Cameron. We Muslims don't spend half as much time thinking about him as he does about us. We're a bit busy getting on with our basically ordinary lives, going to work, picking up the kids from school, being excited about Star Wars. Life.

Maybe if he spent a bit more time among "us" rather than just thinking esoterically about our lives, maybe he would understand "us" just a bit more.

Stats from Military Court Watch, obtained from official Israeli sources.
As of end Nov. 2015 (latest available figures), there were 407 Palestinian children in Israeli detention facilities. Of those, 4 were children aged 12 or 13; 77 were aged 14 or 15; and 291 were aged 16 or 17.  Of the total, 5 kids were held under ‘administrative detention’ orders (i.e. without charge or trial, and usually on the basis of secret evidence).

Yesterday's manufacturing figures are bad news for Britain - and it's nothing to do with the global economy.

Yerday morning saw the release of the Office for National Statistics’ Index of Production bulletin for November 2015, which showed up a pretty dire situation as far as manufacturing is concerned. Although these figures received some comment, they passed largely unnoticed, I guess not surprisingly as much of the political agenda was dominated by the junior doctors’ strike.