Grenfell - 5 Years On

It’s one of those British tragedies that no one will forget. It’s there with Dunblane, Hillsborough, Aberfan. When something so awful happens, when children and families are lost.

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A Lib Dem Year!

The other week, I watched the final of the Eurovision with words from Graham Norton “here’s to all the naysayers who said we would never do well again in this competition” as the UK came a very respectable second to Ukraine. I must say that the comeback felt like the #LibDemFightBack or our recent #LibDemSurge!

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Fire safety of e-scooters must be taken seriously

Love them or hate them, e-scooters are a big topic for Londoners.

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Something has to change - Islamophobia in politics and making votes matter!

“Do you think the allegations made by the Conservative MP Nus Ghani about Islamophobia will encourage change?” I was asked this question when I was interviewed last week by Coco Khan from the Guardian last week. My simple answer was ‘no’. Sadly, despite the clear racism and clear prejudices that this incident highlighted, the media attention was not really about Islamophobia. It was about the problems within the Conservative Party. To my surprise, despite this kind of article about the experiences of Islamophobia female politicians experienced was being written, I doubted this will raise the issues of rising number of racist incidents.

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Having Faith

I have always loved learning about other religions. When I was at school, Religious Education was my favourite subject and my first role as a primary school teacher was as RE co-ordinator, working with the local authority on how to teach the subject in the Wandsworth schools.

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People Want Their Votes to Matter

At a recent event hosted by Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform, I was asked to speak about two topics that I feel very passionately about: democracy and diversity. In terms of democracy, I have been actively involved with the campaign for Proportional Representation for many years because I believe that our current system of First-Past-The-Post means that all votes are not equal: a vote in a marginal seat has a much bigger impact than a vote in a safe seat. In terms of diversity, I believe that we should welcome people from many different backgrounds to the campaign for PR by making an effort to be inclusive and open.

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How Welcome Are We?

When my father arrived here in the 70’s he came with lots of hope and desire to contribute to Britain. In Lahore, he was taught by British teachers who had stayed after India and Pakistan became independent in 1945. My dad would look at paintings of the Queen and sing the national anthem and be told that he was a valued member of the commonwealth and that he made Britain ‘Great’. It’s because of this I grew up in a ‘royalist’ household and we religiously watched the Queen’s Christmas speech every year and stood up when we heard the musical notes of ‘God Save the Queen’. And yet from the day my dad arrived in London, he was called Paki (because it was funny), saw landlords refusing to let him rent properties (until his white friends asked) and being passed over for promotion by every white inexperienced colleague. Despite the casual and overt racism, my father loved this country and he did feel welcome. Strange but true.

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The First 100 Days

100 days ago I had the honour of being elected as a Liberal Democrat London-Wide Assembly Member. We doubled our representation at City Hall and became a group again, with Caroline Pidgeon as the leader. 

I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of hundreds of members and activists, the fantastic team of GLA candidates, team members led by Anood Al-Samerai and the inspiring Mayoral candidates Luisa Porritt. Thank you to all who achieved this result. 

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