Letter to the Met Police Commissioner on a Dedicated Borough Commander

Dear Commissioner Dick, Dedicated Borough Commander for Lambeth We have reviewed the ‘One Met Model 2020’ plan and note the intention to reduce the number of Borough Commanders from 32, one for each London Borough, down to just 12. We are very concerned about the impact that this significant change will have on our communities and on the effectiveness of policing in Lambeth. Continue reading

EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill – How I intend to vote and why

This week and next week the House of Commons will be debating and voting on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill following last year’s referendum on our EU membership.   Continue reading

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is currently operating like a law unto itself

Commenting on the Home Affairs Select Committee report on the work of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Chuka Umunna MP, a member of the Committee and constituency MP to members of the largest child abuse survivors group, said: "Our report exposes the unresolved conflict at the heart of the inquiry - between whether the inquiry adopts an inspectorate style approach, looking at child protection policies and compliance, or a judicial style approach focused on uncompromising forensic and legal investigations of state institutions. Continue reading

London Mayoral election 2016

I am absolutely over the moon to have a Labour Mayor in London again. Sadiq and his dynamic team have run a superb campaign. Sadiq's thoroughly modern campaign has been pro worker and pro business, united rich and poor, talked to the young and old, and people of all faiths and none.  Continue reading

Tax Return 2015

Since becoming a Member of Parliament, whilst serving on the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee and during my four years as Labour's Shadow Business Secretary, I have argued for tax transparency, and for tax avoidance and evasion by corporates and individuals to be addressed. Continue reading

Letwin / Booth 1985 Memo

I grew up in Lambeth during the time of both Brixton riots. My mother was out shopping with me and my sister - we were both very young - in the middle of Brixton when the first bout of riots kicked off on 10 April 1981 and we quickly fled the area. Continue reading

Extending UK military intervention in Iraq to Syria

I am writing to tell you what I intend to do, ahead of the vote later this evening in the House of Commons, on extending the UK's ongoing military intervention in Iraq to Syria. Continue reading