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Labour MP challenges Prime Minister on structural racism on the impact of COVID on BAME communities

Apsana Begum, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, challenging the Prime Minister at PMQs on the number of Covid-19 fatalities from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, said: “Doctors, researchers, experts, campaigners and my constituents (of whom just under two thirds are from BAME backgrounds, including a large Bangladeshi population) – have all observed the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately affecting BAME communities. ...

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10,000 extra devices needed in Tower Hamlets for home schooling

  A Tower Hamlets Council survey of local headteachers has found that an estimated 10,000 additional devices are required in the borough to ensure that every child has the IT equipment they require to access schooling from home. The Prime Minister made the decision to shut schools in England last week for many children, a day after many primary school ...

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NEWHAM’S FLAGSHIP EAT FOR FREE SCHEME GUARANTEED BY THE MAYOR

    Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, Mayor of Newham, said: “Newham Council is committed to Eat For Free, which saves the average family £500 per child while providing up to 14,000 children a healthy and nutritious meal every school day. “We want every child to have the best possible start to life, and Eat for Free makes a positive difference in ...

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The beginning of the UK Nirmul Committee

By Sunahwar Ali:   (Nirmul Committee was founded in 1992, in Bangladesh, under the leadership of Shahid Janani Jahanara Imam to seek justice for the victims of Bangladesh War of 1971. Spontaneously a UK Nirmul Committee was set in London and other town & cities, in solidarity with Bangladesh’s campaign.  This year, 19 January is the 29 anniversary of the ...

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New support service for those affected by domestic abuse

    Tower Hamlets Council has appointed the leading domestic and sexual violence charity, Solace, to provide vital community support to anyone affected by domestic abuse in the borough. The new service, TH SASS (Solace Advocacy and Support Service), launched in Tower Hamlets on Monday 4 January. TH SASS is staffed by a team of independent domestic violence advocates, some of which ...

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Muslim Professionals Forum calls for calm as COVID-19 cases rise

  The Muslim Professionals Forum today called on fellow Muslims to remain patient as the numbers of those infected by and dying from COVID-19 in the UK continue to grow. As the third “lockdown” in the UK continues, more people than ever have been touched by the Corona virus.  Either they are ill themselves – or a family member or friend ...

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Mayor Biggs publishes budget plans with pledge to keep funding Free School Meals despite austerity

  The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has published his budget proposals which protects council-funded free school meals. The council has had to save £200m since 2010 due to government austerity and must save a further £30m by 2024 due to rising demand and continuing cuts to its budget. Despite these pressures the budget proposals continue the council’s commitment ...

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Labour MP calls for Government to reassess vaccination priorities in light of pandemic BAME community statistics 

    In an Early Day Motion (EDM), signed by parliamentary colleagues from Labour, Liberal Democrats and SNP, Poplar and Limehouse MP Apsana Begum said: “The mortality rate from Covid-19 among people of Black, African descent in English hospitals was 3.5 times higher when compared to rates among white British people; “…people of Bangladeshi ethnicity had around twice the risk ...

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MPF calls on Mosques to close to the public

    The Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) today welcomed, reluctantly, the new lockdown in England, designed to keep down infection and death rates from Coronavirus.  The BAME community is at high risk from Coronavirus, so the lockdown and the related government support for those not able to go to work or to school is welcome – and the MPF hopes it ...

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‘Islamophobia in British politics’ CfBB’s Seminar on Friday, 8th January

  London: 4th January 2021 Centre for British Bangladeshis (CfBB) is organising a virtual seminar on ‘Islamophobia in British politics’ on Friday the 8th January at 6.30pm. The CfBB’s Chair Dr. Jamal Uddin will host the meeting. Mr Mish Rahman, Labour Party NEC member, Cllr Jas Arhwal – leader of London Borough of Redbridge, Zara Mohammed, Assistant Secretary-General of MCB ...

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