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Both in the UK and around the world, serious threats and abuses to human rights persist. I strive for a fair society with liberties for all, governed by the rule of law, and in which the law is enforced equally. If elected, I would use my position in Parliament to champion human rights and work closely with my constituents, groups like Amnesty International and my colleagues in Parliament.
I’m very worried that a Conservative Government led by Theresa May would threaten our Human Rights Act and may withdraw us from the European Convention of Human Rights. Unlike the Conservatives, Labour will retain the Human Rights Act.
Labour will also put conflict resolution and human rights at the heart of foreign policy, commit to working through the UN, end support for unilateral aggressive wars of intervention and back ective action to alleviate the refugee crisis.
Labour believes Britain’s foreign policy should be guided by the values of peace, universal rights and international law. In our discussions with different governments, including China, Egypt, the Gulf States, Myanmar, the Philippines, Russia and Turkey, we will urge respect for human rights and the rule of law. We will review all training and equipment contracts with repressive regimes, to ensure that Britain never colludes in the mistreatment of civilians.
I am hugely supportive of taking urgent action to end homelessness.
Since 2010 the number of people sleeping rough in shop doorways and on park benches has more than doubled. This growing homelessness shames the Conservatives. The spiralling rise in street homelessness results directly from decisions made by the Conservatives on pay, housing, mental health and social security.
In government, Labour will set out a new national plan to end rough sleeping within the next Parliament, starting by making available 4,000 additional homes reserved for people with a history of rough sleeping. Unlike the Conservatives, Labour will also take action to tackle the root causes of homelessness, including safeguarding homeless hostels and other supported housing from crude Conservative cuts to housing benefits.
If elected, I would look forward to working with my constituents and relevant groups to end homelessness.
As a campaigner with Amnesty International and other groups working on issues around refugee rights, this issue is particularly close to me. I agree that the UK should uphold the proud tradition throughout the UK of welcoming people forced to flee war and persecution and helping them rebuild their lives.
There are more refugees and displaced people around the world than at any time since the Second World War. Unlike the Tories, if Labour is elected into Government, we will uphold the proud British tradition of honouring the spirit of international law and our moral obligations by taking our fair share of refugees. The current arrangements for housing and dispersing refugees are not fit for purpose. They are not fair to refugees or to our communities. We will review these arrangements.
The Conservatives have completely failed to show any leadership on this issue. In the first 100 days of government, Labour will produce a cross-departmental strategy to meet our international obligations on the refugee crisis.
In terms of our foreign policy – Labour will put conflict resolution and human rights at the heart of foreign policy, commit to working through the UN, end support for unilateral aggressive wars of intervention and back effective action to alleviate the refugee crisis.
If elected, I would champion the rights of displaced people and would look forward to working with my constituents and relevant groups on this issue.
As a return International Citizen Service volunteer and campaigner with Youth Stop AIDS, I am delighted that the UK has played a leading role in the international development. For example, tackling the global HIV & AIDS epidemic is a UK Aid success story – our investments have given life saving treatment to millions of people.
Unlike the current Esher & Walton MP, Dominic Raab, who wants to scrap the Department for International Development, I am passionate about the UK’s role in contributing to a just and sustainable world. I believe we should maintain an independent Department for International Development and honouring our commitment to spending 0.7% of our gross national income on eradicating poverty.
Now, more than ever, the world needs the UK to stand firm in our leadership of the fight against global poverty and the world’s deadliest infectious diseases. At a time when it would be easy to turn in on ourselves, step away from the wider world and break off our commitments to help those in need, we need all our political parties to aim higher. So I’m glad that the Labour Party manifesto and the Shadow International Development Minister Kate Osamor strives to achieve this. If elected, I would be a champion of Global Justice.
Labour has a proud record on international development. A Labour Government will continue to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on official development assistance, and develop a targeted development agenda based on the principles of redistribution, social justice, women’s rights and poverty reduction.
If elected, I would be a champion of international development and would look forward to working with my constituents and relevant groups to ensure that Britain remains an outward looking country.
If a Labour government is elected next month, we will invest in our NHS, to give patients the modern, well-resourced services they need for the 21st century. Labour will ensure that NHS patients get the world-class quality of care they need and that staff are able to deliver the standards that patients expect. A Labour government will ensure that the UK maintains our leading research role by seeking to stay part of Horizon 2020 and its successor programmes and by welcoming research staff to the UK.
These fully costed investments will ensure that people living with dementia have appropriate care – and would put the UK as leaders in finding new innovative treatment for dementia.
As a vegan, this is an area particularly close to me. I agree that in law, we should strengthen legislation and protection for animals wherever possible.
The Labour Party’s vision is for the UK to lead the world with high animal welfare standards in the wild, in farming and for domestic animals. As outlined in our manifesto, Labour will increase the maximum sentence for those convicted of committing animal cruelty.
If elected, I would champion the rights of animals, including in Brexit negotiations, and would look forward to working with my constituents and relevant groups on these issues.
Poverty and Climate Change
Having volunteered with international development charities, I believe that building a clean economy of the future is the most important thing we must do for our children, our grandchildren and future generations.
Under the Conservatives, recent years have seen a failure to progress towards our targets. If a Labour government was elected, we will put us back on track to meet the targets in the Climate Change Act and the Paris Agreement. Labour will defend and extend existing environmental protections. If I am elected, I will champion sustainable farming and development by supporting Labour in investing in and promoting skills, technology, market access and innovation.
I strongly agree that Britain must recognise the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable that’s why I’m very worried by the Conservative Party manifesto that looks to divert funds away from tackling poverty, and potentially redistribute live saving funds to areas like defence spending.
As the founder of the Department of the International Development, Labour has a proud record on international development. If elected, Labour will continue to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on official development assistance, and develop a targeted development agenda based on the principles of redistribution, social justice, women’s rights and poverty reduction. We fully support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed globally to eradicate poverty and protect the environment. Labour will develop a cross-government strategy for ensuring the SDGs are implemented, and report annually to Parliament on our performance.
If elected, I would champion tackling poverty & climate change and would look forward to working with my constituents and relevant groups on these issues