Book Launch on Interfaith Peace and Understanding

I recently spoke at the Parliamentary launch of a book, authored by Dr Mohammed A. Lais on the Prophet Mohammed and Interfaith Peace and Understanding.  The launch followed my interview with Dr Lais for the book in 2012 where he asked me about my views and impressions of Islam.  Dr Lais was

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Oldham Fairness Commission at International Conference

I recently spoke at the York International Fairness Conference about the work of the Oldham Fairness Commission, which I established and chair. This conference in York was opened by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, and brought together representatives from across the UK and Europe to

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day on Saturday 8th March was celebrated across the country.  The sad fact is that there is still gender inequality in Britain today.  Nearly 1 in 2 British women have experienced either physical or sexual violence since they were 15-years-old.  Britain ranks among

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Building a Dementia Friendly Oldham

I have joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Society and Oldham Council’s Dementia Partnership to help make Oldham a dementia-friendly  community, a place where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported and confident that they can contribute to community life.  I wrote about the

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Fairness and Inequality

Yesterday there was an Opposition Day debate on fairness and inequality, at which I spoke about the Government’s current record and particularly the way inequalities affect life expectancy, mental health, social mobility, educational attainment and crime. In Oldham East and Saddleworth

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Funding Cut Threat for College Students in Oldham

In December, Oldham Sixth Form College and Oldham College without any consultation or prior notification, received a letter from the Education Funding Agency confirming, amongst other things, that as of next academic year, the funding for students aged 18 at the start of any academic year will

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Oldham Fairness Commission: Education Hearing

The education inquiry will take place on Friday 25 October, 2.30pm-4pm at Oasis Academy, Hollins Road, OL8 4SA.   We want the Oldham Fairness Commission to engage with communities so we are holding meetings in public and would like to invite people to send in their questions so that our

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A Level Results Day

After two years of hard work, today’s the day that students in Oldham East and Saddleworth and across the country find out their results.  I want to wish all pupils good luck in securing the results you need for onwards study or a job.  If you haven’t secured a place at university,

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