Irish women, repeal the 8th!

Ahead of the impending Irish referendum, I am sending my strong support and solidarity to the women and their allies in the Republic of Ireland who are fighting for the right to a safe and legal abortion.  Continue reading

Statement on the events in Israel and Palestine of 14 May 2017

In December 2017, President Trump took the regrettable decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. In line with the statement by the EU High Representative, Julie has repeatedly stated her deepest concern regarding  this announcement, and warned of the risks to people living in both Israel and Palestine, as well as a general destabilising effect across the Middle East. The consequences are here now - already more than 50 dead, including children, and 2400 wounded in the protests held parallel to the inauguration of the American embassy in Jerusalem. Continue reading

Voluntary Returns

In 2012, when Theresa May was Home Secretary, she boasted that she would create a ‘hostile environment’ in respect of immigration. Time has shown that this is certainly an area where she has succeeded; the Windrush scandal along with the appalling detention conditions at Yarls Wood bear witness to her harsh regime. However, the Home Office is also using subtler techniques to try and achieve their impossible immigration targets.   Continue reading

My statement on the Football Lads Alliance

As the Labour Party’s spokesperson on Culture and Education in Europe, as MEP for NW England and as President of Greater Manchester Stand Up to Racism, I am very concerned about the threat of far-right Islamophobic group, the Football Lads Alliance who are planning to march in Manchester on Saturday May 19th with a rally outside the Football Museum. Continue reading

Digital Commissioner Gabriel and Julie send a letter to Minister Hancock on promoting girls in ICT

On the occasion of the Girls in ICT International Day (26 April), Julie co-signed a letter addressed by Digital Commissioner Gabriel to Minister Hancock on better promoting girls in ICT. Continue reading

Stop the demolition of Kahn Al-Ahmar school, say MEPs

Brussels, 25 April 2018. MEPs release a statement to urge the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the European Union to urgently request that the Israeli authorities lift the threat of demolition against the school in the bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar. Continue reading

One in Five EU Doctors Plan to Leave the UK

There is growing evidence that an exodus of EU migrants from the UK after Brexit will have a negative impact on the staffing of the NHS. Government data and other research show that many EU migrants are already leaving their jobs in the NHS or have plans to leave in the near future, either returning to their Member State or to take up positions in other parts of Europe where they feel welcome. Continue reading

Statement: Solidarity with Gaza

Manchester PSC (Palestinian Solidarity Campaign) held a vigil in the city centre on 3rd April 2018 after the actions of Israeli security forces resulted in the deaths of 18 Palestinians and injured up to 1000 more protesters. Dispossessed people who are peacefully protesting should not become the victims of deadly violence from security forces. Continue reading

Indegenous People of Biafra: African Commission for Human and People's Rights asks for provisional measures

IPOB Manchester have indicated some positive news for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). On 8th March 2018, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights requested that the Nigerian Government implement provisional measures in accordance with the rules of the Commission. The measures request that the Nigerian government withdraw from any further actions against IPOB ‘so as to avoid irreparable damage,’ to both the IPOB leader and its members. Continue reading

Varna Summit: EU leaders should urge President Erdogan to deliver on rights

Jailing of journalists and critics has no place in EU-Turkey relations Continue reading