NEWS FROM WESTMINSTER
Barry launches Fabian pamphlet on the role of public option in fighting global warming
On 25th April 2012 Barry launched a pamphlet for The Fabian Society examining the role of public opinion and ways in which people can become more engaged in the sort of changes required to stop dangerous levels of global warming.
You can find more information on the pamphlet, entitled "The Fairness Instinct", or about The Fabian Society here.
Barry raises awareness of London air pollution in Parliament
On 24th April 2012 Barry brought together MPs from across London to highlight concerns that Boris Johnson is putting public health at risk by spending large sums of taxpayers' money deliberately hiding London's air pollution.
In a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Environment, Caroline Spelman, London's Labour MPs condemned Boris Johnson for spending £1.5 million of public money gluing harmful pollutants to the road in an attempt to artificially reduce the readings around air quality monitoring stations.
The letter warns that spraying pollution suppressants in front of official air quality monitors does nothing to affect actual emissions; it simply misleads the people of London about the quality of the air they are breathing, while putting the UK at risk of millions of pounds of fines for failing to comply with European law for reducing air pollution in the UK.
Barry questions the Government's decision to withdraw London Metropolitan University's right to sponsor student visas
On 3rd September 2012 Barry raised a question in Parliament about the United Kingdom Border Agency's decision to withdraw London Metropolitan University's right to sponsor visas for foreign students who wish to study in the UK and demanded that the Government explain what this would mean for those students who may have their student visas revoked, especially those who rely on the earnings of a partner to pay for their studies.
Barry remembers victims of Holocaust in Parliament on Holocaust Memorial Day
On 5th July 2012 Barry took part in the annual Holocaust Memorial Day Trust's annual memorial event in Parliament along with MP's from many other political parties to remember those who were victims of the Holocaust and to recognise the plight of Jewish people throughout history.
The event, organised by the Holocaust Memorial Trust, was attended by Mr. Ben Helfgott, a Brent resident, who spoke movingly about his experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust.
You can find out more about the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust here.
Barry responds to Finance Bill 2012
On 2nd July 2012 Barry stood before Parliament to oppose the Government's tax proposals contained in the Finance Bill 2012 and the impact that tax breaks for the rich would have on those who were less well off.
Barry hosts Chinese in Britain press conference in Parliament
On 21st May 2012 Barry hosted a press conference in Parliament for a recently formed parliamentary group representing the British Chinese community.
The event marks the election of a number of representatives from the Chinese community in Britain to a parliamentary engagement forum in which matters of importance to the Chinese community may be addressed. Barry praised the Chinese community for their extensive contributions to British society and to the economy.
You can see BBC's Chinese coverage of the event here.