Barry takes part in Age UK Brent dementia conference
On 25th October 2013 Barry took part in Age UK Brent's Dementia Conference to discuss the criticial challenges arising from dementia and to raise awareness of the need for early diganosis. Dementia will effect 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 and is recognised as the leading cause of disability in later life yet a great number of cases go undiagnosed.
Barry joins volunteers for Sewa Day 2013 in Brent
On 6th October 2013 Barry was delighted to join a number of Brent volunteers and celebrity entertainer Navin Kundra to take part in the Sewa Day 2013 community activities in Brent.
Sewa Day is a movement which aims to spreads the concept of "Sewa" - performing acts of generosity and kindness without expecting anything in return.
Barry writes to Home Secretary condemning "Go Home or Face Arrest" campaign
On 23rd July 2013 Barry wrote to the Home Secretary to condemn the Home Office's decision to send vans to Brent carrying posters warning illegal immigrants to "Go Home or Face Arrest".
Barry called upon the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, to explain why it was decided that this campaign should target Brent and a number of other London boroughs and criticised her decision in light of recent findings of a Parliamentary report into failings at the Home Office to process immigration cases.
Barry and Andy Burnham MP celebrate NHS 65th Anniversary in Brent
On 1st July 2013 Barry was invited to join Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham MP, the management team of North West London Hosptials NHS Trust and the hard-working team at Central Middlesex Hospital to celebrate 65 years of our National Health Service.
Barry and Andy were delighted to meet with medical personnel to discuss what Labour would do to improve the NHS with a Questions & Answers session after a tour of the facility and in-depth discussions about the services provided by the NHS and by other organisations within Brent.
NHS staff had baked fabulous cakes for the occasion.
Barry celebrates Brent Pensioners Forum's 25th Anniversary
On 16th November 2012 Barry had the pleasure of joining Ms Violet Steele and the Brent Pensioners Forum to celebrate their 25th Anniversary.
Barry meets with Wembley Firefighters
On 9th November 2012, Barry met with firefighters from Wembley station to thank them for their ongoing work protecting and saving lives of Brent residents and also to understand their concerns about proposed cuts to the London Fire Brigade budget.
Barry raised a number of these concerns in Parliament on 2nd November 2012 when he called upon the Government to ensure that these cuts do not have an unfair impact on ethnic minority communities and that these cuts could mean that firefighters will take longer to respond to call-outs and will not be able to attend all call-outs with the same number of crews and fire engines as they are currently required to do.