Barry Gardiner

Working Hard for Brent North

What I Stand for

Animal Aid has long calling for a ban on what it believes are "cruel cages used to confine breeding pheasants and partridges". The group has stated that pheasant units "hold one male and up to ten females for the whole of their productive lives" and that "partridges are kept in breeding pairs in bleak metal cages".

Battery Cages for Game Birds

Animal Aid has long calling for a ban on what it believes are "cruel cages used to confine breeding pheasants and partridges". The group has stated that pheasant units "hold... Read more

Recently, it has been reported that thousands who arrived as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration have faced being threatened with deportation. 

Under the 1971 Immigration Act, all Commonwealth citizens already living in the UK were given indefinite leave to remain. This Act came fully into force on 1 January 1973. However, the Home Office did not keep records or issue any paperwork confirming it, meaning it is difficult for the individuals to now prove they are in the UK legally.

The Windrush Generation

Recently, it has been reported that thousands who arrived as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration have faced being threatened with deportation. Under the 1971 Immigration Act, all Commonwealth... Read more

In the early hours of 14 April 2018, British, American and French forces launched targeted strikes against chemical weapons facilities in Syria. The action took place following a suspected chemical weapons attack on the then rebel-held town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, on 7 April. The attack killed up to 75 people. The Syrian regime denies any involvement, and Russia has claimed that it was staged. Syrian regime and Russian forces took control of Douma in the days following the attack. The UK element of the 14 April operation involved four RAF Tornados launching eight Storm Shadow missiles at a military facility 15 miles west of Homs believed to have been used to store chemical weapons. 

UK Military Action in Syria

In the early hours of 14 April 2018, British, American and French forces launched targeted strikes against chemical weapons facilities in Syria. The action took place following a suspected chemical... Read more

There has been significant attention paid to the civilian impact of the Saudi-led coalition's campaign in Yemen. In January 2016, a report by the UN's Yemen Panel of Experts was revealed to conclude that there had been "systematic and widespread" attacks against civilian targets in breach of IHL.

Yemen and Saudi Arabia Conflict

There has been significant attention paid to the civilian impact of the Saudi-led coalition's campaign in Yemen. In January 2016, a report by the UN's Yemen Panel of Experts was... Read more

The UK's six largest energy suppliers (the "big six") all increased prices for domestic energy users in 2017: Npower increased standard tariff electricity prices by 15% and gas prices by 4.8% from 16 March; Scottish Power increased electricity prices by 10.8% and gas prices by 4.7% from 31 March; EDF increased electricity prices by 8.4% from 1 March and by a further 9% from 21 June; E.On increased electricity prices by 13.8% and gas prices by 3.8% on 26 April; SSE increased electricity prices by 14.9% on 28 April; and British Gas increased electricity prices by 12.5% on 15 September. According to price comparison website Compare the Market, average household energy bills rose to £1,625 in 2017 up from £1,383 in 2016. 

Household Energy Bills

The UK's six largest energy suppliers (the "big six") all increased prices for domestic energy users in 2017: Npower increased standard tariff electricity prices by 15% and gas prices by... Read more

The Bill follows the death of Olaseni (Seni) Lewis. "After being sectioned, Seni was pinned face down by eleven police officers until he stopped breathing. Seni's story is one of many cases of extreme and often fatal violence used against vulnerable people in custody and the mental healthcare system, violence that particularly falls on people of colour. This law calls for transparency, accountability and justice in cases like this, and is a step towards both protecting vulnerable people and addressing systemic injustices in the fields of policing and mental healthcare." 

Seni's Law

The Bill follows the death of Olaseni (Seni) Lewis. "After being sectioned, Seni was pinned face down by eleven police officers until he stopped breathing. Seni's story is one of... Read more

Stem cell transplants are used to treat conditions in which the bone marrow is damaged and is no longer able to produce health blood cells. A stem cell or bone marrow transplant replaces damaged blood cells with healthy ones. It can be used to treat various blood cancer conditions such as leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. 

Stem Cell Transplant Recovery

Stem cell transplants are used to treat conditions in which the bone marrow is damaged and is no longer able to produce health blood cells. A stem cell or bone... Read more

In August 2017, campaigning organisation 38 Degrees launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister to "stay tough on executive pay." It noted that during the June 2017 General Election, the Prime Minister said that she planned "to force [big businesses] to publish pay details and to give employees more of a say by having them on the board[s] of big businesses." However, 38 Degrees expressed concern that since the election, business leaders had been able to influence the Prime Minister on this issue.

Executive Pay

In August 2017, campaigning organisation 38 Degrees launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister to "stay tough on executive pay." It noted that during the June 2017 General Election,... Read more

PR is an electoral system in which the distribution of seats corresponds closely with the proportion of the total votes cast for each party. For example, if a party gained 40% of the total votes, a perfectly proportional system would result in them winning 40% of the seats.

Proportional Representation for General Elections

PR is an electoral system in which the distribution of seats corresponds closely with the proportion of the total votes cast for each party. For example, if a party gained... Read more

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) states that "over the last six months" it has observed "an escalation in the judicial harassment of Iran's religious and ethnic minorities." CSW adds that since "since the presidential elections in May 2017, there has been a particularly sharp increase in the number of Christians receiving excessive sentences after being found guilty of unsubstantiated national security-related charges." 

Christians in Iran

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) states that "over the last six months" it has observed "an escalation in the judicial harassment of Iran's religious and ethnic minorities." CSW adds that since... Read more

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