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Rushanara Ali

Labour - Bethnal Green and Bow

Select Committees
Treasury Committee (since March 2020)
Panel of Chairs (since June 2020)
4 APPG membership (as of 16 Dec 2020)
Bangladesh, Burma, Philanthropy and Social Investment, Rohingya


Debate information

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Significant Bethnal Green and Bow Petitions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
148,388
Petition Closed

Reduce curriculum content for year 10 & 12 students who will sit exams in 2021.

Gov Responded - 30 Jul 2020 Debated on - 12 Oct 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
1 Dec 2020
closed 1 month, 2 weeks ago

A significant number of students will sit their final 2021 examinations. The outcome of which undoubtedly will be their passport, for many of their future life chances and successes. In order for this to be done fairly, it is imperative that the amount of content they are tested on is reduced.

148,884
Petition Closed

Review the decision to use previous data to calculate exam grades

Gov Responded - 4 Sep 2020 Debated on - 12 Oct 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
27 Sep 2020
closed 3 months, 3 weeks ago

We want the Education Secretary and the Government to step in and review the exam board’s decision on how GCSE and A-Level grades will be calculated and awarded due to the current coronavirus crisis. We want a better solution than just using our previous data to be the basis of our grade.

106,128
Petition Closed

Give UK nurseries emergency funding if they have to close down amid COVID-19

Gov Responded - 14 Apr 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
18 Sep 2020
closed 4 months ago

If nurseries are shut down in view of Covid-19, the Government should set up an emergency fund to ensure their survival and ensure that parents are not charged the full fee by the nurseries to keep children's places.

178,820
Petition Closed

Increase pay for NHS healthcare workers and recognise their work

Gov Responded - 4 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
5 Sep 2020
closed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I would like the government to review and increase the pay for healthcare workers to recognise the work that they do.

44,982
Petition Closed

We would like the government to consider social care as equally important to NHS

Gov Responded - 20 Apr 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
24 Sep 2020
closed 3 months, 3 weeks ago

We would like the government to support and regard social care: financially, publicly and systematically on an equal par as NHS. We would like parliament to debate how to support social care during COVID-19 and beyond so that it automatically has the same access to operational and financial support.

18,137
Petition Closed

Provide financial support to performers and creators during the COVID-19 crisis

Gov Responded - 22 Jul 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
19 Sep 2020
closed 4 months ago

The prospect of widespread cancellations of concerts, theatre productions and exhibitions due to COVID-19 threatens to cause huge financial hardship for Britain's creative community. We ask Parliament to provide a package of emergency financial and practical support during this unpredictable time.

16,347
Petition Closed

Reduce or scrap the immigration health surcharge for overseas NHS Staff.

Gov Responded - 29 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
18 Sep 2020
closed 4 months ago

To revoke the Immigration Health Surcharge increases for overseas NHS staff. The latest budget shows an increase of £220 a year for an overseas worker to live and work in the UK, at a time when the NHS, and UK economy, relies heavily on them.

26,106
Petition Closed

Extend grants immediately to small businesses outside of SBRR

Gov Responded - 29 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
8 Oct 2020
closed 3 months, 1 week ago

The cash grants proposed by Government are only for businesses in receipt of the Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Relief, or for particular sectors. Many small businesses fall outside these reliefs desperately need cash grants and support now.

154,814
Petition Closed

Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19

Gov Responded - 27 Mar 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
12 Sep 2020
closed 4 months, 1 week ago

For the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.

11,220
Petition Closed

Make nurseries exempt from business rates to support the childcare sector

Gov Responded - 2 Apr 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
5 Sep 2020
closed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

After owning nurseries for 29 years I have never experienced such damaging times for the sector with rising costs not being met by the funding rates available. Business Rates are a large drain on the sector and can mean the difference between nurseries being able to stay open and having to close.

179,699
Petition Closed

Offer more support to the arts (particularly Theatres and Music) amidst COVID-19

Gov Responded - 20 Jul 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
15 Dec 2020
closed 1 month ago

As we pass the COVID-19 Peak, the Government should: State where the Theatres and Arts fit in the Coronavrius recovery Roadmap, Create a tailor made financial support mechanism for the Arts sector & Clarify how Social Distancing will affect arts spaces like Theatres and Concert Venues.

103,040
Petition Closed

Support the British aviation industry during the COVID-19 outbreak

Gov Responded - 7 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
20 Sep 2020
closed 4 months ago

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak there are travel bans imposed by many countries, there is a disastrous potential impact on our Aviation Industry. Without the Government’s help there could be an unprecedented crisis, with thousands of jobs under threat.

72,624
Petition Closed

Give non-British citizens who are NHS workers automatic citizenship

Gov Responded - 6 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
7 Oct 2020
closed 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Give NHS workers who are EU and other Nationals automatic UK citizenship if they stay and risk their own lives looking after the British people during the COVID crisis.

10,780
Petition Closed

Business Rate Relief to be extended to all small businesses in healthcare.

Gov Responded - 5 Jun 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
24 Oct 2020
closed 2 months, 3 weeks ago

To extend the business rate relief to all dental practices and medical and aesthetics clinics and any small business that’s in healthcare

135,479
Petition Closed

Provide financial help to zoos, aquariums, & rescue centres during the pandemic.

Gov Responded - 28 Jul 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
30 Oct 2020
closed 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Zoos, aquariums, and similar organisations across the country carry out all sorts of conservation work, animal rescue, and public education. At the start of the season most rely on visitors (who now won't come) to cover annual costs, yet those costs do not stop while they are closed. They need help.

183,422
Petition Closed

Parliament must honour the Referendum result. Leave deal or no deal 29/03/19

Gov Responded - 4 Apr 2019 Debated on - 1 Apr 2019 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
4 Sep 2019
closed 1 year, 4 months ago

The UK voted in a referendum in 2016 to Leave the EU....this wasn't dependent on a " deal" ....but rather just "Leave"
we are now demanding that all mp's honour this result .conservative and labour mp's also agreed to leave on 29/03/19...... deal or no deal as part of their gen election campaign

194,336
Petition Closed

Hold a second referendum on EU membership.

Gov Responded - 30 Jan 2019 Debated on - 1 Apr 2019 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
16 Jul 2019
closed 1 year, 6 months ago

The Brexit process has been a failure. At the end of two years, our ruling party is bitterly divided, the main opposition not a viable replacement for it, and the deal we have negotiated is almost universally opposed.
No one voted for this to happen.

6,103,056
Petition Closed

Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU.

Gov Responded - 26 Mar 2019 Debated on - 1 Apr 2019 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
20 Aug 2019
closed 1 year, 5 months ago

The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is 'the will of the people'. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People's Vote may not happen - so vote now.

113,825
Petition Closed

Increase funding for schools

Gov Responded - 5 Feb 2019 Debated on - 4 Mar 2019 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
19 May 2019
closed 1 year, 8 months ago

Schools are having to make difficult choices on how to spend their limited funding as their income has not kept pace with the rise in costs since 2010. All schools are working very hard to “make ends meet” but this is becoming increasingly difficult and verging on almost impossible.

72,241
Petition Closed

Increase college funding to sustainable levels - all students deserve equality!

Gov Responded - 25 Feb 2019 Debated on - 21 Jan 2019 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
10 Apr 2019
closed 1 year, 9 months ago

We call on the Government to urgently increase college funding to sustainable levels, including immediate parity with recently announced increases to schools funding. This will give all students a fair chance, give college staff fair pay and provide the high-quality skills the country needs.

156,835
Petition Closed

Call on PM to take action to build public trust in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Gov Responded - 5 Jan 2018 Debated on - 14 May 2018 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
30 May 2018
closed 2 years, 7 months ago

Bereaved families & survivors call on PM to exercise her powers under the Inquiries Act 2005 to appoint additional panel members with decision making power to sit alongside Chair in Grenfell Tower Inquiry: to ensure those affected have confidence in & are willing to fully participate in the Inquiry

30,349
Petition Closed

Impose Financial sanctions on the State of Myanmar (Burma).

Gov Responded - 4 Oct 2017 Debated on - 16 Apr 2018 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
14 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 10 months ago

Impose harsh financial sanctions on the State of Myanmar due to the current ongoing ethnic cleansing being pursued by elements of its security forces.

1,451
Petition Closed

Stop The Genocide In Myanmar - UK Government Please Help!

Debated on - 16 Apr 2018 View Rushanara Ali's petition debate contributions
18 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 10 months ago

Hundreds have been forced to flee their villages as the emergency situation in Myanmar has worsened. Urgent needs of displaced people include water, hygiene facilities, food & shelter.


Most recent EDMs signed by Rushanara Ali

Date Tabled Title Signatures
16 Sep 2020
Rushanara Ali signed this EDM on Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Air pollution and inequality

Tabled by: Apsana Begum (Labour - Poplar and Limehouse)
That this House expresses its concern at the recent findings of the Environment Agency’s State of the Environment report; notes that air pollution is the single biggest environmental threat to people’s health in the UK; further notes that many environmental factors, such as pollution and flooding, have been found to …
26 signatures
(Most recent: 30 Sep 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 19
Liberal Democrat: 4
Independent: 1
Green Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
8 Sep 2020
Rushanara Ali signed this EDM on Wednesday 9th September 2020

Researching and supporting people with long Covid-19 symptoms

Tabled by: Andrew Gwynne (Labour - Denton and Reddish)
That this House recognises that around 10 per cent of people experience prolonged illness after covid-19 and calls upon the Government to urgently collect and regularly report on the number of those living with long covid by following up on those with confirmed or clinical diagnoses of covid-19; notes that …
70 signatures
(Most recent: 6 Oct 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 37
Scottish National Party: 17
Liberal Democrat: 6
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Conservative: 1
View All Rushanara Ali's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

Rushanara Ali has not been granted any Urgent Questions in the current sitting

Rushanara Ali has not been granted any Adjournment Debates in the current sitting

Rushanara Ali has not introduced any legislation in the current parliamentary sitting

Rushanara Ali has not supported any legislation in the current parliamentary sitting


269 Written Questions

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Schools: Coronavirus Schools: Coronavirus Schools: Coronavirus Special Educational Needs Pre-school Education Pre-school Education: Finance Higher Education: Admissions Schools: Finance Special Educational Needs: Pre-school Education Further Education: Finance Teachers: Greater London Teachers: Training Teachers: Training Teachers: Training Teachers: Training Teachers: Labour Turnover Teachers: Training Teachers: Training Teachers: Training Teachers: Training Teachers: Training Teachers: Qualifications Teachers: Training Teachers: Recruitment Teachers: Resignations Children: Education Teachers: Recruitment Teachers: Recruitment Teachers: Training Teachers: Migrant Workers Schools: Inspections Schools: Asbestos Teachers: Labour Turnover Teachers: Training Academies: Inspections Children: Day Care Academies: Bethnal Green and Bow Children: Day Care Food Banks Universal Credit Social Security Benefits: Children Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus State Retirement Pensions: Females Independent Case Examiner Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus Independent Case Examiner Shared Housing: Utilities Employment and Support Allowance: Greater London Employment and Support Allowance: Tower Hamlets Shared Housing: Greater London Department for Work and Pensions: Correspondence Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals Rented Housing Shared Housing: Utilities Statutory Sick Pay: Reform Employment and Support Allowance Employment and Support Allowance Employment and Support Allowance Employment and Support Allowance Severe Disability Premium Universal Credit Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 Universal Credit Employment and Support Allowance Employment and Support Allowance Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit Personal Independence Payment: Mental Health Social Security Benefits Coronavirus: Disease Control Fire and Rescue Services: Floods Fire and Rescue Services: Finance Metropolitan Police: Biometrics Immigration: Appeals Immigration: Appeals Overseas Visitors Immigration: Appeals Immigrants: EU Nationals Immigrants: Detainees Refugees: Detainees Immigrants: EU Nationals Immigrants: EU Nationals Home Office: Brexit Immigrants: DNA Immigrants: DNA Immigrants: DNA Asylum: Children Hate Crime: Internet Deportation: Human Trafficking Crime: Maps Deportation: Human Trafficking Deportation: Windrush Generation Entry Clearances: Overseas Students Home Office: Brexit Young Offenders: Reoffenders Immigration: Windrush Generation Migrant Workers: Commonwealth Immigration: EU Nationals Crimes of Violence: Corrosive Substances Hate Crime: Corrosive Substances Planning Obligations Property Development: Taxation Property Development: Taxation Repossession Orders: Coronavirus Rented Housing: Coronavirus Rented Housing: Coronavirus High Rise Flats: Insulation High Rise Flats: Insulation High Rise Flats: Insulation Social Rented Housing: Regulation Building Regulations: Fire Prevention Social Rented Housing: Repairs and Maintenance Social Rented Housing: Regulation Clarion Housing Group Housing Associations: Complaints Regulator of Social Housing: Public Appointments Tenant Services Authority Homelessness: Greater London Homelessness: Greater London Social Services: Finance Social Rented Housing: Tenants' Rights Social Rented Housing: Tenants' Rights Social Rented Housing: Tenants' Rights Social Rented Housing: Tenants' Rights Private Rented Housing: Standards Social Rented Housing: Regulation Carillion Housing Associations: Tower Hamlets Housing Associations: Standards Housing Associations: Tower Hamlets Housing: Bethnal Green and Bow Fraud: Coronavirus New Businesses: Loans Mortgages: Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Tourism Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Hospitality Industry Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Self-employment Income Support Scheme Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Economic Situation Brexit Brexit Children: Day Care Children: Day Care Mortgages: Repossession Orders Customs Unions Tax Collection: ICT Tax Collection: ICT Children: Day Care Children: Day Care Children: Day Care Children: Day Care Children: Day Care