Brussels diary 18th July

It has been a crazy few weeks. I have been in Brussels, Strasbourg, Washington D.C and, of course, the North West of England working on a number of different initiatives. I am proud to announce that I have ensured that the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir will be on the Parliament’s Human Rights Committee’s agenda this autumn.

In Brussels I met with The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO). We discussed Iran, the Uyghur community in China, and the statehood of Washington D.C. Looking forward to collaborating going forward.

On an European Parliament mission to Washington D.C., I met with think tanks, congresswomen and congressmen from across the political spectrum to find common ground on global challenges.

In D.C., I visited the National Holocaust Museum and learnt about the warning signs of potential holocausts.

In Strasbourg I met with colleagues, NGOs and voted on a number of proposals. Informed by my trip to Washington, I pushed the EU to take even more global leadership on human rights.

I am increasingly speaking out about the #PeoplesVote. In Chester I spoke at the Chester for Europe event, engaging with people from different political parties (and some from none) on the need to have final say on the Brexit deal.

In the North West, I met with the Edge Hill University Vice Chancellor Dr John Cater and discussed the challenges that Brexit will bring to higher education in the North West, as well as ways to improve engagement of women of South Asian descent in higher education.

In Brussels, I hosted an event with @ShawlShamim with Labour MEP colleagues to stand in solidarity with all those affected by the human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir.

At a counter terrorism conference in Manchester I spoke about the importance of combating extremism at the root and discussed multifaceted approaches with different professionals and volunteers.