Shabana Mahmood

After Next Week's Budget, We Must Expose the Chancellor's Record and Make It Stick

Shabana Mahmood | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK Politics
Shabana Mahmood

The Chancellor is a smart man who managed to successfully sell the lie that the global economic recession was Labour's recession. He managed to successfully spin the line that the only measure of economic competency was the budget deficit. But this smart man knows that his luck is about to run out; his record is about to be exposed.

Why I Wrote to the Editor of 'The Sun' Over Their 'One in Five Muslims' Story

Shabana Mahmood | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics
Shabana Mahmood

Why did The Sun chose to misreport in this way? What was so important that they wanted to say 1 in 5 Muslims support IS rather than British Muslims are only marginally more likely than the rest of the population to have sympathy for those who go and fight in Syria? And I feel deeply uneasy about the likely answer...

A Budget That Leaves Working People Worse Off

Shabana Mahmood | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Politics
Shabana Mahmood

Three million working families will bear the brunt of the Chancellor's £4.5billion cuts to tax credits. These changes to tax credits - which he failed to outline prior to the election - penalise the very people in work who are trying to do the right thing by earning a wage to make ends meet.

We Want This Campaign to Be About the Best Labour Has to Offer - Negative Briefing Has No Place in This Debate

Shabana Mahmood | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Shabana Mahmood

There are some who will say this is just part of politics - it's just playing the game. Well, it isn't and we mustn't allow it to be. Underhand briefing is unhealthy, it backfires and it shrouds the very real debates on substance that need to happen and need to happen on the record. So, on behalf of Yvette's Leadership Campaign, I am today making these promises...

Birmingham's Diversity Doesn't Separate Us, It Brings Us Together

Shabana Mahmood | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Politics
Shabana Mahmood

Steve Emerson's expert opinion that "In Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in" has created the best Twitter banter I've seen in ages. And when I've stopped laughing I will be a little bit offended. I promise...

Working People Cannot Afford Five More Years of David Cameron

Shabana Mahmood | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Politics
Shabana Mahmood

David Cameron and George Osborne have presided over an unprecedented cost of living crisis. Yet listening to the Prime Minister on Wednesday you might be left with the impression that the economy has been fixed and that life is getting easier for most people. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

This Lazy Discussion of Islam and Extremism Is Getting Just a Little Tired

Shabana Mahmood | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Shabana Mahmood

I'm tired of getting up in the morning and hearing of the latest Muslim plot to take over the school/the city/the world (delete as appropriate); tired of being told that praying five times a day at a mosque is extremist; tired of being treated like being a Muslim is like having some kind of disease (and if you go to Pizza Express you might catch it too, sorry about that). Having a long beard or wearing a niqab may well be religiously conservative but it is not extremist. And there is no evidence that religious conservatism within Islam leads to violence and extremism.

Thousands Put Off University By Raised Tuition Fees

PA | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Politics

The number of students deterred by raised tuition fees is the equivalent to the government shutting the doors of two entire universities, Labour has c...

Cable Stands By His Man

PA | Posted 09.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Business Secretary Vince Cable has said he is standing by Professor Les Ebdon as the Government's new university access regulator after MPs refused to...