Championed the rights of minority groups

  • I have consistently spoken out against racism in all forms. This included standing up against anti-Semitism within the Labour Party and against Islamophobia in the Conservative Party. I have written to the Prime Minister and the Home Office on numerous occasions challenging their treatment of those affected by the Windrush scandal. I voted in favour of same-sex couples to have the right to be able to marry across the UK.

Campaigned to protect rights for workers

I voted to protect workers from harassment and to ensure that no employee could be dismissed due to their political opinions. I initiated the first debate in the House of Commons on the issue of blacklisting of workers. I have consistently voted against proposals to increase the turnout threshold for a strike ballot to be considered valid. 

Voted consistently for women’s rights and equality

I supported the Domestic Abuse Bill, and called for funding for specialist domestic abuse services which would be allocated in terms of demand. I have also supported legislation to give women in Northern Ireland the right to have an abortion, and met with local clinics to discuss the issue of safe zones.

Called for an end to Blacklisting

In January 2013, I sponsored the first ever debate in Parliament on blacklisting (the practice of sharing worker information on workers without their permission and blocking them from jobs and opportunities). I also sponsored another debate on blacklisting in September 2017 to further question the Government and hold them to account on their inaction around the matter. I spoke out against Sir Robert McAlpine, a company which is alleged to have engaged in Blacklisting, from being awarded a contract to work on the parliamentary estate. 

 


Chuka Umunna supported the first Parliamentary debate on blacklisting. 

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm130123/debtext/130123-0001.htm#13012356000001

Chuka Umunna signed an EDM raising his objection to Sir Robert McAlpine being awarded a contract renovating Big Ben 

https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/50866/house-of-commons-and-lords-commissions-and-the-award-of-the-elizabeth-tower-contract-to-sir-robert-mcalpine

Defended Equality

In April 2013, I voted in favour of supporting people’s ability to achieve their potential and not allowing this to be limited by prejudice or discrimination. The Commission for Equality and Human Rights was given this duty to support societal development and ensure that there is a universal respect for human rights. 

 


Chuka Umunna voted in support of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights having a greater responsibility in supporting people’s ability to achieve their potential

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2013-04-16/division/13041638004692/EnterpriseAndRegulatoryReformBill?outputType=Names

Campaigned to end discrimination

In April 2013, I voted to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of caste. 

 


Chuka Umunna voted to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of caste. 

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2013-04-16/division/13041638004692/EnterpriseAndRegulatoryReformBill?outputType=Names

Voted for secure tenancies for victims of domestic violence

In May 2018, I voted in favour of ensuring that certain victims of domestic violence retain a right to a ‘lifetime’ secure tenancy.

 


Chuka Umunna voted in favour of secure tenancies for victims of domestic violence. 

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-05-08/division/DFDC6B0C-5DDE-4F3D-86AE-71B68EC8496B/SecureTenancies(VictimsOfDomesticAbuse)Bill?outputType=Names

 

Advocated legalising abortion in Northern Ireland

In July 2019, I voted to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland. I am a vocal supporter of a woman’s free choice to have an abortion. Almost 50 years ago the Abortion Act put an end to backstreet abortions which often led to women’s deaths and imprisonment for the doctors trying to help them.

 


Chuka Umunna voted to legalise abortion in the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill. 

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-07-18/division/C0E289C6-2AAE-4A18-81BE-6EC7B48D099C/NorthernIreland(ExecutiveFormation)Bill?outputType=Names

Fought for marriage equality

In July 2019, I voted in favour of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. I believe that every citizen in the UK has the right to marry the person they love. Same sex marriage is vital in reducing homophobia, transphobia and biphobia in society, and this is why I will use every chance in Parliament to legislate for marriage equality.

 


Chuka Umunna voted in favour of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. 

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-07-18/division/C0E289C6-2AAE-4A18-81BE-6EC7B48D099C/NorthernIreland(ExecutiveFormation)Bill?outputType=Names

Supported victims of Domestic Violence

In October 2019, I spoke in Parliament about funding specialist Domestic Violence services. I welcome the duty on local authorities to provide these services, but this must be coupled with sustainable funding for specialised services determined by need and not competitive tendering.

 


Chuka Umunna spoke in favour in the House of Commons regarding funding for Domestic Violence services 

https://www.facebook.com/ChukaUmunna/videos/955383821466161/

Patron of a domestic abuse charity

I continue to be a patron of the domestic abuse charity Cassandra Centre. The charity provides advice, support and counselling services for young people. It also aims to raise awareness and educate both young men and women about the risks and signs of domestic violence and abuse. 

 


Chuka Umunna is a patron for the Cassandra centre

https://cassandracentre.org.uk/