Maiden Speech

Recently I gave my maiden speech in Parliament, in the debate on equal pay. I paid tribute to my predecessor, Sir Simon Hughes, and congratulated him on his knighthood. I spoke about Alfred and Ada Salter and their pioneering work for the people of Bermondsey. And I raised the many wonderful features of the constituency, including Borough Market, Tate Modern, our craft breweries and Tower Bridge.

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But I also spoke about the huge challenges facing local people - particularly low pay. There are hundreds of people in work relying on food banks. The Justice for Cleaners campaign is fighting for fair pay for cleaners, particularly Latin American women. And, while some local employers have committed to the London Living Wage, including Ministry of Sound, ABTA and Southwark Council, there is a lot more to do.

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