Domestic Violence

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:00 pm on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall 6:00 pm, 8th May 2008

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for his kind remarks, and for his support for the organisation.

Given the Southall Black Sisters' expertise and international reputation it is very concerning and shocking to note that it is currently threatened with closure because of short-sighted grant commissioning policies due to be implemented in my borough of Ealing but which are currently due for judicial review. The council has cynically used the Government's cohesion agenda to stop funding specialist services for those who historically have been the most marginalised and least able to assert their human rights.

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Osie Anthony Whittle
Posted on 9 May 2008 2:55 pm (Report this annotation)

I find it unfortunate that this organisation runs under the name of " Southall Black Sisters "
I believe it would be helpful explaining why and how it is said to have accquired "International Status"
Many of the Issues highlighted by Mr Virendra Sharma could be better tackled from other angles for example .
Honour Killings ,
Unlawful demands for Dowry ? ( Could be construed to mean that there are; LAWFUL DEMANDS.....
Overseas Partners? or Overseas brides ? Whose needs for housing and living support is being talked about for special support ?
Casteism and religious intollerances ----Leadership on these issues should come from Faith Groups who have become all Powerful in Southall .
These problems though important initself is quite likely to be a rather thorny one during this period of
Labour's search for a better direction following the poor showing in the Elections recently.