Declaration of donations to support my work as an MP and campaigns for elections
In addition to the money provided by IPSA to run my office and pay my staff, I receive financial help from other organisations to support my work as an MP.
In the interests of being as transparent as possible, I have detailed these payments below. They can also be viewed on the Declaration of Members Interests on the parliamentary web pages, which can be found here. I have never accepted money for speaking engagements.
The Refugee Asylum and Migration Policy (RAMP) Project – £28,760 – ongoing since November 2021
RAMP works with a diverse network of politicians and other leaders seeking to re-imagine a world-class migration system for a successful and integrated Britain. RAMP recruit migration policy experts who they second to the offices of MPs. The figure quoted above represents the cumulative staffing costs of a part-time RAMP policy expert seconded to my office. They advise and assist me on refugee, migration, and asylum policy – an issue which constituents frequently raise with me as a matter of concern. This figure is not paid to me, but directly to a part time policy expert who provides research and support for my work in this area.
The Refugee Asylum and Migration Policy (RAMP) Project – £317 – June 2022
In addition to seconding a member of staff to my office, RAMP also provided financial support which enabled me to travel, as part of a delegation of MPs, to Calais and visit the refugee camp there to find out more about the experience of refugees and asylum seekers coming to the UK.
Medical Aid for Palestinians – £1451 – May 2022
Many constituents contact me about the ongoing political situation in Israel and Palestine to voice their concerns. To understand more about the experience of those on the ground, I went on a visit to the region funded by Medical Aid for Palestinians and organised by the Council for Arab-British Understanding. The figure quoted above is the cost of the visit.
Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming – £460.10 – July 2021
Sustain campaigns for sustainable and healthy food in the UK. They invited me to discuss my work on access to food and a National Food Service at a panel event at Latitude Festival. Although I was a panel participant and my speaker pass to the festival was free, in the interests of maximum transparency I have declared the equivalent cost for my ticket and the ticket of the colleague who drove me and accompanied me to the event.
The following donations were made to Sheffield Hallam Labour Party for election campaigns and have been declared to the Electoral Commission, see here.
Donations from Trade Unions – £14,000 – December 2019
I am proud to have the support of trade unions for the work I do. Sheffield Hallam Constituency Labour Party have received donations worth £9,000 from GMB, £3,000 from Unite and £2,000 from the Fire Brigades Union to help run my 2019 election campaign. None of these funds are paid to me, but to my constituency Labour Party for campaign materials during elections.