On Thursday 28 April Haringey Welcome hosted a local election hustings at the McQueens Theatre in Wood Green, with a focus on access to healthcare and the experiences of those with insecure immigration status. 

We began with a screening of the film NHS Borderlands, an investigative documentary from Bare Life Films promoted by Patients not Passports, that explores the human impact of NHS charges on migrants. 

 

https://www.patientsnotpassports.co.uk/

This was followed by a presentation given by Dr Rachel Benchekroun of research undertaken with mothers living across north London with insecure immigration status, exploring the barriers they have faced accessing their basic rights. Rachel was joined by Haringey Welcome member ‘Champagne’, currently working with Rachel, who has lived experience of insecure status. 

The evening concluded with a candidates panel and hustings with questions from attendees.

In the lead up to the local election residents were encouraged to write to sitting councillors and new candidates urging them if elected to:

  • Commit to conduct a review of all council services to ensure they are in line with Welcome values, as promised in November 2018
  • Commit to refuse cooperation and collaboration with Hostile Environment measures, including those contained in Hostile Environment 0.2 aka the Nationality and Borders Bill, which threaten the safety of residents, especially migrants and refugees.
  • Commit to continue development of the Borough’s Welcome Strategy

Following the hustings Haringey Labour Tweeted its recommitment to Haringey Welcome pledges, and Haringey Lib Dems confirmed their commitment to the same.