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Sian Norris

Sian Norris is Byline Times’ Chief Social and European Affairs Reporter

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Watch Your Tone! How Women MPs of Colour are Tone-Policed

, 27 July 2021
n the same week that Dawn Butler was expelled from the House of Commons, MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan was 'tone-policed' by a white MP – and not for the first time. Sian Norris analyses a worrying trend

EXCLUSIVE Using Democracy to Undermine Equality: Hungary’s Referendum on LGBTIQ Rights is Part of a Wider Pattern

, 26 July 2021
Voters in Ireland, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia have all been asked to vote on LGBTIQ equality in the past decade – now Hungary's population will go to the ballot box to decide on the same issue

EXCLUSIVE Firm Linked to Conservatives will Run New Immigration Detention Centre for Women

, 20 July 2021
Mitie is the largest single provider of immigration detention services, has a Conservative peer on its board, and a history of poor service and provision for vulnerable migrants

School Pupils Face Sanctions for Supporting Palestine

, 19 July 2021
New research uncovers 49 cases where school pupils and staff face detention, suspension and even expulsion after showing solidarity with Palestine during May's conflict

EXCLUSIVE CitizenGO’s Global Ambitions Threaten Women’s Rights in East Africa

, 16 July 2021
In the first two parts of her series on CitizenGO, Sian Norris looked at who is behind the anti-rights movement in Spain. In this third article, she explores how the organisation operates in the Global South, including its attack on sexual and reproductive rights in Kenya.

From Turning Point to Tufton Street: International Aid Cuts and Radical Right Influence

, 15 July 2021
As MPs voted to cut international aid, Sian Norris examines the Conservative Party donors and right-wing think-tanks who have long had foreign aid spending in their sights

New Health Bill Paving the Way for Greater Private Involvement in NHS, Campaigners Warn

, 14 July 2021
The Health and Social Care Bill was pitched as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic – but there are concerns that it will lead to more ministerial interference and increased privatisation, reports Sian Norris

Government Accused of Being in Breach of UN Human Rights Obligations on Race

, 13 July 2021
A new report undermines the Government’s claims that systemic racism is not an issue in the UK and that accusations of white privilege is undermining white boys’ educational attainment

Burying Bad News: Workplace Deaths Increased by 25% Last Year and That Doesn’t Include COVID-19

, 12 July 2021
In a good day to bury bad news, the Health and Safety Executive announced a concerning rise in workplace deaths, while most of our attention was glued to England’s Euros match. Sian Norris reports

Boris Johnson's Idea of Freedom is a Form of Oppression

, 12 July 2021
Just as the Government hails ‘freedom day’ it also restricts the right to protest and denies freedom of movement. Sian Norris asks if this is just freedom for markets and money rather than people

‘United by a Common Enemy: An Open, Pluralist Society’: Far-Right Parties Sign Declaration on Europe’s Future

, 8 July 2021
Led by Poland’s Prime Minister, far-right parties from across the region declare that the European Union is threatening nations, families and tradition

Pandemic Crisis in Childcare Threatens Gender Equality

, 7 July 2021
As workplaces prepare to re-open and furlough ends, Sian Norris reports on how the loss of childcare places on offer across the UK puts women's equality at risk

‘A Manhunt Against Journalists’: Far-Right Attacks on Tbilisi Pride Leaves 53 Reporters Injured

, 6 July 2021
A Pride march was forced into cancelling for a second time as far-right protestors, with support of the Orthodox Church, descended on the Georgian capital and attacked journalists, reports Sian Norris

New Immigration Plan Will Crackdown on Genuine Modern Slavery Victims – Even More than the Government Already Does

, 3 July 2021
Sian Norris reports on new statistics which show the hostility faced by those who have endured trafficking – and how new proposals by the Home Office could make this even worse

New Report Reveals Western Funding Streams for Conversion Therapy in Africa

, 1 July 2021
An investigation by openDemocracy 50:50 has found that clinics offering 'anti-gay therapy' have received funding from Western NGOs – at a time when a ban on conversion therapy is in the UK spotlight

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