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Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central)

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, is supporting wear it pink day to help put an end to deaths from breast cancer.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “Many thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, and sadly too many women, as well as men, will lose their lives to the disease. Through cutting-edge research, Breast Cancer Now are tackling the disease from all angles to help improve the survival rate. wear it pink is a fun and simple way for everyone to get involved to help those affected by the disease and I am very proud to take part."

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S&L Waste Management

Royston Smith (Southampton, Itchen)

It was a pleasure to visit S&L Waste Management last week at their railhead in Southampton. This centre distributes aggregate to local construction sites reducing the amount of time construction material spend on our roads. This helps reduce pollution and congestion.

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Mr Angus MacNeil, MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, was thrilled to learn that a good cause in the constituency has received a welcome funding boost thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Befriending Lewis was recently awarded £19861 from Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The funding will enable the organisation to continue its work in Na h-Eileanan an Iar.

Congratulating the organisation, Mr Angus MacNeil said:

“I’m delighted to hear that Befriending Lewis has been successful in securing funds for a special arts project – ‘Breakthrough for the Housebound.’ from Postcode Community Trust

“My thanks must go to the volunteers at Befriending Lewis who give their time and energy to help others and to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery as this award will make a real difference to the local community.”

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Since the beginning of the year, over £3.3milllion has been distributed to over 350 grassroots projects operating across Great Britain through People’s Postcode Lottery’s three community programmes trusts which are; Postcode Local Trust, Postcode Community Trust and People’s Postcode Trust.

The next opportunity for groups to apply for funding will be early in 2019. For more information, please visit the trusts’ websites:







Martin Docherty (West Dunbartonshire)

Delaying the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) further does nothing but kick the misery down the road, and won’t help those currently suffering under UC – the Tories need to stop the roll-out immediately. The evidence from charities, stakeholders and … Continue reading

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Alex supports the fight against blood cancer

Alex Cunningham (Stockton North)

On 17 October 2018 Member of Parliament for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham showed his support for the fight against blood cancer by raising awareness of the need for more blood stem cell donors as a potential lifesaver with DKMS.

Alex, supported DKMS at an event organised by fellow MP, Mike Wood, at the House of Commons. Mike joined forces with the blood cancer charity to hold the event, following his own personal experience of contracting septicaemia (sepsis), a type of blood poisoning, in 2017.

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukaemia. Combined, blood cancers are the third most common cause of cancer death in the UK, but less than half of the UK population is aware of blood cancer issues. Although for most people there is no single cure, a blood stem cell donation from a genetically similar person can offer the best treatment.

Despite stats showing that 27,027 people from the North East have registered as blood stem cell donors with DKMS, the region is still falling short of potential lifesavers. Of those registered in the North East, only 7.7 percent are from the County Durham region.

Alex said:

“Currently, only six out of 10 blood cancer patients in the UK find an unrelated matching blood stem cell donor. That’s why I am supporting DKMS in the fight against blood cancer and would urge others in my constituency who are eligible to do the same. I would like to thank Mike for bringing this important cause to my attention.”

Mike Wood MP for Dudley South, who also registered as a potential blood stem cell donor said: “I was delighted to see MPs from all sides come together to register as potential lifesavers and show their support for people with blood cancers and disorders. Alex Cunningham has sent an important message to his constituents in Stockton North, that he is committed to the fight against blood cancer and has played an important role in helping to raise awareness.”

Lisa Nugent, Head of Donor Recruitment at DKMS said:

“Thanks to Mike and Alex for their support in helping us raise awareness of the important work that we do in registering more potential blood stem cell donors. We are grateful to everyone who registered on the day and took the time to support the cause.

“Anyone that’s aged between 17-55 and in general good health can register online at dkms.org.uk for their home swab kit. There could be a lifesaver in you.”

Wear it Pink to support the fight against breast cancer

Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree)

Wear it PinkI’m wearing pink today to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month and encourage people across Liverpool Wavertree to take the chance of a check-up when it is offered by the NHS.

This year, over 55,000 women in the UK will hear the words: ‘it’s breast cancer’ and around 11,500 women will tragically die from it. Although it is rare, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer, with around 340 men affected each year.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in the UK, with one in eight women receiving a diagnosis in their lifetime.

The challenges is that less than half of women invited for a breast cancer screening in some parts of Liverpool Wavertree actually attend. The NHS has set a target of over 70 per cent.

Wear it Pink is a great way to raise awareness and support initiatives by the local NHS and Liverpool City Council to boost screening rates.

When I was the Minister for Fisheries at DEFRA, I had the arduous task of renegotiating and reforming the deeply discredited Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). I was met with opposition from forces that wanted to scupper any deal being done. An agreement was finally reached in on the early hours of Wednesday 15th May 2013 after […]

More than 400 runners took part in the first running of a charity Half Marathon and a new 10k event around Hatfield House.

The picturesque event, organised by GO Running Herts, passed through the historic Hatfield House Park. It was in support of two popular Welwyn Garden City based charities:  Isabel Hospice, which provides specialist end-of-life care, free of charge and Hertfordshire Action On Disability (HAD) which helps older and disabled people.

One of the runners in the 10k event and patron of both charities was Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps who completed the course in just over an hour – narrowly being beaten by his wife Belinda.

After crossing the finish line, Grant said “Running around the lovely Hatfield House was a great way of supporting two charities close to my heart. As patron of both Isabel Hospice and Hertfordshire On Disability, I know just how impressive the work is that they do and the enormous help and support that they provide to people in our community.

“Congratulations to Race Director Gary O’Leary and his team for organising a fantastic morning of races. I am already looking forward to next year.”

Gary O’Leary commented, “It was a pleasure putting on this first Half Marathon & 10K event at Hatfield House. Although the weather turned against us, with some torrential rain at times, 406 cheerful runners and 25 brilliant volunteers made it a fantastic morning, raising significant amounts for both local charities”


On Tuesday 16 October Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart hosted an event in Parliament to highlight illegal hare coursing and its effects on rural communities in East Yorkshire and across the whole of the UK. 

The event in Portcullis House was well attended by MPs of all parties and all parts of the UK, along with campaigners from the CLA (Country Land and Business Association) and Humberside Police. 

Victoria Atkins MP, Wildlife Crime Minister, attended and listened to the concerns of all attendees. The event took place in a Select Committee room and the Beverley & Holderness MP was able to arrange everyone sitting down in the committee-type setting, allowing attendees to present their views to the Minister. Among other representations, Victoria Atkins heard from a farmer who had been attacked with an iron bar across his face, and from a gamekeeper who said the coursers are increasingly using high-tech equipment and becoming more aggressive when confronted. Another farmer said the hare coursers targeted his land that morning and had caused £5,000 of damage to his seed trails. 

Graham Stuart MP commented: “I am pleased the event was a great success. I was encouraged by the large number of Members of Parliament who attended to show their support for ending the crime of hare coursing, which affects many of our rural communities, including the vast open stubble land in the Holderness area of my constituency. 

“It was invaluable to talk in-depth with the Minister about hare coursing and its wider effects with the high-level attendees from the CLA and other guests such as gamekeepers, Brandon Ward, Wildlife, Rural & Heritage Crime Officer of Humberside Police, Holderness Farm Watch Co-Ordinator Hollie Harris and Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, Jason Ablewhite. 

“The Minister made it clear she is concerned about the effects this crime is having on rural communities and that she is prepared to listen to proposed steps that could be taken to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate hare coursing. During the event the Minister confirmed her intention to meet with me and a delegation of countryside campaigners so we can discuss how we work together to eliminate this crime. 

“As well as working with the Minister, I want to reiterate how everyone in rural communities can help the police catch hare coursers. This can be done by reporting anything suspicious you see to the non-emergency police number 101: it could be a group of people in a field with dogs during the night or day time that you don’t recognise, or suspicious looking vehicles with dogs and strangers in them parked up in a lay-by. If it’s safe to do so and you can take photos of the people, or the vehicle registrations, even better. It is only by raising awareness of the crime and the part we can all play that we can bring it to an end. Hare coursers should be on notice – from the top of Government to residents in rural communities, we are working together to stamp out this practice. 

Holderness Farm Watch Co-Ordinator, Hollie Harris, who travelled to London for the meeting said: “I was delighted that the Wildlife Crime Minister, Victoria Atkins MP, was present throughout the hare coursing event in Parliament. It was great to see her listening to the personal experiences of farmers and gamekeepers who have to put up with the intimidation and threats, not to say the criminal damage to their land, by lawbreakers taking part in illegal hare coursing. I want to thank our MP, Graham Stuart, for putting on this worthwhile event and bringing home to the Minister just what it’s like to live in a rural community like Holderness which is blighted by hare coursing.”


  • 1.  Graham Stuart MP and Minister Victoria Atkins MP
  • 2. Graham Stuart MP, Minister Victoria Atkins and event attendees discuss hare coursing concerns

MP Catherine ‘Cuts the Ribbon’ at Great North Road Post Office

Catherine McKinnell (Newcastle upon Tyne North)

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, ‘cut the ribbon’ on today at the official re-opening of Great North Road Post Office. The former Grange Park Post Office relocated to Motor Fuel Group-Londis, North Road Service Station on the Great North Road in Gosforth last month and was renamed Great North Road Post Office. The new … Continue reading MP Catherine ‘Cuts the Ribbon’ at Great North Road Post Office

Emma Reynolds MP wears it pink to combat breast cancer

Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East)

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is adding some pink to her usual attire to show her support for Breast Cancer Now’s ‘wear it pink’ fundraiser.

The event will take place on Friday, October 19, to raise money for vital breast cancer research.

All you need to do is wear something pink, or hold a pink-themed event, and make a donation to Breast Cancer Now.

Every penny raised will help the charity achieve its aim that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and live well.

Emma said: “Each year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. In Wolverhampton, over 550 women a year will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

“We need to do more to raise awareness about breast cancer and to raise vitally needed money to help fund research into treatments.

“That is why the wear it pink campaign is so important. It is a great way to come together with friends and family to have fun whilst raising money for Breast Cancer Now’s vital research.

“All it takes is find something pink to wear to jazz up your outfit. I hope as many people as possible in Wolverhampton will take part by wearing pink today.”

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Barclays Business Breakfast in Walton on Thames

Dominic Raab (Esher and Walton)

This morning, I addressed a small business roundtable breakfast discussion in Walton for the second year in a row. 30 local businesses were invited, representing a broad range of sectors – from ESC Digital, an audio-visual company based in Walton-on-Thames, to Crane & Associates, an architectural practice based in Esher.

Each of the companies had a few minutes to introduce themselves and describe their biggest challenge and biggest opportunity. I then responded to each business, answering questions on business rates, apprenticeships, Brexit and the benefits of international trade.

SMEs are a vital part of our economy, and have created three quarters of all new jobs since 2010. This was a valuable opportunity to engage with a wide-range of our great local businesses and a hear their views.

My thanks to Danny Reardon and Scott Wilkins from Barclays for organising, and to Walton Working Men’s Club for kindly hosting the event.

Universal Credit

John Redwood (Wokingham)

I attended the debate on Wednesday 17 October. I have lobbied the government to ensure people in need do not lose out from the transition to Universal Credit, and to encourage them to be more generous with benefits for the disabled. As the Secretary of State made clear in the House, and as the government statements which I published on Wednesday confirms, they are improving the scheme. It will pay more to most disable people than the old scheme. They will roll it out gradually, making improvements as they go if new issues arise.

Wear It Pink 2018

Wendy Morton (Aldridge-Brownhills)

I am pleased to once again be supporting Breast Cancer Now‘s ‘Wear it Pink’ Day.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month helps raise funds annually for life-saving research. Research that’s working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, how to detect it earlier and how to treat it effectively at every stage so we can stop the disease taking lives.

Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, has welcomed the Government’s announcement of additional funding for local authorities to ease social care pressures over winter, including £3,367,950 for Lincolnshire.

Earlier this month, the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, announced £240 million for the social care system over winter, giving councils a significant boost to prevent people from going into hospital unnecessarily and getting them home as soon as they are ready. This funding will ease pressure on the health system, and follows the announcement of £145 million to improve emergency care within the NHS this winter.

The money will pay for home care packages to help patients get out of hospital quicker, reablement packages to help patients carry out everyday tasks and regain mobility and confidence, and home adaptations.

Matt Warman MP has welcomed this announcement of £3.4 million for social care services in Lincolnshire, thanks to the Government’s balanced approach to the economy. He commented, “I am delighted that Lincolnshire is receiving this additional funding to help social care services cope with winter pressures. This is part of our balanced approach to the economy – spending on key public services while keeping taxes down and getting debt falling. Social care packages allow people to leave hospital as soon as they are well enough, and ensure they can regain independence and confidence at home. The funding will allow Lincolnshire to meet the care needs of more local people this winter.”

In a recent Parliamentary debate on social care, Matt also paid tribute to social care workers from Boston and Skegness and the local ambulance service, who he joined a shift with in the summer to see their work first-hand. Speaking about his experience, he said, “Three of the four jobs dealt with the consequences of people needing a different social care package from that which the current system is able to provide them with.”

After the debate, he added, “My shift with East Midlands Ambulance Service helped me to learn more about how we need to reform our social care system, and reform needs to take the ambulance service into account. I welcome the addition funding provided for social care this winter, which will help relieve pressure across the NHS, including for blue light services.”


Portsmouth South MP, Stephen Morgan, has joined a collection of local authority leaders and representatives to hand an anti-austerity petition signed by over 5,000 Labour councillors to Downing Street. 

The ‘Breaking Point’ petition is now the most-signed petition of Labour councillors ever – with 5,137 signatures collected in less than two weeks, including all those of the Labour Group in Portsmouth. 

It was organised by the Local Government Association (LGA) Labour Group, led by Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of the LGA Labour Group and Newcastle Council. The petition was handed in at 10 Downing Street at 9am on Thursday 18 October.

After almost a decade of Tory cuts to local government many councils are now fair cing a crisis in funding – Northamptonshire has already gone bust, and many others are now facing bankruptcy. Tory cuts to local government of over £16 billion since 2010 mean councils have lost 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour Government was spending on local government in 2010.

The cross-party Local Government Association has warned that local councils face a new round of spending cuts of £1.3bn next year, with grants slashed by 36% in 2019/20 and 168 councils receiving no central funds from government at all. The LGA has also warned that councils now face a further funding gap of £7.8 billion by 2025 just to keep services ‘standing still.

After almost a decade of Tory cuts to local government many councils are now facing a crisis in funding – Northamptonshire has already gone bust, and many others are now facing bankruptcy.

  • Tory cuts mean councils have lost 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour Government was spending on local government in 2010
  • Councils were forced to spend an extra £800m on vital services to protect children last year due to increased demand, despite overall council funding falling
  • With an aging population and growing demand adult social care faces a gap of £3.5 billion – with only 14% of council workers now confident that vulnerable local residents are safe and cared for
  • Government cuts have seen over 500 children’s centres and 475 libraries close, potholes are left unfilled, and 80% of councils workers now say have no confidence in the future of local services
  • Councils now face a further funding gap of £7.8 billion by 2025 just to keep services ‘standing still’ and meeting additional demand. Even Lord Gary Porter, the Conservative Chair of the Local Government Association, has said ‘Councils can no longer be expected to run our vital local services on a shoestring’.

Stephen Morgan MP, said:

“I’m proud to support this vital campaign. The unprecedented numbers in which councillors have come together shows just how urgent this issue is. In Portsmouth, we’ve seen budgets slashed and valued local services decimated, we can’t go on like this.

Our city simply cannot take any more cuts and ahead of the budget I’ve called for the PM and Chancellor to stop neglecting Portsmouth and properly fund our local services.

The next Labour Government will sustainably fund our councils and put an end to this crisis.”

Cllr Nick Forbes, the leader of the LGA Labour Group, said:

“Council budgets are now at Breaking Point – and Labour councillors are delivering a powerful message to the Prime Minister and Chancellor that councils simply cannot take any more cuts.

If the Budget doesn’t reverse the further cuts planned to local government for next year then there is no doubt that more councils will collapse into bankruptcy, causing devastating effects for children at risk, disabled adults, and vulnerable older people.

A record number of Labour councillors have signed the Breaking Point petition in less than two weeks – an unprecedented coming together of councillors which shows the depth of anger and concern at the state of council finances.

If the Prime Ministers claim that austerity is over’ is to have any credibility, she simply must find the money we need to stop vital services from disintegrating.”


The government’s radical overhaul of benefits is pushing the low paid into destitution

A local Training and Skills firm have launched a new office in Chesterfield to help people into work.

Workpays Ltd, welcomed local MP Toby Perkins to the launch of their new Chesterfield office which aims to support young people, adults and employers, to develop the skills needed to progress into an apprenticeship or gain and sustain employment.

Toby said, “It is good to see Workpays expanding into Chesterfield. Anything that provides a supportive and non-judgemental approach to supporting people back into the world of work is to be welcomed, and in Chesterfield we have too many people who have found it difficult to make their working lives pay, so improving skills and ensuring that we have people available to take advantage of any opportunities that arise is important.

The Borough Council has put a lot of work into attracting growth and new businesses to the town and we’re hoping for a significant number of skilled jobs to be brought to Chesterfield over the coming years. I want as many of these jobs as possible going to local people so it is vital that unemployed people or those battling illness get all the support they can get.

Workpays also works directly with large national and local employers to help them recruit and train new staff and upskill their existing employees through the Apprenticeship Levy, delivering nationally recognised qualifications across various sectors.

Anne Wright, Managing Director from Workpays Ltd said, “Workpays has had a presence in Chesterfield for over 2 years, working from remote locations to support local people to improve their confidence and skills to gain employment with local businesses. We are delighted to solidify our commitment to the area through the opening of our new Employability and Skills centre on the Newbold Road, which enables us to help more people.  We look forward to welcoming young people and adults in need of support, to gain the skills to get the job or an apprenticeship. Workpays is equally delighted to be working with local employers to fill job and apprenticeship vacancies as the area continues to attract growth. ”

Toby was joined by Frazer Clarke, the winner of the Super Heavy Weight Gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, who is the Ambassador for Workpays Ltd.

Toby said, “Frazer is an example of someone who has overcome a tough situation to achieve, and I hope he provides some inspiration to others who are facing other difficulties. When a super heavyweight champion tells you that he believes in you and the programme you are on, it might well give you a boost!”

Toby with Anne Wright, Managing Director from Workpays Ltd and gold medal winning boxer, Frazer Clarke

Toby with Anne Wright, Managing Director from Workpays Ltd and gold medal winning boxer, Frazer Clarke

“It’s important we do what we can to protect children against infections and illnesses like flu, because as we all know, children are very good at spreading germs.”

Those are the words of Meilyr Sion, author of Welsh children’s books and actor in Rownd a Rownd, Holby City, Pobl y Cwm and The Lion King stage show, and father to Daniel, aged 9, and Daisy, aged 6.

If we care about the vibrancy of our high streets, then protecting local services like banks and post offices matters.

Just last week the Government announced that a further 73 Crown Post Offices would close. They would be franchised out to WH Smith. Now on one level, this won’t affect the communities in my constituency. All our Crown Post Offices closed a long time ago. They now operate as franchises in other retail outlets, just as is being proposed here. But it matters to those communities concerned. And that’s why I’m proudly supporting the Communication Workers’ Union and fellow MPs to stop the closures.

Let me take you back to 1996. It’s the year the 21-year-old me was first elected to Tameside Council. In the run-up to that local election, the Tory Government of John Major proposed the closure of several Crown Post Offices. It included Denton.

Denton Post Office was then located on Albert Street, near to the Town Hall and facing the Market Place. It was in the very heart of our town centre, as a kind of social glue. People would pop into the Post Office and then mooch around the market and the shops; they’d have a cuppa in the local café. They’d support local businesses.

Over on the other side of Crown Point, our Shopping Giant supermarket was struggling. A new out-of-town Sainsbury’s had been built a few years earlier, and the neighbouring towns had also increased their supermarket offer. So the Shopping Giant took on the Post Office franchise. It was only a sticking plaster. The store closed six years later, and the Post Office was moved even further away, into the back of an even smaller shop on the edge of the town centre.

But it’s what happened to the town in the process. Almost overnight, with the closure of the Crown Post Office, the market lost a quarter of its footfall. Fewer customers meant fewer traders and the cycle of decline was irreversible. The council lowered rents, even gave stalls away for free, but the damage was done. The glue that bound the town centre together has come unstuck. Fewer customers didn’t just damage the market; it impacted on the surrounding shops and cafés too. Ironically, the market was officially closed the same year Shopping Giant closed too.

That’s why facilities like our Crown Post Offices matter. It’s why the next Labour Government will protect them (and renationalise Royal Mail, which should never have been sold off). It’s why we will stop the state-owned banks from doing the same to our branches. And it’s why we will strengthen our planning laws to support our high streets. Because our town centres matter.

I added a splash of pink to my usual attire to support Breast Cancer Now's wear it pink fundraiser, which takes place tomorrow to raise money for vital breast cancer research.
I recently attended an event in Westminster to encourage people across the UK to take part in wear it pink day and raise money for Breast Cancer Now.
I hope that my constituents in Mansfield and Warsop, as well as thousands of others across the UK, join me by signing up and taking part in wear it pink, which takes place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To date, it has raised over £31 million towards Breast Cancer Now's important work.
Breast cancer is still the most common form of cancer in the UK. Each year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. It is important to raise awareness of an issue that has directly impacted my family and many others. That's why I'm so passionate about encouraging everyone in Mansfield and Warsop to take part in wear it pink day on Friday 19 October.
As you can see from my photo, I struggled to wear anymore pink! I'm picture with Donna Fraser, four-time Olympian for Great Britain and Breast Cancer Now Ambassador.
Anyone can take part in wear it pink, whether at work, school or in your community. All you need to do is wear something pink, or hold a pink themed event, and donate to Breast Cancer Now. With every penny raised, fundraisers across the UK will be helping the charity achieve its aim that, if we all act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and live well.
Click herefor further details about wear it pink, as well as fundraising ideas and how to register for your free fundraising pack!

Universal Credit Debate 17th Oct 2018

Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield)

Maria Miller MP called in at Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) at their offices in The Orchard, to catch up with the new CEO Pat Fitzsimons.
Pat joined BA in August 2018, from the Thames Estuary Partnership. BVA supports the voluntary and community sector working in partnership with the Borough Council.

Our Man - The M20 and Brexit

Damian Green (Ashford)

Motorways are much in our minds at the moment, with the works at various stages of the M20 causing short-term pain for we hope will be long-term gain. Certainly if the works between Junctions 8 and 9 mean that never again will we see the motorway closed both ways at once, which caused untold chaos in 2015, then I will put up with some months of works.

Bill Wiggin MP welcomes winter social care funding

Bill Wiggin (North Herefordshire)

Today, the government has announced how much additional funding local authorities in England will receive to ease pressures over winter thanks to our balanced approach to the economy, including £880,614 for Herefordshire, County of Unilateral Authority. Earlier this month, the... Continue Reading →

Weekly column 18.10.18

Michelle Donelan (Chippenham)

Recently Cooper Tires announced they are launching a consultation on the long term future of 300 jobs at their site in Melksham.

My heart goes out to all of the staff at Cooper Tires whose jobs are currently at possible risk, since the announcement my focus has been to support the affected staff and I have been working with Government Ministers and the Council to facilitate this.

I have visited the site and met privately with staff of varying levels across the company including union representatives.

I heard their concerns and discussed how I can support them in the coming months, feeding these concerns back to the senior management team to seek answers as to how Cooper Tires Europe are going to mitigate the negative effects of the decision on employees whose jobs are at risk.

A Taskforce has been launched and numerous local companies have already been in touch stating that they are doing a recruitment drive and are keen to interview some of the staff.

Cooper Tires is iconic to Melksham and it is important that they are keeping their HQ in our town and I shall be supporting them in the long term so they can grow the divisions they are keeping in Melksham.

If you have been affected by the Cooper Tires announcement and would like some support or have any questions please email michelle.donelan.mp@parliament.uk and I will respond to you as priority.

In the run up to UK Parliament Week next month I held a democracy workshop with the 1st Holt Guides group. The Guides quizzed me for an hour and a half with a range of interesting and insightful questions ranging from ones of local significance through to national policy issues.

I passionately believe that it is important that everyone has access to their MP, whether they can vote or not, and that it is crucial I help our young adults to engage with the political process and learn how decisions that affect them are made.

These workshops are not party political in any way and give our young people the opportunity to express their ideas and thoughts. If you run a youth community group and would like me to book one in then please email Michelle.donelan.mp@parliament.uk If you would like to discuss any other issues with me or attend one of my autumn surgeries then please either email or call my office on 01249 704 465 and I would be only too happy to give you the dates, times and venues.

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Lloyds makes Upton Cashpoint commitment as branch closes

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire)

Lloyds Bank has committed to keeping its cashpoint machine running in Upton-upon-Severn until a permanent new ATM is installed in the town. read more »

High Peak MP Ruth George has called on health bosses to ensure that Stepping Hill and Macclesfield Hospitals to do not close their doors to High Peak patients at the same time.

Ruth made the call after Stepping Hill closed its doors to breast cancer referrals from High Peak, while Macclesfield closed its doors to cardiology and gastro-enterology patients from outside East Cheshire.

Both hospitals have said that long waiting lists had forced the temporary and that they would open their doors to High Peak patients once waiting lists have come down.

“It is extremely worrying that NHS services were so overstretched and short of staff that waiting times were rising and patients were denied the hospital of their choice.

“I understand that Stepping Hill’s department was overwhelmed and could not see urgent breast cancer patients within the two week deadline.  Waits for urgent appointments had risen to five weeks which could put patients with rapidly progressing breast cancer in danger,” she said.

“Long waits for urgent treatment are not acceptable, but it is also important that patients from High Peak can attend a hospital within a reasonable distance, and preferably with good public transport links.

“Following discussions with Derbyshire’s clinical commissioners and Macclesfield Hospital, I understand that a number of hospitals, from Manchester to Nottingham, have been asked if they can take High Peak patients; and that Macclesfield could accommodate High Peak breast care patients.

“I have also asked Macclesfield and Stepping Hill hospitals to seek to ensure that in future they are never both closed to High Peak patients at the same time, and I will continue to press for more resources for our NHS.”



Ruth George MP – Statement on Hospital Services for High Peak

The news that Stepping Hill Hospital was to stop breast services for patients from High Peak was a shock and a worry to many local people and medical professionals.

I understand that Stepping Hill’s department was overwhelmed and could not see urgent patients within the two week deadline.  Their waits for urgent appointments had risen to five weeks which could put patients with rapidly progressing breast cancer in danger.

Long waits for urgent treatment are not acceptable but it is also important that patients from High Peak can attend a hospital within a reasonable distance, and preferably with good public transport, as Stepping Hill has.

As soon as I received the news, I contacted Derbyshire’s clinical commissioners to ask about alternative provision and was told they were making enquiries of a number of hospitals, including in Manchester but also as far away as Nottingham.

So I met with the Chief Executive of Macclesfield Hospital – the nearest alternative for most High Peak residents who use Stepping Hill.  Macclesfield has an excellent breast care centre that many residents have praised, and where I go myself for scans due to my family history of breast cancer.

The Chief Executive stated that unless there was a sudden and unexpected surge in demand, he felt that Macclesfield could accommodate all of the High Peak breast care patients who wished.

Macclesfield has closed its cardiology department and their gastro-enterology departments to people outside East Cheshire, but he assured me this was a temporary measure due to long waiting lists.  Extra staff have now been recruited so these waits should reduce to acceptable levels.

Stockport’s commissioners are hoping the situation at Stepping Hill is temporary, and that all patients will be able to continue to go there once their waiting lists have come down.

However, it is a worry that our NHS services are so overstretched and often short of staff that waiting times are rising and patients are denied the hospital of their choice.

I have asked both Macclesfield and Stepping Hill to seek to ensure that they are never both closed to High Peak patients and I will continue to press for more resources for our NHS.

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Today in the House of Commons Chamber, Susan Elan Jones MP urged the Government to examine the excellent work of the Corwen-based South Denbighshire Community Partnership.
The Clwyd South Labour MP said: “Our former colleague the late Jo Cox MP initiated an inquiry on loneliness so it was very moving to see her parents and sister in the House of Commons Chamber as we questioned the Minister on the Government’s newly-released Strategy. I am really impressed by the fantastic work that the South Denbighshire Community Partnership is doing to bring people and communities together so I was very pleased to reference them in Parliament”.
Susan Elan Jones MP, who co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Charities and Volunteering, also questioned Minister Tracey Crouch MP on the need for the Government to develop better infrastructural support for charities.

Photograph: Susan Elan Jones MP with South Denbighshire Community Partnership Manager Margaret Sutherland

SDCP in Parl Oct


Council opens citywide TVL consultation

Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith)

The City of Edinburgh Council today opened a citywide consultation on proposals for a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) or 'Tourist Tax'.

Passengers should have nearly as much choice when choosing which train company to use as when choosing to buy a new toothpaste.

That is the view of John Penrose, the MP for Weston-super-Mare, who wants to put an end to “monopolies” on the railways.

The Conservative Party politician wants competition on the Great Western mainline and beyond so passengers can choose different rail providers if they are not happy with the franchise holder’s performance.

Mr Penrose predicted having more operators – using an ‘open access’ model of running the railways – would give travellers both cheaper fares and also drive up standards as train operators compete with each other to provide the best service.

“I’d like to see more choice for local rail users in Bristol, Weston, Swindon and everywhere else so that if they don’t like the service that is being provided by First [owner of Great Western Railways], then they don’t have to wait 10 years until the franchise ends – they can wait 10 minutes until a different train company’s service comes past and they can get on that instead,” said Mr Penrose.

“It may be cheaper or more comfortable – all the variation you expect when you buy a car or when you choose a toothpaste, or whatever it may be. I’d love to see that.”

Great Western Railway (GWR), owned by First Group, currently has the contract to run inter-city trains between Weston-super-Mare, Bristol and London Paddington, having won the franchise for 2015-2020.

But Mr Penrose, a former Cabinet Office minister, said the franchise system operated by the Department for Transport (DfT) amounted to “selling monopolies” for a set time period.

Passengers would be better served if multiple train companies could compete on the same stretch of track because it would force them to become “innovative” to keep passengers happy, he told Bristol Live.

He said new classes of train travel could be brought in to attract both high-end and budget travellers as part of the possible improvements.

Mr Penrose said he wanted to see “two or three bidders” on the Great Western mainline “running different trains with different time slots over the course of the next 10 years”.

He said: “It means [train companies] don’t have one spasm of competitive activity every 10 years [to win the franchise] and then they relax.

“You have to carry on trying really hard and peddling hard to keep you and me as the travelling public happy every single day for the next 10 years.”

What has GWR said?

A spokesman for GWR said it was for the DfT to decide how rail franchising was carried out in future.

The government is undertaking a review of franchising after the East Coast mainline route between London and Edinburgh collapsed earlier this year – the third time it has done so in 12 years.

The GWR spokesman said there was already “competition on many parts of our network” with the line through Weston served by GWR and Cross Country, while South Western Railways also serves Bristol and the West of England region.

A DfT spokeswoman said the current franchise model had brought investment to the Great Western mainline.

“Billions of pounds are being invested in projects to transform the Great Western network and give passengers new services and new, more comfortable trains,” said the spokeswoman.

DfT is negotiating with GWR to extend its contract until 2022 to allow for the Network Rail upgrade on the line to be completed before the franchise is put out again to new bidders.

I was thrilled to join the Lord Mayor in celebrating Maggie Scott’s incredible achievement of fifty years teaching at Forest Lodge Primary School here in Leicester West.

Maggie is such an inspiration and I am delighted to see her achievement recognised. 



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New hope for Aviemore Swimming Pool Deal

Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)

Local MP Drew Hendry met with Macdonald Hotels and Resorts Chairman Donald Macdonald over the weekend in a bid to broker new talks on Aviemore swimming pool facilities.

The meeting follows the breakdown of previous negotiations between the Highland Council and Macdonald Hotels and Resorts over the use of the Aviemore Resort’s pool by Highlife Highland members. The deadlock has resulted in the pool being closed to locals, apart from local schools, with many fearing they could now lose access to the resort site on a permanent basis.

A petition set up by local campaigners urging the Highland Council to save the service has already garnered over 1,000 signatures.

Mr Hendry attended the local campaign meeting last week and committed to supporting the community in their efforts to retain the swimming pool access.

The local MP hopes fresh talks will resolve the current impasse between Highland Region and Macdonald Hotels and Resorts.

Following his meeting with Mr Macdonald, the local MP said:

“Having met with local residents and Save Our Swimming campaigners, it is clear the community is devastated at the thought of losing out on use of the resort’s pool facilities. With the nearest pool 15 miles away in Grantown on Spey, there are simply no reasonable alternatives for most people.

“At our meeting, Mr Macdonald was as keen as I was that the facility remained available to local residents but he emphasised that any agreement has to make financial sense and take into account the additional costs the resort has had to meet.
“Macdonald Resorts are a big part of the offering in Aviemore and the fact that so many members of the public have been able to access their pool over the years has been of enormous benefit to the health and wellbeing of people across Badenoch and Strathspey.

“I was very encouraged by Mr Macdonald’s willingness to re-open talks and to find a solution to restore access to the resort’s swimming pool, although he stressed that there has to be a way found to reach a middle ground.”
“With goodwill from all sides to overcome reasonably minor obstacles, I see no reason why we shouldn’t be able to retain this service for the people of Aviemore and district. It would certainly be some welcome good news for the village given the challenges the community has faced lately.

“Since meeting with Mr Macdonald, I have spoken to Highlife Highland and have offered to host a meeting between both parties, alongside my colleague, Kate Forbes MSP.

“It is hoped that these talks can be scheduled quickly, and that local people once again can get back in the swim of things.”

Mr Macdonald said:

“I am grateful that Drew Hendry has taken the initiative to meet with me and for his common sense attitude which gives me great confidence that we will find a sustainable solution to this unfortunate situation.

“It is in no-one’s interests that local people are unable to enjoy the leisure facilities and we remain keen to reach an agreement which can secure their access for the long-term. We will enter the meeting in a positive frame of mind and hope that we can reach agreement, for everyone’s sake.”

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Agriculture Bill - Anne-Marie's speech

Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Berwick-upon-Tweed)

Anne-Marie spoke in last week's debate on the Second Reading of the Agriculture Bill, which sets out the UK's new independent policy on farming and countryside management tailored to our own needs once we have left the EU's Common Agriculture Policy.

The debate was very popular and MPs had a time-limit for speaking imposed, so in the end Anne-Marie had only a couple of minutes to make her points.

You can watch her speech below.

Stuart Andrew: ...Ltd was established specifically to support transfer of defence science and technology into the civilian market. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence recently invited Philip Dunne MP to carry out an external review of opportunities to grow the contribution that defence makes to UK prosperity. This was published in July and we are currently considering its recommendations.

My Week 8th – 12th October

Brendan O'Hara (Argyll and Bute)

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Evennett welcomes Rail Review

David Evennett (Bexleyheath and Crayford)

The Department for Transport announced a root and branch review of the rail industry, and it has today (15 October) published the review’s Terms of Reference. They are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/rail-review

The review will consider all parts of the rail industry, from the current franchising system and industry structures, to accountability and value for money for passengers and taxpayers.

Anne Marie's Weekly Column

Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot)

Three plans pose ‘potential nightmare’ for Aberdour

Lesley Laird (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)

Lesley Laird MP has warned of a “potential nightmare” for Aberdour residents if three major housing developments are given the green-light.

A proposal to build 125 houses at Hillside – rejected by Fife Council planners in February this year due to ‘insufficient information’– is back on the table.

Meanwhile appeals for developments by Cala and Campion Homes – rejected by West Planning Committee in July – have recently been lodged with the Scottish Reporter.

All three development proposals attracted hundreds of objections from villagers.

Lesley Laird MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath said: “This could turn into a potential nightmare for residents.

“Aberdour could theoretically end up with three plans being granted which would fundamentally change the whole character and dynamic of the village.”

The Hillside development was resurrected in May and accompanied by a statement from planning agents, Felsham Planning and Development Limited, stating the site boundary and housing numbers remained the same as its previous application, this time with a different layout.

A Screening Opinion application was recently lodged with Fife Council to determine whether an Environmental Impact Assessment is required to be submitted with the planning application.

Lesley commented: “Initially there were three proposals – Hillside, Cala and Campion – and only Hillside satisfied criteria set out in the local plan.

“Since then, of course, we’ve seen Cala and Campion continue to press ahead with their proposals, despite the fact that both developments don’t adhere to local plan guidelines.

Lesley concluded: “I would urge the reporter to not renege on an original plan which was democratically agreed.

“They can’t possibly grant permission to Cala and Campion, otherwise it makes a mockery of the Fife plan process and simply reinforces the reasons why people have no faith in the planning process.

“As I’ve said before, planning reform is urgently needed to give communities a right of appeal in controversial cases such as these.” 


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MP Derek Thomas has welcomed the launch of a new initiative which will enable thousands of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s most remote businesses to access subsidised superfast broadband connectivity from just £1 a day.

The UK-based satellite operator Avanti Communications, which is based in Mr Thomas’s West Cornwall constituency at Goonhilly, will operate the scheme which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), providing superfast speeds of up to 40Mbps from their fleet of satellites that cover the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Avanti’s Lucy Edge with Derek Thomas at Goonhilly.

Currently 6,500 rural Cornish businesses are unable to access superfast broadband, putting them at a considerable disadvantage compared to better-connected rivals across the UK.

“Research shows that if all these 6,500 businesses had the superfast connection they deserve, it would have led to between 520 and 1170 new jobs being created and their turnover would increase by 26% in the first year,” said Mr Thomas.

“I had the pleasure of visiting Avanti’s satellite operations centre at Goonhilly a couple of years ago as they started to develop the scheme and I am delighted it has come to fruition.

“Too many of our enterprising young business owners are being hampered by the lack of superfast broadband connection and I would urge anyone in this position to look at what this new service can offer them.”

To find out more about the scheme and to check your eligibility, visit www.connecting-rural-cornwall.co.uk or call Avanti in Goonhilly on 01326 331719.


Charles Walker MP speaking in the House of Commons on the incinerator and pollution

Charles Walker raises his concerns at last week's press release from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about the high levels of nitrogen dioxide in Broxbourne and calls on Hertfordshire County Council and Veolia to withdraw the planning application for the 350,000 tonne incinerator which will generate a further 90,000 HGV movements a year. [read more] about As Defra warns of high pollution in Broxbourne, Charles Walker calls for Veolia incinerator proposals to be scrapped

Knight: “Make Trespassing a Crime”

Greg Knight (East Yorkshire)

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of a number of MPs calling on the Government to make trespassing a criminal offence to more effectively prevent unauthorised occupation of private land.

The call follows news that since 2010 that the number of unauthorised traveller caravans on private property has increased, including by a staggering 20% in 2017, with hare coursing also increasing.

Sir Greg says “A new criminal power would provide a quick method of dealing with unauthorised encroachments on private land, in contrast to the current civil remedy, which is limited in scope and requires a cumbersome recourse to the courts.

Sir Greg adds: “Farmers and other landowners deserve a system that enforces the law quickly and fairly to all. Unauthorised trespass is an increasing problem, and all too often is accompanied by noise, litter, anti-social behaviour and damage to property”.

“This simple change would mean the police could take action swiftly and effectively rather than local communities having to wait for a long-winded civil process to take place”.

During Question Time in the House of Commons, Alec asked for a Ministerial Statement on the conduct of local planning authorities in relation to the determination of planning applications, citing Harrogate Borough Council’s shambolic decision to overturn a previous decision to refuse plans for over 300 new homes on greenfield land bordering Wetherby.

Whilst the Leader of the House is not able to comment on individual planning applications, she did suggest that the matter be raised in an Adjournment Debate, which is something Alec is now investigating.

Following Harrogate Borough Council’s u-turn on this application – thereby giving consent for homes to be developed despite strong objections from Leeds City Council and local residents, Alec has written to the Secretary of State in the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government requesting that the decision is now ‘called-in’ and scrutinised by officials.

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World Mental Health Day

Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield)

Today is World Mental Health Day – a day dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. Around one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and it can affect anyone of us. Since the first World Mental Health Day […]

World Homeless Day

Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth)

To mark World Homeless Day I wanted to share some of the cases my office and I have been dealing with in Oldham East and Saddleworth in recent months.

Yvonne and Mark (not their real names) had worked in the merchant navy for several years. When they wanted to get back to life on dry land they found out that they didn’t qualify for social security support and weren’t considered a priority housing need. When they came to my surgery in January this year, they were living in a tent on common land in Greenfield. Getting them into temporary accommodation was complex and took much longer than it should have. During that time I could see the impact on their health, both physical and mental.

Tom (also not his name) had been working while looking after his mum who had dementia. When she died he went to France to live with his aunt. He returned to England only to find he was also ineligible for social security support. Andrew, Oldham’s foodbank manager at the time, contacted me when Tom had gone to him for some food. He was living in a tent on Dovestones during our very unforgiving winter. There were no hostel places (the nearest one is in Salford) and no support for him so we arranged for some temporary accommodation. After a few weeks of support from Andrew and my office, Tom found a job and was able to get a flat.

Zina and Ahmed were originally from Iraq. They fled their homeland with their children, leaving their family and friends to find peace and security in the UK. They were placed in Shaw and had settled into community life making many new friends with their neighbours with their 5 year old son doing well at school. After 18 months waiting for the Home Office’s decision on their application for asylum, on the August bank holiday week end they were told they had to leave their life in Shaw on the following Thursday. After incredible support from the local community, Serco finally relented and they will hopefully stay in Shaw where they are settled and happy after the immense trials that they have been through.

These are just a few of the cases my team and I deal with to give you a flavour of the homelessness issues Oldham faces.

As many of you know homelessness is not just about rough sleeping. Across Oldham the numbers are low, but I believe that no-one should have to sleep rough; there should always be a bed available and they should have support that they can readily access. It is unacceptable in 2018 for rough sleeping in the UK to have doubled to 4,751 since 2012 and nearly 80,000 families are living in temporary accommodation including up to 100 families living in temporary accommodation, including many in B&B’s, in the last 3 months. Recent reports indicate that the deaths associated with homelessness have doubled since 2013 with at least 449 dying last year. In the sixth richest economy in the world this is unacceptable and shames us all.

After meetings with Cllr Hannah Roberts the new Cabinet member for Housing and Planning, I know Oldham Council are developing a new Housing Strategy, including a new allocation policy and I look forward to this and its early implementation.

But out of the hands of the Council is the very worrying rise in rent arrears associated with the roll out of the Government’s Universal Credit programme, and the link to homelessness that is emerging. The Housing Federation whose members include housing associations, has reported £24m of rent arrears associated with Universal Credit; for First Choice Homes in Oldham it is over £2.5m.

The Government must act. It must commit to Labour’s proposal to build at least 100,000 genuinely affordable homes to rent and buy a year by the final year of this Parliament, to ensure every rough sleeper has a bed at night (as Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has pledged) and to stop the roll out of Universal Credit which is pushing people into poverty, debt and homelessness.

Diana Johnson MP and a cross-party coalition of MPs from five UK political parties will today launch a 10 Minute Rule Bill to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales and Northern Ireland. 

LAUNCHED: The Future of Work for the People we Serve

Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill)

Parliamentarians, politicians and policy-makers from around the globe have come together to spell out the ten key challenges for spreading the risks and sharing the rewards of automation as new technology transforms the future of work for the world’s 3.2 billion workers.

In a new book, The Future of Work for the People We Serve, commissioned by the global Parliamentary Network on the IMF and World Bank, a diverse group of twenty-five of the world’s leading experts and politicians set out a roadmap for navigating the shifts triggered by automation, artificial intelligence and demographic changes over the decades ahead.

The book comes as the World Bank publishes its annual World Development Report, with a special focus on the future of work, and as G20 leaders prepare for their summit later in the year in Argentina, which will consider new frameworks to help the world’s leading economies adjust to the digital revolution.

It draws on the ideas and experiences of thirty politicians and policymakers worldwide.

  • Members of the Parliamentary Network – Jeremy Lefroy MP (UK), Olfa Soukri Cherif MP (Tunisia) and Yunus Carrim MP (South Africa) together with David Woollcombe (Peace Child International) – stress the importance of focusing on employment and livelihoods for young people – who will be hit hardest by the rise of automation. They propose a national systems approach backed by a coalition of government, parliament, the private sector and civil society.
  • Nobel laureate Sir Christopher Pissarides and former advisor to Secretary Clinton Alec Ross look at the possibility for job creation in new industries even as old jobs are lost to automation.
  • The Mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, argues for cities to be allowed to lead reform of workers’ labour protections, while Singapore’s Senior Minister, Chee Hong Tat, explains the country’s groundbreaking new lifelong learning system and Francois Taddiel, an advisor to President Macron’s administration, sets out a vision for a ‘learning society.’
  • Director of UNI Global Union, Philip Jennings, highlights the surprising opportunities of artificial intelligence for workers, with the potential to raise global GDP 14% by 2030 – as long as its rollout is accompanied by a new social contract.
  • Simeon Djankov, Director of the World Development Report, highlights the urgent need for tax and regulatory frameworks to keep up with the fast-changing digital world.
  • Cornelia Schmidt-Liermann from Argentina – which chairs this year’s G20 – sets out the agenda for the G20’s focus on the Future of Work ahead their summit in November.

The book, edited by Liam Byrne, British MP and former Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the UK Cabinet, is launched today at the meeting of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF at their Annual Meeting, hosted by Indonesia.

Jeremy Lefroy MP and Chair of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF, said:

“Supporting young people in all countries into jobs and livelihoods is one of the key challenges of the age. We face both the changing nature of work in the digital age and the huge numbers of young people coming of age now and over the coming 30 years.

“They are our constituents whom we are elected to represent. Their future is of the utmost importance and concern to us. It is therefore our responsibility as parliamentarians to encourage our governments, businesses, civil society and development organisations to pool our energy, ideas and resources together to tackle this challenge.”

Michal Rutkowski, World Bank Senior Director for the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, said:

“Technology is changing how people work and making advanced and socio-emotional skills more important. It is therefore critical to invest in the human capital of young people to ensure they have the skills needed for the new world of work,”

Helge Berger, Assistant Director, IMF Research Department, said:

“In a rapidly changing world, the future of work is not easy to predict. Technological advances promise higher productivity and income, but they also act as possible sources of disruption. The IMF anticipates that many jobs and workers will be affected by developments in artificial intelligence, automation, and robotization.

“Policymakers—including members of parliament—should focus on policies that make the best possible use of a country’s technological change while making sure benefits are widely shared by its population. This includes measures to lift skill levels so they can match demand, facilitate the mobility of workers and resources across sectors, increase access to education and training, and more evenly redistribute the gains of growth.”

Liam Byrne MP, the book’s editor, said:

“We now live, not in an era of change, but a change of era. And unless we transform old ways of doing business, we simply will not unlock the real potential of new technologies – nor help ensure we share fairly the new wealth that we know business can create.

“This new book is an essential guide to politicians and parliamentarians everywhere as they step up to meet the hopes and fears of the people they came into public life to serve.”



Jeremy Lefroy MP: jeremy.lefroy.mp@parliament.uk

Gergana Ivanova (Coordinator, Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and the IMF): givanova@parlnet.org

Liam Byrne MP: liam.byrne.mp@parliament.uk

Notes to editors:

  1. The Future of Work For the People We Serve, edited by Liam Byrne MP, can be downloaded here.
  2. The book will be launched at the Annual Meeting of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Money Fund, hosted in Indonesia, on Tuesday 9 October.
  3. The ten lessons laid out in the book are:
  4. Understanding the impact of automation on the existing workforce
  5. Scoping the opportunities of industries of the future
  6. Redoubling efforts to unleash the power of enterprise and new firms
  7. Working hard to connect young people to jobs
  8. Developing new strategies to raise employment and enterprise rates amongst women
  9. In the labour market, rebuilding systems for social protection and lifelong learning
  10. In capital markets, ensuring financial services are a proactive force for creating good new jobs
  11. Ensuring corporate governance is fit for the future
  12. Letting cities pioneer change in industry and social safety nets

Reflecting on how the rules of economic institutions must change to ensure new wealth is wealth that is fairly shared

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Last week was Nottingham Goose Fair, one of Europe’s largest travelling fairs with a history that dates back more than 700 years. Visitors to the fair will have had over 500 attractions to choose from, including an array of Roller Coasters, Water Rides, Giant Wheels, Bombers, Dodgems, Twists, Waltzers and Miamis familiar to Goose Fair, as well as a number of new attractions that had not visited Nottingham before.

Goose Fair is perhaps the crown jewel in Nottingham City Council’s autumn events programme. Despite significant financial pressure as the Government takes more and more money from Nottingham’s Revenue Support Grant, we still remain committed to offering an array of free or affordable citywide and local events and activities for local families to enjoy. This year they include:

. Robin Hood Marathon, 29th and 30th September, Vicotria Embankment and Wollaton Park
. Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival, 17th – 20th October, Motorpoint Arena
. England vs Brazil UEFA Women’s Euro 2021, Saturday 6th October, Meadows Lane
. Jurassic Kingdom Exhibition, 20th October to 4th November, Wollaton Park
. Hockley Hustle, 28th October, Hockley
. Nottingham Halloween, 19th – 31st October, Old Market Square, Newstead Abbey and Wollaton Hall
. Nottingham Bonfire Night, 5th November, Forrest Recreation Ground
. Nottingham Comedy Festival, 2nd – 10th November, Various Venues across the City.

This year’s Autumn Events programme also includes a number of events to remember the centenary of the end of the First World War including the 1918 Armistice Centenary Concert at the Royal Concert Hall on 4th November, the Games of Remembrance at Meadow Lane on 8th November, the Commemorative Ceremony on Sunday 11th November at Victoria Embnakment and Battle’s Over a Nations Tribute from 6:30pm at the Victoria Embankment.

This will be complemented by a new war memorial at Victoria Embankment which will likely be completed May next year and will be the first memorial in Nottingham to list all the names of those from Nottinghamshire that died during the Great War.

I hope you and your family will be able to get down to some of these events and celebrations over the next couple of months.

Dave Trimble
Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture

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PRESS RELEASE 20181008 FROM STEVE BAKER MP – NO EMBARGO Former Brexit minister and ERG Deputy Chairman Steve Baker MP (Wycombe, Con) today released a series of five short videos summarising where we are in the Brexit negotiations. These are intended to inform the public. Steve remembers Maastricht at the age of 21 as a terrible row which hardly anyone seemed to understand. These videos are intended to avoid that problem today. He says, British politics is starting to resemble […]

Gazette October 2018

Steve Pound (Ealing North)

What is it about the quiz craze sweeping Ealing North?

I’ve never known a time when more people are organising and attending excellent quiz suppers and I see this as an entirely positive development.

Anything that gets us off the sofa and into civilised company where our brain cells can get a workout can only be a good thing and I cite the plethora of quiz nights as proof that we are not the atomised stay at home society that the doomsters claim is the case.

As ever case I am the “mystery shopper” as I attend so many different ones.

Ann and Hassan’s legendary quiz nights at Holy Cross, Greenford are like a mental gym and leave me exhausted and usually low down on the leader board. Next one – Saturday December 1st.6.30pm Greenford Community Centre!

Sally and Steve set a very high standard at All Hallows and they probably do the best music rounds as well as some cheeky illustrations culled from the deepest depths of the internet. Their next one is on Saturday 10th November at All Hallows Church Hall on Elton Avenue and I heartily recommend a visit. Top prizes too – not that I’d know.

Noel and Karen run the most sociable of quizzes at Brent Valley Golf Club and the fact that they are held on licenced premises may help in upping the merriment level.

The King and Queen of Quizzes in Ealing North are, of course, Val and Dave Dwyer of the mighty Wood End Residents’ Association. Although they have the temerity to hold WERA quizzes just over the border in Harrow they are never less than really good fun and bring the North Greenford community even closer.

I would mention my son and heir who is something of a quiz whizz and may yet be banned from the King’s Arms in Hanwell for persistently winning – despite his team once being called Quizteam Aguilera.

At this stage I should perhaps declare an interest.

Saturday 13th.October at 7pm and the place to be is St.Barnabas Church Hall on Pitshanger Lane. Vicki Dale and her soul crew are putting on another amazing evening which will only be diminished by the presence of yours truly as quiz master.

Best question I heard there was “Which member of the Beatles has the same first name as three UK Labour Prime Ministers” – I’ll put the answer up on my website if I can find out where it is!

Thinking about the popularity of quizzes I have come to the conclusion – and not for the first time – that while there may be those who bemoan the lack of communal social activity we do not face that problem in Ealing North.

See you at the next quiz night and please don’t be too contemptuous of my appalling ignorance of any popular music since 1977!

Surgery Dates – CHANGE OF DATE

Ian Mearns (Gateshead)

Due to staff shortage, the surgery date planned for tomorrow 5/10/18 is instead taking place on 12/10/18.

My apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Jesse’s Hereford Times Column – The importance of Community Housing

Jesse Norman (Hereford and South Herefordshire)

Last Saturday I was delighted to open the official launch of the new Herefordshire Centre for Community-Led Housing (HCCLH).

This is a very important project, led by James Murphy and Nancy Winfield, whose goal is to stimulate the building of more community land trusts, co-owned and community led housing in Herefordshire.

Anniversary of the Battle for Cable Street

Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green and Bow)

Today we commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. 82 years have passed since thousands of East Londoners stood together against fascism and intolerance.


The Royal British Legion has launched a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world during the First World War. This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War and the charity is calling on mass involvement from the public to recognise the legacy left to us by the entire First World War generation.

‘Thank You’ honours not only the 1.1 million British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who lost their lives in the First World War, but also those who played their part on the home front, and those who returned to build a better life for the benefit of generations to come.

Charles Byrne, Director General of The Royal British Legion, said: “We all have a connection to the First World War, for me it is Private Ross Ryan, my grandfather, and we all have a reason to say ‘Thank You’ to this special generation.

“Whether your personal ‘Thank You’ is an event dedicated to those who made a difference in your community, a visit to a place of significance, or a simple tweet, there’s no limit to the ways people can take part. We are making a plea to every single person across the UK to get involved and take a moment in this very significant year to say ‘Thank You’.”

Christina said “I was pleased to visit the Royal British Legion’s stand at Labour Party conference to hear about their work leading up to the centenary of the end of the First World War. To the farmers who gave up their horses to the war effort; to the women who kept our home fires burning; to the Sassoons and the McCraes whose work has shaped our understanding of conflict; we should indeed say ‘Thank You’. I am saying Thank You to you all.”

For further information and to find out how you can get involved in the ‘Thank You’ movement, please visit rbl.org.uk/thankyou and share your story on with #ThankYou100.

Barnsley FC: Success on and off the pitch

Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central)

I was concerned to hear that Stephen Croft – a popular member of staff at Barnsley FC – suffered a cardiac arrest just before the start of Saturday’s match against Burton.

Stephen is still recovering in hospital, and my thoughts are with him and his family. I wish him a speedy recovery, and would like to pay tribute to the fantastic work of the club’s medical staff and the air ambulance service in responding to the incident.

Although fans will have been no doubt disappointed that Saturday’s match had to be postponed – the club made absolutely the right decision. The calm behaviour of both sets of fans is a credit to both Barnsley and Burton.

Although Saturday was a difficult day for the club, the 2018/19 season has seen a positive start for the Reds.

Whitchurch Silk Mill Reopens

Kit Malthouse (North West Hampshire)

We dropped in to the soft opening of the silk mill in Whitchurch last Saturday. It’s been closed for a massive refurbishment for about 18 months or so and we were eager to see the result. I have to say it now looks really splendid. The internal layout works much better with improved access and display space. There’s lots more for the kids to do as well. The shop has been remodelled to accommodate a lovely well designed cafe and the whole lot has been given a smart spruce up. The team of volunteers and trustees have done a great job both raising the money needed and piloting the project. They’ve brilliantly breathed new life into this local institution that’s right at the heart of the Whitchurch community. Please do visit and see for yourself.

Saving Leicester General Hospital

Keith Vaz (Leicester East)

I have set up a petition against the removal of Intensive Care beds from the of part of Leicester General Hospital. The link to sign this petition is here: https://www.change.org/p/leicester-save-the-leicester-general-hospital-stop-the-removal-of-intensive-care-unit-icu-beds-1223b226-b3de-4e01-aa9d-2d27822fc088.  Please will you click on the link and get your … Continue reading

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