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11 Jul

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Age Champions Parliamentary Reception

July 11, 2017 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, met with older people from across the country at an event in Parliament organised by the charity Age UK.

The Age Champions event was the charity’s annual summer reception and highlighted the challenges of an ageing population and opportunities in later life.

MPs heard how they can tackle issues affecting older people in Poplar and Limehouse and across the country, including loneliness and isolation, social care and ‎the importance of a decent income.

Jim said:

“It’s right the crisis in social care is finally getting the attention it deserves. The public are now more aware than ever the problems some are facing in later life. It’s astonishing to think one million people are not receiving the care they need to live with dignity and respect.

“What they need are viable solutions from the government and the work organisations like Age UK are doing on issues like fuel poverty, loneliness and the care system is invaluable. It was great to be able to support their efforts.”

Speaking at the event, Age UK Chief Executive, Tom Wright CBE, said:

“I am delighted to say that we now have over 130 Age Champion MPs from all sides of the House and I hope that many others will want to join as this Parliament proceeds.

“This new Parliament offers a great opportunity for policymakers to work together with organisations like Age UK with a view to ensuring that every older person can live with dignity and enjoy a fulfilling later life.

“Issues like the fragility of our social care system and the chronic loneliness that affects too many are not going away and our older population badly needs us to find solutions for them.”

Throughout the event MPs learned more about how Age UK can help them to improve the lives of older people in their constituencies and make the most of their role as an ‘Age Champion’.

For more information about your local Age UK and Age UK’s work more generally please visit: www.ageuk.org.uk

19 Jul

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27 Oct

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Sreepur Village Orphanage Fundraiser

October 27, 2014 | By | No Comments

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On Saturday 25 October, the Sreepur Village Orphanage held a fundraising dinner to celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Sonargaon Restaurant.

The Sreepur Village Orphanage is a wonderful charitable organisation both Sheila and I have been supporting for a number of years.

Our involvement with Sreepur Village as patron and trustee includes our visits to Sreepur to see and assist in Sreepur Village’s work with women and children in Bangladesh first hand. We have also hosted our own events at the House of Commons in support of the charity, raising funds as well as Sreepur’s profile.

Sreepur’s ‘Shishu Polli’ is often the first place each woman residing in the village wakes up knowing that she will be safe, will receive nutritious meals and will have the company and friendship of other women in similar circumstances.

Sreepur’s work also extends to the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse with help provided to women and children affected by the tragedy. We have since supported the education of 139 children living with foster and extended families as a result of the collapse.

Without the work of Sreepur, many destitute mothers and their children in Bangladesh would have little or no means of surviving.

Overall, the dinner was a fantastic success, with funding raised for Sreepur via a number of means including a raffle and auction which I was delighted to host. We were also lucky enough to receive our entertainment for the night courtesy of Cllr Rajib Ahmed and Doros Ullah who performed traditional Bangla songs.

Thank you to everyone who attended!

30 Sep

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“Ask your MP”

September 30, 2014 | By | No Comments

Myself with Vanessa Feltz

Today I faced the hotseat as I joined Vanessa Feltz on BBC London 94.9 for an hour of “Ask your MP”. It was a great opportunity to talk about some of the wonderful developments in Poplar and Limehouse as well as answering some of your questions directly.

If you didn’t get the chance to tune in, have no fear! Click on this link and forward to 02:01:50.

15 Sep

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Mencap’s ‘Hear my voice’ campaign

September 15, 2014 | By | No Comments

Myself with Aaron, a Mencap Young Ambassador

Myself with Aaron, a Mencap Young Ambassador

 

I was delighted to attend the launch of Mencap’s Hear my voice campaign in the House of Commons last week. The new campaign is about empowering people with a learning disability and their families to make sure their voices are heard by their local MPs and candidates in the lead up to the May 2015 General Election.

People with a learning disability and their families are as much a part of our society as anyone else and deserve to have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them. I am listening and I hope that many more MPs and potential candidates will do the same by getting on board with Mencap’s Hear my voice campaign.

10 Sep

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Dairy All Party Parliamentary Group Launch

September 10, 2014 | By | No Comments

I attended the launch of the new Dairy All Party Parliamentary Group in Westminster today and was thrilled to be part of an important committee which considers all aspects of the dairy sector. I am aware of the many issues concerning the industry and look forward to providing my assistance as well as representing the interests of those related. It is evident that the UK government currently supports various schemes relating to the dairy sector, however, I am certain more can be done and will be done with the effort of this committee.

08 Jul

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Today I took an HIV test at ‘Halfway to World AIDS day’ event in Westminster.

July 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Today I was one of the record number of legislators who took an HIV test at a ‘Halfway to World AIDS day’ event hosted by the Halve It Coalition and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS. MPs and Peers took a test administered by clinicians from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in an act of solidarity with all those living with HIV across the world every day of the year, and in demonstration of the UK’s policy commitment to HIV testing. During the event members of the Halve It steering group, including leading HIV clinicians and CEOs of patient and policy organisations, spoke with parliamentarians about HIV testing and related sexual health issues. 

23 Jun

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Wimbledon in Westminster

June 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

Road to Westminster - Notables. June '14

Road to Westminster - Notables. June '14

Westminster got a taste of Wimbledon last week and I had the pleasure of meeting some of the two million children given a chance to play tennis as a result of the schools tennis programme run by the Tennis Foundation and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). The event was part of a programme of activity to promote tennis as a sport for all ages and abilities, at a time when it takes centre stage for the British public on the eve of the Championships.

23 Jun

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Waiting to Benefit

June 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

Macmillan PIP Seminar

Last week I attended the launch of Macmillan Cancer Support’s new research report, Waiting to Benefit, into disability benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP). It is a great shame many who are diagnosed with cancer have to wait a considerable amount of time before they start receiving disability benefit. I am supporting Macmillan and intend to raise this issue with the Minister for Disabled People until the matter is resolved.

08 May

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Adult Learner Awards

May 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Great to stop by Wigram House, E14, earlier this week and hand out certificates for Money Matters, Reading, ESOL, Sewing. Community Involvement and Job Club courses to some fantastic adult learners.

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