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All Party Parliamentary Groups

January 5, 2016 | By | No Comments

As well as taking part in formal parliamentary business, MPs are active in other areas such as within their own political parties and constituencies. They may also take part in informal work at Westminster, such as working with All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs).

APPGs are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.

Below is an updated list of all the APPGs I am joined to:

Maritime and Ports – chair and registered contact

Primary Headache Disorders – chair and registered contact

Fit and Healthy Childhood – chair and registered contact

Tidy Britain – chair and registered contact

Markets – chair and registered contact

Deafness – chair and registered contact

Fire Safety Rescue – secretary

Unconventional Oil and Gas – vice chair

Bangladesh – vice chair

Singapore – vice chair

Animal Welfare – vice chair

Credit Unions – vice chair

Crossrail – vice chair

Dairy – vice chair

Dementia – vice chair

Mindfulness – vice chair

Transport Safety – co chair

Endangered Species – vice chair

08 Jul

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Labour Leadership, Deputy and Mayoral Elections

July 8, 2015 | By | No Comments

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You may be aware of the various Labour elections gearing up and if you are a member, you may be deciding which of the candidates to support. I am backing Yvette Cooper MP for the leadership, Caroline Flint MP for the deputy leadership and Tessa Jowell MP for the London mayoral candidacy. I have decided to back an all-women slate and believe they are the best candidates for our Party’s, the country’s and London’s future. Do check them out for yourself, you can find Yvette’s campaign website here > Caroline’s campaign here > and Tessa’s ‘One London’ campaign here >.

06 Jul

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Woolmore Primary School visit

July 6, 2015 | By | No Comments

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I enjoyed my visit to Woolmore Primary School last week, it was great to meet the year 5 pupils and answer their questions about the work I do inside and outside Parliament. You can visit the school’s website for more info about my visit here.

06 Jul

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Limehouse Festival

July 6, 2015 | By | No Comments

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Sheila and I had a great time at the Limehouse festival organised by the Limehouse Community Forum on Sunday, you can read The Wharf’s column all about it and see photos from the day here.

06 Jul

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Dog Awareness Week

July 6, 2015 | By | No Comments

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Last week I went to an event in Parliament hosted by the Royal Mail and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in support of Dog Awareness Week. It was good to meet representatives from both organisations and talk about safety around dogs. Battersea have made a great video advising dog owners which you can view here along with more information about the event.

23 Jun

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London City Airport – Jobs Fair

June 23, 2015 | By | No Comments

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London City Airport got in touch with me this week regarding a jobs fair they will be holding on Saturday 11th July at the airport between 2PM-5PM which may be of interest to my constituents. Please take a look at the attached flyer for more info:

London City Airport Jobs Fair Flyer

17 Mar

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Housing

March 17, 2015 | By | No Comments

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I would like to start off this week’s column by praising the many housing associations in Poplar and Limehouse that do an absolute fantastic job working with the residents of Tower Hamlets in ensuring housing needs are met.

Their consistency has not gone unnoticed. However, there are concerns about the activities of some housing associations operating in the Borough.

Just last month, one housing association was found by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to have breached its home standards. This was through their provision of poor repairs services which put the health and safety of tenants at risk.

Over the past few years Poplar and Limehouse has seen a dramatic regeneration in the number and quality of properties available to tenants and homeowners. There are questions about the affordability of many of these homes.

Among other concerns, this was debated in the Commons on Friday, in my debate on “Housing Association transfer ballots”. (For full text visit: http://www.jimfitzpatrickmp.org/news/?p=746)

Residents have been raising their complaints but there is no system currently in place to hold housing associations properly to account. It is my view that residents should be able to decide who to appoint as their housing association with the right to sack them and appoint another if major failures are found.

You may remember this is not the first time I have brought this issue to the House; in 2012 I highlighted in the Chamber that the housing related grievances in Poplar and Limehouse will not be going away unactioned.

The then Minister Mr Don Foster replied he would keep a close eye on the housing situation in Poplar and Limehouse and do his best to secure meetings with Ministers concerned.

Despite this, problems continue and solutions are harder to find.

This is one of the reasons I lent my support to the Homes for Britain campaign on Tuesday (17th March) for their walk to Westminster.

I joined Poplar HARCA, Tower Hamlets Homes and Tower Hamlets Community Housing in Chrisp Street for the first leg of the walk, it was great to see so many Poplar and Limehouse residents supporting the campaign.

Housing continues to be a major issue in my constituency. A Labour government in office post May 7th will ensure 200,000 more homes built a year by 2020.

Ultimately it is with more affordable homes, better living conditions and accountable housing associations that we can look forward to witnessing a better housing situation in Poplar and Limehouse once and for all.

06 Mar

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Labour will protect older people from being ripped off by the Tories

March 6, 2015 | By | No Comments

The Tory-led government has failed to protect older people and prevent them from being ripped off. Pensioners’ living standards have been hit hard by the Tories’ refusal to act against rip-off energy bills and pension charges, while social care funding has been slashed.

Typical energy bills have risen by £300 a year since David Cameron became Prime Minister and nearly one in ten older households now face fuel poverty. Delayed action to cut pension fees has left savers worse off while cuts to elderly care, making it harder for older people to get the care they need at home, have resulted in more people going to A&E.

Older people are tired of being let down by the Tories. That’s why I’m backing Labour’s better plan for pensioners and older people.

Labour will protect the ‘triple lock’ that ensures pensioners’ incomes keep pace with the cost of living. And while we have taken the tough decision to restrict Winter Fuel Allowance from the richest five per cent of pensioners to help pay down the deficit, we will guarantee that there will be no further changes to the Winter Fuel Allowance or to universal free TV licenses or bus passes for pensioners.

We will help pensioners struggling with energy bills by freezing gas and electricity prices until 2017. We’ll also offer free efficiency improvements to at least 200,000 households at risk of fuel poverty.

And we will improve social care to keep people safe and healthy at home, driving out the culture of 15 minute care slots by bringing in 5,000 new homecare workers. Labour will invest in our NHS with more doctors and nurses so they have time to care for you and your family.

Older people can’t afford five more years under the Tories. Labour has a better plan to protect older people’s living standards and the NHS that they and their families rely on.

06 Mar

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DAVID CAMERON’S PLAN IS FAILING LABOUR HAS A BETTER PLAN FOR WORKING FAMILIES

March 6, 2015 | By | No Comments

The choice at this Election is between a failing plan and a better plan for working families.

Families are £1600 worse off under David Cameron and are right to fear his plans to take public spending back to 1930s levels – when there was no NHS.

In fact, under David Cameron, this is set to be the first time since the 1920s that people are worse off at the end of a parliament than at the start. As research from the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies confirmed this week, working people are worse off since 2010.

We know what five more years of the Tories would bring because we have seen the last five years. Working families deserve a better plan that rewards the hard work they do.

Labour has a better plan for working families.  We will balance the books and won’t make unfunded commitments in our manifesto. We will cut the deficit every year– but without taking Britain back to the levels of the 1930s, before there was an NHS.  We recognise that Britain will only be able to deal with the deficit by tackling the cost-of-living crisis.

Labour’s plan will make sure this recovery reaches kitchen tables across all Britain, because we know that when working people succeed, our country succeeds too.

09 Jan

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BBC London 94.9

January 9, 2015 | By | No Comments

On Tuesday I was on BBC London 94.9 with Vanessa Feltz. We discussed a whole range of things including the NHS and the Mansion Tax.

If you didn’t get the chance to tune in, not to worry, here is the link, forward it to 01:02:00 and enjoy!

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