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2013 July

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Dot Dot Dot

July 31, 2013 | By | No Comments

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Last week I got to see the fantastic Dot Dot Dot project in action. Dot Dot Dot lets people who do great volunteering live as property guardians in buildings that would otherwise be empty. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the guardians who deserve recognition for the fantastic community work they’re doing. More information here: http://www.dotdotdotproperty.com/.

30 Jul

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Cycling deaths are unacceptable

July 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

This is my latest column for local newspaper The Wharf:

Cycling has been on my mind this week. We all heard the tragic news that a man from Poplar had become the third cyclist to die on the city’s streets in three weeks; constituents have got in touch about the #CycleSafe Commons debate in September; and I’ve been taking advantage of the weather to cycle in to Westminster whenever possible.

All this has made me think of the huge discussion we’ve had on cycling for the last few years.

It’s because of this debate we now know what we have to do to make our roads safe and encourage people to get on a bike.

More investment, safer road design, lower speed limits, better HGV safety and driver training are just some of the many proposals which can turn words into action.

Cyclists also have a part to play, they must lead by example and abide by the rules as well as drivers.

And that’s what needs to happen now, we must reassure cyclists and people who haven’t got on a bike yet that we’re on their side and working harder than ever to make it safe.

It is unacceptable and wholly wrong that three cyclists have died on the capital’s roads in the past three weeks and this must change.

We’re only at the start of what could be a cycling revolution in this country.

There are only two things stopping us, the first is the legitimate fear cyclists have of our roads and the second is the work we must do on our roads to match the size of our ambition and reassure cyclists it’s safe.

30 Jul

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Search begins for Digital Hero in Tower Hamlets

July 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

I’m calling for local groups to enter the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards 2013, a competition that recognises and rewards people who are using technology to help their communities.

The awards, now in their sixth year, have provided funding and support to 62 organisations across Britain, including various charities which have used technology to help children and youth, the homeless and people with disabilities.

The awards, run in partnership with the Daily Mirror and charities Citizens Online and Go ON UK, aim to recognise inspirational people who use technology to benefit their local community. Twelve winners, one from each region of the UK – voted for by the public – will each get £5,000 to enhance their digital projects, with one overall winner getting £10,000.

Digital plays an increasingly important role in everyday life, helping to improve the community and encourage the growth of small businesses. Digital Heroes is an initiative which recognises people and organisations who have worked hard to champion technology and make a difference to their community.

I hope that projects in Tower Hamlets will be able to benefit from this year’s competition and I will be encouraging local groups and individuals to enter.

The awards are now open for submissions at www.talktalkdigitalheroes.co.uk and the deadline for entries is August 14, 2013. The Twitter hashtag for the awards is #digitalheroes.

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP voices support for Lung Cancer Nurses

July 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

Kay Rowe,Jane Drescher and Jim Fitzpatrick MPThis week I met lung cancer nurse specialists at an event in Parliament organised by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation (RCLCF) and the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses (NLCFN) .

I was very pleased to have the opportunity to meet the nurses who know first-hand how important it is that people with lung cancer receive the care they need.  Thousands of people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year and the care lung cancer nurse specialists provide is invaluable.

We must ensure that every lung cancer patient can see a lung cancer nurse specialist at every stage of their care and treatment.

I will be urging local services to ensure that patients with lung cancer are able to access lung cancer nurse specialists, to give them the best possible care to cope with the impact of the disease.

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