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2013 November

29 Nov

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FA Tesco Skills Kickabout

November 29, 2013 | By | No Comments

Yesterday I took part in an FA Tesco Skills after school session. It’s a great programme ran by fantastic coaches which gives children of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new skills and importantly enjoy the game! More info here http://tescoskills.thefa.com/

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29 Nov

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Halve it

November 29, 2013 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP - 2 (4)This week I pledged my support for Halve It, a national coalition campaign that aims to halve late diagnosis and undiagnosed HIV in the UK by 2015. At the Halve It World AIDS Day parliamentary drop-in session, I met with key members of the campaign’s steering group, including leading HIV clinicians, and CEOs of patient and policy organisations. I discussed with them Halve It’s aims and achievements to date, and the campaign’s compelling case for HIV to remain a public health priority in the UK.

According to Public Health England data released last week, an estimated 98,400 people were living with HIV in the UK in 2012. The overall prevalence was 1.5 per 1,000 population, and an estimated 21,900 people living with HIV in 2012 were unaware of their infection.

In light of these figures, I believe that HIV should remain a public health priority in the UK, and as a Halve It supporter will advocate for the campaign’s continued work on improving HIV testing and diagnosis.

29 Nov

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My Heart

November 29, 2013 | By | No Comments

CRY Parliamentary launch of 'My Heart' booklet.Palace of Westminster, London.

I was delighted to attend the launch of CRY’s new booklet in Parliament earlier this week with Sheila. I would like to congratulate the charity for the work it continues to do in supporting young people whose lives might otherwise been turned upside down by such a sudden diagnosis. You can take a look at the book here http://www.myheart.org.uk/

25 Nov

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Fit to Drive

November 25, 2013 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MPLast week I attended the RSA Insurance Group’s ‘Fit to Drive’ drop-in eye test event in Parliament. Supported by road safety charity Brake and the Optical Confederation and held during National Road Safety Week, the event saw MPs from all political parties tested to see whether they meet the UK’s minimum eye health standards.

Drivers should take responsibility for their own and other people’s safety extremely seriously. An important part of this is making sure their eyesight meets the standards required and they wear their glasses or lenses every time they drive if they need them.

Thousands of crashes happen every year because of poor vision, at great cost to those involved and to the economy as a whole.

I’m glad to say that I’m fit to drive but it’s vital everyone gets their eyes tested regularly to make sure they are safe too.

22 Nov

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AFAware Week

November 22, 2013 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP Pulse Check

I am delighted to support the ‘Detect and Protect’ campaign for AFAware Week (24th – 30th November). Atrial Fibrillation is a condition that affects a lot of people and more needs to be done to promote awareness about detecting and treating AF patients.

Not only is it important that AF is identified through the use of a simple pulse check, but it is crucial that following this diagnosis patients receive the most appropriate treatment for them.  It is estimated that by doing so, 7,100 strokes can be prevented each year.

More information on this great campaign here: http://www.atrialfibrillation.org.uk/campaigns/afawareweek.html

22 Nov

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Question Time at St Paul’s School

November 22, 2013 | By | No Comments

St Pauls School

Very nice thank you card from year 6 pupils of St.Paul’s School after Question Time this morning.

12 Nov

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Save Lloyd and Leila

November 12, 2013 | By | No Comments

Lloyd and LeilaUnfortunately Stepney City Farm can no longer keep the popular cows known as Lloyd and Leila.

I am asking the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to allow these animals to go to the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk where they will have a permanent home.

You can sign the petition here: http://hillside.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=4c95cca2af7aa16d5d44b5a9e&id=a82f6215fd.

12 Nov

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Access to Medical Technology

November 12, 2013 | By | No Comments

Access to medical technology is not possible for many people who need it in Poplar and Limehouse, and that’s why I signed a pledge to improve patient access to medical technology last week.

The pledge is being organised by the Medical Technology Group, a coalition of patient groups, research charities and medical device manufacturers, which is committed to increasing patient access to high quality, life-improving medical technologies to all who need it.

Medical technologies can be very effective for patients with a range of conditions, helping them return to work, care for loved ones, or enabling them to be looked after at home. They can also save the NHS money by reducing the number and length of stays in hospital.

08 Nov

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150 years of Football

November 8, 2013 | By | No Comments

UntitledLast week The Football Association celebrated its 150th anniversary and, with the First Round of The FA Cup approaching, I took the opportunity to get my hands on The FA Cup.

Football has come such a long way since that first meeting back in 1863 which created the first laws of the game.

Today it plays a huge part in the lives of millions across the country and it’s great to see so many people in Poplar and Limehouse enjoying the game.

In England there are seven million players of all ages and backgrounds who regularly play the game, as well as 400,000 volunteers, 300,000 coaches and 27,000 referees. 

As the first round of the FA Cup kicks I know football fans up and down the country will be keeping a close eye on results and dreaming of the final at Wembley in May next year.

08 Nov

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Poppy Appeal

November 8, 2013 | By | No Comments

DSC_0096I’d like to say a big thank you to constituents and Wharfers who bought poppies from volunteers across the Canary Wharf estate this week. Everybody was very generous and their donations will go a long way to help the Royal British Legion.

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