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2014 January

27 Jan

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WEA Visit

January 27, 2014 | By | No Comments

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I was delighted to meet Mona and her sewing class last Friday on the Lincoln Estate. The class is organised by the fantastic Workers’ Educational Association and it was really inspiring to talk with the students and hear how much they’re learning.

Mona and her students have big plans for the future and I hope this great community project goes from strength to strength.

22 Jan

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Time to Call Time on the Alcohol Super Tax

January 22, 2014 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP Miles BealeLast week I supported calls for the super tax on wine and spirits to be cut at an event in Parliament.

Organised by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, the event helped publicise independent which has found that 6000 new jobs would be created and an extra £230 million generated for the public finances if the super tax were scrapped in the March Budget.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association, the Scotch Whisky Association and the TaxPayers’ Alliance are all calling on the Chancellor to end what is known as the alcohol duty escalator. Since its introduction in 2008, the escalator has caused the tax on wine and spirits to rocket by 50% for wine and 44% for spirits.

At a time when money is tight, it’s good to hear of a positive step the Chancellor could take to unlock additional revenue to the Exchequer and create 6000 new jobs. And he can do it by cutting taxes.

I will be writing to him to ensure this important research is brought to his attention as a matter of urgency. Scrapping the duty escalator will help businesses up and down the country and provide benefits for the wider economy. It deserves careful consideration.

16 Jan

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

January 16, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Yesterday I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, honouring those who died during the Holocaust as well as honouring the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured.

It is very important that we both remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust and other tragedies. Holocaust Memorial Day serves as a reminder that we must continue to challenge all forms of hatred and intolerance.

Monday 27th January will mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, hundreds of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across London, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

For more information visit http://www.hmd.org.uk/.

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