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2015 February

27 Feb

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Business of the House

February 27, 2015 | By | No Comments

I spoke in the Chamber yesterday, here is an excerpt:

Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse) (Lab): Has the Leader had a bid from the Department for Transport for a debate on road safety? Even though our roads are among the safest in the world, the latest casualty statistics show some worrying trends. There is an ongoing concern about cycle safety and the Green Paper on graduated licensing has disappeared, so there is quite an appetite for a debate on road safety before Dissolution. Might that be possible?

Mr Hague: Road safety is a very important issue that Members on both sides of the House have always taken seriously and on which broadly the United Kingdom has a strong record by international standards. We have to maintain that, and it is right to debate it if there are any doubts about it. That is a legitimate subject to put forward to the Backbench Business Committee. I cannot offer any Government time for it in the remaining days of the Parliament. The Department for Transport does have questions remaining before Dissolution—next Thursday—and I encourage him to raise the issue then.

27 Feb

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Early day motion 817 – ROYAL BRITISH LEGION INSULT TO INJURY CAMPAIGN

February 27, 2015 | By | No Comments

Session: 2014-15

Date Jim signed: 27/02/2015

Primary sponsor: Anderson, David

Sponsors: Mann, John Hemming, John Cunningham, Alex Williams, Hywel Williams, Mark

That this House notes the invaluable contribution made by servicemen and servicewomen, past and present, to the security of the UK and the risks they take with their health and lives in defence of freedom; further notes that this unique sacrifice is not fully recognised within the social care system, with veterans who were injured before 6 April 2005 typically finding that all but the first £10 per week of their military compensation is taken to cover the costs of their care; further notes that this is not the case for veterans who were injured after 6 April 2005, or for civilians who have been injured in the workplace, both of whom can retain their compensation awards in full when accessing council support; recognises that the current situation amounts to a clear breach of the Armed Forces Covenant principle of no disadvantage due to Service; and calls on the Government and devolved administrations to harmonise the treatment of injured veterans’ compensation payments in social care charging guidance, making additional financial resources available to help local authorities implement this policy change.

http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/817

27 Feb

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Macmillan Cancer

February 27, 2015 | By | No Comments

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Poplar and Limehouse MP, Jim Fitzpatrick, is backing Macmillan Cancer Support’s campaign for all patients to be treated with the highest levels of dignity and respect, and for NHS staff to be supported to do so.

At an event in Parliament, Jim Fitzpatrick met people affected by cancer who shared their own experience and raised the importance of being listened to throughout their journey. Macmillan healthcare staff at the event, also shared their stories about caring for people living with cancer and highlighted the importance of feeling supported and engaged in order to deliver the best possible care.

Macmillan’s new report ‘The people behind cancer care – Patient and Staff stories‘ emphasises the importance of putting people at the heart of our cancer care by hearing from cancer patients and staff alike. The report presents stories from 10 patients about their experiences of care at different points of their cancer journey. It also features insights from staff into the good and bad aspects of their work and how their own experiences determine the quality of care provided.

Ahead of the general election in May, Macmillan is calling on all political parties to make a commitment in their manifestos to ensure that all patients, including cancer patients, are treated with the highest levels of dignity and respect, and that staff are supported to deliver this.

Speaking on the subject, Jim Fitzpatrick MP said: “Every person diagnosed with cancer should be treated with dignity and respect and not as a set of symptoms. NHS staff work incredibly hard to deliver high quality care in challenging circumstances. However, as Macmillan’s report shows, there is still room for improvement to tackle cases of poor care and staff disengagement.

 “If patient care is to be improved across the NHS, both staff and patients need to be listened to and their feedback acted on. This can make a major difference to how patients experience their care and even recover from cancer treatment.  Macmillan’s campaign aims to ensure all patients are treated as individuals and I am very proud to support it.”

25 Feb

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Written question 225303: Jim Fitzpatrick 24-02-2015

February 25, 2015 | By | No Comments

Question:

Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

Asked on: 24 February 2015

Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been (a) proceeded against and (b) convicted of offences under section 3(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in England in each year from 1997 to 2014.

Answer:

Answered by: George Eustice

Answered on: 06 March 2015

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates’ courts and found guilty at all courts of offences under section 2 of the Dogs Act 1871 and Section 3(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in England from 1997 to 2013 is in the table attached and has also been sent to the House Library.

Criminal court proceedings data for 2014 are planned for publication in May 2015.

table showing Magistrates Courts proceedings (Excel SpreadSheet, 38 KB)

Link: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-02-24/225303/

25 Feb

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Early day motion 746 – THE BIG RIDE FOR PALESTINIAN CHILDREN

February 25, 2015 | By | No Comments

Session: 2014-15

Date Jim signed: 25.02.2015

Primary sponsor: Kaufman, Gerald

Sponsors: Duncan, Alan | Blunt, Crispin | Corbyn, Jeremy | Morris, Grahame M | McDonnell, John

That this House salutes Red Spokes for organising the Big Ride, a sponsored bicycle ride by some 1,000 cyclists from Edinburgh to London to be held from 1 to 9 August to raise money for the Middle East Children’s Alliance, a non-profit organisation which is dedicated to helping deprived children who are war victims in Gaza; and hopes that not only will this venture be financially successful but will draw increased attention to the plight of Palestinian children in Gaza and the West Bank.

http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/746

24 Feb

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Freedom of Information: Written question – 224160

February 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

Question:

Jim Fitzpatrick:

Asked on: 11 February 2015

Department for Communities and Local Government

Freedom of Information

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the reasons were for the change in his Department’s performance in meeting deadlines for responding to Freedom of Information requests between 2010 and quarter three of 2014.

Answer:

Kris Hopkins:

Answered on: 24 February 2015

The Department for Communities and Local Government, recognise the value of the Freedom of Information Act and as part of our commitment to transparency we aim to respond to these requests as quickly as possible.

Freedom of Information Act requests by their nature can prove complex to answer and, notwithstanding the statutory guidance on the amount of time that must be spent in responding, we sometimes take longer to reply in order to gather the information requested.

The change has been driven at least in part by an increased complexity of requests and we have responded to this in recent months by increasing the resources we devote to this area. Early indications show a significant improvement in performance, which we expect will be reflected when figures for cases received after 1 January 2015 are released.

Ministry of Justice statistics are published on a quarterly basis, approximately three months in arrears, so the next figures to be published will refer to cases received in October to December 2014. The figures showing the improvements we have made will be visible in the following quarter when data for cases received in January to March 2015 are made available.

Link: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-02-11/224160/

24 Feb

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Ministers’ Quarterly Returns: Written question – 224159

February 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

Question:

Jim Fitzpatrick:

Asked on: 11 February 2015

Department for Communities and Local Government

Ministers’ Quarterly Returns

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons ministerial returns for his Department for quarters two and three of 2014 have not yet been published.

Answer:

Kris Hopkins:

Answered on: 24 February 2015

Updated detail of Ministerial hospitality, overseas travel and meetings with external organisations will be published in due course on the same day as other government departments.

Link: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-02-11/224159/

19 Feb

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#CrossCancerOut

February 19, 2015 | By | No Comments

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Poplar and Limehouse election candidate, Jim Fitzpatrick, is backing an appeal from Cancer Research UK to help save more lives in the constituency and across the UK.

The Labour candidate visited the Cancer Research UK exhibition at Canary Wharf last week on Friday 13th February 2015, where members of the public were being invited to find out how to join the charity’s General Election campaign – Cross Cancer Out.

Cancer Research UK was highlighting how crucial it is for future MPs to listen to their constituents by putting cancer at the top of their political agenda.

Jim Fitzpatrick demonstrated his support by placing a cross on giant letters spelling out ‘CANCER’.

With predictions showing that now one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime, Cancer Research UK says determined political action is urgently needed to help more people survive.

In the run up to the General Election, the charity is calling on candidates to back measures to ensure cancer patients receive the best treatment and are diagnosed early enough for that treatment to make a difference.

It is an appeal Jim wholeheartedly supports. He said: “While more people in Poplar and Limehouse will be diagnosed with cancer in the future, there is good news – Cancer Research UK’s work is helping to ensure more men, women and children survive.

“But with more than three people diagnosed with cancer every hour in London* and this number set to rise, it’s vital that we detect cancer earlier across the UK and offer all patients the best possible chance of surviving.

“I’m backing the Cross Cancer Out campaign, because it’s clear that there’s still much that we can do to beat cancer sooner. The political drive to beat the disease must match the pace of progress in research.”

Layla Theiner, Head of Public Affairs at Cancer Research UK, said: “The increase in the lifetime risk of getting cancer is primarily because more people are surviving into old age, when the disease is more common.

“We can’t avoid growing older, but we can prevent a crisis in the future by acting now to make our NHS cancer services among the best in the world.

“Without increased political support we could see the death toll from cancer rising in the UK and so early diagnosis and better treatments must be key priorities for the next Government.

“That’s why we’re calling on MPs and parliamentary candidates from all political parties to commit to ‘Cross Cancer Out’ and help ensure no-one’s life is cut short by this devastating disease.”

For more information and ways to get involved in the campaign, visit cruk.org/crosscancerout or join the conversation on twitter #CrossCancerOut.

16 Feb

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Early day motion 772 – HEARING LOSS

February 16, 2015 | By | No Comments

Session: 2014-15

Date tabled: 04.02.2015

I signed: 09.02.2015

Primary sponsor: Meale, Alan

Sponsors: Crausby, David|Lavery, Ian|Campbell,Ronnie|Mearns, Ian|Skinner, Dennis

That this House is aware that hearing loss is a serious health condition which can and often does have a significant adverse impact on people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life, with at present an estimated 10 million people in the UK with such a health prognosis facing the risks of developing other conditions such as dementia or depression; recognises that NHS audiology services provide vital support for people who suffer hearing loss and related adverse conditions, allowing them to retain their independence, maintain relationships and stay in employment, giving them the essential support to help them cope; notes the World Health Organisation’s predictions that by 2030 adult onset hearing loss will be in the top 10 disease burdens in the UK; acknowledges the forthcoming publication of the National Action Plan on Hearing Loss; but calls on the Government to request the NHS to commission NICE to prioritise the immediate development of a hearing loss clinical guideline to establish and maintain quality standards for patients suffering hearing loss.

Link: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/772

13 Feb

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Celtic FC Foundation in Poplar and Limehouse

February 13, 2015 | By | No Comments

IMG_45855Young people from Tower Hamlets with their certificates

footballerr Myself with fellow Scotsman, Charlie Mulgrew

Celtic FC Foundation, the charitable foundation of the world-famous Scottish football club Celtic FC, announced on Thursday a three-year charitable sports programme in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, 5 Star Active and Poplar HARCA which sees the club return to its founders’ roots in east London.

A football club will be formed for the maintenance of dinner tables for the children and unemployed” was how Celtic FC founder Brother Walfrid declared the purpose of the club back at its formation in 1887 in Scotland, later swapping the East End of Glasgow with the East End of London, arriving as Headmaster of St. Anne’s School, Whitechapel in 1893.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Reaching Communities’ fund, the programme sees the club return to their founders’ early days in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to deliver a 48 week a year programme of sports, arts and youth work activities engaging young people at risk, or involved with, the criminal justice system, gangs or anti-social behaviour.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP and Tony Hamilton, CEO Celtic FC Foundation, officially launched the programme at the Houses of Parliament by presenting certificates to young people from Tower Hamlets who have already graduated with accreditations from the 5 Star Active Youth Leadership Programme.

The group then moved on to east London where Celtic FC first team midfielder, Scotland international and former Scottish Player of the Year Charlie Mulgrew welcomed local young people at ‘Spotlight’ – an ultra-modern, multi-million pound leading creative youth destination in Poplar and the hub of ‘Breaking Barriers’ – and put them through their paces on the football pitch.

‘Breaking Barriers’ will also feature monthly personal and social development workshops to develop young people into becoming leaders and positive role models within their own communities, localised festivals and progression pathways into accredited training, education and volunteering.

5 Star Active is a formal network of sport for development charities led by Active Communities Network, who, along with Celtic FC Foundation, have worked on a number of pilot summer sports and community-based weekly engagement programmes in east London over the past two years. These have allowed young people to learn about the history of Celtic FC and receive high-quality coaching from Celtic FC-inducted coaches with Tony Hamilton also visiting St. Anne’s School in Whitechapel on the occasion of the 125-year anniversary of Celtic FC.

This long-term partnership has led to the newly-secured Big Lottery Fund money and ‘Breaking Barriers’ announcement, with Poplar HARCA providing ‘Spotlight’ for session delivery and the Metropolitan Police and Tower Hamlets Council adding additional support.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Poplar and Limehouse said:  “I was born and raised a Celtic fan in Glasgow so it gives me a great personal pleasure to host this event – but this pleasure is not just on a personal level.

“From a constituency point-of-view we are welcoming one of the world’s biggest sports institutions to Poplar and Limehouse to inspire young people to lead fulfilling, healthy and positive lives.

“Celtic FC Foundation have made a long-term commitment to Tower Hamlets, working with Active Communities Network in east London over recent years to identify key partners who can work in partnership to deliver the programme with them.

“Poplar HARCA are one such partner and form a strong part of our community. Along with support from the Metropolitan Police and Tower Hamlets council they will all ensure the programme can maximise its potential and effect on the young people it works with.”

Tony Hamilton, CEO, Celtic FC Foundation said: “I’d like to thank the Big Lottery Fund in England for believing in Celtic FC Foundation and for the support we have had from the City.

“Our efforts in London are not a new phenomenon as over the past three years we have worked closely with Active Communities Network to make a significant difference to hundreds of young people’s lives.

“Breaking Barriers allow us to develop that work and take us to the next level.  Inclusion is synonymous with Celtic FC – we are a club open to all – and we will bring that message and practical support as we break down barriers in the east end of London to make a genuine difference.

“We intend to demonstrate that in London over the next three years. The Celtic FC story is an interesting one; formed because there was a need in the east end of Glasgow – that need has evolved but still exists today, in London and in so many inner cities across the UK and Ireland.

“Brother Walfrid founded Celtic in Glasgow and spent his final days making a difference at St Anne’s in Whitechapel, we are merely following in his footsteps and continuing his good work.”

Since 1996 Celtic FC Foundation have delivered community initiatives in Scotland and further afield improving health, equality, learning and poverty for young people and local communities raising over £10 million in the process.

A ‘Breaking Barriers’ 7-a-side football tournament will take place on the Stepney Green 3G Astro Pitch, Stepney Way, London, E1 3DG on Tuesday 17th February and Wednesday 18th February from 12pm – 5pm for 13-18 year old boys and girls.

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