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EDM 294 – STUDENT GRANTS

July 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

Session: 2015-16

Date Jim signed: 14.07.2015

Primary sponsor: Corbyn, Jeremy

Sponsors:

McDonnell, JohnHopkins, KelvinLavery, IanBurgon, RichardAbbott, Diane

That this House notes the increase in the participation of working class students in higher education since maintenance grants were reintroduced; condemns the proposal to cut grants as a direct attack on the poorest people accessing higher education in England; further notes that the transition from a subsidy to a loan will push the poorest into the highest level of debt; and urges the Government to halt these plans in favour of a system whereby students can access more generous grants in order to cover the rising costs of living.

23 Jul

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Business of the House

July 23, 2015 | By | No Comments

Thursday 2nd July 2015

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Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse) (Lab): In the previous Parliament, the Government said that they wanted to ban wild animals in circuses and to produce a Green Paper on graduated licensing for young drivers, but neither matter was progressed. Has the Leader of the House been contacted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs or the Department for Transport to suggest that either or both measures will be introduced in this Session?

Chris Grayling: I have not had discussions about those two measures. They are commitments that we intend to fulfil when time permits. We have a packed legislative programme with important changes for this country, but I know that the hon. Gentleman’s comments will have been noted by the Ministers in those Departments.

Link: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/8315f42e-dc7a-485c-ac7f-21de8032e9ba?in=10:57:12

23 Jul

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#2020 vision for credit unions

July 23, 2015 | By | No Comments

England, UK .  14.7.2015. London . Portcullis House. ABCUL drop-in photo opportunity for MPs.

Local MP, Jim Fitzpatrick MP is supporting a campaign from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Credit Unions in support of a #2020 vision for credit unions aiming to increase credit union membership to 2 million by 2020.

Credit union membership today stands at 1.2 million meaning that credit unions would need to grow by two thirds to achieve the target.   In pursuit of this the All-Party Group, supported by the Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL), is asking the Government to press ahead with commitments made in the last Parliament:

  • review credit union legislation to remove barriers to growth
  • ensure credit union regulation remains proportionate
  • support investment in sustainable business models for credit unions
  • encourage employers to provide credit union services via payroll deduction
  • support greater skilled volunteering in credit unions

Credit unions are deposit-taking savings and loans institutions which provide a source of affordable credit and safe savings as well as, in an increasing number of cases, banking services, insurance products with one or two providing mortgages. They provide services to those who would otherwise find difficulty in accessing finance and offer choice and competition in the wider market.

The credit union for Tower Hamlets is the London Community Credit Union.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP said: “I’m supporting the #2020 vision for credit unions because credit unions provide a vital service to communities up and down the country.  They help people who find themselves in financial difficulty through providing affordable loans and a protected place to save and they are also helping to make banking more competitive in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis.

“Here in Poplar and Limehouse, London Community Credit Union is a real lifeline for people who are struggling to make ends meet and find themselves in debt as well as providing a competitive range of loans for a whole range of purposes, including setting up in business, buying a new car or getting away for the summer. They also play an invaluable role in encouraging people to save for a rainy day or towards retirement.”

21 Jul

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Launch of the 2020 Skin Cancer Visions

July 21, 2015 | By | No Comments

2020 Skin Cancer Visions report launched at Westminster ,  - Kim Fitzpatrick MP and Michelle Baker

Jim Fitzpatrick MP was delighted to attend the launch of the 2020 Skin Cancer Visions on Wednesday 15th July in the House of Commons. The 2020 Skin Cancer Visions is a new manifesto from the Melanoma Taskforce which sets out how skin cancer care and services should evolve over the next five years to provide the best results for patients. Jim was able to speak to charities and patient group experts and is calling for the NHS to do all it can to improve efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat skin cancer.

Malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is one of the top ten cancers in the UK for both men and women and over the last 25 years, rates of melanoma have risen faster than any of the other cancers in this group.

The Melanoma Taskforce is a group of experts in skin cancer, chaired by Pauline Latham MP, which meets in Westminster to discuss ways to improve the services used by patients. It includes patient groups, leading clinicians and experts from the NHS. The 2020 Skin Cancer Visions has identified a number of challenges and opportunities for skin cancer patients, including:

  • The need for a national prevention campaign for skin cancer, including the importance of Sun Safety.
  • Ensuring there is adequate funding and support for Skin Cancer Nurse Specialists.
  • Making sure exciting new advances in skin cancer treatment are made available to patients as soon as possible.

There have been a number of advances in skin cancer treatment in recent years, particularly in advanced melanoma, and it is essential that the NHS uses the next five years to improve patient care. Improving prevention and early diagnosis efforts now will be essential to stop skin cancers developing later.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP said: “I was delighted to attend the launch of the 2020 Skin Cancer Visions. This is an important new report which shows how far we have come in treating skin cancers but how far we have to go to make sure patient care is as good as it can possibly be. With rates of malignant melanoma rising fast, the NHS must act now to improve skin cancer services.”

 

21 Jul

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP supports Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia friendly parliament initiative

July 21, 2015 | By | No Comments

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On Tuesday 14 July Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick attended an Alzheimer’s Society reception hosted in the Speaker’s House in parliament.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP joined over 130 other MPs, people with dementia and a host of others with an interest in dementia to help celebrate a year since the launch of the initiative. The joint project between Alzheimer’s Society and The Speakers of the House of Commons and Lords aims to raise awareness of dementia among parliamentarians and parliamentary staff and ensure that information about dementia is accessible to those who need it.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP said:

‘I’m delighted to be supporting the dementia friendly parliament initiative. Great progress has been made in the way dementia is viewed and discussed over the past few years but we still have a long way to go if we are to meet the full scale of the dementia challenge. We have so much to learn from the great work going on up and down the country and events such as this are a fantastic way for parliament to do this.”

The reception celebrated the achievements of the initiative. This included training over 250 parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to be Dementia Friends and information about dementia on a new smartphone app for newly elected MPs. Plans for the coming year include extending the Dementia Friends scheme to all staff members of the parliamentary estate and making the estate itself more dementia-friendly.

10 Jul

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Fitz Weekly – 10 July 2015

July 10, 2015 | By | No Comments

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10 Jul

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JIM FITZPATRICK MP ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO ENTER VIDEO COMPETITION ON DESIGNING A DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM

July 10, 2015 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP is encouraging all local A-level students in Poplar and Limehouse to take part in the Political Studies Association’s Student Short Video Competition which returns for a fifth year. 

The Political Studies Association (PSA) exists to develop and promote the study of politics.  As part of their programme of activities to engage young people in the study of politics, the Association runs an annual short film competition open to students who will be studying during the academic year 2015-16.

This year’s competition asks students to explore the question: “Designing for Democracy – what would you propose?”  Groups of A-level students are invited to submit short videos on this subject, outlining what they would suggest if they could design a democratic system from scratch.

Shortlisted groups will be invited to The Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster to discuss the ideas raised in their video with a panel of politicians, journalists and academics.  Previous jurors have included Shami Chakrabarti, Victoria Derbyshire and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

The winners of the Student Short Video Competition will receive their award at the PSA’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Westminster.  Broadcast on BBC Parliament, this year’s ceremony takes place on 1st December in London and accommodation is provided for the winning group and their teacher in a central London hotel.  On top of this, the winning students will each be invited to spend a week volunteering with and shadowing the YouGov political team during their school holidays.

Commenting, Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar and Limehouse said:

“Encouraging young people to become more engaged in politics is really important.  I’d encourage all local A-level students to take part in this competition and submit their ideas and videos.  Good luck to all Poplar and Limehouse students taking part.”

CEO of the Political Studies Association, Helena Djurkovic, said:

“The Short Video Competition is a great chance for students to explore contemporary political issues in a creative way and to learn or enhance new skills, such as video production and interview style.  This year’s theme on democracy we feel is very apt given the current debates around representation, voting reform and disengagement amongst young people with traditional Westminster politics.

“The prize on offer for the winning students is very unique.  The competition is recognised at our Annual Awards Ceremony and remains very popular with our teacher members’ schools.  The quality of entries continue to improve year on year – we’re looking forward to judging 2015’s entries in the autumn.”

Full competition details for 2015 and how to enter are published on the PSA’s website at:  www.psa.ac.uk

10 Jul

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP supporting science in Parliament

July 10, 2015 | By | No Comments

1543 Jim Fitzpatrick MP with Tom McLeish (Vice President, Science, Institute of Physics) 1543 Jim Fitzpatrick MP talking with Prof Dominic Tildesley (President, Royal Society of Chemistry)

Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick met some of the scientists that are helping drive the UK economy at an event held by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics in Parliament on Tuesday 7 July.

He met with scientists to talk about UK success stories from research in both chemistry and physics, where innovations and companies have developed from work that began in university science departments. These successes from the UK’s science base are now creating jobs and economic growth across the UK.

The event highlighted the importance of long-term government funding to science and the benefits it has on the UK economy. The UK science and innovation system produces 15.9% of the world’s most highly cited publications, with only 4.1% of the world’s researchers.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP said: “It was good to hear about how chemistry and physics are creating much-needed jobs across the UK. The Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Physics are showing why investing in science is good for economy – and it also shows that science is an excellent career choice for young people in London and beyond.”

Professor Dominic Tildesley, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: “We have the evidence to show that Britain is a world leader in science and that Government investment in science boosts the UK economy. There are innovative projects and companies springing up all the time and we want to see a commitment to a long-term strategy for increasing investment to ensure that we all continue to benefit from our scientific success.”

Tom McLeish, Vice-President, Science, at the Institute of Physics, said, “Investing in science and engineering drives economic growth and is at the heart of advances and innovation in healthcare, communications and national security. The UK has a unique, interdisciplinary ecosystem of innovation between global businesses and universities that we must nurture if it is to deliver the innovation-based supply chains, manufacturing and exports of tomorrow.”

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.

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