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2017 February

28 Feb

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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee: Food waste oral evidence session

February 28, 2017 | By | No Comments

The EFRA committee held its fifth evidence session on food waste with representatives from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

You can watch the session in full or to learn more click here.

27 Feb

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Flood debate

February 27, 2017 | By | No Comments

I took part in a debate in the House of Commons to argue the case that the Fire and Rescue Service needs to be able to maintain the staff and equipment necessary to continue to play a prominent role in dealing with floods, preparing for them and mitigating them. I believe in order to achieve that, they need recognition in law.

Since 2010 the Government has cut 7,000 of all jobs from the Service. These numbers are very worrying.

You can watch or read the debate in full.

24 Feb

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Fitz Weekly: 24 February 2017

February 24, 2017 | By | No Comments

Click here to check out the new edition of Fitz Weekly- the best way for constituents in Poplar & Limehouse to keep up to date.

23 Feb

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Road traffic law enforcement debate

February 23, 2017 | By | No Comments

Following the Transport Select Committee’s report and the Government’s response, a debate was held in Westminster Hall on road traffic law enforcement.

Figures for those Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) are on the rise in UK. I questioned the decision made in 2010 by the Government to drop the target for lowering these numbers.

You can watch the debate in full or jump straight to my contribution here.

23 Feb

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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee: Feeding the Nation oral evidence session

February 23, 2017 | By | No Comments

The EFRA Committee held its second evidence session of its feeding the nation: labour constraints inquiry.

You can watch the evidence session in full or to learn more please click here.

22 Feb

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Nursing and Midwifery Regulations

February 22, 2017 | By | No Comments

I raised the concerns of both The Royal College of Midwives and The Nursing and Midwifery Council at a Legislation Committee in the House of Commons held to discuss changes to working practices. As the MP for ‘Call the Midwife’ I felt I needed to say something!

You can watch the meeting here.

17 Feb

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Fitz Weekly: 17 February 2017

February 17, 2017 | By | No Comments

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15 Feb

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP pledges to help end the ‘cold homes crisis’ in Poplar and Limehouse

February 15, 2017 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick is supporting charity National Energy Action’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Friday 17 February by pledging to do more to ‘tackle cold homes’.

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is a national campaign to highlight the problem of fuel poverty, which currently sees over four million households unable to afford the energy they need to stay warm and healthy in their homes. It is a particular problem for those in low incomes living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.

Jim said:

‘Living in a cold damp home can lead to extremely poor health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children, and those with long term sickness and disabilities. Not only will it be causing misery for millions of people this winter, but also costing our already underfunded NHS an estimated £1.36 billion each year.

“In Poplar and Limehouse 3626 households are believed to be in fuel poverty. I know there’s excellent work going on in my constituency but the as the research shows more needs to be done. I look forward to working alongside others in the community to help raise awareness of the problem and the solutions available.”

Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive of National Energy Action commented:

“Fuel poverty is a serious problem and one that we cannot tackle alone. I am delighted that Jim is supporting the campaign and helping to ensure that his constituents can live warm, healthy and happy lives.”

15 Feb

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MP urges young people to consider volunteering abroad with International Citizen Service after meeting local volunteers

February 15, 2017 | By | No Comments

I met young people who volunteered overseas through the Government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) programme. 13 ICS volunteers came to Parliament to display their photographs shortlisted for the 2016 ICS photo competition, and talk about their experiences of taking the plunge and volunteering overseas.

The photo competition finds the very best of photos brought back by the thousands of ICS volunteers who return each year from working with some of the poorest communities around the world. Competition was fierce this year with more than 300 talented photographers from 22 countries submitting their favourite shots in the categories ‘Voice’, ‘Enterprise’, ‘People’, ‘Environment’ and ‘Education’. I heard from the volunteers that over 32,000 people visited the voting webpage to decide the shortlisted entries, which were displayed in Parliament, and will be showcased around the UK in 2017.

Among the volunteers at the exhibition was Lydia Daintith from West Lancashire, who snapped a beautiful shot of a local woman praying to the side during a church service in her host community.

“Religion is a big part of the Zimbabwean culture and this photo captures a raw, intimate moment between a woman and her creator,” said Lydia.

Also attending was Hayley Pang from South West Hertfordshire, who volunteered working with local entrepreneurs in Zanzibar to help grow their businesses, look at other ways to support their income and provide employment. In her picture are the three leaders of Mr Pili Pili, a chilli sauce start-up.

“Across the duration of the ICS placement, we have worked with a farmer group helping them to brand, produce, package and market some delicious chilli sauce they make with their own freshly grown produce. Before we left, we were sure to carefully select and hand over Mr Pili Pili to the farmers themselves. What a project to be part of!” said Hayley.

It was inspiring to meet the young and brilliant volunteers and hear about their experiences on the ICS programme. The volunteers are passionate advocates for the impressive work that British aid money is making possible in some of the poorest communities around the world.

All UK ICS volunteers live and work alongside young people from the countries where they are placed and contribute to programmes and projects that last longer than just the 12 weeks that they are in the country. ICS support means that a diverse range of UK young people can take the opportunity to fight poverty overseas, while also gaining indispensable skills as well as making a contribution to their own communities once they return. ICS volunteers are passionate about making positive change, and I urge young people to look it up and seriously consider applying.

ICS volunteers, aged 18-25, work on long-term projects that seek to help bring about an end to poverty in some of the poorest communities in the world. The scheme offers young people the chance to gain valuable new skills, whilst working on projects that make a genuine difference to the people they work with and their communities. Those aged 23-35 can also apply to be ICS team leaders.

The ICS scheme is funded by the UK Government, so young people don’t need cash, qualifications or work experience to take part, just the desire to make a difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities. If accepted onto a placement, volunteers also commit to take part in an ‘Action at Home’ where they take part in, or organise an event or activity, where they directly contribute to their local communities.

Felicity Morgan, Director of ICS, said:

“It’s great to get the support of passionate MP’s like Jim and I couldn’t agree more that more young people should consider applying to volunteer abroad through the ICS programme. We’re passionate about supporting young people from across the UK and using their energy to tackle poverty overseas while also making a contribution to their communities back home. Our experience of working with young people shows they really can take on the big issues and make a difference in people’s lives.”

To find out more about ICS or to apply, visit www.volunteerics.org

All of the shortlisted entries are online at http://www.volunteerics.org/blog/portraits-progress-10-photos-showing-beauty-volunteering-across-world

15 Feb

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Local MP encourages schools to go sky high with National Rocketry Competition

February 15, 2017 | By | No Comments

Poplar and Limehouse students could be the next generation of rocket scientists

Schools can register now for the chance to win an all-expenses-paid-trip to the Paris Air Show

MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick is encouraging local schools to compete in the UK’s largest youth model rocket competition – The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKRoC). Jim joined the winning UK secondary schools from 2015 and 2016, to find out how schools in Poplar and Limehouse can become this year’s champions.

UKRoC involves the design, build and launch of a model rocket with the aim of ensuring the passenger – one raw egg – remains intact throughout the launch and landing. The rocket must reach 775 feet with specific target flight duration of 41-43 seconds. Rules governing the competition are altered every year to ensure designs can’t be repeated.

The national final champions win an all-expenses paid trip to Paris, to represent the UK in a fly off against teams from the USA, Japan and France at the Paris International Air Show in June 2017.

Jim said:

“The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge provides students a unique opportunity to apply what they have learnt in science, technology, engineering and maths and gain highly valued skills.

“The competition is a great chance for students to apply their skills creatively whilst also having a lot of fun and I hope local schools in Poplar and Limehouse take part in the competition.”

To learn more or to register: http://www.ukayroc.org.uk/

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