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31 Aug

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP celebrates community’s efforts to cure blood cancer

August 31, 2017 | By | No Comments

Celebrating the potential lifesavers in Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick joined a cross-party Parliamentary event to celebrate the number of people who are registered as stem cell donors.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Stem Cell Transplantation, supported by blood cancer charity and stem cell register Anthony Nolan, held the event to mark the progress made by the transplant community in the past year.

In Poplar and Limehouse the number of potential stem cell donors registered with Anthony Nolan is 1,254. 47% of these donors are male, and the average age is 32.

In total, 645,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.

Now, Jim Fitzpatrick is encouraging more people from Poplar and Limehouse, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant. While anyone on the register could be a match for someone with blood cancer, men aged 16-30 are most likely to be asked to donate, and are currently underrepresented on the register. There is also a shortage of donors from non-white and mixed-race backgrounds.

Jim said:

“I’m very proud that Poplar and Limehouse has 1,254 people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.

“I strongly hope that more people from the constituency will be inspired to sign up and show that together, our communities can provide a cure for blood cancer.”

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said:

“It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to celebrate the achievements the transplant community has made in the past year, and we’re particularly grateful to all the registered donors in poplar and Limehouse for helping us in our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.

“Anthony Nolan’s pioneering research, dedicated nurses and patient-focused services mean we have increased the support patients receive at every stage of their transplant journey – but without the contribution of selfless donors, our vital work would be impossible.”

For more information about the All Party Parliamentary Group for Stem Cell Transplantation, visit: www.appg-stemcell.org.uk

For more information about Anthony Nolan, visit: www.anthonynolan.org

29 Aug

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“Britain needs a Pay Rise” says Jim Fitzpatrick

August 29, 2017 | By | No Comments

 

High wages can drive high productivity; but under the Conservative Government, wages in London fell by 1.2% per year in real terms compared to a rise of 0.8% from 2002 to 2010.

Britain needs a pay rise. But under the Tories, workers have suffered a pay cut. Average real wages and productivity have stagnated.

To boost productivity requires investment in skills, infrastructure, R&D, access to finance by firms and a range of other factors.

But there is evidence raising wages helps raise productivity too.

This is because it acts as a spur to firms to invest in new technology and training, boosting productivity and maintaining profitability. It also helps to reduce turnover of workers, motivate staff and foster loyalty to the firm, again helping raise productivity.

While wages increased consistently under the last Labour government, they have stagnated under the Tories and the evidence shows no sign of recovery. Here in Tower Hamlets, under a Labour government, wages grew by 0.8%, in real terms, between 2002 and 2010. But since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, fell 1.2%, in real terms.

Labour would act to boost the wages of workers, including the introduction of a £10 Real Living Wage by 2020. To boost productivity and help the economy, we must boost workers’ wages.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said:

“It is a sign of the Government’s complete economic failure that productivity and real wages are lower now, than 2007.

“Raising productivity is a complex issue and will involve measures which include increasing private and public investment in skills, capital and R&D, access to finance for firms. But boosting wages is key too. Higher wages act as a spur for firms to invest in new technology and skills so as to become more productive and maintain profitability.

“Labour plans to take measures to boost wages, including the £10 an hour minimum wage by 2020.”

Jack Dromey, Shadow Minister for Labour, said:

“Britain needs a pay rise. Our economy and our country cannot succeed on low wages and low productivity.

“The Tories have let Britain and British workers down. Under the last Labour government, wages went up year-on-year. However under the Tories, wages have declined in real terms.

“The evidence is clear – Britain will only succeed in the global marketplace as a high-wage, high-productivity, high-quality country, with Labour in government.”

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, said:

“Labour introduced the minimum wage in 1999- the Tories voted against it. They said it would cost jobs and damage the economy but unemployment fell and the economy grew stronger.

“Low pay for working families means more children grow up in poverty, which affects their mental and physical health and limits their chances at school. This in turn has huge negative impact on the economy and one of the many reasons why I fully support a £10 Real Living Wage.”

21 Aug

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Jim Fitzpatrick urges local charities & groups to apply for funding

August 21, 2017 | By | No Comments

Local MP, Jim Fitzpatrick, has urged local charities and community groups to consider applying for a share of over £4 million of funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Applications for the latest round of funding are now open and will close on the 28 August.

Both charities and community groups are eligible to apply for the grants of between £500 and £20,000.

The funding will be allocated through one of three Trusts, which support different categories of projects:

People’s Postcode Trust: seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.

Postcode Local Trust: supports wildlife, sustainability, play areas and green spaces.

Postcode Community Trust: focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.

Over 400 projects were awarded with grants in the last funding round. With previously funded projects ranging from sports clubs, to mental health groups, to wildlife conservation charities, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups to access funding to make a difference in the local community.

Jim said:

“I know many local charities and community groups do fantastic work on very limited budgets but securing extra funds can make a huge difference both for the charity and the local people it supports. I would like to urge all charities and groups in Poplar and Limehouse to consider making an application for this funding.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:

“More than £4 million injected into grass roots projects across Great Britain will have a tremendous impact in local communities. Between the three Trusts, a very wide range of causes are supported, so I’d urge groups to have a look at the websites to see where their project fits – no matter how big or small – and get applying.”

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have so far raised more than £221.2 million to date for over 3,000 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.

For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Trusts’ websites:

www.postcodetrust.org.uk

www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk

www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

09 Aug

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Jim Fitzpatrick backs UK ivory surrender to protect elephants

August 9, 2017 | By | No Comments

Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick has lent his support to a new ivory surrender launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal ivory trade.

Members of the public are being invited to surrender their own ivory which will be destroyed as part of a campaign to close the UK’s ivory market and save this iconic species from the threat of extinction.

IFAW, which has run previous successful public ivory surrenders in the UK, believes it is vital now more than ever before that the British public stand up for elephants by helping to end consumer demand for ivory products and keep up the pressure for a domestic ban on the ivory trade.

New polling released by IFAW reveals that the vast majority of the UK public want to protect elephants with a UK trade ban and do not wish to purchase ivory themselves. An overwhelming 95% of respondents polled by YouGov stated that they would not be interested in purchasing antique ivory.

Jim Fitzpatrick said:

“I was pleased to join IFAW and offer my backing to this important campaign. Time is running out for the elephant and we need to do what we can to ensure their survival. From the volume of correspondence I’ve received, it’s clear there’s much wider approval.

“I would like to encourage anyone from Poplar and Limehouse who has unwanted ivory to support IFAW’s ivory surrender which will help ensure that ivory is only valued on a live, wild elephant, where it belongs.”

Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of IFAW, said:

“We are very grateful for Jim’s support for our campaign. Time really is running out for elephants and if we do not act now it will be too late. Historically ivory has been seen by many as a status symbol and something to value, but the reality is that a piece of ivory represents a dead elephant, cruelly shot or poisoned for its tusks.

“Many people in the UK have bought or inherited ivory tusks, carvings or trinkets over the years that they do not want now they understand that an elephant has died for this. We are encouraging people to surrender their unwanted ivory, whether legal or illegal, so we can ensure it is put beyond use, and so that it will not resurface on the market or help fuel further illegal poaching of elephants to satisfy consumer demand.”

The legal ivory trade often provides a smokescreen for more illegal killing of elephants and by donating unwanted ivory, IFAW believes members of the public can make a positive contribution to elephant protection. A small number of ivory items will be retained for education and publicity purposes while other donations will be immediately transferred to a secret and secure location and ultimately destroyed by the appropriate Government agency.

IFAW continues to call on the UK Government to ban ivory sales in the UK as a priority.

Mansbridge added:

“We have recently seen strong moves from China and the US to tackle their own domestic ivory markets which is to be welcomed. As a nation of animal lovers in the UK, and with the UK playing such a significant role historically in the ivory trade, it is time for us to also take a stand by saying ivory belongs to elephants and no-one else. We can see there is strong political will in the UK to make this happen, and we need action to stop the ivory trade now.”

Please click here for more information on IFAW’s ivory surrender campaign.

01 Aug

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Government launch consultation into leasehold properties

August 1, 2017 | By | No Comments

Last week the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced they would begin an 8-week consultation and consider a range of measures to tackle unfair and unreasonable abuses of leasehold.

The APPG on Leasehold Reform, which I co-chair, and the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership have campaigned tirelessly on this issue and welcome the announcement. We are pleased about the news from the DCLG that they are to consult on the proposal to ban the building of leasehold houses and the removal of opportunities to produce unfair leasehold ground rent terms on all new build homes.

However, many people will be left worried by the scope of the reforms. The APPG will now look to understand from the Housing Department what their position is on existing homeowners who will not be considered under the terms of the consultation.

If you’ve bought a new-build leasehold house or flat since 2005, please click here to fill in a 5-minute survey. We need help to fight back, your efforts will help us to make the case for reform.

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