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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/.

16 Dec

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A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas

December 16, 2013 | By | No Comments

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Last week I attended an event in Westminster organised by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, to raise awareness of its annual Christmas campaign.

The event, hosted by Neil Parish MP, celebrated the 35th anniversary of the iconic Dogs Trust slogan; “A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas”. The phrase was coined in 1978 by the charity’s CEO, Clarissa Baldwin OBE, in a bid to highlight the issue of dogs being given as Christmas gifts, and indeed all year round, and later abandoned when the novelty wears off.

We were given the opportunity to take a festive Dogs Trust sleigh ride and meet a large number of furry friends. These pooches, however, were all stuffed toys – the only suitable kind of dog to give as a gift!

A dog is a lifetime commitment and should never be bought on impulse as if it were a new television or a pair of shoes. This message is particularly poignant during the festive season, when people are buying all sorts of gifts on a whim without necessarily considering the consequences. I would urge anyone thinking of buying a dog or puppy as a Christmas present to ‘paws’ before doing so, and remember that A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas.

13 Dec

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Save Lloyd and Leila

December 13, 2013 | By | No Comments

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I am grateful to all those who are contacting me in growing numbers, from far and wide, on Twitter, Facebook and by email and letter, in support of our efforts to save Lloyd and Leila. The sentiments expressed have been both encouraging and touching. Here’s an update:

I am continuing to take this case as far as I can with the European Commission.  I am awaiting further clarification from them, in terms procedures and challenges.

There is renewed interest in the media regarding this case, hopefully meaning further coverage over the weekend.

29 Nov

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FA Tesco Skills Kickabout

November 29, 2013 | By | No Comments

Yesterday I took part in an FA Tesco Skills after school session. It’s a great programme ran by fantastic coaches which gives children of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new skills and importantly enjoy the game! More info here http://tescoskills.thefa.com/

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29 Nov

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Halve it

November 29, 2013 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP - 2 (4)This week I pledged my support for Halve It, a national coalition campaign that aims to halve late diagnosis and undiagnosed HIV in the UK by 2015. At the Halve It World AIDS Day parliamentary drop-in session, I met with key members of the campaign’s steering group, including leading HIV clinicians, and CEOs of patient and policy organisations. I discussed with them Halve It’s aims and achievements to date, and the campaign’s compelling case for HIV to remain a public health priority in the UK.

According to Public Health England data released last week, an estimated 98,400 people were living with HIV in the UK in 2012. The overall prevalence was 1.5 per 1,000 population, and an estimated 21,900 people living with HIV in 2012 were unaware of their infection.

In light of these figures, I believe that HIV should remain a public health priority in the UK, and as a Halve It supporter will advocate for the campaign’s continued work on improving HIV testing and diagnosis.

29 Nov

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My Heart

November 29, 2013 | By | No Comments

CRY Parliamentary launch of 'My Heart' booklet.Palace of Westminster, London.

I was delighted to attend the launch of CRY’s new booklet in Parliament earlier this week with Sheila. I would like to congratulate the charity for the work it continues to do in supporting young people whose lives might otherwise been turned upside down by such a sudden diagnosis. You can take a look at the book here http://www.myheart.org.uk/

25 Nov

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Fit to Drive

November 25, 2013 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MPLast week I attended the RSA Insurance Group’s ‘Fit to Drive’ drop-in eye test event in Parliament. Supported by road safety charity Brake and the Optical Confederation and held during National Road Safety Week, the event saw MPs from all political parties tested to see whether they meet the UK’s minimum eye health standards.

Drivers should take responsibility for their own and other people’s safety extremely seriously. An important part of this is making sure their eyesight meets the standards required and they wear their glasses or lenses every time they drive if they need them.

Thousands of crashes happen every year because of poor vision, at great cost to those involved and to the economy as a whole.

I’m glad to say that I’m fit to drive but it’s vital everyone gets their eyes tested regularly to make sure they are safe too.

22 Nov

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AFAware Week

November 22, 2013 | By | No Comments

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I am delighted to support the ‘Detect and Protect’ campaign for AFAware Week (24th – 30th November). Atrial Fibrillation is a condition that affects a lot of people and more needs to be done to promote awareness about detecting and treating AF patients.

Not only is it important that AF is identified through the use of a simple pulse check, but it is crucial that following this diagnosis patients receive the most appropriate treatment for them.  It is estimated that by doing so, 7,100 strokes can be prevented each year.

More information on this great campaign here: http://www.atrialfibrillation.org.uk/campaigns/afawareweek.html

22 Nov

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Question Time at St Paul’s School

November 22, 2013 | By | No Comments

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Very nice thank you card from year 6 pupils of St.Paul’s School after Question Time this morning.

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