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14 May

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Latest on GP Surgery Closures

May 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

Yesterday I called on the Government in a Parliamentary debate to think again on planned changes to NHS funding which has directly threatened five GP surgeries in the borough with closure.

The Government has decided to phase out a funding arrangement called the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG) over a seven-year period, beginning in April. As a result, 98 surgeries in areas across the country will have their funds cut and may have to close. Five of the 98 threatened surgeries – including Jubilee Street Practice – are in Tower Hamlets.

We need answers before any decision is made and I’ll continue to campaign against any proposals which are going to lengthen waiting lists, shut down good surgeries and bring down resident’s standard of healthcare.

You can read the full debate here.

 

08 May

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Adult Learner Awards

May 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Great to stop by Wigram House, E14, earlier this week and hand out certificates for Money Matters, Reading, ESOL, Sewing. Community Involvement and Job Club courses to some fantastic adult learners.

27 Mar

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Let’s raise awareness of diabetes

March 27, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Yesterday I joined volunteers from the International Diabetes Federation and staff from Novo Nordisk and Roche, leaders in diabetes care, to raise awareness of the increasing prevalence of diabetes in the UK.

With diabetes rates increasing across the country and around the world, I am pleased to support the IDF in raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The bottom line is getting tested takes only a few minutes and could save you years of illness.  If you are concerned about diabetes, talk to your GP or pharmacist about having a blood glucose test, as I did yesterday.

24 Mar

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GrowTH Shelter Visit

March 24, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Last week I stopped by a homeless shelter ran by the excellent GrowTH charity at St Matthias Church, Poplar. John Biggs, Assembly Member for City and East and Tom from my office joined me for what was a revealing visit.

The shelter provides somewhere to sleep at night for those who have fallen on hard times and need temporary accommodation to help them get back on their feet.

Last month we found out that homelessness has doubled in Tower Hamlets since 2010 to 326 people. However the statistics only tell one side of the story. It’s clear from the personal stories I heard there are more homeless people than the governments letting on and not enough is being done to help these people get into work and off the street.

I’d like to thank GrowTH for their invitation to visit. More about them here.

12 Mar

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I’m backing No Smoking Day with a SelfV

March 12, 2014 | By | No Comments

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I’m urging smokers to ditch the cigarettes on national No Smoking Day today with a ‘SelfV’.

This year’s campaign has a ‘V for Victory’ theme which is set to inspire hundreds of thousands of smokers across the UK to win the fight against cigarettes. It will help them on the road to victory, providing information, support and encouragement so that they are in the best possible position to make a successful quit attempt on the day.

I encourage smokers in the Poplar and Limehouse to mark No Smoking Day in their diary and attempt to quit along with hundreds of thousands of other people across the UK. Quitting smoking leads to a never-ending list of benefits and this campaign is a great opportunity for smokers to win the battle against cigarettes.

04 Mar

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I’m supporting Fairtrade Fortnight

March 4, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Last week I joined Yorkshire Fairtrade business fairandfunky, Yorkshire schools and Foncho at a very special Parly event.

I was delighted to attend, to show support for the campaign to Make Bananas Fair and meet Foncho, a banana farmer from Cienaga in Colombia.

Hearing about the impact of Fairtrade and the need to make bananas fair was very powerful. I was happy to sign the pledge and support the campaign. It was great to see so many young people there engaging in the fairandfunky workshop and learning how they too can support Fairtrade and change the world.

You too can sign the pledge here: http://foncho.fairtrade.org.uk/

11 Feb

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I’m backing ivory crush to support elephants ahead of London summit on illegal wildlife trade

February 11, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Yesterday I joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) as the charity crushed hundreds of items of unwanted ivory to help protect elephants from the deadly ivory trade.

IFAW destroyed around 100kgs of ivory items ranging from whole elephant tusks to carvings and jewellery in spectacular fashion in London to raise awareness of the ivory trade and show support for elephant protection ahead of a major international summit on the issue.

Alarmingly, an elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. It is estimated that at least 25,000 elephants and up to 50,000 are slaughtered each year for their tusks.

I was very pleased to be able to support IFAW’s ivory destruction to raise awareness of this deadly trade which sees elephants killed for trinkets which nobody needs. It is fantastic that so much ivory has been donated by the UK public and put beyond use.

27 Jan

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WEA Visit

January 27, 2014 | By | No Comments

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I was delighted to meet Mona and her sewing class last Friday on the Lincoln Estate. The class is organised by the fantastic Workers’ Educational Association and it was really inspiring to talk with the students and hear how much they’re learning.

Mona and her students have big plans for the future and I hope this great community project goes from strength to strength.

22 Jan

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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/.

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