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28 Nov

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Electrical bargains not all they seem

November 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

Research by leading safety charity, Electrical Safety First, found that 1 in 6 consumers in the UK have bought a fake electrical item as a Christmas gift – and most of us are unable to identify a genuine electrical product from a fake.

Now Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse is helping the charity raise awareness of the dangers of counterfeits in the run up to the Christmas shopping period when high street and digital retailers offer a range of special offers and discounts.

“Christmas is always expensive and we are all keen to get a bargain but Electrical Safety First’s research makes it clear that shoppers must beware of fakes, particularly via the web”, explains Jim. “The Charity found that 3 out of 5 fake electricals are purchased online, with a third of buyers experiencing major problems with the item. And with almost half of all domestic fires in UK homes caused by electricity, this is a risk you don’t want to take.”

Electrical Safety First also found that it’s not always easy for people to spot a counterfeit product. Three quarters of UK consumers were unable to identify genuine ‘GHD’ hair straighteners and 3 in 5 could not spot a fake ‘Apple’ charger and with the rise of online shopping, it can be even more difficult. One in 5 online shoppers admitted they didn’t consider the authenticity of the product, with over half simply presuming that the electrical items for sale online were genuine.

And, of course, some people are deliberately buying fake products. One in 6 of those surveyed said they would consider buying a product, even if they suspected it was fake, if it was cheaper than the original.

Jim added:

“Fake goods are often cheaper because they omit key components which can affect both the safety and functionality of the product. To make sure you buy ‘the genuine article’, Electrical Safety First has developed advice to help people spot a fake electrical product. I’m urging all my constituents to check this before they do their Christmas shopping.”

For more information, visit: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/electrical-items/safe-shopping/

21 Nov

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Local MP calls for greater Meningitis vaccine take-up

November 21, 2016 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP is taking a leading role in a campaign to help protect young people’s health in Poplar and Limehouse.

He has signed up to promote meningitis awareness and vaccine take-up with GPs following a Parliamentary reception organised by charity Meningitis Now.

The charity is campaigning to increase the take-up of the lifesaving Men ACWY vaccine, which is available free to first-time university students up to the age of 25.

Jim said: “The low uptake of the Men ACWY vaccine among this at-risk group of young people is very worrying.

“I don’t want to see anyone in my constituency dying because they didn’t know about or didn’t get around to getting this vaccination.

“As we enter the peak season for bacterial meningitis I’ll be writing to local GP practices and university leaders to urge them to do more to promote awareness and encourage improved take-up.”

Following an increase of 809 per cent in meningococcal (group W) meningitis cases in the past five years around the country, Government launched a vaccination programme to protect young people aged 14 to 15 through schools and those aged 17 to 18 and first-year students up to 25 through GPs and clinics.

Despite the increasing risk to students and the recent deaths of a number of them across the UK, the uptake of the Men ACWY vaccine within this vulnerable age group remains very low, with just 17.4 per cent taking up the vaccine in England, and similar levels across Wales and Northern Ireland.

Jim has pledged to support the charity in its awareness-raising work and will be writing to GPs and university leaders locally to encourage them to do more to persuade young people to take up the vaccination.

“It is vitally important that students protect themselves with the Men ACWY vaccine and learn the signs and symptoms of the disease,” Jim added. “It only takes a few minutes and it could save theirs or their friend’s life.”

Liz Brown, chief executive of Meningitis Now, said: “We welcome Jim Fitzpatrick’s strong stand and support in persuading GPs to encourage students to protect themselves.”

Up to a quarter of students carry the bacteria that can cause meningitis compared to one in ten of the general population. Over 12 per cent of all cases occur in the 14 to 24 age group, with first year students being at particular risk.

Meningitis Now, in its 30th anniversary year this year, is working towards a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need.

It does this by funding research into vaccines and prevention, raising awareness so people know what to look for and what action to take if they suspect meningitis and rebuilding futures by providing dedicated support to people living with the impact of the disease.

For more information on meningitis and the work of Meningitis Now visit: www.meningitisnow.org

07 Nov

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Local MP Jim Fitzpatrick praises local charity trustees

November 7, 2016 | By | No Comments

To mark the start of the seventh annual Trustees’ Week, Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, is celebrating the important contribution that charity trustees make to their local communities and thanking the 2947 trustees in Poplar and Limehouse for their hard work over the last year.

A wide range of activities and services are carried out by the charities in Poplar and Limehouse. All of which couldn’t carry out their important work without the diligent efforts of trustees, most of whom are volunteers.

Trustees Week which runs from 7-13 November highlights the important work that charity trustees do all year round and raises awareness of how people can gain valuable experience and skills through volunteering as a charity trustee.

This year’s theme for Trustees’ Week focuses on Stronger Charities through Good Leadership, reflecting the excellent leadership the Charity Commission often sees in its case work from a range of trustees and charity staff.

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, said:

“The charities in Poplar and Limehouse wouldn’t be able to make a difference without the important contribution of the charity trustees. With so many great local charities doing important work, I want to mark the start of national Trustees’ Week by thanking the 2947 local charity trustees for their tireless dedication to the civic life of Poplar and Limehouse.

“I would like to encourage anyone thinking of becoming a trustee to use Trustees’ Week to find out more about the role and the various ways they can get involved. Trusteeship brings excellent opportunities including meeting new people, developing new skills, and applying existing expertise to new, real-life challenges.”

William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, said:

“We know the work of trustees is crucial to the success of their charities, and they often bear a considerable load. However, this Trustees Week we want to encourage trustees to keep doing excellent work – and remind them that despite the recent increase in focus, the legal burden hasn’t changed.

“We see great stewardship in our engagement with charities, often by trustees facing difficult and complex situations. Some of the best decision-making we have seen has been a product of having diversity on boards, meaning trustees can challenge each other and offer conflicting perspectives to ultimately achieve the best outcome for their charity.”

Trustees’ Week runs 7-13 November 2016. To learn more about Trustees’ Week and trusteeship, visit www.trusteesweek.org and follow @trusteesweek. The website includes case studies, recruitment resources, details of local events being held during Trustees’ Week and links to trustee matching services for those who want to become a trustee.

 

02 Nov

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Get involved in UK Parliament Week: 14-20 November 2016

November 2, 2016 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP is calling for organisations in Poplar and Limehouse to take part in UK Parliament Week, an annual programme of events to connect people with UK Parliament.

Parliament Week 2016 begins on 14 November and will see schools, museums, charities and businesses around the country join in a week long programme of activities and events which explore what the UK Parliament means to them and their community.

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse said:

‘UK Parliament Week is a great opportunity for organisations here in Tower Hamlets to engage their audiences or members in this national programme. There are many ways you can get involved – put on an event such as a debate, exhibition, or online event or visit the UK Parliament Week website for more ideas. Become a UK Parliament Week partner and, along with organisations from across the UK, add your voice to this exciting project.’

Schools are also invited to take part in Parliament Week. For more information, please visit: www.ukparliamentweek.org

 

02 Nov

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Jim Fitzpatrick joined politicians from across London to pledge support for London’s Air Ambulance

November 2, 2016 | By | No Comments

MPs, Peers and GLA members gathered in Parliament on Tuesday to congratulate the charity on winning the Pride of Britain Emergency Services award.

Advanced trauma doctors and paramedics also attended and set up medical demonstrations so guests could try out life-saving medical treatment on realistic dummies.

Politicians were also able to meet the helicopter pilots, fire crew and former patients at the event, hosted by London MPs Rushanara Ali (Labour) and Boris Johnson (Conservative) – key supporters of the charity.

Welcoming guests to the event Rushanara Ali said:

“It’s wonderful to celebrate the tireless work London’s Air Ambulance does to support people across our city.”

Rushanara explained to the guests that London’s Air Ambulance had been named winner at this year’s Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, which were broadcast on ITV on Tuesday night. The charity was recognised for its use of a ground-breaking procedure on patient Vicky– known as REBOA (Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta) – to prevent patients from bleeding to death after major trauma. She introduced a video showing the procedure being performed on Vicky, her constituent, who also attended the reception.

Dr Anne Weaver, Emeritus Doctor with London’s Air Ambulance then spoke to the room of over 100 guests to explain why the charity plays such a crucial role, and what politicians can do to support:

“Trauma is the biggest killer in under 45s, even in children. So we deliver the hospital to the roadside, to our patients, when they need it most. We work alongside our NHS partners, Barts Health Trust and the London Ambulance Service to improve the outcome for so many people whose deaths are preventable.

“London’s Air Ambulance is there for the 10 million people who live and work in London. As influencers in your constituencies please do what you can to help us serve London and spread the message we are a charity.”

Speaking about the House of Commons event, CEO of London’s Air Ambulance, Charles Newitt said:

“This was our most successful Parliamentary Reception with a high turnout of politicians from across London and across the political parties. It was a pleasure to be able to meet with them, explain more about our charity, and receive their pledges of support.”

Since the charity started in 1989, it has treated more than 35,000 patients. Some of those former patients met their local MP at the event to share their stories. All London MPs and Assembly members were invited to the reception, as well as any politicians with an interest in health or charities.

For more information on the charity and the incredibly vital work they do, visit: https://londonsairambulance.co.uk/ 

01 Nov

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Action on heart disease ‘vital’ declares Jim Fitzpatrick

November 1, 2016 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick Member of Parliament for Poplar and Limehouse, attended a Heart Valve Voice Parliamentary reception today to launch a new report by the charity which sets out a 2020 vision for tackling heart valve disease in the UK. Parliamentarians were joined at the charity’s event by patients, leading clinicians and senior NHS leaders including Professor Huon Gray, the National Clinical Director for Heart Disease.

Heart Valve Voice’s report, Towards a Heart Healthy Future, brings together a range of new evidence and data on heart valve disease and highlights the significant under-diagnosis and under-treatment of the condition and the variation in access to services which exists for patients in different parts of the country.

Event attendees heard from leading experts about the importance of improving outcomes for heart valve disease patients, including tackling the low diagnosis and treatment rates in the UK. They also found out about the report recommendations which the charity says are key if patient outcomes are to be improved and if the UK is to be brought into line with other comparable countries in terms of access to services and timely and effective treatment.

Commenting on the event Jim Fitzpatrick said:

“I was pleased to attend the launch of the Heart Valve Voice report “Towards a Heart Healthy Future: A 2020 Vision for Heart Valve Disease” in the House of Commons today. The number of people with heart valve disease in the UK is increasing but many people are not being diagnosed early enough, when treatment could mean they return to a normal life expectancy.

“Given the UK’s ageing population it is vital that the variation in access to heart valve disease services and treatment is addressed to improve patient outcomes but also to ensure longer-term savings for the NHS.”

Heart Valve Voice Chief Executive Wil Woan added:

“For too long now heart valve disease has not received the prioritisation it deserves. Whilst we have seen significant progress in the treatment and management of other cardiovascular conditions in the UK in recent years, this sadly has not been the case for heart valve disease.”

“We were delighted to have Jim at the launch of our latest report in Parliament today. We look forwarding to continuing to work together to see the recommendations in the report implemented in order to improve the diagnosis, treatment and care of heart valve disease patients across the UK.”

You can read the report in full here and for more information visit: http://www.heartvalvevoice.com/

 

13 Oct

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“It’s Time to give a voice to Children who have been abused”

October 13, 2016 | By | No Comments

It’s Time to stand up for children who have been abused and get them the crucial support they need, Jim Fitzpatrick MP has said.

More than 30,000 people signed the NSPCC’s It’s Time petition calling on the Department of Health and NHS England to count children who have been abused and are in need of mental health support.

At the moment, it’s difficult to work out who needs help and how to commission services to help young people. This means some children are left without any help at all.

Every year the equivalent of two children in every primary school class experience abuse. Research has found up to 90 per cent of children who are abused at an early age will develop mental health problems by the time they are 18.

The charity’s petition is aimed at counting the number of children who’ve been abused and need support in a bid to deal with the gap in crucial mental health services.

Jim attended an NSPCC event in Parliament on Monday, October 10, hosted by Macclesfield MP David Rutley, to support the It’s Time campaign and to meet with young people who shared why the campaign matters to them.

It’s Time has already made important progress:

  • Over 16,000 supporters contacted their MP to raise the profile of support for children who have been abused
  • Nearly half of the Police and Crime Commissioners who were elected in May pledged to use their victim’s fund to improve support for children and young people who have been abused
  • The Education Select Committee supported our call for children entering care to receive an automatic mental health assessment from a trained professional

Jim Fitzpatrick said:

“We tend to take it for granted that the Government has data on everything that is important.

“But right now, they are not counting the number of children who have been abused and need support.

“We need ‎this data so that the current gap in services can be addressed, to ensure children get the therapeutic services they need to help them overcome the trauma of their abuse.”

Peter Wanless, NSPCC CEO, said:

“If we don’t know exactly how many children are missing out, we can’t do everything we can to help. So it’s essential we find out.

“We know how life-changing the right support can be. It can make the difference between a life defined by abuse or a child reaching their potential.

“So we have handed to No. 10 Downing Street this petition calling on the Government to collect local data from health professionals, social workers and the police, on the number of children who need help.

“It’s time to stand up for children who have been abused. It’s time to give them a voice.”

28 Sep

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MPs stand out in pink for families affected by breast cancer

September 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP wears it pink in Parliament in aid of Breast Cancer Now.

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar & Limehouse, has shown support for women affected by breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging their constituents to take part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 21st October.

wear it pink is back for its 15th year, calling on supporters across the country to add a flash of pink to their wardrobe for the day and raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.

Jim joined fellow parliamentarians in wearing it pink in Westminster this week to encourage people across the UK to get involved and help Breast Cancer Now towards their ambition that, by 2050, everyone that develops the disease will live.

wear it pink raises close to £2 million each year for world-class research into breast cancer, and this year it’s going to be pinker and more fun than ever before. Anyone can take part, whether at work, at home or at school. All you have to do is wear something pink and donate what you can.

When you join the hundreds of thousands of people who take part in wear it pink, you become part of a collective force of scientists, supporters and people affected by breast cancer, passionate about putting an end to deaths from the disease.

The Poplar & Limehouse MP also continues to demonstrate support for women and men living with breast cancer by being one of 211 Breast Cancer Ambassadors across the country, urging fellow politicians and constituents that immediate action must be taken to stop the disease taking lives.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP said:

“50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, and sadly around 11,500 women and 80 men will lose their lives to the disease. Together, we must put a stop to this.

“Through cutting-edge research, Breast Cancer Now are tackling the disease from all angles to ensure that, by 2050, everyone that develops the disease will live. But we all need to join forces and act now, and in wear it pink there is a fun and simple way for everyone to get involved.

“As a Breast Cancer Ambassador I am particularly passionate about standing up for the women and families affected by the disease in Poplar & Limehouse and I am very proud to take part in wear it pink. I hope everyone in the local community will join me by wearing it pink on Friday 21st October and show their support for Breast Cancer Now.”

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said:

“It’s wonderful to see so much parliamentary support for wear it pink. It’s a great opportunity for friends, co-workers and families across the UK to have some fun, wear something pink and show their support for those affected by breast cancer.

“Far too many women are still losing their lives to this dreadful disease. On Friday 21st October, every cake baked, every feather boa or pink tie worn and every laugh shared will help us create a future where no one dies from breast cancer.

“We will all be standing together, with colleagues and friends, to stop breast cancer taking the lives of the people we love – and we very much hope you’ll join us.”

Sign up to wear it pink on Friday 21st October to support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. For more information or to register, visit www.wearitpink.org

28 Sep

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Poplar & Limehouse MP backs new campaign targeting the cruel UK puppy trade

September 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP has lent his support to a new public awareness campaign launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to target the growing problem of the illicit and cruel UK puppy trade.

The puppy industry is booming, but with many UK breeders and puppy smugglers across Europe producing puppies solely for profit, all too often these animals suffer serious illness or behavioural problems later in life. Others, sadly, do not survive.

IFAW has devised a useful guide, P.U.P.S, for anyone looking to buy a puppy, to ensure they know what to look for to avoid buying an unhealthy, possibly puppy farmed animal.

Jim Fitzpatrick said:

“I am very pleased to support this important IFAW campaign to help make people aware of the potential pitfalls before buying a puppy which may have been farmed in squalid conditions and taken from its mother too soon, before it is eight weeks of age.

“It is terrible to think of these puppies being transported a great distance by dealers with little or no thought for their health or welfare. The mothers suffer greatly too, being made to produce litter after litter of puppies until they have outlived their usefulness. I encourage everyone to remember P.U.P.S.”

Parent – Is the puppy with its mum?

Underage – Has the puppy reached the legal age for sale?

Papers – Are all of the puppy’s papers available and in order?

Sickness – Is the puppy healthy and energetic?

Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of IFAW, said:

“We are very grateful for Jim Fitzpatrick’s support for our campaign. As a nation of dog lovers, none of us wants to be part of the cruel puppy industry. I am sure people will be shocked to find out that many much-loved pet dogs in the UK have suffered a horrible start in life with ill effects that may last through their lifetime.

“In the worst scenarios, owners suffer too when their much-loved puppy quickly gets sick and dies. This is the reality of the heartless UK puppy trade. IFAW always advocates adopting a happy and healthy puppy or dog in need of a home from your local shelter. But for those who wish to buy from a breeder, we believe our P.U.P.S campaign arms people with the information they need to make the right choice.”

11 Jan

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Early day motion 639

January 11, 2016 | By | No Comments

CO-OPERATION BY SERVICE CHARITIES

That this House recognises the need for greater co-operation between separate Services Charities: accordingly, welcomes the recent battlefield tour, for wounded veterans of all ages, to Ypres, organised and run by The Not Forgotten Association in co-operation with the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association and Combat Stress; acknowledges, in this Great War centenary period, the huge medical advances for injured personnel made at Lijssenthoek Military Hospital in World War One, and the continuing ceremonies at the Menin Gate; and encourages similar future collaboration by Service Charities in support of wounded and disabled veterans.

Jim signed: 03.11.2015

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