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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


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

04 Nov


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Jim Fitzpatrick hails West Ham United’s charitable work

November 4, 2015 | By | No Comments

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Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, was present this week at a Parliamentary reception arranged to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the West Ham United Foundation, the charitable arm of the Premier League football club.

Mr Fitzpatrick has supported West Ham since coming to London in 1973 and is one of the most prominent Hammers fans in the House of Commons. He is a strong supporter of the work that the West Ham United Foundation does throughout East London, including with charities, schools and community groups in Poplar.

Among the attendees was Joan Hart, Head Teacher of Our Lady & St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, which hosts regular summer school events arranged by the West Ham United Foundation for local children in the Poplar area.

Speaking after the event, Jim Fitzpatrick said:

“One of the reasons I’ve always been proud to be a West Ham fan is that it remains a club very much rooted in its local community, and run by two chairmen who grew up in East London.

“The West Ham United Foundation is the way the club gives something back to that local community, and ensures that the people of East London, including my constituents in Poplar, can share in the benefits of having a Premier League football club on their doorstep.

“I was very glad to give my support to this event, and I look forward to the Foundation continuing its brilliant work for decades to come.”

Among the attendees at the event, held on Monday 2nd November, were the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon John Whittingdale, who expressed his support for the Foundation and wished it well for the expansion of its work that will accompany West Ham’s move to the club’s new Stadium in Stratford next year.

Also present were several other MPs, local councillors, the Premier League’s Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, West Ham’s Joint-Chairman David Gold, as well as representatives of dozens of bodies who have received support from the Foundation over recent years.

The assembled gathering heard from the Chief Executive of the Foundation, Joe Lyons, who introduced them to four young people from the East London and Essex area whose lives have been transformed as a result of the Foundation’s work.

“Over the next decade”, Lyons said, “we will work tirelessly to create more of these stories.

“Today, we are outlining our new 10 year strategy which redefines our vision. We want to be a truly inclusive organisation offering a range of programmes that provide positive experiences to all.”

He set out the Foundation’s priorities and goals for the next decade, including expanding its work across all of East London and Essex, establishing international programmes, creating pathways to education and work for young people in the region, and using sport as a motivator for social change.

In the past 25 years, West Ham’s Foundation has provided support and opportunities to 1.5 million young people and adults in local communities in the region, but it plans to reach a further 1 million people in the next 10 years alone.

West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady, who has masterminded the expansion of the Foundation’s work since arriving at the Club in 2010, explained to the reception why the West Ham board believe it is so important to support the Club’s local communities.

“When my two Chairmen, David Sullivan and David Gold, and I began our work at West Ham”, she said, “one of our first priorities was to expand the work the Club had been doing to create better futures for local people.

“My Chairmen both originated from the area and…with their passion for giving something back to their local community and my determination to use sport to better the lives of its people, it quickly became something that was incredibly important to all three of us.

“We made sure the Foundation became the hub to deliver the Club’s vision for outreach, benefitting the charities we feel most passionate about and most importantly giving brighter futures for the most deprived people in our community.

“We now have some remarkable stories to tell of the lives we’ve changed and an exciting, ambitious vision for the future, as we prepare to take up residence in our new home.”

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore also hailed the achievements of the Foundation in his speech.

“In terms of West Ham”, he said, “some of their schemes are leading the way among all clubs, including the work they do with schools: 35 different schools being touched by West Ham’s Foundation; 3,000 young people in a year being influenced just by one club.

“The Kicks programme has been taken on by the West Ham Foundation probably better than any other Club; it is currently working in 24 sites within east London, with a huge impact in terms of reducing anti-social crime.

“That’s the power of football. That’s the power of the West Ham badge, that’s the power of the Foundation. There a lots of other clubs doing the same, but I don’t think there’s any single club that does it to the depth and breadth, and with the real commitment that West Ham do it.”

The event ended with MPs presenting the Foundation with a special birthday card signed by all those in attendance. The message inside read: “Congratulations on 25 years of life-changing community work and long may it continue in your new home.”

01 Dec


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029 Giving Tuesday

With Sharon Auger from State Street Bank

MP urges people to do one good thing for charity on #GivingTuesday

Jim Fitzpatrick MP has encouraged constituency charities and businesses to take part in the international campaign asking people to give their time, money or voice to charity on one day.

#GivingTuesday takes place for the first time in the UK on the 2 December and is gathering momentum with over 500 businesses and charities joining the other 10,000 partner organisations in the global movement.

The campaign in the UK is being led by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), working closely with software provider Blackbaud.  There are 42 founding partners including Facebook, Argos, Homebase, Glamour, Thomson Reuters, PwC, Cancer Research UK, the RSPCA, Breast Cancer Care, Marie Curie Cancer Care, the RNIB, the NSPCC, The Cabinet Office, the National Union of Students and JustGiving.

#GivingTuesday comes directly after the big shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and asks people and organisations to do one simple charitable act on the day in the run up to Christmas.  While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good for the economy and great for getting deals, #GivingTuesday is the chance to give something back.

The campaign was launched in the US in 2012 and has become a global movement with Canada, Mexico, Israel, Australia, Singapore and Latin America all getting on board in 2013.  Last year #GivingTuesday received support from the White House, actor Kevin Bacon and model Heidi Klum and charities saw a huge spike in donations on the day.

Partner organisations are encouraged to take the campaign and do something of their own with it.  For example, an ice cream parlour in Baltimore created its very own #GivingTuesday ice cream and gave the proceeds made from sales to a local charity.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar and Limehouse said:

“#GivingTuesday is an exciting opportunity for charities, businesses and individuals to shine a light on the causes they care about and encourage more people to get involved with giving.”

“People in Poplar and Limehouse are enormously generous and support more causes that I can list.  It would be great if people can get behind this new way to talk about the fantastic causes we all care about.”

“I am proud to support #GivingTuesday and look forward to celebrating the generosity of my constituents and the great work done by our local charities.”

Hannah Terrey, Head of Policy and Campaigns at the Charities Aid Foundation said:

“It is fantastic to see so much enthusiasm for the #GivingTuesday movement from people across the country including some brilliant charities and businesses.”

“We are delighted by the support we have received so far and want to encourage as many businesses, charities and individuals to take up #GivingTuesday and really run with it.  We are already hearing so many creative and inspiring ideas and hope we can get the whole nation thinking about charity at the start of the festive season.”

More information can be found on the #GivingTuesday website including a full list of partners.  To find out more email givingtuesday@cafonline.org or follow the campaign on Twitter.


21 Nov


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Road Safety Week

November 21, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP backs national Road Safety Week campaign urging road users to look out for each other to save lives

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, is backing a national campaign launched on Monday by road safety charity Brake, calling on road users to look out for each other to help stop the five deaths and 61 serious injuries that happen every day on UK roads and particularly to protect people on foot and bike.

The call comes at the start of Road Safety Week, coordinated by Brake, during which thousands of schools, employers and community groups will be raising awareness about road safety, and police across the country will be stepping up traffic enforcement to deter and catch drivers putting others at risk.

The look out for each other campaign is all about everyone, especially drivers, showing patience, consideration and responsibility towards other road users, especially the most vulnerable. To help avoid tragedy, Brake is particularly urging drivers to protect people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20mph in communities, looking longer and taking it slow at junctions and bends, and giving people plenty of room. People on foot and bike are also being encouraged not to take chances, and make sure they can be seen.

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, said: “It is unacceptable that five people die and 61 are seriously injured on UK roads every day. This is why I am glad to be supporting Road Safety Week, road safety is an important issue which needs more awareness. I myself have attended a number of Parliamentary receptions on this issue including Brake’s drop-in session for MPs in the Commons earlier this week. I have also signed EDM 462 in support of Road Safety Week and Brake’s ‘look out for each other’ campaign encouraging road users to look out for each other, acknowledging that roads are shared spaces which require mutual tolerance and respect. Thankfully, no postcodes in Poplar and Limehouse are included in the national top 10 postcodes for careless driving offences; however, it is still important to raise awareness of road safety and what better way to do this than supporting this Week.”

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: “When drivers use roads without care for others the consequences can be tragic and horrific – people killed and badly injured, lives ruined forever, because of a moment of impatience or selfishness. At Brake we witness the suffering that results, daily, through our work supporting people affected by road death and injury. And there are wider consequences if we don’t look out for each other on roads – people afraid to walk and cycle or let their kids walk and cycle, and unable to get out and enjoy their community and live active lifestyles. That’s why, instead of making our streets stressful, risky places, we’re asking all road users to look out for and protect each other, particularly the most vulnerable – that means drivers sticking to 20 or below in towns and villages, looking carefully at junctions, and being considerate. Ultimately, we’re all just human beings trying to get around, with equal right to use the roads, not competing tribes.”

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