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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

Jim Fitzpatrick MP Pulse Check

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

12 Nov


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Save Lloyd and Leila

November 12, 2013 | By | No Comments

Lloyd and LeilaUnfortunately Stepney City Farm can no longer keep the popular cows known as Lloyd and Leila.

I am asking the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to allow these animals to go to the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk where they will have a permanent home.

You can sign the petition here: http://hillside.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=4c95cca2af7aa16d5d44b5a9e&id=a82f6215fd.

12 Nov


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Access to Medical Technology

November 12, 2013 | By | No Comments

Access to medical technology is not possible for many people who need it in Poplar and Limehouse, and that’s why I signed a pledge to improve patient access to medical technology last week.

The pledge is being organised by the Medical Technology Group, a coalition of patient groups, research charities and medical device manufacturers, which is committed to increasing patient access to high quality, life-improving medical technologies to all who need it.

Medical technologies can be very effective for patients with a range of conditions, helping them return to work, care for loved ones, or enabling them to be looked after at home. They can also save the NHS money by reducing the number and length of stays in hospital.

08 Nov


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Poppy Appeal

November 8, 2013 | By | No Comments

DSC_0096I’d like to say a big thank you to constituents and Wharfers who bought poppies from volunteers across the Canary Wharf estate this week. Everybody was very generous and their donations will go a long way to help the Royal British Legion.

30 Oct


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Britain Cares

October 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MPLast week I joined double Gold medallist wheelchair athlete Hannah Cockroft and Paralympian Sam Ruddock at an event in Parly to learn how important the issue of good social care is to my constituents.

The event, organised by disability charity Scope, was part of its ‘Britain Cares’ Campaign, which is calling on the Government to ensure that over 100,000 disabled people do not lose out on vital social care support which enables them to live independent, fulfilling lives http://www.britaincares.co.uk/.

While the debate on social care has focussed on the demands of an ageing population, one third of social care users are working age disabled people.

So far almost 30,000 people have contacted their MPs in support of ‘Britain Cares’ campaign, and last week I viewed a fantastic art installation of the hundreds of ‘I care’ photos sent in from people around the UK.

As the Government’s Care Bill enters the House of Commons for the first time, all MPs must remember that one third of social care users are working age disabled people. This support is what enables them to wash, dress and get out of the house.

It is crucial that the Bill goes as far as possible in creating a care system that supports disabled people to live full and independent lives.

16 Oct


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Breast Cancer is not Yesterday’s Problem

October 16, 2013 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP (3)This week I backed Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s call to make the issue of access to drugs a top priority, and help put breast cancer back on the agenda.

The charity has called on the Government to bring about a new focus on breast cancer, with a priority of introducing an equitable system through which effective new treatments are routinely made available to patients.

Breast cancer is not yesterday’s problem; thousands of women in the UK are living with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer, with incredibly limited treatment options. Research is developing treatments that can give women at the end of their lives more good quality time with their loved ones; we have a responsibility to ensure that there is a system that allows these pioneering new drugs to reach patients who will benefit from them.

In the UK, 12,000 women are still dying every year from breast cancer. That’s why I’ll be writing to the Prime Minister to urge him to take the lead on this issue, and help improve the lives of the thousands of women who are still affected by this disease.

19 Sep


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Wear it Pink

September 19, 2013 | By | No Comments


This year I will be taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s biggest (and pinkest) fundraiser, Wear it Pink Day.

Over the last 10 years wear it pink has raised a £23 million and on Friday 25 October 2013 people will come together in schools, colleges and businesses throughout the country to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Campaign’s lifesaving research.

Most people have been affected by cancer in some way or another. Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease.

This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts so they can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure. So join me, wear something pink and donate £2, it’s really as simple as that.


30 Jul


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Search begins for Digital Hero in Tower Hamlets

July 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

I’m calling for local groups to enter the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards 2013, a competition that recognises and rewards people who are using technology to help their communities.

The awards, now in their sixth year, have provided funding and support to 62 organisations across Britain, including various charities which have used technology to help children and youth, the homeless and people with disabilities.

The awards, run in partnership with the Daily Mirror and charities Citizens Online and Go ON UK, aim to recognise inspirational people who use technology to benefit their local community. Twelve winners, one from each region of the UK – voted for by the public – will each get £5,000 to enhance their digital projects, with one overall winner getting £10,000.

Digital plays an increasingly important role in everyday life, helping to improve the community and encourage the growth of small businesses. Digital Heroes is an initiative which recognises people and organisations who have worked hard to champion technology and make a difference to their community.

I hope that projects in Tower Hamlets will be able to benefit from this year’s competition and I will be encouraging local groups and individuals to enter.

The awards are now open for submissions at www.talktalkdigitalheroes.co.uk and the deadline for entries is August 14, 2013. The Twitter hashtag for the awards is #digitalheroes.

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