Mary and Fay Ripley help launch Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal

Mary and Cold Feet actress Fay Ripley have joined forces this March to help Marie Curie provide care and support to more people living with a terminal illness.

[MP first name] and long-term Marie Curie supporter Fay were pictured together with Marie Curie Nurses, Victoria Shodeko and Victoria Oluwalogbon, at a parliamentary event held this week to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign.

From March 1, Marie Curie’s daffodil pins will be available from volunteers and shops on high streets across North Tyneside.  With demand for Marie Curie services growing, as more people die each year, the charity hopes that this March, more people than ever will give a donation and wear the iconic yellow flower.

The money raised will help the charity be there for more people living with any terminal illness, providing them and their loved ones with vital care and support at the most difficult time of their lives.

Mary pledged her support to the appeal and is encouraging local people to help the charity raise more money than ever before by simply giving a donation and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil pin.


Do you have what it takes to join a new generation of world leaders? asks Mary.

Mary is urging young people in North Tyneside who are interested in leadership and making a difference, to apply for an international scheme run by the British Council.

Future Leaders Connect, a programme run by the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, is open to all young people aged 18-35 and will see ten representatives from the UK join 40 others from eleven different countries.  

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in public events, pitching the policy ideas they feel could change the world for the better and discussing today’s biggest global challenges.

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Mary pledges to protect the planet for Earth Hour 2018

Mary has pledged to make the planet their priority ahead of WWF’s Earth Hour, the world’s largest event to protect the planet.

Taking place at 8:30-9:30pm on Saturday 24 March, the event is the world’s largest show of support for our planet. Lights around the world will go out for the hour, from the Taj Mahal to Buckingham Palace, as well as hundreds of millions of people around the world. In the UK alone, more than eight million people and 300 landmarks, including The Shard, Edinburgh Castle and Carnaby Street, are expected to participate.

WWF is calling on politicians to show their commitment to tackling key environmental issues such as restoring wildlife, acting on climate change and ending plastic pollution by joining in and making a pledge. Today Mary joined the call.

This year WWF’s Earth Hour is also calling on people to make a #PromiseForThePlanet – a simple lifestyle change that combined with thousands of other pledges can make a big difference.  The promises include refusing plastic cutlery, switching to a green energy provider and reducing the amount of meat you eat by becoming a flexitarian.

Mary said: “WWF’s Earth Hour provides an opportunity to raise awareness of some of the biggest environmental challenges facing our generation. I hope by making this promise today that I can encourage others to make a pledge too. Together we can make a difference.”

Tony Juniper, executive director of campaigns at WWF said:

“Much of the wildlife we love is being seriously threatened by the pressures we put on our planet, including the effects of climate change, pollution, deforestation and generally living beyond the Earth’s means.

“We’re delighted to see MPs from across the UK give their support to Earth Hour and make a pledge to protect the planet. We hope they will inspire many others in their constituencies and communities to make a promise of their own.” 


Helping to Fight Invisable Illnesses

"Invisible illnesses" can be as devastating as recognised ones but do
not receive the attention they need, according to Mary.

Mary, who recently met campaigners and experts at the Commons, said" they told me about Fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes pain all over the body, fatigue, muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, mental problems, headaches and Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Mary added: "the trouble is that many Fibromyalgia sufferers are not recognised as having a disability and also that diagnosis can be low and late. Yet their pain is as real as recognised illnesses. I am backing Fibromyalgia Awareness UK's efforts to raise awareness, get
it recognised in our disability laws, and encourage more funding to improve diagnosis and treatment. It's estimated that 1 in every 25 people may suffer from Fibromyalgia."

A supportive petition is at

Mary Backs Campaign to Stop Elephant Slaughter

Calls for a UK ivory ban to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal and inhumane ivory trade have been backed by Mary

Mary, who attended a major event in the Commons which displayed tusks and parts of tusks from a herd of 30 elephants, said: "the poaching crisis is a stain on humanity and is pushing an iconic species to extinction. The UK wants to be a world leader in tackling the illegal wildlife trade and tough laws can end UK ivory markets once and for all. Time is running out for elephants and we must act now before it is too late."

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Mary supports Cancer Research UK this World Cancer Day


Mary attended an event in Parliament last week (Thursday 1 February) to show her support for Cancer Research UK this World Cancer Day, Sunday 4 February, 2018.

Mary met with Cancer Research UK researchers and ambassadors at the event, learning about the charity’s life-saving research and how international collaboration is vital in beating the disease sooner.

Cancer Research UK called on men, women and children to make a donation for a Unity Band and wear it with pride.

The Unity Band features a classic reef knot design to symbolise the strength of people coming together to unite against cancer.

The bands are available in all Cancer Research UK stores for a suggested donation of £2. The designs come in three different colours – pink, navy and blue - and can be worn in memory of a loved one, to celebrate people who’ve overcome the disease or in support of those going through treatment.

Money raised through Unity Band donations will help fund more research, more treatments and more cures – ultimately helping to save more lives.

Marked on February 4, World Cancer Day is designed to raise awareness of cancer and to promote its prevention, detection and treatment.

One in two people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime and although survival has doubled since the early 1970s, Cancer Research UK needs everyone to act right now to help speed up progress and see more people survive the disease.

Mary said: “I’m calling on people in North Tyneside to join me by wearing a Cancer Research UK Unity Band and spreading the word on social media in support of World Cancer Day by using the hashtag #UnityBand

“Whatever your motivation – to remember a loved one, celebrate people who have overcome the disease, or to rally in support of those going through treatment - World Cancer Day is a chance to get involved and transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by cancer.”

Mary is backing for Suzy Lamplugh Trust campaign for national minimum standards in taxi and private hire licensing

A new campaign urging national minimum standards for taxi and private
hire licensing has been launched at the Commons by the respected
personal safety charity, Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon said "evidence shows that taxi and
private hire licences are being granted to drivers with criminal
convictions including violent offences. The lack of national minimum
standards to enforce sufficient safety checks compromises public

Mary Glindon added: "All taxi and private hire drivers must be
rigorously checked wherever they live in the country. Everyone who
uses a taxi or private hire vehicle should be confident that their
driver has been appropriately vetted, and that they will reach their
destination safely."

More information on the ‘Steering towards safety’ campaign and report can be found at

Mary backs fight for fast access to life-saving treatments

People with devastating muscle-wasting conditions need faster access to life-saving treatments, according to the Muscular Dystrophy charity.

Mary, who hosted the charity’s inaugural lFast Track event for people with muscular dystrophy, parliamentarians, pharmaceutical industry representatives, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, said: "we heard how lengthy and unnecessary delays to the drug approval process endangers lives. The NHS needs more powers to negotiate good deals with pharmaceutical companies, streamline access to treatments, and early access schemes, which bring treatments to patients faster."

Mary, who also chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Muscular Dystrophy, added: "Meeting those affected by this cruel condition really hit home just urgent is the need to get life-changing treatments to families. As muscle-wasting conditions progress rapidly, people with muscular dystrophy need rapid access to breakthrough drugs."

Nic Bungay, Director of Campaigns, Care and Information at Muscular Dystrophy UK, said: “For people with muscle-wasting conditions, every day counts. Time and again we’ve seen how the UK lags behind other countries in Europe when it comes to getting life-saving treatments to patients as quickly as possible. With new treatments for muscular dystrophy on the horizon, we must tackle the barriers that prevent them getting to patients. We’re delighted to have Mary backing our campaign.”

Last week, people with the devastating muscle-wasting condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) were given fresh hope with the announcement of a scheme which could give them access to vital treatment earlier than expected. The scheme would give families access to Spinraza – the first and only treatment for SMA – while it is being assessed for funding on the NHS by NICE. For babies with the most severe SMA type, life expectancy without access to the drug is rarely more than two years. However, the interim scheme does not guarantee access to treatment in the long term.

The charity is warning that with more rare disease drugs like Spinraza reaching the market, patients will face agonising waits to access them without urgent reform to the drug approval process.

For more information on the campaign, visit

Mary signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment 


This week Mary signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘The power of words’.

Mary said:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from North Tyneside and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:

“The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words. Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. We are very grateful to Mary for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”

Mary attends Parkinson's UK Charity event

The 200th anniversary this month of the original diagnosis of Parkinson's disease has sparked calls for more clinical trials to help find better treatments and a cure in years not decades.

Mary, who attended a Parliamentary event organised by the Parkinson's UK charity, said: 'Parkinson’s is a terrible degenerative neurological condition that affects one in 500 people in North Tyneside, which means many know it directly and indirectly. It robs people of their independence and causes debilitating symptoms such as insomnia, depression, and hallucinations.'

Mary added: 'We need more research, improved services, andempowering people with Parkinson’s to take control so they can turn their lives around. It's one of those diseases that can hit anyone and society should do more to beat it, as we have with other diseases.'

Nearly 130,000 people have Parkinson's nationwide. There is no cure
and current medication can’t stop the condition from progressing. A ground-breaking inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinson’s into access to timely and appropriate mental health support will report next Spring.

Parkinson’s UK Chief Executive Steve Ford said: 'With 2017 marking such a significant anniversary for us, we wanted to reflect on what we have achieved and what we have yet to do in order to improve the lives of everybody affected by Parkinson’s, but we can’t do this alone.'

Mary stands up for faith and freedom on #RedWednesday

On 22 November, Mary attended the #RedWednesday parliamentary event hosted by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), in partnership with Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), to stand up for faith and freedom around the world.

For the second year running, the Houses of Parliament in Westminster floodlit red in support of #RedWednesday, the initiative which calls on people to shine a light on persecution and stand up for faith and freedom.

Lambeth Palace and ten UK cathedrals also pledged to floodlight red, including London’s Westminster Cathedral and others in Ayr, Edinburgh, Paisley, Birmingham, Norwich, Wrexham, Derry and Armagh.

At the Parliamentary event on 22 November, Members of the House of Commons and Peers from the House of Lords heard about the plight of Christians who are persecuted for their faith worldwide and the important role they play in encouraging the Government to promote and protect the freedom of religion or belief globally.

Mary  said: “I was pleased to attend the #RedWednesday parliamentary event with ACN and CSW. As buildings throughout the country, including the Houses of Parliament, shine a light on persecution around the world by lighting red on 22 November, I am proud to show my support for this important cause and stand up for faith and freedom in Parliament.”

Mary Supports Votes at 16

I support lowering the voting age to 16 as I believe this will help energise and engage young people and ensure their voices are heard. I also believe votes at 16 would strengthen our democracy and open it up to a new generation - as was quite clearly borne out in the Scottish Independence Referendum, where more than 100,000 16 and 17 year olds registered to vote and 75% of those registered voted. 

At 16, you are eligible to pay tax, get married or even join the army. I therefore believe that 16 and 17 year olds deserve a vote and at the 2017 General Election I stood on a manifesto which committed to reduce the voting age to 16. I also believe that extending the franchise should be accompanied by improved citizenship education because this is an important way to ensure young people are engaged and informed in the political process

Mary Supports the Global Blanket Petition.

Mary Glindon MP, Alan Campbell MP, and North East Soroptimists recently presented their Global Blanket on Anti-Slavery Day to  No.10 Downing Street.

The Global Blanket petition aims to draw awareness of the trafficking of women and girls in making clothes for the fashion industry.  It is hoped the international campaign will attract a million signatures by 2019.

To join the campaign, please follow this link below:-


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