Mary hears from inspiring nominees at British Red Cross awards in Parliament

On Tuesday 15th November Mary Glindon MP heard from a number of young people nominated for this year’s British Red Cross Humanitarian Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Twenty finalists, aged seven to twenty-five, attended the award ceremony at the Palace of Westminster.  Amongst this year’s shortlisted entries for the awards, sponsored by Canon, was a young man who has set up a coffee shop venture for homeless people, a seven year old who has raised thousands of pounds for diabetes charities and volunteers who did 12 hour shifts in Calais’s refugee camps through last winter.

Mrs Glindon said: “It was both humbling and inspiring to hear the stories of many of the young people present. Their achievements are indicative of a selfless spirit which should motivate us all to do more in our community.”

Mike Adamson, Red Cross Chief Executive said:  “These young people are an inspiration to everyone. They are committed to making a difference and helping people in their communities – they embody true humanitarian qualities. Their actions have saved lives, helped vulnerable people and supported communities. Across the UK thousands of young people selflessly give up their time to help others. These awards are a chance to give those young people the recognition they deserve and to say a huge thank you for all their hard work.”

Bob Pickles, Head of Corporate and Government Affairs at Canon UK, said: “Once again, we are delighted to come together with British Red Cross to support such a great event.

“Canon has been sponsoring the Humanitarian Awards since 2005, and every year, we’re inspired to see the incredible lengths that young people go to, to make a difference in their community.

“We had some incredible nominations this year. We congratulate them all and in particular the winners for their inspirational hard work and dedication to helping those in need.”

The ceremony included an exhibition of shortlisted photographs on the theme ‘Making a difference matters’. The competition, open to anyone under the age of 26, invited young people to capture moments showing community or charitable work.

National Adoption Week Campaign

Mary Glindon MP this week supported National Adoption Week and its campaign for people across North Tyneside to #SupportAdoption. The week is a national event, focusing on family finding for some of our most vulnerable children in the UK. It is also a chance to demystify and clarify the adoption process, reflect the challenges of adoptive parenting, share individual stories and showcase best practice. Nationwide supporters have been sharing their adoption stories and detailing how their lives have been affected on Facebook and Twitter.

Melissa Forbes-Murison, Manager of Adoption Match, who with her team met Mary in Parliament on Wednesday, said;

Day in day out, using the Adoption Register for England, we make links for children seeking a permanent loving family with prospective adopters. The Adoption Register is the only statutory register of children and families awaiting adoptive placement.  All councils and voluntary agencies are required to use the register.  Since 2004 we have found families for 3356 children who may otherwise have never been found a permanent family.  The Adoption Register has been used to aid family finding for nearly 20,000 children.

It was a pleasure for my colleagues and I to share with Mary some of the stories of children the Adoption Register has helped find adoptive parents for.  I often speak with social workers and respective adopters who are working tirelessly to help find loving homes for children who so desperately need one.

Mary said;
National Adoption Week should remind all of us of the importance of finding families for some of our most vulnerable children in my constituency and across Tyneside. Local council social workers, voluntary adoption agencies and the statutory Adoption Register supporting them day in, day out, are doing everything possible to family find for vulnerable children.

Having heard the stories of children approved but waiting for adoption, I think it is vital no child waits longer than necessary. Every child deserves a family who loves them."

Arthritis and Musculosskeletal Support

Across the UK there are 10 million people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.   Of this number 17,000 people, who live in North Tyneside and are 45, or over, have knee osteoarthritis.  In the same age group, the number of North Tyneside residents suffering from hip osteoarthritis is just over 10,000.

Arthritis and musculoskeletal complaints make up the fourth largest area of NHS spending (£5bn per annum) and cost the country 30 million working days – a fifth of all working days lost in the UK.

Indications are that with growing levels of obesity and an ageing population these numbers will increase.

To highlight the plight of those suffering from these conditions and the need for action to prevent the numbers increasing further, Arthritis UK has launched the ‘Share Your Everyday’ Campaign.

During October the Charity is asking people, affected, to share their ‘everday’, stating how they cope with challenges big and small, in order to push back the limits of their arthritis.

The hope is that, with a high level of input, from sufferers, Arthritis UK can continue to invest in breakthrough treatments, the best information and vital support for everyone affected by arthritis today and in the future.

Arthritis UK have actively involved MPs with a drop-in session, ahead of a Westminster debate and I have joined a number of colleagues, who have signed an early day motion, to support the aims of the campaign.

The more people who join the campaign, the more chance there is of defeating these debilitating conditions.


Today, I took part in the inaugural Parliamentary Sports Fair to support the #GetYourKitOn campaign, run by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, for grassroots and community sport and recreation. As politicians, we have a responsibility to consider the wider implications of the decisions we take, the causes we promote, and the impact they will have on our constituents. Grassroots sport and recreation is one such cause which I am proud to champion.

At a time when our local services are under enormous pressure, and demand is growing, we should look to alternative and innovative solutions to help us tackle the challenges and opportunities facing society.  Sport has a significant social value, which is often under-appreciated; it can make us healthier, happier and help to create close community bonds. It can teach us valuable life-skills and it can inspire us to try new things and challenge ourselves.

The success of the GB teams in the Olympic and Paralympic Games highlight the depth of talent and passion for sport that we have in this country. However, without accessible facilities, trained coaches and valued volunteers, those aspiring champions and recreational enthusiasts would not have an outlet for their talents. Ensuring local communities have such facilities is of primary importance to the future health of our nation.

I was excited to see the Sport and Recreation Alliance launch their Get Your Kit On - A Guide to Grassroots Sport and Recreation at the event today. I look forward to working with the Alliance and their members to help support sport and recreation in my own constituency in order for the true benefit of sport to be felt by everyone in the local community

Mary to raise awareness of Lyme Disease

Mary attended an event in Parliament on Tuesday 6 September to raise awareness of Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease is a crippling tick-borne infection which can become a chronic, debilitating and disabling condition if not treated. However, Lyme Disease not currently a notifiable disease in the UK and as such the number of new cases per year is unknown, and estimates range from 3,000 to 45,000 annually, and treatment of the disease varies.

The event was attended by over 30 MPs from across the country and was held in conjunction with Lyme Disease UK.

Speaking after the event, Mary said:

“There is a real lack of awareness of the dangers which Lyme Disease presents those infected, and many GPs are not aware of how best to treat it.

“I was pleased to host this event in Parliament to highlight Lyme Disease and hope that with greater awareness of the disease and its implications those suffering with it can receive better treatment.”

Centre for innovation opens at Swans

Following almost £2million of investment, a specialist business centre created by North Tyneside Council was officially opened in Wallsend today (July 29).

Attracting companies from as far away as Aberdeen, the Centre for Innovation, located on the Swans North Tyneside site, is now home to a range of businesses.

Its enviable position within the River Tyne North Bank Low Carbon Enterprise Zone has made it an ideal base for small and medium-sized businesses specialising in the advanced engineering, sub-sea, marine, oil, gas or offshore renewable energy sectors.

And today (July 29), North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon and Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn officially opened the £1.9million development.
Speaking after unveiling a ceremonial plaque, MP Mary Glindon said: “I was delighted to open the Centre for Innovation and meet some of the businesses based there.

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Mary backs call to urgently boost physiotherapy access

Mary has backed the calls of a national charity to urgently boost access to physiotherapy in the North East, to help constituents missing out on vital care, and suffering through this dangerous lack of access.

At Parliament Mary hosted the launch of Muscular Dystrophy UK’s hard-hitting report, Overstretched. The report highlights a massive black hole in physiotherapy access across the country for the estimated 70,000 people with muscle-wasting conditions.

For people with such conditions, physiotherapy can reduce pain and discomfort, while minimising the development of deformities. In some cases it can keep patients walking for longer. Access to a respiratory physiotherapist also allows for vital cough assist equipment to be used, which can reduce the risk of chest infections and can even avoid lives being tragically cut short.

The report found that 60% of individuals with muscle-wasting conditions are unable to access appropriate physiotherapy for their condition. As a result, one in five local patients, many of whom can afford it least, are being forced to pay up to £6,000 a year for private treatment. Patients suffer from NHS policy which rations physiotherapy to six-week blocks, meaning people with muscle-wasting conditions that do gain access miss out on long-term benefits, and gain little from the treatment at all.

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he UK’s creative industries are worth a whopping £84 billion and sustain nearly three million jobs but nurturing and teaching creativity throughout education would sustain and increase this success," according to North Tyneside MP, Mary Glindon.

Mary added: "I attended an event organised by MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, and learnt how creative industries are a vital economic lifeline. Now we have decided to leave the EU, we must do much more to protect and promote our home-grown ingenuity to pay our bills and underpin a just society."

A Commons debate also highlighted the need to teach and value creative subjects as part of a rounded curriculum, and maintain the flow of students to universities or face a damaging deficit of skilled graduates.Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016

General Statement Friday 1 July 2016    

I am very disappointed that as a result of the EU referendum the UK will be leaving the European Union.  However, it is important that all the political parties now work together with the Government to ensure the best possible deal for our country and I will be doing everything I can to get the best deal for our region and North Tyneside under a future agreement.   

With regard to the state of the Labour Party, I am neither a Blairite nor a Corbynite.  I did not vote for Jeremy Corbyn to be Leader of our party, but I have respected the mandate he was given and been loyal to him over the past 10 months.  Our party is now deeply divided and I therefore support a Leadership challenge to resolve the situation and will again respect the mandate of the party in choosing our next Leader.   

I would like to put on record, I did not resign as PPS to the former Shadow Secretary of State for Transport.  That post came to an end when Lilian Greenwood resigned. 



Mary pictured with her constituent, Amy Hart, who through the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016 shadowed Mary for the afternoon recently.

Amy is part of a team of 9 apprentices based in HMRC's Digital Delivery Centre. They entered the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016 in February and since then have been engaging with the community's young people, businesses and community groups to promote apprenticeships. They have conducted presentations in numerous schools, to children of all ages, as well as hosted business breakfast events with local employers to encourage them to consider recruiting apprentices. They also worked with a local Scout group to deliver Digital badges to over 60 of their young members.

They were successful in reaching the National Finals due to their hard work in the Regional Heats. Now, in the final part of the competition, they were required to engage with MPs to continue spreading the message about the importance of apprentices in our community.

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