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:-

I will be holding an advice surgery for anyone affected by the closure of Owen Pugh on Friday 20 October, between 1pm and 3pm at the John Willie Sams Centre.  My caseworker and I will be there to offer any help and advice and we will be joined by Gary Tait of the DWP’s Rapid Response Team, who will be able to offer specialist advice on vacancies, training opportunities, and benefits.

Please do drop-in if you think we can be of assistance, no appointment is needed.

Police are warning people to be aware of phoney calls being made to people demanding thousands in unpaid taxes.

The caller claims to be from HMRC and in one call asked for £3,900 in unpaid taxes which had to be paid by 3pm on the same day otherwise they would face a £10,000 fine or imprisonment for tax evasion.

The bank of one victim in her 60s contacted police because of concerns for the shaken woman.

Inspector Gary Dickson of Central area command said: "We are aware of a couple of incidents in the Newcastle area where people have received a call from someone claiming to be from HRMC.

"The caller stresses that the person being called must not tell friends, family or their bank and that they will be called with further instructions on how to pay.

"Any genuine request would not be made in this way and we would advise anyone who receives a call like this to ignore the instructions.”

Anyone seeking advice about calls like this or similar should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or go to the website www.actionfraud.police.uk______________________________________________________

Mary shows red card to taxi refusals

Mary tested her taxi hailing skills this week at Labour Party Conference in a football-themed game with Guide Dogs. While trying to get a taxi to take guide dog owner Jacqueline to her local football match, the MP for North Tyneside heard about the real problems assistance dog owners face when being illegally refused by taxis and minicabs.

The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal for a taxi or minicab driver to refuse to take an assistance dog or to charge extra for carrying it. However, Guide Dogs research found that 42% of assistance dog owners have been turned away by a taxi or minicab in a one-year period because of their dog. The research also uncovered that 38% of assistance dog owners have been asked to pay an extra fare for carrying their dog.

Mary is supporting Guide Dogs’ call for all taxi and minicab drivers to undertake disability equality training so they understand the rights and needs of disabled passengers and feel confident to offer assistance. The campaign is supported by more than 30 organisations, including trade bodies, local government representatives and disability groups.

James White, Senior Campaigns Manager at Guide Dogs, commented:
“Imagine you were turned away by a taxi driver for no reason. This happens to people living with sight loss with shocking regularity just because they are travelling with their guide dog. It’s not only illegal, it knocks people’s confidence and stops them doing the everyday things that most people take for granted – going to a café, meeting friends, going to the doctor’s or to their local football match.

We are urging the Government to require disability equality training for all drivers to help reduce the number of access refusals.”

Mary backs campaign to scrap public sector pay cap for nurses

Mary has backed the growing campaign for the Government to scrap the 1 per cent cap on public sector pay in the upcoming Budget.

As the Commons returned from summer recess, Mary met with frontline nurses as part of the Royal College of Nursing’s lobby of Parliament.

On Wednesday 6 September, nursing staff held a demonstration in Parliament Square and separately met MPs to call on the Chancellor to scrap the cap in the Budget expected this autumn.

The MP heard how low pay has a detrimental impact on morale, the ability to recruit and retain nurses, and patient safety.

Since 2010, NHS nursing staff have experienced a 14 per cent real-terms pay cut as a result of Government policy on pay in the public sector- leaving pay packets £3,000 worse off each year.

Frontline RCN members told the MP that 471 nurses are affected by the pay cap in their constituency, North Tyneside.

Nurses are working in an increasingly pressurised and understaffed health and care system. The nursing regulator recently revealed that the profession is shrinking, with more nurses leaving the profession than joining it and 40,000 nursing vacancies in England alone. Separate RCN analysis shows that nurses with more than 10 years’ experience are leaving the NHS at twice the rate they were three years ago.

New academic research shows that when the number of registered nurses on a shift falls, care is left undone and patient mortality levels increase.

Mary, said:

“Despite the pressures they are facing, nurses are the backbone of our NHS. The pay cap can’t continue if we are to keep the nurses we have, attract new recruits and ensure nursing staff can earn a decent wage.

“Understaffing in our hospitals and communities is affecting the safety of patients. It’s time for the Government to show their commitment to valuing and supporting nurses – the Chancellor’s autumn budget is an unmissable opportunity to scrap the public sector pay cap.”

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said:  

“This summer, nurses have shown the Government that they have had enough of poor pay. They are struggling to keep up with the cost of living and there are reports it pays better to work in supermarkets than care for the most vulnerable.

“It’s a false economy to keep nurses pay down, short staffing is threating the safety of our patients. That’s why we welcome the support of MPs who are championing nursing and share our belief that the 1% pay cap should be scrapped.

“Nurses will not tolerate having their pay squeezed any further. The Government must put party politics aside and lift the cap.”

Mary has today welcomed news that more than £10,787,555 million of National Lottery money has been invested in North Tyneside’s heritage projects since 1994.

From exploring local archaeology and restoring local parks and buildings to protecting wildlife and researching local history, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded more than 45 grants to heritage projects in the area.

Now HLF is encouraging people in North Tyneside to apply for grants between £3,000 and £10,000 to undertake projects exploring the impact and legacy of the First World War beyond 1918.  Whether that’s looking at the role the war played in bringing about universal suffrage; the introduction of daylight saving; or the mechanisation of agriculture, there is a wealth of local stories waiting to be explored about life following the war.

Mary said “North Tyneside has an incredibly rich history and I’m delighted to learn that thanks to the National Lottery local people have been exploring and enjoying that heritage.  Just like many towns and cities across the UK, the North Tyneside we live in today was shaped by the First World War and so I strongly encourage local people to make use of the money available from HLF to explore its legacy further”.

The money is available through HLF’s community grants programme, First World War: then and now.

Mary meets RSPCA inspectors in Parliament


Mary has started the new Parliamentary term highlighting the importance of animal welfare by meeting with the RSPCA and their inspectors at the House of Commons.

Since being founded in 1824, the RSPCA has established itself as the leading organisation on animal welfare in England and Wales and its influence has spread world-wide. Their work encompasses companion animals, farm animals, wildlife and animals used in research, and includes education and campaigning, as well as enforcement, rescue and rehabilitation.

In 2016 alone, the RSPCA received over 1.1 million calls to its cruelty line and investigated just under 160,000 complaints of animal cruelty.

Mary said:

“I’m proud to support the RSPCA and the work that their inspectors do to protect animals on the ground in [constituency]. It was fantastic to meet some of their hard working inspectors and to thank them on behalf of the animal lovers in our area for all that they do.

“I know how important animal welfare issues are to my constituents and it is an issue that I intend to take up on their behalf in this Parliament. I am looking forward to working with the RSPCA to ensure that animal welfare is also a key part of the Brexit debate and that the protection of the idea that animals are sentient beings continues to be enshrined in UK law after we leave the EU.”

David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs at the RSPCA, said:

“It is always a pleasure to be able to highlight the work that our outstanding team of inspectors do day in, day out, twenty four hours a day. Despite having limited resources the RSPCA continues to be the leading enforcement organisation for animal welfare in England and Wales, as the fact that we receive a call to our Cruelty Line every 27 seconds shows.

“The RSPCA has been working to improve the laws that protect animals since we were founded in 1824. As the UK exits the European Union there are all sorts of animal welfare issues that we need to work with politicians to make progress on; from protecting animal sentience to working to end live animal exports, from reforming the Common Agricultural Policy to encourage better farm animal welfare to improving food labelling.”

Mary calls on Chancellor to Keep Pubs Afloat

North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon has joined with representatives of the UK's beer drinkers, pub goers, brewers and publicans to urge the Chancellor to keep pubs afloat in the Autumn Budget.

Glindon was one of over 50 MPs to add their voice to the campaign, calling on the Chancellor to give serious consideration to introducing an annual £5,000 business rate relief for pubs in England as well as a freeze in beer duty for the rest of this Parliament.

Mary Glindon MP said: "Pubs are a force for good in North Tyneside and across the UK. Pubs are at the heart of our communities and the local economy, but they are struggling under the weight of a growing tax burden, with each paying nearly £140,000 on average in tax every year.

"In North Tyneside we have 3 breweries, 61 pubs and the industry supports over 1,100 jobs. These establishments need all the help they can get, which is why I’m asking the Chancellor to do whatever he can to support them in the Autumn budget.”

Reviews of business rates across England mean many pubs are being hit with a massive new financial burden, which in some cases could only be covered by them selling thousands of extra pints of beer every year. The Government introduced a welcome one-off £1,000 discount scheme for some pubs in the latest Budget, but more action is needed to keep pubs afloat.

Taxes now make up a third of the cost of a pint, and UK beer duty is among the highest in Europe. Recent research carried out by YouGov [1] for CAMRA found that 55% of people who expressed an opinion believe beer duty is too high at 54p per pint. 

Glindon said: “The £1,000 business rates relief introduced this year has been a valuable lifeline for many pubs but it’s clear this is not enough to secure the long-term future of our valued pubs. I urge the Chancellor to go further and show more support for this important industry”.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Mary has dressed in pink to lend her support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20 October and raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

Mary is encouraging her constituents in North Tyneside to join her and sign up to take part in the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser. The event, which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is in its 16th year and has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.

Mary joined by fellow parliamentarians in Westminster earlier this month showed her support for the thousands of women and men affected by breast cancer each year, encouraging people across the UK to take part on wear it pink day.

Anyone can take part in wear it pink, which brings together schools, workplaces and communities. All you need to do is wear something pink, or hold a pink event at home, work or school, and make a donation to Breast Cancer Now. Whatever you do, you’re helping the charity achieve its aim that, if we all act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

Mary continues her support for women affected by breast cancer by joining over 190 MPs across the country in being a Breast Cancer Now Ambassador, championing breast cancer issues both in North Tyneside and nationally, working towards a day that the disease will stop taking lives.

Mary said:         

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. This is why I’m urging everyone in North Tyneside to take part in wear it pink on Friday 20 October. It’s such a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love.

“Breast cancer affects so many people in so as a Breast Cancer Now Ambassador I am proud to take part in wear it pink to raise awareness of the impact of the disease locally and to support for Breast Cancer Now’s vital research. I hope that everybody will join me and wear it pink on Friday 20 October.”

Mary backs campaign to save Dolphins and Whales

Mary attended the recent Whale and Dolphin Conservation event in Westminster recently where she received information on their campaign to ensure the UK has strong laws to protect dolphins, porpoises and whales after we exit the EU. Thousands die in fishing gear in UK seas every year. They are horrific and unnecessary deaths and the Governments of the UK can take great steps to reduce and ultimately prevent them by working collaboratively with NGOs, the fishing industry and coastal communities.

Mary said “in his speech, the Minister, George Eustice said that the Government were developing a national bycatch strategy and that would involve regional work, which will help build better and more accurate data, in order to target mitigation work most accurately”.

George and Richard Benyon MP spoke about the fact that, while they had been on opposite sides in the Brexit vote, the opportunities for the UK to contribute to international marine conservation will be stronger post-Brexit, as we will be less constrained by members countries of the EU, less committed to the importance of this issue

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Organ Donation Week

Mary is proudly supporting Organ Donation Week and an appeal for her constituents to talk about organ donation.

Hundreds of lifesaving transplants are being missed around the country every year because families don’t know what their relative wanted.

During the week, NHS Blood and Transplant, hospitals, charities and supporters of organ donation are encouraging people across the UK to talk about organ donation with their relatives and friends.

Mary said “I am proud to support this lifesaving appeal and it’s really easy for everyone to take part, just have a chat.  That chat might be the next time you sit down for a meal, when you are shopping or working, or when you are just driving in the car.  If you want to be a donor, your family’s agreement is still needed for donation to go ahead, even if you are on the NHS Organ Donor Register”.

Mary meets community-minded teens

Mary joined MP Alan Campbell to visit young people taking part in National Citizen Service (NCS) in North Shields this week.

Visiting 60 participants at the Cedarwood Trust in Meadowell, Mary and Alan heard from young people about their experiences on NCS’s first two phases; adventure and skills-building. The group had already spent time challenging themselves in the Scottish borders before enjoying a week living independently from Northumbria University’s student residencies.

The teenagers are now starting to form ideas for social action projects, which they’ll be delivering across the local area next week.

Mary said: “It was a pleasure to visit the young people and learn about their experiences of NCS so far.

“I’m looking forward to hearing all about the community projects that the inspirational young people decide to carry out across North Tyneside.”

NCS is the country’s fastest growing youth movement. Running during the school holidays, NCS enables 16 and 17 year olds to improve their local communities, whilst building new skills and experiences. Across the country, over 100,000 teenagers signed up to this summer’s programme.

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YMCA Annual Awards

YMCA Youth Matters Awards is an annual awards event which celebrates the achievements of young people, staff and volunteers and the YMCA in North Shields have been nominated in two separate categories:-

YMCA of the Year 

Young Leader of the Year - Shay Simpson

They need as many people as possible to cast their vote.  I have voted already and I ask if you would do the same by clicking on the link below.

Mary visits Forest Hall Young People's Club

Mary pictured with Phil Embleton from Forest Hall Young People’s Club

Mary recently visited Forest Hall Young People’s Club to see how the Banks Community Fund grant has helped buy new goal posts.

Mary said:-

“Phil Embleton, his team of volunteers and three part time staff do an amazing job running the Forest Hall Young People's Club.  I found my visit to Forest Hall Young People's Club on 7 August inspiring and humbling.  It’s a very well kept club.  Phil gives up his own time (and often his own money) to offer a huge variety of activities at the club – including football, walking football, disabled football, zumba, boxing, slimming world and many more.  It is a very valuable part of the community in Forest Hall.

Mary pictured with Chris Kelsey from Banks Group

The Banks Community Fund grant to purchase new and better goal posts is a great addition to the club and means the club has the best goals available.  I know Phil and all at the club are very grateful for this support from Banks.  Banks leave a positive legacy from the work they do through their community fund and their development with care approach.

I wish both the Forest Hall Young People's Club and The Banks Group every success in the future.”

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Mary supports North Tyneside campaign for every child to join local library and share a love of reading

Local MP Mary Glindon is supporting a campaign run by charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which launches across England and Wales on Saturday 15 July (although regional variations may apply).
Research shows that reading for pleasure is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background and that children who use libraries are twice as likely to be above average readers. The Summer Reading Challenge builds confidence and independent reading, while helping to prevent the dip in children’s reading levels during the long summer break from school.

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New Construction Training Partnership Builds a Better Future

The launch of a brand new partnership between Tyne Metropolitan College and the FIS (Finishes & Interiors Sector) was supported by Mary at a recent open event at the College’s specialist construction campus, TMC, in Benton. The collaboration illustrates a joint commitment to plugging sizeable construction industry skills gaps.

Among the jobs most in demand are highly skilled drylining professionals. The brand new ‘BuildBack’ training programme – devised by FIS and delivered locally at Tyne Metropolitan College’s specialist construction campus, TMC –  offers real job opportunities for local individuals with employer partners primed and ready to provide work placements and exciting lifelong careers.

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I'm Supporting Becky Chapman

I am supporting a young constituent of mine, Becky Chapman, in her endeavours to fundraise for an amazing charity that partners with the government for International Citizen Service, Voluntary Service Overseas.

Becky is hoping to go to Zanzibar on a three month volunteering placement in September. Becky is extremely committed to social change and this will be an amazing opportunity for her, however, she needs to raise £800 before she can be considered to go.

If you are able to help, please support Becky, by clicking on this link, where you will also find out more information of the work she will be doing there.

Mary has urged North Tyneside residents to protect themselves against the deadly threat of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Recent research from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign found that over 27 million people, across the country, are still at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning as they do not have a CO alarm fitted in their home.

Each year 50 people die from CO poisoning and another 4,000 are treated in hospital. Carbon monoxide poisoning can affect people before they are aware there is a problem so a CO alarm can be life-saving.

Mary said “It is alarming that so many people are at risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning as they don’t have a CO alarm fitted. “That’s why I am supporting calls from the Co Be Alarmed! campaign to ensure every homeowner and tenant in North Tyneside is aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and has a CO alarm.”

Mary meets Farmers and the NFU

Mary recently meet with Farmers and the National Farmers Union when they discussed issues relating to Brexit and how this will impact on farm labour, trade agreements, and future support for farming and agriculture.

Mary said “I was delighted to meet with the farmers to hear first-hand their concerns on Brexit and other pressures facing the agricultural industry.  In my role as Shadow Farming Minister, I will take these issues back to the Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs team, and we will continue to keep up the pressure on Government to deliver a positive outcome for farming and rural communities”.

Apprenticeship Week

s part of Apprenticeship Week 2017, Mary visited Asda Benton, where she met with the Store Manager and colleagues, including some apprentices to find out about their learning experience.

Asda believes that investing in people is one of the most important choices we can make for our present and future successes and they proudly offer extensive training and development opportunities for all colleagues. At the local store in Benton they currently have 4 apprentices studying and with a further 18 who have already completed the programme. Their programme has been highly commended and we were included in the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer List 2016.

Mary said “I was delighted to visit my local Asda store and to meet the apprentices and to learn about the company’s excellent training and development opportunities”.

Mary backs the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign to protect terminally ill workers

On Monday 20th March, Mary attended a cross-party reception in Parliament to support the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign which is seeking to change the law to provide additional employment protection for terminally ill workers.

Dying to Work was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

Mary said: “It is shocking to think that if people with terminal illnesses are dismissed or forced out of their jobs that their loved ones will lose the death in service payments that the employee has planned for and earned through a life-time of hard work.” “That is why I am proud to support this campaign and I hope something will soon be done to ensure that individuals with terminal illness will receive the protection and support they deserve.”

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Riverside Primary School

Mary visited Riverside Primary recently when she congratulated them on receiving the prestigious British Council International School Aware for outstanding development of the international dimension in the curriculum. The school’s integration into teaching global awareness and cultural understanding throughout the academic year has been exceptional, and this award is a way for them to celebrate their achievements in this area.

The British Council set up the International School Award in 1999 to recognise schools leading the way in developing a global dimension to their teaching environment. This can include projects between schools in different countries, video conferencing and exchange trips, but also cultivating a wider awareness among pupils that they are global citizens. Increasing international skills, experience and connections for UK young people supports the UK’s long term prosperity and global influence by equipping the next generation to thrive and prosper in the future globalised economy.

Mary said “I was very impressed when I heard about the school receiving the award.  This is a fantastic achievement and I congratulate everyone involved on their dedication to learning about the international community”.

Mary makes Earth Hour Pledge for Climate Change

Mary has signed up to support WWF’s tenth Earth Hour by making a special pledge to help protect the planet.  The world is changing – fast – and it’s never been more important to show support for action on climate change. [Insert MP name] is one of many who joined WWF at the House of Commons  this week to show they care about the future of our planet, ahead of the global lights out event, taking place on Saturday 25 March at 8:30pm. 

MPs from all political parties are celebrating Earth Hour, sending a united message that this is a pivotal time for our planet and more needs to be done to tackle climate change and build a sustainable future.

Mary said: “I am delighted to support WWF’s Earth Hour this year to demonstrate how important it is that we take climate change seriously. I am proud to be a member of a parliament which has set ambitious targets to reduce our carbon emissions over the coming decades, and I will continue to urge the UK government to outline clear plans in order to live up to these ambitions.”

Each year, millions of people around the world come together to call for action to protect our brilliant planet. Last year a record 178 countries took part and iconic landmarks across the UK switched out their lights, from Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, to Brighton Pier, Edinburgh Castle and Caerphilly Castle. This year is set to be the biggest yet as it’s the 10 year anniversary of Earth Hour. With 2016 breaking temperature records for the third consecutive year, it’s never been more important to tackle climate change.

Naomi Hicks, Head of WWF UK’s Earth Hour, said: “We are at a real crossroads when it comes to our planet’s future. We all need to act and do what we can to protect our planet from the impacts of climate change. That’s why it’s great that MPs are giving their support to this year’s campaign and we hope they will inspire many others in their constituencies and communities to sign up and get involved on 25th March.”  

Everyone can join in WWF’s Earth Hour on Saturday 25 March 2017. For more information and to sign up please visit


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International Woman's Day


International Women’s Day (IWD), held on 8 March, marks a celebration of the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women.

This year the 2017 Spring Budget falls on International Women’s Day and Labour are calling on the government to guarantee a budget that works for women

Sadly, many policies introduced by this government are turning back the clock on economic equality for women

In 2016, women in the UK are more likely to work for less pay than men, in low paid sectors and be disproportionately affected by cuts to public services

Under a Labour Government, all economic policies will be gender audited to ensure that we have an economy that works for all.

No PIP Cuts

Mary commenting on the Government’s announcement on changes to Personal Independence Payments, said:

“By shifting the goal posts, the Tory Government will exclude over 164,000 disabled people from PIP support, risking them falling into debt and increasing their isolation.
This is a step too far, even for this Tory Government. Labour will stand with disabled people, who have already borne the brunt of seven years of austerity, in fighting this injustice.”

“A petition calling on the Government to scrap these cuts can be found at ”

Mary and Jason Isaacs ‘Make Every Daffodil Count’ for Marie Curie this March

Mary and Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs have joined forces to ‘Make Every Daffodil Count’ this March and help Marie Curie provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness.

Mary and long-term Marie Curie supporter Jason were pictured together with Marie Curie Nurses, Sally Monger-Godfrey and Lib Wolley at a parliamentary event in Westminster to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign.

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, available from volunteers across the country, or Superdrug, Spar and Poundworld stores, and Wyevale Garden Centres, during March.  Morrisons supermarkets will also be holding GDA fundraising collections on 10, 11 & 12 March.

Mary said: “I am more than happy to support the ‘Make Every Daffodil Count’ campaign and I urge my constituents to buy a pin or make a donation to help Marie Curie provide excellent palliative care and support families going through this tough time”.

Jason, who is best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, said: “I’m delighted to be here with Mary to help launch Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

“Please help us make every daffodil count.  The charity is also calling on more people to help with local collections.  Volunteering a couple hours of your time will make such a difference to the care and support that Marie Curie can provide.”

Scott Sinclair, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie, said: “Having the support of Mary and Jason makes a huge difference to Marie Curie in terms of raising awareness about what we do and helping us to reach more people who need us.

“One in four people miss out on the care and support they need at the end of life.  We don’t think that's good enough. That’s why we are asking MPs to help support our annual Marie Curie fundraising appeal to help enable us to reach more people affected by terminal illness.”

“Our services rely on charitable donations, so I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who gives a donation and wears a daffodil pin during March.”

Sally Monger Godfrey, Marie Curie Nurse and face of The Great Daffodil Appeal, said: “Make every daffodil count. Your daffodil means I can care for someone in their own home, and be there for them through the night. You make a difference to people at the end of their lives, which in many ways is just as important as at the start.”

For more information about volunteering for a local collection call 0800 304 7025 or visit

Howdon Green Energy Park

The Port of Tyne is proposing a new facility at Howdon Yard.  This facility will produce energy from household waste through the gasification process.  I know many residents are concerned about this new development and I am working with resident representatives in respect of this matter.

Please follow the link below for further information:-

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.

Friday 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 ‘How can life go on?’

After signing the Book of Commitment, Mary commented:

“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:

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 backs call for lowering of bowel cancer screening age

Mary Glindon, MP for North Tyneside attended a Westminster reception hosted by the charity Beating Bowel Cancer to hear the case for reducing the bowel cancer screening age.

On 25th January, the MP joined other Members of Parliament, bowel cancer patients and families, health professionals and members of the charity at the reception. They heard that variations in the screening age across the UK could be leading to thousands of bowel cancer patients in their 50s having a delayed diagnosis.

The charity called for the screening age in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to be lowered from the age of 60 to 50, to bring it in line with Scotland.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but this doesn’t have to be the case.  Being diagnosed with bowel cancer at the earliest stage offers a 97% survival rate. But without screening, the majority of patients between 50 and 59 may not be diagnosed until a later stage through their GP or A&E. At that point the cancer can be more difficult to treat and if diagnosed at a late stage their survival odds could be as little as 7%.

Ms Glindon said: “I was interested to hear Beating Bowel Cancer’s plans for the future of screening and pleased to pledge my support for them.

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Mary attended the Speakers Reception for Cubs100 celebration event and was joined by Cubs100 ambassador Steve Backshall.

This year The Scout Association is marking the centenary anniversary of the Cub Scout movement since it began in December 1916. As part of the celebrations the Speaker, John Bercow, welcomed Cub Scouts and MP form across the UK to celebrate the past 100 years within The House of Commons.

Cub Scouts attended the event along with Mary for a huge celebration of the centenary. Cub Scouts are aged between 8-10 ½ and have the chance to take part in a diverse range of adventurous activities from abseiling to zorbing to first aid, teaching them key skills for life. 

During the event the Cubs put their Scouting skills to use inside the speakers apartment where they were tent pitching, learning new first aid skills as well as discovering how to stay safe online with some digital apps. 
Cub Scouts have had an action packed year celebrating the Cubs100 by hosting their own local Promise Parties, ‘Thanks Events’ for all the dedicated volunteers as well as joining in the fun at national events such as CubJam and Cubs Take Over days throughout the year. 

Cubs Scout Alice said: 
“I’ve had the best time at the Houses of Parliament, not many people get to come here so I feel very lucky. It’s great being part of the 100 year anniversary, being in Cubs means that I get to learn loads of new skills and have fun with my friends. It was great to tell the MP’s about all the things we’ve been doing at Cubs and show them what’ve learnt.”

Mary said: 
“It’s been a fantastic event supporting Cub Scouting and celebrating the past 100 years. I think it’s a great chance for young people to get involved in Scouting as I have seen it can offer them some amazing opportunities.”

Cubs100 Ambassador, Steve Backshall said:
“Scouting is the way forward, giving young people skills to succeed through adventure and achievement. I’m fiercely proud to be involved with this fantastic cause, and a movement that I believe can move mountains. I’ll be at a celebration and promise event at the Natural History Museum and volunteering my time to help Cub Scout learn new skills. As a volunteer, you get to see first-hand how Scouting can change the lives of young people in your community. Volunteering with the Scouts can not only change the lives of young people for the better, it could change your life too!”

Hard Working Post Office

I recently visited the Royal Mail’s Forest Hall Delivery Office to pass on my good wishes to the staff at their busiest time of year. The postmen and women work really hard throughout the year, but in the run-up to Christmas their job is particularly demanding.  We can all help make their job a little easier by making our Postie aware of a ‘secure’ place to leave a parcel if no-one will be at home to take delivery of an expected parcel.  Also please use postcodes and post early.  The last posting dates for Christmas are 18th December for 2nd class and 20th December for 1st class

Mary supports Coca-Cola’s seasonal campaigns

Helping distribute food to those in need this Christmas and encouraging local pubs and bars to take a socially responsible approach across the festive period

Coca-Cola held its Coca-Cola Christmas Parliamentary Reception. The event marked the return of the business’ ninth Designated Driver campaign in support of the Department for Transport’s THINK! road safety campaign, as well as the launch of a new initiative with UK-wide food redistribution charity FareShare, to help provide meals for those in need.

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has supported FareShare since 2014,in tackling hunger and food waste. CCEP has provided £200,000 worth of drinks from across its range to FareShare over the past two years, helping charities and community groups across the country support vulnerable people.

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Silverlink Point

Last week I was invited to the official opening of Silverlink Point, the new £30m extension to Silverlink Shopping Park in North Tyneside.

The new retail complex has already created hundreds of jobs through the construction phase and will create even more in the retail sector with four new retailers trading on site.

Mary says “The new development not only provides hundreds of jobs but a greater choice of larger retail outlets, better pedestrian access, and an improved road lay-out and extra car parking spaces for local people”.

Energy Bills

I recently attended an event in parliament to learn more about initiatives that offer help to those struggling with their energy bills.

I was surprised to hear 83% of households in North Tyneside have not taken advantage of the significant savings available by switching energy supplier.

With many people struggling to pay their bills this winter I encourage everyone to shop around and see if there is a better deal for them. I know that switching can seem like a daunting task but the Energy Switch Guarantee promises to make it simple, quick and safe.

If you struggle to pay your bills get in touch with your supplier. There are many initiatives and schemes that can help you.


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.”

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

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