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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