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 https://donation.labour.org.uk/index.php/actions/pip ”
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 www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.
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.
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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.”
“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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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”.
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.”
“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.Read the story...
The 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