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- 31 October 2017
It was great to speak with the Cable about farming and food policy, and the environmental impact of us leaving the EU. I’m glad they’re giving coverage to these really important issues.
- 31 October 2017
On Friday Parliament will debate whether the voting age should be lowered to 16. Are you a 16 or 17 year old and think it’s important that you are given the vote? Let me know why at Kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk
- 29 October 2017
Every Sunday in November Bristol’s 2k Challenge will be happening in parks across the city, including in Eastville Park in Bristol East! The aim is to get as many 4 – 14 year olds running as possible to encourage exercise and good health. Check it out here - https://www.bristolcityofsport17.co.uk/…/bristol-2k-challe…/
- 29 October 2017
Voting for The Aviva Community Fund awards is open! They will provide funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as health & wellbeing, skills for life and community support. Valuable schemes such as improving the community forest school facilities for Chester Park (https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/vot…/project/view/17-3337) need your vote! You have 10 votes in total and you can choose to give all 10 to a single project or split them between a number of projects. Search Bristol to see local projects, vote here - https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/acfcms/get-involved
- 19 October 2017
It was great fun visiting Briarwood Primary School last week: a special school which had just been awarded the Gold Standard Artsmark award by the Arts Council for successfully integrating arts learning into their entire curriculum. As well as popping into the classrooms, we also took part in a music session with pupils, making music with iPads as well as more conventional instruments. Thank you Bailey for showing us around the school!
- 17 October 2017
I’ve written for the Huffington Post about why Channel 4 should relocate to Bristol. With our international reputation as a centre of unorthodox creativity and talent, and substantial creative talent pool (of people and companies), Bristol would make an ideal home for Channel 4. Let’s make it happen.
- 11 October 2017
At the weekend I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak at Unite South West’s regional conference, praising Unite’s work as a campaigning union (for example, in highlighting the exploitation of workers by Sports Direct) and discussing how this fits with Labour’s agenda of challenging zero hours contracts, protecting the role of trade unions, and ensuring workers’ rights. I also spoke about Brexit. 37% of Unite members work in the five sectors that have been identified by the Government as potentially most affected by Brexit: the automotive sector; aerospace; pharmaceuticals and chemicals; financial services; and food and farming. I have added my name to a letter to David Davis, calling for the publication of Brexit economic impact studies. As the letter says, we need a full and frank debate about the impact of Brexit on our jobs, economy, trade and living standards, and we cannot do that debate justice unless we have full transparency from the Government. What is it they are tr
- 09 October 2017
A damning new report from the IFS has revealed that taxpayers are now making more of a contribution towards students’ university education than they did when tuition fees were set at the much lower level of £3000 a year. Theresa May announced in her conference speech that fees would be capped at £9,250 - a policy that does nothing to help students leaving university with massive debts and nothing to help the taxpayer either. A radical review of how we fund higher education in this country is needed.
- 07 October 2017
Healthy City Week starts today and is a great opportunity to focus on healthy habits and sustainability. Through the Feeding Bristol project we are looking at ways to ensure everyone in Bristol can access good, healthy food, including through supporting local food growing projects. I have also been campaigning for a change in planning law so that new fast-food stores need to be at least 800 metres away from schools, rather than the current 400 metres.
- 06 October 2017
My Senior Caseworker, Lois and I had a useful visit to Easton’s Job Centre Plus last week. We met staff and raised some of the issues I see in my casework, including ESA and PIP assessments (which are carried out elsewhere), the effect of sanctions, and the support given to jobseekers. We also sat in on a Case Conference, where the staff discussed a few examples of people struggling to find suitable work, and the options available to help them. We also talked about the roll-out of universal credit. It was reassuring to hear that the staff believe the new computer system is much better, and that the move to new offices with the Housing Benefit team will help joint-working, but I remain concerned that claimants may have to wait up to six weeks to receive any money. Along with many other MPs I have signed this letter on Universal Credit to raise our concerns with the Minister. - https://drive.google.com/…/0B5hq3WTB8y7XOEZDcTI2TWJPNjg/view
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