Preston Constituency Newsletter - December 2014

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Mark Hendrick MP

Member of Parliament for Preston

Dear Constituent

Welcome to my new look e-newsletter.  Here, as ever you will find information about my work both in Parliament and in the Preston constituency, including Shadow Defence Minister Gemma Doyle MP's visit to Preston, events around the centenary of the First World War and some  useful information about ways to become energy efficient this winter and how to get help with fuel debt.

Clive Efford's Private Members Bill on the NHS has attracted the support of  many of my parliamentary colleagues and I am committed as ever to protect the jewel of our country from privatisation.

I have also been contacted by hundreds of constituents on the subject of Gaza and Palestine. I have spoken about the issue in the Parliament. With the two state solution slipping away because of Israeli settlements and Gaza under systematic destruction, hope seems a long way away.  But we must continue to believe that justice will eventually prevail and that one day we will see a free and independent Palestine.

I wanted to take this opportunity to pay tribute to my esteemed colleagues Irene Short and Cllr Tom Hanson who recently passed away.  They were both uniquely dedicated to the people that they represented and it is a great loss for the people of both Preston and South Ribble.

Please do get in touch with your feedback.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Saturday 24th January 2015

Savick Library
West Park Avenue, Savick

Saturday 7th February 2015

Gujarat Hindu Society
South Meadow Lane

Saturday 28th February 2015

Quaker Meeting House
189 St Georges Road

Saturday 28th March 2015

Preston Community Transport
The Mobility Centre
28 Friargate



Social Mobility Foundation:

2015 Programmes Now Open

The programme assists high achieving Year 12 students from less privileged backgrounds to access top universities and professions.

Aspiring Professionals Programme:
Internships, mentoring and workshops across 11 career sectors.

Residential Internship Programme
Available to students living anywhere outside London  for an all expenses paid summer Residential Internship Programme.

DEADLINE: 9am Monday 22nd December 2014


Lancashire Environmental Fund

The Lancashire Environmental Fund grants Landfill Communities Funding to support environmental, community and regeneration projects in Lancashire

See their website for more details and how to apply.
DEADLINE: for the receipt of expression of interest forms- Friday 30 January 2015.


Mark opens WWI Peace Garden at Lea Primary School

Mark opened a commemorative World War I Garden at Lea Community Primary School on Friday 16th October 2014.
Pupils from the school along with the local military and veteran gardening community worked together to plan and prepare the green space to highlight the centenary of World War 1.  It will serve as a peaceful and calm area of the school where children may go to be at one with their own thoughts as well as serving as a reminder of the brave men and women who gave their lives during the war.
Year 6 pupils were also part of a group of five Preston Primary schools who visited Belgium and France together, visiting sites including the Menin gate, Tyne Cot cemetery, The Somme and the Thievpal memorial.  They also paid their respects to a local Preston soldier who gave his life to the war and is remembered at this memorial.  

Head teacher Lynne Slater said: “We feel both as a school, and as a group of schools working together, that our teachers are providing our children with a whole host of learning opportunities both within and out of the classroom that will promote learning, develop many crucial skills, including empathy and compassion whilst focussing on this incredibly significant part of our history.”

Mark said: “It is encouraging to see young people and veterans working together to understand and commemorate this very important event.  I am looking forward to meeting the participants and seeing the fruits of their efforts in the Centenary peace garden.”  

Mark with Head teachers and pupils  from Lea, Grange and Barnacre Primary Schools.

Mark with local Councillors, Phil Crowe (far right), David Borrow (third from the right) and volunteers from Dig-In North West who completed the work at Lea Primary School.

Remembrance Sunday 2014

Laying the Wreath at the Cenotaph on Preston Flag Market during Remembrance Sunday on 9th November 2014.

King Abdullah of Jordan in Parliament
Mark meeting King Abdullah II of Jordan during a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House Commons to discuss conflicts in the Middle East.

Shadow Defence Minister visits Preston to meet Veterans 

Shadow Defence Minister, Gemma Doyle MP met with Preston Military Veterans to discuss the recent Remembrance events,  and future plans for Veterans of military service. 

 Mark with Gemma Doyle MP (third from left) with representatives from the Veteran community.

Mark said: “Gemma Doyle is an up and coming dynamic political figure on Labours front bench.  She is here today to listen to military veterans to hear about their views on the recent Remembrance events and the way in which veterans are treated once they have left active service in the military.

Recent commemorations have highlighted over a hundred years of deaths of people who have made the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives for this country, and it is only right and fitting that those survivors of those conflicts as well as veterans who have left the military are treated with dignity and respect.  In addition, it is important that veterans receive proper treatment through good access to housing, public services and special medical care when required”.

Get Ready for Winter!

With winter on the way, Mark has called on his constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills. 
Mark said: “There are a number of simple steps that every constituent should take to make sure they’re doing all they can to keep their bills down and their home warm.”

Insulate your home

One of the best ways to be energy efficient and keep your home warm is to insulate it. British Gas is currently offering free loft and cavity wall insulation which is available to 90% of homes that need it and you don’t need to be a British Gas customer to sign up. Loft insulation can save up to £145 and cavity wall insulation can save up to £150 per year. To find out more you can call free on 0800 316 4051 or visit

Get the best deal

Make sure you are on the best gas and electricity tariff for you. There are lots of deals and fixed prices to help you control your costs.

British Gas Energy Trust

The British Gas Energy Trust is an independent charitable trust that offers advice and support for people who are struggling with their household bills.

British Gas has teamed up with 18 debt centres across the UK to fund support workers to help people apply for a grant and provide face-to-face advice. You don’t even need to be a British Gas customer to apply. For more information on the British Gas Energy Trust, visit:
Ian Peters, Managing Director of British Gas Residential Energy said, “We know that household budgets are tight and many people will be concerned about their winter energy bill. There is help available, and we urge customers to get in touch to find out what advice and support is on offer.”
Mark  said: “It is really important to be prepared for winter and I want all my constituents in Preston to understand what help is available to them, and their family and friends.  Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is so important and I advise everyone in Preston to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.”

Mark pledges to get more employers involved in engineering curriculum.

Mark  has pledged his support to help fix the engineering skills shortage by encouraging employers in Preston to work with schools and colleges to give young people work experience opportunities and inspirational information about careers in engineering and technology.


Former Electronics Engineer, Mr Hendrick has signed up to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) pledge to support engineering in their constituency.  As part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week*, he is urging employers in their constituency to work proactively with local schools and colleges.

Mark said: “Having signed the IET Skills Pledge as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, I am now calling on engineering companies in Preston to work closely with local schools and colleges.”

“There are a number of great engineering businesses in Preston and it is vital that we all work together to encourage more young people to pursue careers in engineering”.

The IET pledge also calls for MPs to encourage girls and boys to consider a career in Science Technology Engineering And Mathematics (STEM) subjects to promote the value of vocational STEM subjects and promote STEM careers with parents.

IET Chief Executive, Nigel Fine, explains: “Demand for engineers in the UK remains high. We need 87,000 new engineers each year for the next decade, so there is a critical need to do more to promote engineering as an appealing career choice to young people.

“It is encouraging to see from our survey that over half of engineering employers recognise that they have a crucial role to play here - as well as in helping to shape the curriculum so that young people enter the world of work with the skills that employers want.

“MPs are ideally placed to help us capitalise on this opportunity by helping to get more employers involved with the education system at a local level so that we produce a talent pipeline that can sustain a thriving UK economy.”

Written Questions


Including questions about Crime, NHS, accidents, sentencing, local tourism, medical screening for babies and the Armed Forces.


Spoken Questions

Including debates about Palestine and Israel,  Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security
, the EU Council, Security and Middle East, Children with Autism and the Economy and Living Standards.

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