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Preston Constituency Newsletter - April 2017

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Mark Hendrick MP

Member of Parliament for Preston

Dear Friend

It has been a tragic end to the month given the recent attack on Westminster resulting in the loss of four innocent lives and as many as fifty people seriously injured in the incident on 22nd March 2017. 

As you may already be aware, I was on the parliamentary estate as the horrific events unfolded and later as the estate was put on complete lockdown.  The hours that followed were reminiscent of the aftermath of the 7/7 bombings in 2005 with an eerie silence on the roads and streets around Westminster. To dwell on these terrible incidences too much is to let hatred win.


I expressed my condolences to the friends and relatives of those who lost their lives, including PC Keith Palmer who sadly died defending Parliament.  I was also grateful to the emergency services who reacted so quickly and to the police who keep us safe on the parliamentary estate everyday. An attack on parliament is an attack on our democracy but as ever, London has shown it's defiance against terrorists by standing firm and refusing to let this attack affect the democratic principles we hold dear. 

This week saw an historic day on which Article 50 was invoked by Prime Minister Theresa May. It was a day where the Prime Minister tried to drape herself in the Union Jack flag with a speech high on rhetoric and low on substance.  I believe that history will treat David Cameron badly, for having had the Referendum and Theresa May, I believe, will come out of it even worse. I have always believed that Britain would be better in the EU than out.

It's not a day I envisioned would happen nine months ago and the challenge now is to secure the best deal possible for Britain as she negotiates an EU  trade deal along with new immigration policies over the next two years. 

I wish you a peaceful and happy Easter break.  

Best wishes

Aerospace Conference

Pictured above (left to right): Roland Entwistle, Nia Griffith MP, Mark, Harriett Baldwin MP and Bob Keen.

On 29th March 2017, I hosted a conference in the House of Commons about  the future and benefits of the Aerospace Industry in the North West and the UK as a whole.  

Guest speakers included: Harriett Baldwin MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Procurement; Nia Griffith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence; Bob Keen, Head of Government Relations at BAE Systems and Roland Entwistle, Salmesbury Site Convenor from Unite the Union.

Representatives from industry, trade unions, and companies from the supply chain joined parliamentarians to discuss the challenges facing the aerospace sector and UK manufacturing.  The speakers answered questions from the audience and later delegates had the opportunity to network towards the end of the event.

Emmaus - Preston Megastore

Pictured with me above are: (left to right) Andy Davies, Companion, John Dean, Chair, Karen Wallis, Deputy Support Manager and Stephen Buchanan, Director, Emmaus Preston & Burnley.

I visited the newly opened megastore run by homelessness charity, Emmaus, in the former B&Q building on Brookfield Street. During my visit, I met with Stephen Buchanan, Director of Emmaus Preston along with volunteers and staff before touring the store and facility.  Emmaus have done some great work in Preston to reduce homelessness and this latest venture provides meaningful work for and provides a focus for vulnerable people as well as a great recycling facility which benefits everyone.

 

I’ would like to encourage anyone getting rid of large furniture items to consider donating them to charities like Emmaus before taking them to the tip.

End the Public Sector
Pay Pinch

I am backing a new campaign for public sector workers following a major new report published by the GMB union – the union for public servants.

The report reveals that following a Government cap on their wages, full-time public sector workers now face a real terms pay cut totalling an average of £4,073 by 2020, of which £1,426 can be attributed to the additional inflation triggered by Brexit.
 
The report, 'End the Public Sector Pay Pinch' comes as GMB launches a campaign to end the Government's ongoing decade long salary squeeze, which has already seen public sector salaries lose around a tenth of their value over the last seven years of pay restrictions.
 
New independent House of Commons Library research obtained by GMB on pay policy since 1979 confirms that the Government's pay restraint policy is even more severe than those imposed under Margaret Thatcher and John Major.
 

Make a Stand Against Racism

I was pleased to speak at the fourth annual 'Stand Together Against Racism' event (STAR) event in Preston, which was held on Friday 17th March 2017 at UCLan's 53 Degrees building.

Standing Together Against Racism UCLan speech

The event showcased school choirs from across Preston and was  jointly organised by Preston and Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council, Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council and Creativity Works, Preston.

There are many people and organisations that work very hard behind the scenes all year round to ensure that a culture of acceptance, co-existence and tolerance is fostered and promoted. This event, in its fourth year, is a fantastic way to showcase that achievement. It also sends a strong clear message Preston is and always will be, a city of diversity and acceptance.

This year, the UN’s campaign for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, on 21st March 2017, has chosen as it’s the theme ‘racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration’.  In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to show that we all stand together against racism in all its manifestations, including racial discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance towards migrants and refugees, anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia.

I have always been proud of Preston’s history as a place where migrants and refugees are welcomed and I am hopeful that people continue to welcome and celebrate diversity in our City.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Pictured with me is (from left): Anne Garsed (Chair of Preston & South Ribble Fairtrade), Marjorie Drake (Secretary) and Rachel Pitches (Volunteer)

Fairtrade Fortnight this year ran from Monday 27th February until Sunday 12th March.  I was invited by Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade Group to drop in to their stall at Preston Railway Station on Friday 3rd March. 

Their campaign was to raise awareness for consumers around choosing to buy Fairtrade products including, tea, coffee and chocolate.  Fairtrade products allow producers to trade their way out of poverty by paying them a fair price. 

 

BBC Radio Lancashire

Pictured above with me is BBC Radio Lancashire Journalist Mike Stevens.  We discussed many topical issues in my office, including Brexit, the upcoming County Elections and political events in the US.

Marie Curie 
Great Daffodil Appeal

From left: Dr Jane Collins, Marie Curie Chief Executive, Linda Robson and Mark

This March, I joined forces with actor Linda Robson  to ‘Make Every Daffodil Count’  and help Marie Curie provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness.
 
Attending the event with me was long-term Marie Curie supporter Linda (centre) together with Marie Curie Chief Executive, Dr Jane Collins, (left) at a parliamentary event in Westminster to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal - Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign

The Great Daffodil Appeal encourages everyone to give a donation in return for a daffodil pin during March. Money raised helps Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.
 
Most of us know someone who has been affected by a terminal illness. I pledged my support to the appeal and I am encouraging people to help the charity raise more money than ever before by simply giving a donation and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil pin.
 
Scott Sinclair, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie, said: “Having the support of Mark and Linda 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.”
 

Marie Curie Support Line 0800 090 2309*

 

If you’ve got questions about terminal illness or simply want someone to talk to, call the Marie Curie Support Line for free confidential support and practical information on all aspects of terminal illness. *Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Written Parliamentary Questions

Listed below are the Written Parliamentary Questions for this month.


Alternatives to Prosecution - Ministry of Justice
Ambulance Services: North West - Department of Health
Angling Trust - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Charities - Department for International Development
Churches: Credit Unions - Church Commissioners
NHS Trusts: North West - Department of Health
Care Homes: Lancashire - Department of Health
Hospitals: Lancashire - Department of Health
Prison Sentences: Lancashire - Prison Sentences
Hospitals Beds: Lancashire - Department of Health
Members: Correspondence - Ministry of Justice
Electronic Tagging - Ministry of Justice
 
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