A 300 strong crowd drawn from local churches, schools and community group plus a smattering of councillors and council candidates including Fay Block (Labour, Northfield) and David Rodgers (Labour, Cleveland) attended an “Ealing Citizens Hosing Accountability Assembly” on Weds 18th April held at Twyford CE school in Acton to make demands of Cllr Julian Bell, Labour leader of Ealing Council, Cllr Greg Stafford, leader of the Conservative Group on Ealing Council and Rupa Huq MP for Ealing Central and Acton in their work as local representatives relating to the high cost of housing.
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Rupa Huq dressed in purple for an event at the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Epilepsy to celebrate Purple Day, the international day of epilepsy awareness.
The group aims to raise awareness epilepsy among MPs and to engage with individuals and organisations in supporting the promotion of the needs of the epilepsy community.
The event was attended by many MPs from all parties, including the Chair of the APPG Paula Sherriff MP. They were joined by epilepsy charities Epilepsy Action, who are also the new secretariat of the APPG, The Epilepsy Society, Young Epilepsy and SUDEP Action. Attending MPs were given the opportunity to learn more about the condition and meet representatives from the charities.
Purple Day is held annually on 26 March and was created in 2008 by nine year old Cassidy Megan from Canada. People are encouraged to dress in purple on the day. MPs attending the APPG were given the chance to get into the Purple Day spirit by wearing purple for a photo at the end of the event.
Rupa commented: “It was fantastic to celebrate Purple Day with the APPG. I was very pleased to learn more about epilepsy and how the condition affects people.
It was eye-opening to hear of the issues that some people with epilepsy face. From stigma and a lack of understanding about the condition to the problems people face with driving, employment and education.
It is important that we continue to raise awareness about epilepsy and tackle the problems that people with the condition face.”
Philip Lee, chief executive of Epilepsy Action, said: “We are very pleased that so many MPs have attended the APPG on Epilepsy’s event to learn more about the condition this Purple Day.
It is vitally important that MPs understand the impact that epilepsy has on 600,000 people in the UK and their families.
We look forward to working with the APPG and MPs from all parties to improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy and improve access to high-quality, accessible epilepsy healthcare services.”
Rupa Huq dressed in purple for an event at the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Epilepsy to celebrate Purple Day, the international day of epilepsy awareness. The group aims to...Go to the post
Salary – in line with IPSA pay scales and dependent on experience.
Rupa Huq MP is looking for a full time Communications and Administrative Officer to work in her busy Westminster office. The successful applicant with be enthusiastic and highly organised with excellent communication skills.
The successful candidate will have the following:
- Excellent organisational skills
- Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to write for a range of different audiences
- Press Office experience and the proven ability to write, edit and proof content for press releases, newsletters and websites
- Ability to carry out tasks quickly and to a high standard, with a clear and concise writing style
- A strong attention to detail and an ability to prioritise a demanding workload, meet deadlines and work under pressure
- Experience in using design software and video editing would be a distinct advantage.
Duties and responsibilities include:
- Researching and preparing press releases and media briefings
- Managing communications with all media in a pro-active and re-active manner as required
- Managing the Member’s website including editing and uploading video content
- Helping to promote the Member’s parliamentary and constituency activities on social media
- Assisting with the day to day running of the office including with policy responses and speeches as and when required
- Assisting with arrangements for events
- Diary management
- Managing and monitoring incoming calls and correspondence, passing on enquiries to other team members/MPs as appropriate.
Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.
Sunday 15th April at midnight. Any applications received after this time will not be considered. Please note that due to the high volume of expected applications we will only contact you if shortlisted for the role.
To apply, please email your CV plus a short covering letter of no more than one A4 side setting out your eligibility for the role, paying particular attention to the necessary skills, responsibilities and experience to email@example.com copying in firstname.lastname@example.org and using the subject line ‘Communications and Administrative Officer – YOUR NAME’.
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Wednesday 21 March saw the launch of ‘Single Parent Day’ in the House of Commons, mirroring the US Single Parent Day that has existed since 1984. This inaugural event of the recently formed All Party Parliamentary Group for Single Parent Families was attended by almost 40 MPs from 4 different parties who pledged to identify the challenges faced by single parents in the UK.
Originally launched by Ronald Regan in the United States, Single Parent Day marks the start of a campaign by MPs to raise the profile of single parent families in UK politics and policymaking amongst politicians recognise the unique difficulties faced by single parents across the UK and the globe. Whilst APPGs exist on subjects from curry to cats, this is the first to focus on single parent families and includes politicians who themselves are single parents, were raised in single-parent families, or simply take an interest in the issue given the prevalence of single-parent families in the UK.
The day saw findings from Gingerbread, who recently marked 50 years of advocacy supporting single-parent families, released for each of the 650 Parliamentary constituencies showing that in some seats single parent families account for over 50% of families. Veteran newshound Robert Peston movingly described his experiences a single parent after the death of his wife. Representatives from the Centre for Social Justice think-tank founded by Iain Duncan Smith, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation anti-poverty charity and Gingerbread itself also presented findings. The group also received a message via video from US Congresswoman Gwen Moore on her trajectory as a single parent of three across the Atlantic.
Group chair Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton Rupa Huq said: “Single parents face such significant barriers in employment and education. Research has shown time and time again that they suffer disproportionately from changes to welfare legislation. It’s long overdue that government and politics fully considers the needs of single parents when drafting legislation. They are no longer a marginal family form so I look forward to working with colleagues across all parties to ensure that single parents are properly considered in our work in Westminster”.
Conservative MP Paul Masterton said “Strong families, in all their wonderful varieties, are essential for social mobility, and evidence shows supportive and nurturing family relationships boost outcomes. It’s therefore absolutely vital that Government considers the specific issues facing single parent families across the UK when policy making, to ensure that both parent and child are able to fulfil their potential.”
Labour MP for Gower and group treasurer, Tonia Antoniazzi said: “I’m so pleased to be a founding member of this group. As a single parent, I know all about the challenges of balancing work and family, especially as since being elected I have to spend some of my time in London. There is still a perceived stigma around being a single parent, and the group will be looking at how we can break down these barriers and ensure that single parent families are afforded all the opportunities available to them.”
The slogan of the day fittingly was “I’m standing up for Single Parents – because every family counts”.
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On Sunday the national left-wing touring comedy show “Stand Up For Labour” arrived in Ealing at Questors theatre. As well as Ealing resident Shappi Khorsandi and Ealing raised Hal Cruttenden, Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq trod the boards “I was asked last year to introduce Shappi Khorsandi (who’s older brother was in my class at primary school) and got a bit carried away so had my own slot this year but I’d pretty much told all the jokes I knew in 2017 so instead related recent comings and goings of the House of Commons.”
There were observations about canvassing in the snow – “No cold callers? Bit impossible in sub-zero temperatures,” and how expectations are so low with the May premiership just to give a speech without the set falling apart is a triumph – “The writing is not on the wall for this government, it’s just slowly sliding off”.
There were two standard gags though, one supplied by Rupa’s 14 year old son (who came in for a bit of ribbing himself), Q: “Why did Lionel tidy his room?” A :“Because it was Messi”. Also final one was the answer given by Cameron back in the days when Labour were in power and he was asked “Tell us a joke”. The reply was “Nick Clegg”. Alas the words came back to haunt during the coalition.
How did the experience compare to speaking in Parliament? “It was a different set-up from the Commons where microphones and speakers are discreetly positioned and camouflaged so I must say as soon as I grabbed the mic I couldn’t resist doing a Neil Kinnock and roaring - We’re awlriiiight”, as he did circa 1982 in a rally which supposedly lost him the election. Alas it was lost on the young Corbynistas in the audience although the oldies chuckled.”
Rupa says she has no plans to change career to stand-up comedy. Who says politics is showbiz for ugly people?
On Sunday the national left-wing touring comedy show “Stand Up For Labour” arrived in Ealing at Questors theatre. As well as Ealing resident Shappi Khorsandi and Ealing raised Hal Cruttenden, Ealing...Go to the post
Rupa attended a spectacular day of Grecian splendour and wonder at Avenue House School. Pupils were encouraged to don Grecian style attire or emulate a Greek God/Goddess for the occasion, with both the MP and pupils enjoying a taste of Greek culture at the school.
A Greek Teacher, courtesy of the Greek Embassy of London, introduced children to a new and yet ancient language. A live ‘Skype’ interaction with a primary school in Vergina in Greece from which Alexander the Great originated, initiated a link with a European country and a future relationship beckons which pupils are certain to benefit from.
Mediterranean cuisine tempted taste buds with a lunchtime banquet worthy of Olympus and the opportunity to sample olives, feta and tzatziki, providing necessary fuel for the events of the day. Scenes inspired by Greek theatre entertained, a mini-Olympics revealed Herculean prowess and Greek art and dance workshops captured the imagination of everyone in attendance.
Rupa addressed the children, alluding to the origins of the word ‘democracy’ and the form of government first introduced in the 5th Century BC Athens. The importance and value of retaining close links with European nations was emphasised as the MP fielded questions from children eager to learn more. It’s not every day a Member of Parliament is quizzed by a miniature Hermes and a small, yet mighty Zeus!
Speaking about the event, Rupa expressed she was “delighted to be part of Avenue House Greek Day assembly in conjunction with Greece in UK. The highlight of the day for me was a Skype chat with a primary school in the hometown of Alexander the Great”.
A rich cultural exchange and unforgettable experience featured on the timetable at Avenue House School.
The next open day will be held on Saturday, 17th March 2018 from 11.00am-1.00pm
Rupa attended a spectacular day of Grecian splendour and wonder at Avenue House School. Pupils were encouraged to don Grecian style attire or emulate a Greek God/Goddess for the occasion,...Go to the post
(Rupa Huq MP, Tony Peiris, Barclays Relationship Director, E2S MD Brett Isard)
An innovative alarms company, E2S Warning Signals has marked 25 years of manufacturing in Acton. In 1992 Peter Fay was working for an International alarms company and spotted a niche in the market and realised that customers were asking for products which were not then currently manufactured.
25 years on E2S is now the world's leading independent signalling manufacturer producing a range of life saving signalling equipment. The company, which is still based in the same site in Acton, West London, now employs 80 people and is one of the last independent companies of its type, the majority having been absorbed by much larger concerns. E2S now owns the manufacturing site.
The company specialises in the design, development and manufacture of audible and visual signals for commercial, industrial, marine and hazardous locations and distributes products to over 100 countries around the world. Currently 85% of its turnover is export. The company also has a distribution hub and sales operation in Houston, Texas which primarily supports North and South American customers.
In addition to safeguarding oil rigs and pipelines around the world E2S has managed projects as diverse as a Tsunami warning system in Chile, which has already been responsible for saving lives, and alert systems for lifeboat crews for the RNLI.
Peter Fay said: “I’m delighted with the way the business has grown over the years and also that we have been able to maintain all of our design, development and manufacture in West London. We have an excellent workforce here and great access to our markets around the world. I still have ambitious plans for the company and believe that with the support of our bankers, Barclays, we can continue to grow and prosper.”
Rupa Huq MP visited the business to congratulate them on their success over 25 years in business and to receive a tour of the site with E2S Managing Director Brett Isard. Rupa said: “The company has banked with Barclays since 1994 when their existing bank, without warning, asked them to find an alternative source of finance. Peter Fay met with a Barclays relationship director who saw the potential in the business and agreed to provide the finance, even increasing the overdraft facility to enable the business to gain discounts for bulk purchases”
Tony Peiris, Barclays Relationship Director said: “It’s relatively rare to find a world class manufacturer like E2S Warning Signals maintaining their entire operation in the UK and the company should be congratulated for being a torch bearer for UK technology and innovation. I look forward to seeing their continued success and working with them long into the future.”
(Rupa Huq MP, Tony Peiris, Barclays Relationship Director, E2S MD Brett Isard) An innovative alarms company, E2S Warning Signals has marked 25 years of manufacturing in Acton. In 1992 Peter...Go to the post
Rupa Huq MP attended a hard-hitting lesson on the risks associated with underage drinking at Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, organised by Collingwood Learning. ‘Smashed’ is an international programme reaching 18,000 students pupils across the UK this year.
Ms Huq joined pupils watching a play delivered to a group of 240 students from year 8 about a group of friends who find themselves in trouble as a result of their misuse of alcohol. The performance was followed by an interactive workshop where pupils were invited to probe the cast on any of the issues brought up during the play and explore the consequences portrayed by the actors.
‘Smashed’ is an alcohol education and awareness programme sponsored by Diageo and delivered by Collingwood Learning. This year sees the tour appear in 90 UK schools in 6 different regions. To date, the programme has reached over 333,000 pupils in 1,400 schools across the UK since it began in 2005.
‘Smashed’ was developed in consultation with young people and has been designed to engage with pupils in a different way to typical school lessons. It combines the use of drama with an interactive workshop to help young people understand the facts, causes, and consequences surrounding alcohol misuse and the risks of underage drinking.
“Teaching young people about the risks of underage drinking through theatre performances and interactive workshops is an original and undoubtedly successful approach to education. I’d like to thank the pupils and teachers at the Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, as well as the Smashed team, for welcoming me at this session.”
The performance has a tangible impact on students, with the percentage of students who felt they knew a lot about the dangers of alcohol misuse increasing by 44% after watching. Additionally,
students who know the legal age for buying alcohol increased from 80% to 98%, while students who understand the term peer pressure increased by 20%.
England is making progress to reduce levels of underage drinking. The number of boys and girls aged 8 to 15 that reported drinking alcohol has fallen significantly, sitting at 15% compared to 45% in 2003. However, there is still work to be done. With 37.3% of 16-24 year olds binge drinking on their heaviest day of drinking, ‘Smashed’ is targeting 12 to 16 year olds to help them make informed decisions in the future as they reach this vulnerable age group.
 Smashed Project, Evaluation Report, National Schools Tour 2017
 ONS - Adult drinking habits in Great Britain: 2005 to 2016: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/drugusealcoholandsmoking/bulletins/opinionsandlifestylesurveyadultdrinkinghabitsingreatbritain/2005to2016
Rupa attends dramatic lesson on the risks associated with drinking at the Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls
Rupa Huq MP attended a hard-hitting lesson on the risks associated with underage drinking at Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, organised by Collingwood Learning. ‘Smashed’ is an international programme reaching...Go to the post
Rupa supports launch of new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer report which finds concerning geographical variation in NHS services
Rupa has called for an end to the stark inequalities in breast cancer diagnosis and care across England, following the launch of a new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer (APPGBC) – and supported by leading charity Breast Cancer Now.
The landmark report – launched in Parliament on Tuesday 27th February – uncovers the true extent of the ‘postcode lottery’ in breast cancer diagnosis and care across England, with women in worst-affected areas found to be more than twice as likely to die from breast cancer under the age of 75 than those elsewhere in the country.
Following a year-long inquiry (October 2016 - November 2017), which gathered evidence from NHS leaders, clinicians, patients and charities, the report found that while overall outcomes for breast cancer are improving, stark geographical inequalities exist across England in screening, early detection and access to treatment and services.
With the publication of their new report, ‘A Mixed Picture: An Inquiry into Geographical Inequalities and Breast Cancer’, Rupa said:
“As a breast cancer ambassador I was very pleased to attend the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer’s report into geographical inequalities in breast cancer. These widespread differences in the diagnosis, treatment and care of women with breast cancer, based on where they live, are shocking. It was incredibly moving to hear from speakers at the event just how difficult it can be for breast cancer patients to get the support they need.
It’s so important to attend routine mammograms so that we can detect breast cancer as early as possible to give women the best chance of survival.
While such variation across the region exists, we’re falling short of the Government’s ambition of world-class outcomes for all cancer patients, and we call on NHS England and Public Health England to do all that it can to meet this challenge.”
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, which supported the inquiry, said:
“These are really concerning findings. While overall, more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before, this crucial report uncovers variation in breast cancer services on a major scale.
With patients and healthcare professionals alike already feeling the impact of the workforce shortages across the country, this alarming report must now act as a wake-up call. All women with breast cancer deserve the best possible chance of surviving and living well, no matter where they live, their age or the colour of their skin.
“This report shows too many women miss out on the best breast cancer care this country has to offer. We urge NHS England and Public Health England to take immediate action to ensure all women in the Ealing and across the country receive fair access to the care, treatment and support they need.”
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