The Red Ensign

Mary attended the Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day at the Quadrant on Thursday 3 September.

The Red Ensign flat was raised by the Chairman of North Tyneside Council, Councillor Gary Bell.

Mary said “I am particularly pleased that North Tyneside has decided to commemorate Merchant Navy Day by raising the Ensign at the Council Headquarters.  Today is a chance to remember the contribution made by Merchant Seamen in both World Wars and to think about the importance of the Merchant Navy to our island, even today”.

Wallsend Labour Club held a fun day in memory of murdered soldier Lee Rigby.

Mary opening the Bank Holiday Fun Day Fundraising Event at the Wallsend Labour Club, which was organised by Ronnie Dunbar.  An estimated £5,000 was raised, which will be shared between the family of the murdered soldier, Lee Rigby and the Fusiler Aid Society

Local Hero

Mary presenting North Tyneside Council employee, Julie Denton, with her Local Hero award at the White Swan Centre recently.

Julie was nominat
ed for the award by Judith Farquharson from the Killingworth Community Consortium under the category of “Keep it Local” for:

“Julie works tirelessly to support our organisation and many more community initiatives including Forward Assist, a charity which supports veterans.  Julie has been instrumental in bring our community together, developing activities and working with us to meet local need.  Julie’s friendly and can-do approach is inspirational”

Mary said “It’s was a pleasure to present this well-deserved award to Julie.  She is definitely part of a very big picture in North Tyneside, but as someone who is making a significant contribution to it”.

More Donors Needed

Mary - "One in three transplant patients die within their a year of treatment and one in eight needing transplants do not find a donor."Mary backs a new campaign launched by Anthony Nolan, which runs the UK’s stem cell and bone marrow donor register, said: 'Selfless people donate their stem cells and bone marrow but the state can help by recruiting more donors, boosting scientific research and providing long-term care for patients.

In the next five years, over 11,000 people with blood cancer or a blood disorder will depend upon a stem cell transplant from a stranger.

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Mary Commits to Beat Cancer Sooner

Mary has pledged her support to help Cancer Research UK save more lives in her constituency and across the UK.

The MP attended a parliamentary event held by the charity in Westminster last week (8 July) to speak to Cancer Research UK about how MPs can help keep cancer at the top of the new parliament’s agenda.With one in two people now set to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, the charity says the political drive to beat the disease must keep pace with the progress in research.

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New National Lottery investment in First World War

Centenary One year from the Battle of the Somme Centenary, Mary urges North Tyneside communities to apply for new £4m Heritage Lottery Fundmoney to explore the impact of the war

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced new National Lottery money to help communities across the UK mark the Centenary of the First World War and local North Tyneside MP, Mary Glindon, is urging communities to apply.Mary said: “The projects and stories that have already been shared as part of the First World War Centenary have been an inspiration. 

It’s so important that we remember the impact of this war one hundred years on.    There is still time to apply for National Lottery money and I would urge anyone in North Tyneside with an idea for their own project to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund.”   

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Mary and Queen guitarist Brian May have joined forces to champion the current the hunting ban, despite Conservative efforts to axe the law.

Mary Glindon said: 'I told Brian, an animal welfare campaigner of note, that I will reject legislation to repeal or weaken the 2004 Hunting Act. Don't stop it now.'The 2005 Hunting Act bans the hunting of wild mammals including foxes, deer and hares with dogs. Brian May  also runs his own animal rights charity, the Save Me Trust, named after the Queen Song that he penned.

The charity campaigns for the protection of all animals against unnecessary, cruel and degrading treatment. He was appointed vice-president of animal welfare charity the RSPCA in 2012.

Science boffins and parliamentarians mingled this week at a briefing to highlight the importance of funding science and its benefits to the UK economy.North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon, who attended the event organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics, said: 'I met scientists who told me how university research in chemistry and physics has spawned innovations and inventions that are now creating jobs and economic growth nationwide.

'Mary Glindon added: 'the UK science base produces 15.9% of the world’s most highly cited publications, with only 4.1% of the world’s researchers. It needs long-term investment to increase its palpable benefits and I also think that science is an excellent career choice for young people in North Tyneside and beyond.' Professor Dominic Tildesley, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: 'We have the evidence to show that Britain is a world leader in science and that Government investment in science boosts the UK economy.

There are innovative projects and companies springing up all the time and we want to see a commitment to a long-term strategy for increasing investment to ensure that we all continue to benefit from our scientific success.Professor Tom McLeish, Vice-President, Science, at the Institute of Physics, said, 'Investing in science and engineering drives economic growth and is at the heart of advances and innovation in healthcare, communications and national security.

The UK has a unique, interdisciplinary ecosystem of innovation between global businesses and universities that we must nurture if it is to deliver the innovation-based supply chains, manufacturing and exports of tomorrow.'

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