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First World War Centenary

Emily and Libby, along with their father Jonathan, very kindly laid the wreath on behalf of myself and North Tyneside Councillors.

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Mary welcomes Wallsend St Peter’s Church of England Primary School to live coding event at the Houses of Parliament

Mary was taught computer coding skills by pupils from St Peter’s this week, when they attended the Girls Get Coding event at the Houses of Parliament.

The event, organised by PICTFOR, the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum in conjunction with e-skills UK, brought more than a hundred girls from around the country to the historic surroundings of the Palace of Westminster. The girls had been practising their coding skills, ready to teach their MPs the basics of this vital skill. Three students from [school] were selected to take part, and enjoyed showing [name] and other parliamentarians how to get ahead in programming.

“I loved learning to code with the pupils from St Peter’s  said Mary “They were full of enthusiasm and made excellent teachers. I know how important it is that all school students learn computer programming, and it was a great opportunity for me to brush up my own skills. It’s particularly important to encourage girls to make the most of technology, so I was delighted to support Girls Get Coding and meet the students.”

Girls Get Coding is generously supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and forms part of the government's Your Life campaign to encourage more young people, and girls in particular, to consider careers in science and technology. 
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Public Sector Strike


No one likes strikes, particularly low paid workers whose wages are docked. And those who devote their lives to serving the community know that their actions will inevitably affect their friends and neighbours. Those on strike are dedicated but desperate. Some of them are not even getting 1% pay rises and their take home pay is being cut by higher inflation.

But there is no point in having the universally acknowledged right to strike if it cannot be used when absolutely necessary. I stand with the strikers and hope that their grievances can be resolved urgently.
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Mary on board with Guide Dogs Talking Buses campaign


Mary Glindon MP showed her support for a campaign led by the charity Guide Dogs to make travelling by bus easier for people with sight loss.

The MP for North Tyneside went to a reception at the Houses of Parliament on 2 July in support of Guide Dogs’ campaign to make sure all new buses have audio visual (AV) next stop announcements, which are vital for blind and partially sighted bus travellers.

The reception, which was addressed by Bus Minister Baroness Kramer, highlighted how announcements enable blind and partially sighted people to understand their location, and prevent them from missing their stops.

AV systems are only fitted to around one fifth of the bus fleet nationally, with the overwhelming majority of these buses operating in London.
 
Guide Dogs is calling for the Government to require all new buses be fitted with AV, as currently bus operators are under no obligation to include this technology when upgrading their fleet.

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Mary shows support for patients with Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria (CSU), a distressing skin disease that may affect up to half a million people in the UK

13th June, 2014 – Mary Glindon MP attended a parliamentary event to pledge support for patients with CSU, as a new report published today, highlights the significant distress that the disease causes.

The Wheals of Despair report - created by a multidisciplinary group including hospital specialist consultants, primary care professionals and Allergy UK, initiated and funded by Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Limited - encourages the urgent re-evaluation of the current approach towards CSU and highlights the importance of its prioritisation in the minds of healthcare professionals and the NHS.

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John Baron MP: 2RRF Honour Guard marches off the square 

MP slams MoD Reservist plans 

Today saw the last Fusilier Honour Guard outside No 10. Since February 2013, ex-members of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers have paraded outside the gates of No 10 to coincide with the Cabinet’s weekly meeting. The former soldiers have been marking their disagreement with the MoD’s plans to disband 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2RRF) as part of the Coalition Government’s Army reforms. This is despite 2RRF being one of the best-recruited units in the British Army and the battalion having seen continual action over the past decade.

However, in light of the fact that it seems the disbandment will unfortunately go ahead, a decision has been taken that the Honour Guard will cease today. Representatives from the media attended the final guard, which took place outside the Downing Street gates at 10.00am.

John Baron MP said,

“The Honour Guard has been integral to our campaign to save 2RRF. It is a great testament to the passion felt by Fusiliers that it has been maintained for so long and in all weathers. Whilst deeply disappointed with the decision to axe 2RRF, we take comfort from the strength of the Regimental Association and the fact the Regiment will continue in 1RRF and 5RRF.” 

“The misguided plan to replace 20,000 Regulars with 30,000 Reservists will produce unacceptable capability gaps and false economies. We should be strengthening our Armed Forces, particularly at a time of growing uncertainty.”

Col (Rtd) Ian Brazier, Chairman of the Fusiliers Association, said,

“The Fusiliers Association has proudly maintained an Honour Guard at the gates of Downing Street in order to remind the Government that we do not accept the way  2RRF was ‘substituted’ into disbandment. The deeply flawed Army 2020 plan, combined with almost non-existent recruitment, is disastrous for Britain. The Secretary of State for Defence betrays a woefully inadequate grasp of military issues and seems to be labouring under the illusion that the British public believes that cuts mean progress.”

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A delicious homemade scone, a freshly made sandwich and two reviving cuppas were the order of the day when North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon and Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn popped in to a new cafe quickly that's rapidly establishing itself in the heart of its community.

During their visit to Cafe Oxford, the pair chatted with many of the customers enjoying tasty home cooked meals and talked to owner Denise Marshall about her ambitious plans for the newly-opened business.

Based in the busy Oxford Centre in Longbenton, the cafe opened its doors four weeks ago and is already establishing itself among local people as 'the place to go' for a warm welcome and good quality food. 

Denise said: "I provide catering services to lots of corporate clients in big businesses but I've always had a passion to open my own cafe serving a community like this. The Oxford Centre is perfect because it's so busy with all the various services including the doctor's, the library, the meeting rooms, the crèche and even people taking part in Zumba classes in need of revitalizing! 

"There's a tremendous buzz about the Cafe Oxford and I'm really delighted that we're meeting the needs of customers of all ages as well as the staff who work within the centre - whether they want a full English breakfast, a snack, lunch or even afternoon tea we cater for everyone's tastes and make sure they get a very warm welcome. A visit to the Oxford Cafe is not just about the great food, it's about meeting friends and being part of a real community." 

Denise is so determined to keep the cafe local that she sources all her produce from farms, bakeries and meat suppliers in the area. All the soup, scones, sandwiches, cakes, snacks and hot lunches are made on the premises by Denise and her Manager and Cook, Dawn McNaughton. She also employs a team of local residents to keep the cafe running smoothly.

This community local initiative has been warmly welcomed by the MP and the Elected Mayor. 

Norma said: "Although it's only been opened a short time we've heard so many good things about Cafe Oxford that Mary and I decided to pop along and try it for ourselves. And we certainly weren't disappointed ... the food is wonderful, all home cooked and very reasonably priced - and the welcome is second to none. 

"Denise and her team make everyone feel so special; they are trying so hard to make everything perfect and have firmly established Cafe Oxford at the centre of this community. I wish them every success and I'm looking forward to popping in for more of Denise's delicious scones!"

Mary Glindon MP added: "The Oxford Centre is already well loved and a popular part of the local community, but this café adds another dimension to make it extra special. Everyone likes a natter over a cuppa and this is a very inviting place to spend some time, with some brilliant home cooking!"

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Mary helps charity search for Superheroes



The charity Anthony Nolan is searching for more local heroes in North Tyneside to join their bone marrow register in the fight against blood cancer. This search is underway as the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register has been mapped across the UK by local area for the first time.

The charity has revealed today that, in North Tyneside there are more than 746 selfless people willing to donate their stem cells, or bone marrow, to save the life of a stranger. More than 525,000 people are currently on the Anthony Nolan register and the average per constituency is 796.

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Bring Back Our Girls

"We, as female MPs, stand with women worldwide in condemning in the strongest possible terms the sickening crimes being perpetrated against schoolgirls in northern Nigeria. The brutal treatment of girls seeking an education – a right we take for granted for our daughters – demonstrates the cruelty and immorality of this group.  

We welcome the work the Government has done already and support continuing work with the Nigerian authorities and international partners to help bring an end to this heartbreaking situation and reunite these girls with their families as soon as possible.”
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