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2014.12.12_Xmas_Jumper_Day.jpgOn Friday 12th December, I popped on a pullover and posed for a festive photograph to support for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day campaign.

In its third year, and the biggest yet, Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day is bringing together supporters and campaigners to be part of its woolly revolution to 'make the world better with a sweater’. 

I'm delighted to support Save the Children to help raise funds for its vital work in the UK and around the world, and what better way to do this than to get into the festive spirit and take part in their Christmas Jumper Day campaign

Save the Children is asking supporters to support their Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 12 December buy wearing a Christmas Jumper, encouraging their family and friends to do the same and to donate! For grown-ups the suggested donation is £2 and for school children it’s £1, and to recognise this generous support, the government will double all money raised - matching every pound donated. To donate via text message, please text JUMPER to 70050 to donate £2 straight to Save the Children.

All money raised from Christmas Jumper Day will go towards helping the most vulnerable children in the world.

According to Save the Children, globally, 6.6 million children still die before their fifth birthday every year, most from easily preventable illnesses like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. Some don’t survive simply because they can’t get enough nutritious food. Here in the UK, 3.5 million children are living in poverty. Too many families here can’t afford nutritious food, heating, household essentials like a cooker, or good quality childcare. While their peers come to school well fed, well rested and well prepared to learn, these poorer children are missing out on a fair start in life. 

The money raised from Christmas Jumper Day will help to save lives in some of the toughest parts of the world, and give children living in poverty here in the UK the chance to fulfil their potential. Just £1 could buy antibiotics to treat three newborn babies with potentially deadly infections and £2 could buy 18 sachets of oral rehydration treatment for children suffering from life-threatening diarrhoea. And with match funding from the government this year, donations could help twice as many children.

For more information visit:  jumpers.savethechildren.org.uk

Make the world better with a sweater!

On Friday 12th December, I popped on a pullover and posed for a festive photograph to support for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day campaign.

2014.12.05_Intl_Development_Bill.JPGMany of my constituents have been in touch about my support for the International Development Bill, which has its third reading today and I am proud to say I have voted to enshrine the UK’s commitment to the world’s poorest people in law, completing a course set out by the last Labour government. I’m glad the International Development Bill passed with 146 to 5; it’s a great victory

On Friday 5 December, MPs voted on a Bill to enshrine in law the UK’s promise to donate 0.7% of our Gross National Income to international aid – in line with aspiration first put forward over 40 years ago.

The Conservative manifesto committed to put the 0.7% measure into law and pledged to do so in the Coalition Agreement.

However, the Tories and Lib Dem Government failed to bring forward a law. In November 2014, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he did not see the need to write the commitment into legislation. This has raised concerns that right-wing Conservative MPs may try to block the law coming before parliament, which has been put forward by a backbench MP.

I’m proud to support Britain’s life-saving, life-changing aid programme and vote for this law to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

The last Labour Government tripled the aid budget and dropped the debt, helping to lift three million people out of poverty each year and getting 40 million more children into school.

British aid makes a huge difference to millions – we should be proud of what our generosity can do for those in need and what it says about us as a country.

I’ve backed a life-saving bill

Many of my constituents have been in touch about my support for the International Development Bill, which has its third reading today and I am proud to say I have...

David Cameron and George Osborne have failed every test and broken every promise they’ve made on the economy.

They promised we’d be all in this together but then they gave millionaires a huge tax cut. They promised people would be better off but most people in Ealing Southall are not feeling the recovery and working people are now £1,600 a year worse off under the Tories.

And this cost-of-living crisis is why the Chancellor had to admit that his key promise – to balance the nation’s books by next year – now lies in tatters.

Because wages aren’t rising and too many are stuck in low-paid jobs, the tax revenues we need to get the deficit down aren’t coming in.

Unlike Labour, the Tories don’t understand the fundamental link between the living standards of everyday working people in Ealing Southall and Britain’s ability to deal with the deficit. George Osborne has now borrowed a staggering £219 billion more than he planned and the economy is set to slow down next year after forecasts for wages have been revised down again.

Yet the Chancellor still tries to claim that the economy is fixed and his plan is working. How out of touch can you get? What we needed yesterday was the better and fairer plan Labour has set out.

Labour’s plan will raise the minimum wage, expand free childcare for working parents, scrap the bedroom tax and cut business rates for small firms. We will balance the books in a fairer way, starting by reversing the Tories’ £3 billion a year tax cut for the top one per cent of earners.

Changing stamp duty to help people on middle and low incomes is welcome, but we also need to get more homes built and we need a Mansion tax to help save and transform our NHS. With an extra £2.5 billion a year on top of Tory spending plans we can get the extra 20,000 nurses and 8,000 GPs we need to help transform our NHS and save it from the Tories.

The Tories promised to eliminate the deficit by 2015 but with less money coming in because of their wrong economic decisions, they’ve broken their promise, failed their own economic test and its hardworking people who are paying the price. It’s time for an economic recovery for the many, not just a few.

The Tories’ economic record is one of repeated broken promises

David Cameron and George Osborne have failed every test and broken every promise they’ve made on the economy.


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