Friday 8 December 2017
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Hello,

Welcome to my newsletter for Poplar and Limehouse, the best way to keep up to date on some of the things I get up to as your Member of Parliament. 

If you are a constituent and would like to get in touch, please feel free to send me an email: jim.fitzpatrick.mp@parliament.uk along with your name and address.

Best wishes,

Jim

Brexit

The government was plunged into chaos over Brexit this week. Having seemingly agreed a deal with the EU on the Irish border issue, the DUP forced Theresa May to back down. Then later in the week, David Davis told the Select Committee the impact assessments which he had been ordered to release, didn't exist.
Despite the setbacks, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill was debated on Monday and Wednesday and once again, ALL opposition amendments were voted down buy the Tories and DUP.
There was a breakthrough early on Friday morning when the PM and EU announced that talks would progress to the next phase.

Universal Credit

On Tuesday, Labour held a debate on Universal Credit and forced the government to release its previously unseen assessments on the new welfare programme.
Follow the links to watch or read the debate in full.

Tesco Food Collection

Tesco held their 10th Food Collection in conjunction with The Trussell Trust and FareShare, I lent my support to two collections in Canary Wharf and Bromley-by-Bow.

Finn's Law

I supported a 10-Minute Rule Bill in the Commons on Tuesday which aims to create a specific offence to attack service animals.
The Bill was presented by Oliver Heald MP after one of his constituents, PC Dave Wardell and his Police dog, Finn (pictured above) were attacked.
Follow the links to watch and read the Bill in full.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

I was delighted to join Leonard Cheshire Disability and Ola to help mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December.
The important research the charity has conducted into girls’ education shows the additional barriers girls with disabilities face in accessing an education.

APPGs

This week, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold and Commonhold Reform, of which I am co-chair, met to discuss 'Governmental, Legal and Mayoral views on leasehold reform' and heard from a number of experts.
The Maritime and Ports Group, which I also co-chair, held a meeting on 'Improving seafarer welfare' and heard presentations from five leading UK maritime welfare organisations.

Human Rights Day

Amnesty International held an event in Westminster to mark Human Rights Day on Wednesday.
For more information, please click here.

Campaign Against Puppy Smuggling

I lent my support to Dogs Trust in their fight against puppy smuggling and help raise awareness of the plight of illegally imported puppies.
For more information, please click here.

Purchase safely this Christmas

Please make sure the electrical goods you purchase this Christmas are safe.
Electrical Safety First have all the information you need to keep safe and highlight the wider risk that electricity can pose.

Institute of Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising held a parliamentary reception celebrating excellence in charity fundraising.
Pictured: Me with Ceri Edwards, Director of Engagement and External Affairs, IoF

Premier League Primary Stars

The Premier League’s national primary school programme, Premier League Primary Stars is open to all primary schools across England and Wales and gives access to free teaching resource packs covering PE, English, Maths and PSHE for children aged 5-11.
18 primary schools in Poplar and Limehouse take part.

Speaking up for cats

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat charity, helping around 190,000 cats every year through a network of over 250 voluntary-run branches and 34 centres.
To find out more about Cats Protection’s advocacy work, please click here.

Smart Meters

Around 4 million people in the UK live in fuel poverty. A smart meter can help you manage your energy bills more effectively and reduce energy waste.
Find out more here.

Sustainable in a Generation

I showed my support at a Mars UK event showcasing the role of sustainable business.
Click here for more information.

Save money on your electricity bills

New figures released from the Energy Switch Guarantee reveal that only 13% of residents in Poplar and Limehouse have switched electricity supplier, those who did saved £300 on average.
For more information on how to switch, please click here.

Prime Minister's Question Time

Follow the links to watch or read the exchange in full from Wednesday.

This week in Parliament...

Monday
The Commons debated the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

Tuesday
Keir Starmer asked the government an urgent question on Brexit negotiations.
Labour held a debate on Universal Credit.

Wednesday
The Commons debated the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

Thursday
Labour asked an urgent question on President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Parliamentary Activity

Please follow the links to view my Voting Record, spoken material, the written questions I've submitted and the Early Day Motions (EDMs) I've supported.
For further updates you can check my social media, particularly my Twitter account. You can catch up on all the news and events from Parliament here.
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