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Toby Perkins addresses Scouts at Labour party conference

Toby Perkins addresses Scouts at Labour party conference

Toby Perkins MP spent some time this weekend meeting with Scouts from across the UK at their annual Scouts Speak Up! event at the Labour party conference in Liverpool.

The annual ‘Scouts Speak Up!’ events have been created for Scouts from across the UK to be able to attend the party conferences and have an opportunity to tell decision makers about the issues that concern young people locally and nationally.

In Liverpool, Toby discussed many different issues with the Scouts. Many talked about their concerns for the future, how the skills they had learned in Scouting might help them in future life and how they thought politicians could help them to fulfil their potential.   He addressed the Scouts, giving them his views on the future for young people and took questions from the audience, including questions on his views on votes at 16, youth unemployment and the state of the economy.

Kelsey Kerr, an Explorer Scout from Merseyside said: “I really enjoyed today’s event.  It was a bit different to what we normally do in Scouting but having the opportunity to hear what MPs and councillors really think about issues that affect me was really good.  Politics often feels like it’s something that young people can’t get involved in but today’s event let me put my point across.”

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said, “I want members to feel empowered to fulfil their ambitions, valued for their contribution they make and to feel proud of everything they do.” He added, “For all those campaigning for a fairer deal for young people and Scouting I say well done, keep at it and don’t give up. Together, we’re stronger.”

Toby said, “Yesterday’s event was brilliant and is a great example of young people holding politicians to account. The young people who attended asked a number of challenging questions and it was great to see so many Scouts that are so passionate about their communities and who want to tackle such a broad range of issues. Hopefully events like today will be part of an ongoing dialogue between young people and their MPs.”

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The Business podcast: Labour’s economic plan

Listen to the Podcast described below  (presented by Tom Clark and produced by Phil Maynard) at the following link.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/audio/2011/sep/26/the-business-podcast-labour-economy?newsfeed=true

The financial crisis proved terminal for Labour’s 13-year run in office. As the party gathers for its autumn conference, its main objective is to regain the trust of voters on the economy. Tom Clark hears from delegates, commentators and economists in Liverpool

The financial crisis proved terminal for Labour’s 13-year run in office. As the party gathers for its autumn conference, its main objective is to regain the trust of voters on the economy. Tom Clark hears from delegates, commentators and economists in Liverpool

 

Labour’s shadow chancellor Ed Balls laid out a five-point plan for economic growth that included a reintroduction of the tax on bankers’ bonuses, cuts to VAT, investment in infrastructure and cuts to national insurance.

The plan came with an apology for Labour’s failure to better regulate the banks before the credit crunch; but Balls made it clear that the party should take no blame for the worldwide financial crisis.

Tom Clark hears from party delegates at the conference venue in Liverpool. Toby Perkins (MP for Chesterfield) says that Ed Balls was right to say that Labour would not be making promises to reverse any of the government’s cuts before the next election.

According to Guardian columnists Jonathan Freedland and Seumas Milne, the speech had to both take the fight to the government and change the terms of the debate on the economy – the results were mixed.

Finally we hear from economist Will Hutton and Gavin Kelly of the Resolution Foundation on whether Labour has grasped the full extent of the response required to the current crisis.

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Labour Conference 2011: Policy review to examine what local councils can offer youth services

Labour Conference 2011: Policy review to examine what local councils can offer youth services

The following article was written by Neil Puffett on Wednesday 28 September 2011 on cypnow.co.uk  

 

Labour will examine what expectations for youth services can be placed on local authorities as part of its “new bargain” outlined by leader Ed Miliband, the shadow children’s minister has said.

Speaking at a fringe event staged by the Confederation of Heads of Young People’s Services at the Labour conference in Liverpool, Toby Perkins said the idea will be broached in the party’s ongoing policy review.

“One of the things the policy review will look at is how do we represent the new bargain in terms of expectations on local authorities and what they offer,” he said.

Within this, he added, there needed to be some sense of the government having responsibility for young people’s services and what that would look like.

“It is about how we offer the sort of guarantees in terms of our broad provision for young people in the context of a new financial settlement.”

Also speaking at the meeting, Julie Hilling, MP for Bolton West and a former youth worker, said the government risks more potential trouble of the kind seen last month due to cuts to services.

“We are going to end up with more young people at risk at the bottom because we are not providing services at the top,” she said. “I think we will continue to see trouble and issues because we have so many young people with nothing now.”

At a separate panel debate on youth services, staged by CYP Now, delegates heard that those working in the youth sector must take the lead in shaping its future.

Participants at the event, chaired by CYP Now editor Ravi Chandiramani, voiced concerns about the depth of cuts and recognition that the government’s forthcoming youth policy is unlikely to come with additional funding attached.

Tony Hawkhead, chief executive of Groundwork UK, said that, looking forward, the youth sector must be proactive.

“It is not just for the government to set that narrative,” he said. “We need a stronger, clearer narrative for young people and can’t wait for the government to give us it.

“We have to accept that the coalition is very unlikely to turn its focus, some might say obsession, with dealing with the deficit. My challenge to everybody is how do we think positively about the narrative for young people.”

Kanchan Jadeja, chair of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, said new ideas are vital. “We have to continue to be positive,” she said. “We have to provide positive leadership and also look at creative ideas. We are not going to get the funding we used to have.”

The final draft of the government’s long-awaited youth policy is scheduled to be published in the week beginning 10 October. But speaking at the debate, Ian Wright, Labour shadow education minister, said it was a “national disgrace” that the government still doesn’t have a “strategy or vision for young people”.

“Young people have borne the brunt of cuts,” he said. “You can lay the blame of the financial crisis in many places, but you can’t lay it on young people.”

Wright added that a vision for young people must involve them having influence themselves.

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UK ‘Heatwave’ gives fundraising bowls club the rub of the Green

UK ‘Heatwave’ gives fundraising bowls club the rub of the Green

Local people are set to raise record amounts for Macmillan Cancer Support as the blistering heat attracted huge crowds to various charity coffee mornings across Chesterfield borough. Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister for Education, visited Brimington Bowls Club annual bowling competition before a meeting with representatives of Barclays on Rose Hill as the bank rolled out its coffee morning events in three local stores.

Brimington Bowls Club bathed in sunshine while local participants battled it out in the increasingly prestigious Derek Heaton Memorial Rose Bowl Bowling Competition. Thirty two bowlers were involved as dozens of local people watched on while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee, refreshments, raffles and tombola. Raising over £1500 last year, this week’s beautiful weather should ensure that record should is broken as the campaign to support such a vital service for those suffering from cancer continues to gain momentum year on year.

Barclays has again agreed to host coffee mornings, with coffee and cakes available to its customers in almost all its stores. The bank has also agreed to double the amounts raised by the Macmillan fundraising team. Praising both Brimington Bowls Club and Barclays for the hard work and preparation in holding events to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support, Mr. Perkins said:-

It was fantastic to see so many people supporting both Brimington Bowls Club and Barclays Bank as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Pamela Wright and the members of the bowls club have done such an incredible job making the event better each year, raising significant sums of money for such a worthy cause.

He added:-

It is also encouraging to see businesses like Barclays getting involved in this initiative as charities find it increasingly difficult to raise money in such difficult economic times”.

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It’s Udder-ly fantastic! Toby Perkins MP joins nursery children and staff to celebrate World School Milk Day

It’s Udder-ly fantastic! Toby Perkins MP joins nursery children and staff to celebrate World School Milk Day

Today marks World School Milk Day across the UK to highlight the importance of milk as a nutritious and healthy part of children’s diets. Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield and Shadow Minister for Children and Families, joined nursery staff and children at Families First in Birdholme as representatives of ‘Cool Milk’ emphasized the positive impact milk has on the wellbeing of thousands of children across the UK.

World School Milk Day is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and is celebrated in over 30 countries around the world. Launched in 2000, the day promotes the importance of drinking milk at school to children in a fun and educational way.

Most nursery and primary school children have access to fresh, chilled school milk every day with the support of EU and UK Government subsidies. When milk subsidies were threatened during the Thatcher Government, public outrage made clear the importance of milk and healthy eating as part of children’s daily diet and lifestyle.

After taking on the role of ‘honorary milk monitor’ at Families First for the morning whilst speaking to staff and children at the World School Milk Day event Mr. Perkins said:-

“Milk is so important for children right across the UK as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. Tory Government’s of the past have realized to their cost the way in which school milk is held in such high regard by teachers, parents and medical experts as an essential part of young people’s diet. From my visit to Families First this morning, and from bringing up my own two children, I know that kids benefit significantly from having milk and other healthy foods on a regular basis”.

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It’s the business! Toby Perkins MP officially opens warehouse extension at local firm

It’s the business! Toby Perkins MP officially opens warehouse extension at local firm

Franke Sissons, the Chesterfield based washroom facilities business on the Sheepbridge industrial estate, has celebrated the opening of a new warehouse extension which is set to help facilitate its unprecedented growth in overseas markets. Toby Perkins MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, cut the ribbon alongside Managing Director, Andy Dukelow, who has helped steer the firm through the difficult economic climate of recent years amid hopes that the new building will ensure Franke Sissons continues to succeed in an increasingly competitive industry.

Since 2008, Franke Sissons has become one of the most well renowned businesses in Chesterfield, boasting excellent workforce relations with an increased competitiveness in countries such as Australia and Hong Kong. As part of the official opening Mr. Perkins and Mr. Dukelow discussed the importance of manufacturing and engineering based business in Chesterfield and the country as a whole in leading the UK through economic difficulties into a more prosperous future.

As a consequence of the warehouse extension, which now homes various industry-leading equipment and products, the company was able to maintain 7 jobs in Chesterfield when others are left with no choice but to outsource posts to other areas of the UK or abroad. The new ‘Logistics Centre’ includes many new and exciting pieces of equipment leading the way in industries from catering to industrial bathroom appliances.

Before cutting the ribbon at the official opening Mr. Perkins commented:-

“I am delighted to be opening such a magnificent extension to the Franke Sissons warehouse, one of the major manufacturing hubs of Chesterfield. Andy Dukelow and the staff of Franke Sissons continue to do an outstanding job, providing skilled employment to the people of our town and competing on the world stage in almost all areas of the globe.

He added:-

“I believe that businesses like Franke Sissons are the future of our economy, driving the UK manufacturing and engineering industries forward in an increasingly difficult climate. With such a determined and courageous approach to what are very difficult times for many businesses in our area, I am pleased to announce the new Logistics Centre at Franke Sissons officially open and wish them all the best for the future”.

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A Class Act: MP Praises ‘outstanding’ pupils at Whitecotes Q&A

A Class Act: MP Praises ‘outstanding’ pupils at Whitecotes Q&A

Chesterfield Member of Parliament, Toby Perkins, praised staff and pupils at Whitecotes Primary School in Birdholme after taking part in a Question and Answer Session led by the newly formed School Parliament. The Shadow Minister for Children and Families praised the challenging and thoughtful questions of the children on the role of MP’s, the House of Commons and political parties.

Mr. Perkins was also treated to a tour of the school buildings which have undergone substantial decoration over recent months under new leadership. The teaching staff, led by head teacher Ross Griffin, is confident that the school can continue to develop and build on recent improvements.

With a mixed catchment area, Mr. Perkins hailed the work being done to improve outcomes at Whitecotes.

After the Q&A he said:-

“From the second I stepped foot inside Whitecotes this morning there was an enthusiasm and energy from both teaching staff and pupils alike. I very much enjoyed fielding questions on various topics from my day to day activities as an MP, to my work in Parliament, and even one about my car. The work the children have done as part of their political education, including the creation of their own Cabinet, was well thought out and interesting. I particularly enjoyed hearing about a new Government position created by the pupils, the Secretary of State for Fun!

He added:-

“From what I saw today Whitecotes Primary is a school on the up. It is absolutely vital that local schools are given support and investment to ensure that children fulfill their potential”.

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MPs wear it pink to fund a cure for breast cancer

Toby Perkins, Member of Parliament for Chesterfield is joining forces with Breast Cancer Campaign to raise awareness of its biggest fundraising event, wear it pink day.

On Friday 28 October 2011 supporters in schools, colleges and businesses throughout the country are encouraged to don an item of pink in support of Campaign and each donate £2 to fund innovative world-class breast cancer research.

Last year hundreds of thousands of people took part in wear it pink to help improve survival rates for the one in eight women who experience breast cancer during their lifetime.

Toby Perkins MP said “Every year in the UK, around 48,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women. Although it is rare, men can also suffer from breast cancer, with around 340 men diagnosed each year. I know people who have lost friends and family members to the disease and I would like to encourage everyone in my constituency of Chesterfield and throughout the country to support wear it pink on October 28, to raise valuable funds for breast cancer research.”

To take part in the UK’s original and best pink day visit www.wearitpink.co.uk and register to receive your free fundraising pack now.  Wear it pink is supported by Vanish, which has committed to raising an incredible £250,000 for the charity this year.

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