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John in the News - 2013

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- December -
4/12/2013: Tesco customers set to help hungry families this Christmas

Customers at Tesco in Birmingham Yardley were invited to donate food in store between Friday 29 November and Sunday 1 December, as the retailer again geared up to hold the biggest ever food collection in the UK.

p> Tesco teamed up with foodbanks charity the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare to hold the third Neighbourhood Food Collection.

Customers at the were given a special shopping list when they entered the store and were asked to pick up an item of food such as long-life milk, cereal, tinned foods and tea and coffee before donating it at the end of their shop.

The food will now be distributed to the local foodbank or FareShare depot before being given to people in times of need.

Rosie, Better Services manager at Birmingham Yardley Tesco said: In the run up to Christmas we wanted to do our bit to feed those in need and the volunteers we had in the store from the two charities were fantastic. Our customers were incredibly generous and I would like to thank them all for their support.”

The volunteers were also joined by John Hemming, MP for Birmingham Yardley. Mr.Hemming said “"Now and again the support and benefits systems go wrong. I met this morning with the Birmingham CAB to discuss these issues. In those circumstances it is helpful to have immediate assistance, but assistance that leads to people getting back on the support systems properly."

Tesco will be topping up all total donations by a further 30%.

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- November -
7/11/2013: John Hemming joins local apprentices to launch 2014 UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge

John Hemming teamed up with apprentices from the aerospace industry yesterday (Wednesday 6th November) to take part in a rocket launching competition with 25 other MPs next to the House of Commons.

The competition celebrated the launch of the 2014 UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) which sees teams of students aged 11-18 years old design, build and launch their own rockets to exacting specifications.

The event coincides with Tomorrow’s Engineers Week – a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) initiative to showcase the many exciting engineering careers options available to young people.

Earlier this week Professor John Perkins, the chief scientific advisor to BIS published his Review of Engineering Skills. The Review, highlighting the importance of engineers to the UK economy, recommends that government, industry, the engineering profession and the education sector work together to inspire young people into engineering. The UKAYRoC is an important initiative to achieve this, and has become increasingly influential in enthusing young people about the variety of opportunities on offer in the aerospace sector. Next year’s challenge is set to be bigger than ever before, with places for 150 teams to take part.

John Hemming MP commented: “The event offered a fantastic opportunity to meet with some of the bright, ambitious young people that are just starting their engineering careers. The Rocketry Challenge is a brilliant way to show more students in the area what fun engineering really is, and I am keen to encourage as many schools and colleges from Birmingham to enter the 2014 challenge.”

Speaking at the event, Paul Everitt, chief executive of aerospace trade organisation, ADS Group commented:

“The Rocketry Challenge is a unique initiative to ignite enthusiasm for our sectors. We believe the challenge has an important role to play in galvanising more young people to take up careers in the aerospace sector, ultimately helping the UK take advantage of the significant growth opportunities available as air travel continues to increase.”

Apprentices from Airbus, Astrium, Axis Electronics, Cobham, GE Aviation, GKN, Marshall Aerospace and Defence, MEP, Raytheon UK, RLC Engineering, Selex ES and UTC Aerospace Systems were on hand on the day to support their MP team leader in the successful launch of the rocket.

Schools can find out more about the Challenge at www.ukayroc.org.

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- October -
25/10/2013: Hero MP from Yardley joins the fight against breast cancer

John Hemming, MP for Birmingham Yardley has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s biggest (and pinkest) fundraiser, wear it pink day.

Over the last 10 years wear it pink has raised a staggering £23 million and on Friday 25 October 2013 people will come together in schools, colleges and businesses throughout the country to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Campaign’s lifesaving research.

John Hemming MP says “Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease. This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts so they can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure. So join me, wear something pink and donate £2, it’s really as simple as that.”

Breast Cancer Campaign vitally needs the money raised from wear it pink for its researchers to have the best possible chance to find the cure.

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- September -
4/9/2013: John Hemming calls for action on Coventry Road safety.
Over the last few months there have been a number of serious and fatal accidents along the Coventry Road in Yardley.
Unfortunately these accidents seem to be becoming increasingly regular and John believes that action needs to be taken to protect pedestrians.
That is why today I am asking the Highways department to look again at the safety of the Coventry Road.
John is also launching a petition calling on the council to implement any changes necessary to improving safety along this dangerous stretch of road. If you would like to help this campaign a copy of the petition can be downloaded here for you and your neighbours to sign.
This petition can now be signed online by clicking here.
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- August -
7/8/2013: John Hemming supports the Great British Tennis Weekend

The first ever Great British Tennis Weekend, a way for everyone to enjoy free tennis, is taking place at 39 park sites across the country, including Gilbertstone Park from August 17-18, to encourage people inspired by an incredible 12 months in British tennis with Grand Slam victories and London 2012 medals.

The Great British Tennis Weekend is the highlight of the Lawn Tennis Association’s summer and autumn drive with over different 160 tennis events. People of all ages and abilities can just turn up to play with equipment and coaching provided for free. Lots of activities will be on offer including Cardio Tennis – a fitness inspired work out on court – adult social tennis, women only sessions, LTA Mini Tennis for three to ten year olds as well as short tennis – a scaled down version of the game.

One year on from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the LTA wants to continue to build on the legacy of London 2012 and get more people playing tennis.

Yardley MP John Hemming said: “Nothing inspires people into sport more than seeing heroes like Andy Murray win against the best in the world. So it’s great that after this incredible Wimbledon victory the LTA is holding a Great British Tennis Weekend to encourage people of all ages and abilities to take part in the game for free. I’m glad that this even is taking place at Gilbertstone Park within my constituency.”

Judy Murray said: “This is a great idea and one that I hope will encourage many new people to come out and try tennis. There's a huge buzz around our sport just now and offering tennis for free at local park courts across the country is definitely the way forward. I’ll be heading down to one of the park sites to join in the fun for sure.”

LTA Chief Executive Roger Draper said: “We want to give people a chance to try out tennis, really enjoy it, and then come back for more, even in Autumn and Winter. You can book in advance or just turn up on the day and play for free, so the Great British Tennis Weekend will be easy to take part in, and should be great fun.”

If you want to find out where you can get involved for free at your nearest ‘Great British Tennis Weekend’, visit www.allplaytennis.com/tennisweekend . All equipment will be provided free of charge. There will be something on offer for everyone, all ages and abilities.

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- July -
17/7/2013: Big boost for primary schools in Birmingham Yardley
Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has announced the biggest ever rise in the Pupil Premium for primary schools to help ensure that more pupils are able to achieve higher standards.

The Pupil Premium provides schools with extra money to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This will help whole classes move forward faster together.

It will be increased to £1,300 per eligible primary school pupil in 2014/15, up from £900 per child this year. That’s likely to be an extra £2,162,000 for primary schools in Birmingham Yardley.

Schools will be able to spend this money in ways that they feel helps their pupils best. Evidence shows some schools use it to hire extra staff, reading and maths classes for children who need an extra hand or provide appropriate IT facilities.

Commenting, John Hemming said:

“All the evidence shows that if your child starts behind in secondary school, they stay behind. That is unacceptable.

“As part of the Liberal Democrats’ aim to build a fairer society, the Coalition Government is putting extra money into primary schools to help teachers support disadvantaged children.

“This boost in the Pupil Premium will help ensure we give those children a better start at secondary school, so they have a better start in life.”

Commenting further, Nick Clegg said:

“I am delighted to announce a significant increase in the Pupil Premium at primary level.

“This increase in money for every eligible primary school child will help ensure that all pupils are ready to reach their full potential in secondary school.

“This will allow all our children to get the best possible start in life.”
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2/7/2013: John Hemming MP Calls Time on Nuisance Phone Calls
John Hemming MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley, visited Which’s nationwide Calling Time roadshow, when it dropped in at London’s Victoria Station this week, to pledge support for the campaign to help end to nuisance calls and texts. New Which? research finds that more than eight in 10 (85%) people received an unsolicited call in the last month, of these a staggering one in 10 (8%) received 50 unwanted calls or more in the last month. Which? also found that people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) still received, on average, double the average number of unsolicited calls than those not signed up. The Which? Calling Time on Nuisance Calls and Texts campaign is demanding a tougher approach, led by Government, to get a grip on nuisance calls and texts with stronger laws on consent and the use of personal data, regulators given more powers to enforce the law, and to work with industry to provide technical fixes to filter out unwanted calls and texts. John Hemming MP, said: “Nuisance calls are a real problem for many people in Yardley, so I’m glad that Which? is campaigning on this issue. I fully support this campaign and would urge anyone who shares my concern about nuisance calls to pledge their support too.” Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd said: “Over 70,000 people have signed up to our campaign because they’re fed up with nuisance calls and texts. We’ve toured the country to hear directly from people affected by this pest and to give them the opportunity to vent their anger. The current system is failing the public and it’s time for a new approach, new laws and new technology to tackle this scourge on people’s lives.” John Hemming MP is asking people affected by nuisance calls or texts to pledge their support for the Which? Calling Time on Nuisance Calls and Texts campaign at www.which.co.uk/campaigns and join the debate on twitter using #callingtime news image
- June -
27/6/2013: John Hemming MP supports Guide Dogs' call to keep pedestrians safe from silent menace

Mr Hemming has supported Guide Dogs’ call for the installation of a vital safety feature on quiet hybrid and electric vehicles to keep pedestrians safe, by attending a reception at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 26 June. The Birmingham, Yardley MP was amongst the large number of Members of Parliament who backed the charity's call to install artificial noise generators on quiet vehicles.

Research shows that some quiet vehicles cannot be heard until one second before impact and, in certain conditions, are more likely to be involved in a collision with a pedestrian than conventional vehicles. Guide Dogs held the reception, where Transport Minister Norman Baker spoke, to highlight the charity’s concerns about the safety implications of vehicles that cannot be heard.

James White, Guide Dogs' Campaigns Manager, said: "As the number of quiet vehicles increases on our roads, we need to ensure they are safe. Blind and partially sighted people rely on the sound of an engine to cross a road safely. If you can’t see or hear a car then how do you know it is there?”

"We welcome Mr Hemming’s support for our campaign. Quiet vehicles must be safe for all pedestrians and we urge the Department for Transport to take steps to ensure this happens”

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24/6/2013: MP raises fears over 'appalling and inherently unfair system' of out-of-hours legal judgments

MPs are to consider the issue of out-of-hours Court of Protection cases after The Independent revealed that judges were being forced to make life or death decisions over the phone.

John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP, tabled an Early Day Motion on Monday, calling on the Justice Select Committee to look into what he described as an appalling and inherently unfair system.

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14/6/2013: Piano-playing MP on the bill at jazz festival

For one night only, the piano-playing Yardley MP will lead his horn section through some standards by the likes of George Gershwin, Harold Arlen and his idol Duke Ellington

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Hemming and his all-female band, the Sisters of Jazz perform, at Hotel du Vin as part of the Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival on July 7. It kicks off at 7pm.

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- May -
19/5/2013: MP attacks head of Hacked Off for 'acting to stifle free speech during his legal career by bringing injunctions for Gigg

John Hemming has condemned Hugh Tomlinson QC, the barrister who has led Hacked Off's call for state-backed regulation of the press, for his role in bringing legal injunctions on behalf of footballer Ryan Giggs and banker Fred Goodwin.

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15/5/2013: The 114 Tory rebels in EU protest vote

The 114 Tories were joined by another 11 Labour MPs who supported the amendment tabled by Tory eurosceptic John Baron, as well as four DUP MPs, the Respect MP George Galloway and the Liberal Democrat John Hemming, bringing the total to 131 MPs to vote against the Queen's Speech.

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- March -
1/3/2013: Lib Dem rebels signal support for decarbonisation target

The chances of the government being forced to set a decarbonisation target for the power sector improved today, after three influential Lib Dem MPs signalled they would vote against the government and support a cross-party amendment that would require a target to be set next year.

Dr Julian Huppert, Martin Horwood and John Hemming have signed the amendment tabled by the Conservative chair of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, Tim Yeo, and his Labour colleague on the committee, Barry Gardiner.

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- February -
15/2/2013: Courts and councils 'stop public talking to MPs'

Courts and local authorities are “bullying” members of the public to prevent them speaking to MPs, it has been claimed.

Birmingham MP John Hemming (Lib Dem Yardley) urged Parliament to re-assert its ancient right to help people who believe they have been unfairly treated by the state.

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13/2/2013: Leveson and royal charter: Lord Fowler and John Hemming

Politicians' hands should be kept off the regulatory code for newspapers, said the Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming.

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- January -
24/1/2013: United Kingdom Lifts Travel Ban On American Journalist

[..] the United Kingdom lifted its 500-day travel ban on American journalist Leah McGrath Goodman and restored her visa this past week, allowing her to complete an investigation into allegations of systemic child abuse in the UK and its territories.

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18/1/2013: MP John Hemming threatens court action over council’s 'poor' tax

An MP has threatened to take Birmingham City Council to court as Labour and the Coalition parties fight an increasingly bitter war of words over who is to blame for the decision to make some of Birmingham’s poorest residents pay council tax.

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming says he will ask for a judicial review unless the Labour-run council provides detailed figures explaining its decision to send bills to unemployed residents

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Page last updated: 04 December 2013