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Lisa Joins St John Rigby Students to Hear Holocaust Survivor Testimony

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy joined students at St John Rigby Sixth Form College yesterday to hear testimony from Holocaust survivor John Dobai, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable pupils to better understand the nature of the Holocaust, and to explore its lessons in more depth.

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust said:

“The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. John’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing his testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust as well as where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.

“At the Trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and those who survived.”

Wigan MP Lisa said:

“It was powerful and moving to hear John Dobai talk about his personal experience of the Holocaust. He reminded us that progress isn’t inevitable and that to prevent the horrifying events of the last century being repeated we all have a duty to stand up to antisemitism, racism and the demonization of other people.

“The staff and students at St John Rigby College and the Holocaust Educational Trust deserve real credit for giving Wigan’s young people the chance to meet one of the last witnesses to the greatest act of inhumanity in our history.”

February 24, 2017 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa Highlights Vital Role of Community Pharmacy

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has been highlighting the importance of local community pharmacies who are threatened with funding cuts that could see many close in the coming months.

Ms Nandy visited Bradshaw Street Pharmacy in Orrell and spoke with staff, patients and other customers about the vast range of services available in addition to medicines.

Like many pharmacies, Bradshaw Street offers an extended range of healthcare including free NHS flu vaccinations, the morning-after pill, advice on using inhalers correctly, medication reviews, and a stop-smoking clinic.  They also see and treat a range of minor ailments such as mild burns, fever, stomach bugs, urine infections and head lice, so patients don’t need to visit their GP or hospital.

Most pharmacies in Wigan also carry out free health checks such as blood pressure and blood glucose testing, as well as advice and support with leading a healthier lifestyle.  The Bradshaw Street Pharmacy even has a blood-pressure machine that can identify potential cases of atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that can be serious if undiagnosed.

Speaking after the visit, Wigan MP Lisa Nandy said: “Pharmacies play a vital role in our communities and help to relieve the pressure on other parts of the health service. I enjoyed speaking to Mr Patel and the staff here about their incredibly important work.

“It is right that the Government is asking more people to start using their pharmacist as an alternative to their GP or A&E but there is a serious danger that changes to funding for community pharmacies introduced in December could result in closures. This is an issue that really matters to thousands of people in Wigan. Ministers must use the upcoming Budget to ensure pharmacies like this one have the resources they need to remain at the heart of our communities.”

Vinod Patel, the lead Pharmacist at Bradshaw Street Pharmacy, said: “We were delighted to welcome Ms Nandy and explain more about the vital contribution that community pharmacy is making to local people’s health.  People often don’t realise how much we do on top of dispensing medicine – we’re a key part of the local NHS, working with GPs, our patients and customers, care homes, social care, hospitals and other healthcare providers.

“People can pop in and see us any time without an appointment for expert care and advice, and with any health queries or concerns.”

Bruce Prentice, Wigan Locality Lead at Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said: “Pharmacies are the ideal first port of call for healthcare support and advice.  Many are also open extended hours, six or seven days a week, and they are conveniently located close to people’s homes and work places.  There is no need to book an appointment and, with GPs and hospitals under increasing strain, pharmacies are the best place to seek care for most coughs, colds and minor ailments.”

January 30, 2017 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa Nandy signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment this week, in doing so pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

Friday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘How can life go on?’

After signing the Book of Commitment, Lisa Nandy MP commented: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Wigan and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. I would encourage people in Wigan to show their support for such an important day.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. We are very grateful to Lisa for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”

January 27, 2017 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa Responds to House Building Plans

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has responded to a consultation on plans to build thousands of new homes and employment space across Wigan. The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is a joint plan by the 10 local authorities across Greater Manchester for new homes and jobs up to 2035.

Wigan MP Lisa has been vocal in opposing any development on Green Belt land and critical of the lack of information available to residents. You can read the full text of Lisa’s response here: https://www.scribd.com/document/335663164/Lisa-Nandy-MP-Consultation-Response-GMSF-20-12-16

The deadline for objections has been extended to the 16th January following complaints that people were not given enough time to lodge their objections. Anyone wanting to respond to the plans can visit this website: http://gmsf-consult.objective.co.uk/common/register.jsp?type=consultee

Alternatively, residents can email objections to: gmsf@agma.gov.uk

Finally, the postal address which you can also register objections at is:

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework
GMCA, Churchgate House
56 Oxford Street
Manchester
M1 6EU

 

January 4, 2017 By : Category : News 0 Comment

St John Rigby Students Judge Annual Christmas Card Competition

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy enlisted the help of students from St John Rigby College to choose a winner from hundreds of entries in an annual Christmas card competition.

Young people from primary schools across Wigan entered the competition to design a Christmas card which will be sent to local charities, businesses and community groups.

The judging panel consisted of students from a range of subjects with Olivia Smith, Erin Maltman, Kayleigh Sorrell, Abbie Bayley, Chris Forshaw and Liam Need choosing this year’s winner and runner-up. The event was photographed by another St John Rigby student, Holly McMahon.

Lisa said: “As always it was a very difficult decision as we had hundreds of brilliant entries from children across Wigan. It was great to have help from some of Wigan’s best students to pick a winner. The passion and commitment of the students is clear to see and they were a real credit to the hard working staff at the college.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all of the students and staff at St John Rigby, and of course to all of the children who entered.”

The winner and runner-up of the competition will be presented with a prize at a special ceremony in the Mayor’s Parlour, Wigan Town Hall on the 16th December.

(Image caption, from left to right Erin Maltman, Kayleigh Sorrell, Lisa Nandy MP and Abbie Bayley)

December 9, 2016 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa Calls Public Meeting to Discuss Development Plans

There was standing room only as residents from Kitt Green and Orrell met to discuss proposals to develop green belt land at The Bell.

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy and Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue called the meeting after new proposals were published to build on the land, despite previously having to run a campaign beating away developers just five years ago.

The meeting was held at St Francis of Assisi Church and was hosted by Rev Denise Hayes with local councillors also in attendance. Speaking after the meeting, Lisa said: “It was powerful to see so many people turn out determined to make their voices heard. Only five years ago, we fought a campaign to secure The Bell as part of the green belt and yet here we are again having to fight the same battle. It is crucial that people register their objections before the 23rd December. Anyone who wants further information can contact my office on 01942 242 047 and we will be happy to help.”

People can register their objections on this website: http://gmsf-consult.objective.co.uk/common/register.jsp?type=consultee

Alternatively, residents can email objections to: gmsf@agma.gov.uk

Finally, the postal address which you can also register objections at is:

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework
GMCA, Churchgate House
56 Oxford Street
Manchester
M1 6EU

December 6, 2016 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy Pledges Support for Environment

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has signed a pledge to defend the UK’s countryside and wild places, and support UK action on climate change. The pledge also calls on the government to ensure strong environmental standards following the EU referendum vote. It has so far been signed by over 70 MPs from across the political spectrum.

Speaking about the pledge, Lisa said:

“I signed the pledge because I want government to stand up for the UK’s nature, and I hope my colleagues across parliament will join me.  In the wake of the referendum it’s vital for us to reassert the importance of a clean, green and healthy environment – whether that is in Wigan, across the UK or overseas. The UK can and should be a world leader in dealing with environmental issues.”

Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth chief executive, said:

“People voted to leave the EU for a variety of different reasons but one thing is clear: it wasn’t a vote to weaken protections for our nature, wildlife and environment.

“By signing the Pledge for the Environment, Lisa has shown that she understands how important it is that we help our wildlife and countryside to thrive and take a leading role in addressing climate change to create a better environment for us all.”

Dozens of our environmental rules in the UK, including those leading to healthier beaches, cleaner air, and the protection of marine environments and rare species – from bitterns to butterflies – started life as European agreements, although in many cases they were originally devised and drafted by British Ministers and officials.

The pledge was initiated by a coalition of 12 national organisations who are campaigning together to ensure that, when these rules are replaced, it is with new standards at least as strong as those set by the EU. This will ensure that the UK’s environment is healthy for all and our unique wildlife and countryside remain a national treasure.

The full text of the pledge signed by Lisa Nandy MP is below:

Pledge for the Environment

I believe that following the EU referendum, the UK government, working with administrations in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, must build a healthy and prosperous future for all.

This means a thriving natural world on land and at sea, clean air and water, communities connected to nature, and a sustainable economy.

For the wellbeing of my constituents, for people at home and abroad, and for future generations who will depend on a flourishing and secure planet, I will do everything in my power to:

  • Establish the UK as a world leader on the environment by committing to match or exceed current environmental, wildlife and habitat protections.
  • Ensure the UK leads on climate change by publishing robust low carbon investment plans and ratifying the Paris Agreement this year.
  • Create a countryside richer in nature by supporting farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector

The organisations whose supporters are asking MPs to sign the pledge are Campaign for Better Transport, ClientEarth, CPRE, E3G, Friends of the Earth, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, New Economics Foundation, RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, WWF, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, The Woodland Trust.

November 28, 2016 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa Reacts to Autumn Statement

Theresa May took office promising to tackle inequality and support those in need. With over a quarter of children in Wigan living in poverty, today’s statement from the Chancellor was the perfect opportunity to deliver on those promises. Instead, the Tories have again chosen to ignore the very real needs of people who are struggling to make ends meet.

This statement was the clearest admission yet that the so called long-term economic plan has failed and it is now clear that we are all paying the cost of Tory economic mismanagement.

November 23, 2016 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa Backs Campaign to Extend Pension Credit to WASPI Women

Lisa Nandy MP has called for help to end the plight of the tens of thousands of women who have had their retirement plans torn up by the Tory Government’s changes to their state pension age.

Wigan MP Lisa has backed a plan to extend Pension Credit to those who were due to retire before the chaotic pension age increase of the Conservative-led Coalition Government in 2011. This would alleviate the worst of the impacts for the most vulnerable women, and restore some of the dignity many of them feel they have been robbed of.

Speaking about the plan, Lisa said: “The lack of notice given to 1950s women regarding changes in the state pension age by the Government has left many facing real hardship. Women in Wigan should not have to bear the brunt of Tory economic mismanagement.

“The Labour Party is calling on the Government to implement these plans in the Autumn Statement, to give vulnerable women in Wigan some stability until their delayed state pension is available. The concession would operate for affected women up to 2022.”

“It is vital that action takes place now, to end the hardship faced by women who have worked all their lives, but find that they have had their retirement plans torn up. I will continue to fight for vulnerable women in Wigan who have been failed by the Tories.”

The Government’s changes have affected 2.6 million women, who would have retired under the 1995 Pensions Act. Labour plans to extend eligibility to pension credit to these women, ensuring that they are not forced into the Government’s punitive social security regime.

Shadow Pensions Minster, Alex Cunningham MP, said: “The government has completely failed to act to address the plight of these women.

“That’s why Labour are committing to the extension of Pension Credit to support the vulnerable women affected by the government’s chaotic approach to the state pension.”

“We call on the Government to address the concerns that are being raised by thousands of women up and down the country by implementing our proposals. They must follow Labour’s lead and act immediately to minimise any further hardship.”

November 23, 2016 By : Category : News 0 Comment

Lisa Secures Urgent Question on Abuse Inquiry

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy secured an urgent question on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse yesterday. In an unusual move, the Home Secretary sent a Junior Minister to answer questions on her behalf.

Speaking about the exchange, Lisa said: “I was sorry that the Home Secretary didn’t attend to answer questions and sent a junior minister instead. The inquiry is too important to fail but it has lost three chairs and 7 senior lawyers since it was set up and now survivors groups are starting to withdraw from the process. The Government must now stop hiding behind the smokescreen of independence and get a grip on it.”

You can watch a video of the proceedings by clicking here.

November 22, 2016 By : Category : News 0 Comment