Jack today paid a visit to one of the most recognisable locations in his constituency, the RAC centre, adjacent to the M4/M5 Almondsbury interchange, where he discussed their work. He was able to hear about the service they offer to RAC members and their plans to take on new staff in the next few months.
The RAC centre on Great Park Road in Bradley Stoke was opened around twenty years ago and is very familiar to motorists on the M4 and M5. It houses the RACs customer service, sales and legal advice call centre staff. In total, just over 700 employees are based in the building. Jack was able to learn about the work that they do to improve the service they offer to their members and how they innovate to keep themselves ahead of competitors, and how they invest in their workers to ensure that working for the RAC in Bradley Stoke is not seen as just another call centre job.
Jack was also able to learn about the recruitment process that the RAC are going through at the moment. They are regularly on the look out for new staff, and indeed are finding it difficult to find suitably qualified candidates to fill all their vacancies. Jack will be working with them to help them find the best staff to fill their vacancies.
The RAC has more than eight million members and is one of the oldest motoring organisations in the world. It is most well known for its 1,500 patrols, providing roadside assistance across the UK road network. It is able to talk with authority about motoring issues and makes use of its motorists panel to highlight and campaign on issues of concern to motorists. It has also built up expertise on road safety and car safety issues.
Jack was also able to meet Horace, who is the RACs mascot on road safety matters. Horace is a regular visitor to schools across the Bristol area, helping the organisation get its message across on the safe and appropriate use of roads.
Jack Lopresti Member of Parliament for Filton and Bradley Stoke has called a public meeting to discuss a planning application for a new operations base for the Great Western Air Ambulance and the police helicopter which has been submitted for land next to the village of Almondsbury.
The public meeting will be on Friday 19th June at 7pm at BAWA Club, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG.
The suggested site is immediately to the west of the M4/M5 interchange and the proposal is for it to be used to construct a hangar, take-off and landing areas for the helicopters, a weather station, car parking and a new access road.
Representatives from The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, BAE Systems, who own the Airfield, and South Gloucestershire Council will speak and answer questions at the meeting which will be chaired by Jack.
Jack Lopresti MP says: "I have called this meeting to bring together residents of Almondsbury, BAe Systems, the Great Western Air Ambulance the National Police Air Service and local Councillors so that all aspects of this proposal can be discussed. I know how worried some of the residents of Almondsbury are about having a helicopter pad based so close to their homes. This meeting will provide a forum for everyone's views to be aired before Councillors make a final decision on the proposals."
Jack Lopresti MP has met with constituents over the future of Hallen Football Club at their current base, the Hallen Centre in the village. There has been much controversy over their lease at the venue, where they have played for 40 years, and there is a fear that they may have to leave due to circumstances beyond their control.
'Representatives of the club have visited me to discuss the problems they are having. I am very concerned about this situation and I do not want to see the club fold,' commented Jack Lopresti MP.
The club currently have a first team and reserve team playing at the venue on Moorhouse Lane in the village, as well as five junior teams. Hallen Cricket Club could also be affected, as could Sunday morning football teams and skittles teams. The venue is used for an annual horticultural show, as well as being used for a variety of events for the village. It is due to the efforts of the clubs volunteers over the last 40 years that the facilities are in such good condition, in common with many voluntary sports clubs up and down the country Hallen FC have been kept going and become a thriving football club through the efforts of people giving up their free time.
'I am impressed with the work that volunteers have done to help build the club up to what it is today,' Jack went on. They have transformed the facilities at the Hallen Centre to a point where Bristol Rovers were able to use it as a venue for their Academy this season. I really hope that a solution can be found to allow Hallen FC to continue playing at Moorhouse Lane.'
The football clubs campaign to stay in business has received widespread support via social media. It has been drawn to the attention of Talksport, the Bristol Post and the Daily Mirror. The club have also been in touch with the Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch MP. A well attended meeting was also held on Tuesday evening at the Hallen Centre, and at least one Premier League footballer has tweeted his support.
Jack explained what he has done to help. 'I have written to the Chairman of Almondsbury Parish Council, Cllr Cliff Hilliker, urging him ensure that the Parish Council does all it can to help all the football club's teams, the cricketers, skittles teams and village residents continue to use the Hallen Centre. I have urged him to recognise the strength of feeling on this issue, and ensure that they do all they can to keep the football club in business. I will also ask Tracey Crouch what help she can give in her role as Sports Minister. I hope that a solution can be found that is acceptable and that enables Hallen FC to continue growing.'
On Monday, Jack sounded the final horn at South Gloucestershire Hockey Club's World Record attempt for the longest marathon field hockey game.
The record attempt was started on Saturday (23rd) at 10.00 am and continued for the whole of the bank holiday weekend finishing on Monday (25th) at 12.00 noon at Bradley Stoke Community School. At the end of the weekend fifty plus hours of continuous hockey was played, securing the record.
Whilst breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest marathon field hockey game, the Club was also raising money for Cots for Tots. The club wants to raise £10,000 for the Cots for Tots Appeal at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol, which cares for critically ill premature babies and newborns. Cots for Tots is close to the players' hearts as many of the players' families have benefitted from its good work.
Jack said, "This was a truly inspirational effort from the Hockey team. I'm not sure I could have done it! However, I'm really pleased to have been asked to play a small part by sounding the final horn; which I was looking forward to doing as much as I am sure the players were looking forward to hearing it! A great idea to raise money for a fantastic charity."
A Just Giving page has been set up for anyone who wants to support the record attempt; it is www.justgiving.com/hockeyworldrecord. Alternatively, supporters can donate by text; type SGHC55£ followed by the amount you wish to donate - for example: SGHC55£10 - to 70070.
Jack with record breaking South Gloucestershire Hockey Club
This weekend, Jack joined a local community group to help clear out an old and disused Chapel in Winterbourne.
Local residents have come together to renovate Ebenezer Chapel which they hope will be turned into an arts based activity centre for the local community. Work on the Chapel started this weekend on renovating the disused Chapel by clearing out decades of debris.
The community group recently celebrated receiving £3,000 of funding from South Gloucestershire Council. The funding will be enough to pay for a feasibility study for a new children's activity and arts centre planned for the area, to be named The Hat Factory.
Jack said, "This is an excellent community project and it is a great effort by all the volunteers. I am happy to support the Hat Factory in any way I can".
Jack with volunteers at Ebenezer Chapel
I'd like to say thank you to the people of Filton and Bradley Stoke, I am very honoured and feel very humbled to have been re-elected to represent the people of Filton and Bradley Stoke for another five years. It has been a privilege representing our area over the last five years and I am thrilled to have been returned to Parliament to continue to do this.
I am looking forward to continuing to help improve the lives of the residents of Filton and Bradley Stoke and ensure the constituency continues to be the great place to live as it is now.
I will continue to press for better transport infrastructure in the constituency; including helping to ensure the rollout of the Metrobus scheme and the reopening of the Henbury Line.
I am a great believer in apprenticeships as a driver of social mobility and to enhance our skills base. Over the last five years apprenticeships have risen in our area by 60% and I want this trend to continue. The Government has committed to delivering a further three million more apprenticeships by 2020 and will continue to make it easier for businesses to hire them.
The last Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2010 had a big impact on not only our sovereign defence capabilities but jobs here locally. I will be at the forefront of the next Strategic Defence and Security Review ensuring that our defence capabilities to protect our freedoms and our way of life are met and to secure jobs in the constituency
My constituency office will, of course, remain open to help constituents with any issue or concerns they have. Please do not hesitate to contact me on 01454 617 783 or at Jack.email@example.com.
Jack Lopresti MP attended St Paul's Cathedral's "Afghanistan 2001-2014 - A Service of Commemoration, Reflection and Remembrance" on Friday 13th March 2015. The special service was being held to remember the 453 personnel from the British Armed Forces who gave their lives serving in Afghanistan.
The service was attended by HM the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. The Prime Minister, David Cameron paid tribute to the thousands of servicemen and women who served on Operation Herrick, the Ministry of Defence's codename for the operation in Afghanistan.
Around half the seats in St Paul's Cathedral were given over to family members of those service personnel who died on Operation Herrick; to whom tribute was paid as well as to all British Armed Forces who fought on Operation Herrick.
Afterwards Jack attended a reception held at the Honourable Artillery Company for service personnel having served as a mobilised Reservist in the Territorial Army Commando Artillery during Operation Herrick.
Jack Lopresti MP says:
"It was a tremendous honour for me to be invited to the Service of Commemoration at St Paul's Cathedral last week. I felt very humble to be included amongst the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and our way of life.
"The year I spent as a mobilised reservist with the magnificent men and women of 3 Commando Brigade was one of the best years of my life. It was a privilege to have served with such amazing people. Our Armed Forces reflect the best of Britain. I will always remember and honour the memory of those 453 who did not return from Afghanistan and we have a responsibility as a nation for those who remain and live with the injuries sustained from that campaign."
Today, Jack hosted an event to mark the formulation of the first All Party Parliamentary Group [APPG] for 22q11 syndrome.
Over 80 MP's, families and medics from across the UK joined Jack for an event at the House of Commons to raise awareness of 22q11 - a complex condition that is often undiagnosed and leads to lifelong struggles for those affected. The syndrome is estimated to effect up to 35,000 people in the UK. Speakers included, Jane Ellison MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Dr Alex Habel who established the longest running 22q11 clinic in Britain at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Dorne and Lee from Lincolnshire, parents of 2 year old Ivy, gave an emotional talk about the impact the syndrome had on their lives.
Dorne, says "As we reached the last two weeks of our pregnancy we received the bombshell that our little girl appeared to have abnormalities. A test confirmed that Ivy had 22Q11 – a condition we'd never heard of – along with that came the devastating news that she had a rare and complex cardiac problem which would require open heart surgery throughout her life."
Jack said, "I set up this APPG to raise awareness about this syndrome now that it can be tested for. The detection rate is currently very low which means people may not be getting the help they need. I am pleased that so many of my colleagues have joined this APPG."
Following the event testimonials of support have flooded in from medical professionals including:
"The combined knowledge and experience of Max Appeal, with the support of the APPG led by Jack Lopresti MP, will make the burdens these families carry easier to bear." - Nigel Mercer, Consultant Cleft Surgeon, South West Cleft Service and SW 22q11 Multi Disciplinary Team Clinic
"Many parents struggle to access the help their children desperately need. It is great news that there is now an APPG for this condition, it will help to raise awareness and understanding of the needs of these families" - Anne Roberts, Speech & Language Therapist, South West Cleft Service and SW 22q11 Multi Disciplinary Team Clinic
"It was great to see patients, clinicians and politicians in one room discussing and sharing information about this condition and in many ways, it was a tribute or first step to recognising the importance of early diagnosis and supporting families with 22q11." -Bev Tsai- Goodman, Consultant Cardiologist, Bristol
"Increasing awareness of the benefits of applying the new DNA technology was probably the most important message given by parents and clinicians to the APPG. As pressure on the Community services increase it becomes ever more important to have the ear and understanding of our elected representatives on the needs of 22q families. For that we owe a great debt to Jack Lopresti MP and his colleagues to give Max Appeal the opportunity to keep Members informed of progress in the 22q awareness initiative the APPG has backed." - Alex Habel, Honorary Consultant Great Ormond Street Hospital
Jack Lopresti MP, Health Minister Jane Ellison with parents of 2yr old Ivy, Dorne and Lee
Today Jack presented a Bristol Post Gold Star Award to Mrs Olive Cooke for her lifelong dedication to the Royal British Legion at the Bristol Post Gold Star Awards Ceremony. Mrs Cooke also won the Gold Star Hero of the Year.
Mrs Cooke has been awarded a Bristol Post Star Award for her dedication to fundraising for the Royal British Legion. Mrs Cooke is Britain's longest-serving poppy seller and this year was her 76th year selling poppies. Mrs Cooke started selling poppies in 1938 and to date has sold over 30,000 poppies. Mrs Cooke has also been awarded the National Points of Light Award by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP earlier in the year. Mrs Cooke has also been awarded a Lord Mayors Medal by Bristol's Lord Mayor.
Jack who is the Vice-President of the Stoke Gifford Royal British Legion, said 'The Star Awards aim to celebrate local heroes who have done extraordinary things. It was a huge honour to award Mrs Cooke with this award and I was thrilled that she won the Gold Star Hero of the Year. Olive is an inspiration and has shown a great amount of dedication to a cause that is very close to my own heart.'
Today Jack held the Inaugural Election of Officers meeting to set up an All Party Parliamentary Group [APPG] for 22q11 Syndrome.
Jack has set up the APPG for 22q11 Syndrome to raise awareness of the medical condition having met constituents whose daughter suffers from it. The APPG’s officers elected during the meeting are; Jack Lopresti MP as Chair and Margot James MP and Paul Uppal MP as Vice-Chairs. The secretariat will be run by the registered charity Max Appeal.
Dr Alex Habel, retired Consultant Paediatrician Great Ormond Street Hospital, discussed how new genetic technology is helping identify those with 22q11 syndrome, both deletion and duplication. It is the key to improving these individual’s lives by early and anticipatory delivery of care. From conception onwards it affects many body systems, including the heart, palate, immune system, behaviours and mental health. Care is therefore best provided by a multidisciplinary team throughout the life cycle. Education about early recognition of 22q11 syndrome should extend to all professional disciplines who specialise in delivery of health and psychological services, and education, to children.
Mrs Carla Attwood of Bristol, speaking as a parent of a child with 22q11 Syndrome, recounted that her daughter, now aged 7 years, had been diagnosed early due to her speech and language difficulties. Some of her problems are ongoing but her care through the specialist clinic had been impressive.
Jack Lopresti MP says; “I set up this APPG to raise awareness about this syndrome now that it can be tested for. The 22q11 syndrome is estimated to effect up to 35,000 people in the UK. The detection rate is currently very low which means people may not be getting the help they need. I am pleased that so many of my colleagues have joined this APPG.”
Written Answers â€” Cabinet Office: Legislation: England (29 Jul 2015)
Baroness Stowell of Beeston: The Government has not performed a retrospective assessment of which laws passed since 1985 relate exclusively to England in their entirety. Under the Government’s proposals on English Votes for English Laws, the application of the proposed new rules to future legislation will be a matter for the Speaker of the House of Commons, considering both the application of the legislation and...
Written Answers â€” Cabinet Office: Bills: England (29 Jul 2015)
Baroness Stowell of Beeston: The Government has not performed a retrospective assessment of bills introduced in previous Parliaments that affected England alone and had no implications for any other nations in the UK. Under the Government’s proposals on English Votes for English Laws, the application of the proposed new rules to future legislation will be a matter for the Speaker of the House of Commons,...
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