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Curran welcomes victory in Commons bedroom tax vote

 

Margaret Curran MP joined other Labour MPs to vote against the hated Bedroom Tax during a debate on the ‘Affordable Homes’ Bill in Parliament this afternoon. The Bill, which stops short of abolition but exempts certain categories of household from the bedroom tax, including the disabled and those who have not been offered suitable alternative accommodation, was passed at Second Reading by 306 votes to 231. The Bill now go to committee where Labour will try and strengthen it. Labour has also committed to scrapping it when it returns to Government.

The Bedroom Tax has caused hardship for hundreds of thousands of people across the country, costing low-income families an average of £700 a year. Two thirds of those hit by the Bedroom Tax have disabilities and 60,000 are carers. The Liberal Democrats have repeatedly joined the Tories to keep the Bedroom Tax in place and have previously resisted any attempt to protect people from it. Yet today the Liberal Democrats joined Labour in voting against their own policy in Parliament.

Margaret said, “Devolution already protects Scots from the bedroom tax, but I am clear that the best solution is to scrap it altogether, right across the UK. Unfortunately this vote will not abolish it outright, but it is a step in the right direction and a glimmer of hope for many. If this government won’t ditch the Bedroom Tax, then the next Labour government will.” 

Labour’s shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rachel Reeves MP said, "The Lib Dems voted with the Tories for the Bedroom Tax. There wouldn't be a Bedroom Tax if it wasn't for the Lib Dems. The only way to cancel the Bedroom Tax is to elect a Labour government next year."

Curran welcomes victory in Commons bedroom tax vote

Curran welcomes victory in Commons bedroom tax vote   Margaret Curran MP joined other Labour MPs to vote against the hated Bedroom Tax during a debate on the ‘Affordable Homes’...

Margaret Curran, MP for Glasgow East, has urged schools and community groups to visit their local Commonwealth war graves to gain a greater understanding of the magnitude of the First and Second World Wars and the impact they have had on today’s society.

The call follows a national initiative spearheaded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), the All-Party Parliamentary War Heritage Group and the ‘In From The Cold Project’ that maps over 300,000 Commonwealth war dead by each Parliamentary constituency.  The initiative is supported by Ms Curran who recently visited 4 Commonwealth war graves in her constituency.

Margaret said: “The Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is an opportunity, not just for reflection and commemoration, but also to educate a new generation of young people about the extraordinary, and terrible, events of the past.  I am pleased and humbled to have been able to attend four local war grave sites, both to pay my respects to those that lost their lives in the two world wars and hear about the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). I would encourage local community groups and schools to consider visiting the graves or learning a bit more about them on the commission’s website.”

Deirdre Mills, CWGC’s Director of UK Area states that:  “The Centenary is an opportune time for us to re-engage and connect with local communities and young people, and explain how the people who are buried in our graves got to be there, who they were, and where they were from.  To highlight some of the personal stories of those who are buried or commemorated in our graves, we are installing over 100 visitor information panels throughout the UK during the Centenary.  The panels incorporate QR codes which, when scanned with the latest smartphone technology enable visitors to read these stories and understand the historical context.”

Following the launch of the Local War Graves Visits programme, which has been piloted in 6 locations and will be rolled out across the UK in the coming months, teachers will be able to take advantage of the CWGC’s network of vetted and fully trained volunteers to take them around sites and war graves, highlight key hotspots, and assist them with lesson planning.

At the Education Show in mid-March, CWGC launched an online Virtual Cemetery education portal that provides schools and teachers with a comprehensive range of resources and support materials linked to the graves and memorials in their home town. The virtual cemetery website www.cwgc-virtual-cemetery.org is an interactive tool which enables pupils and teachers to view images and videos, learn more about CWGC’s work across the globe, and – most importantly – the people that are commemorated  in its cemeteries and memorials.

 

For more information, contact: Peter Francis on 01628 507163 or 07766 255884 or by email peter.francis@cwgc.org

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Notes for editors:

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org)

  • CWGC maintains the graves of the 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died during the two world wars. It also holds and updates an extensive and accessible records archive.
  • CWGC operates in over 23,000 locations in 153 countries across all continents except Antarctica.
  • A series of high-profile worldwide events will take place to mark the centenary of the First World War, many of which will take place at Commission sites. The Commission will ensure that these sites are maintained to the highest standard and is installing information panels at over 500 sites to enhance the visitor experience.
  • The CWGC provides teachers and youth workers with a comprehensive range of educational resources and support materials so that future generations remain engaged in the work of the CWGC and continue to remember those who died in the two world wars.
  • CWGC graves and memorials can be found in 13,000 locations throughout the UK.  These range from individual headstones in remote countryside to distinctive, larger groups of graves in big urban cemeteries run by local authorities.

On 15th August Ms Curran joined Iain Anderson, Regional Supervisor of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, on visits to war graves at:

 

-          Glasgow Sandymount Cemetery Glasgow

-          Glenduffhill Jewish Cemetery

-          Tollcross Central Churchyard

-          Glasgow Eastern Necropolis

Glasgow East MP urges schools and groups to visit local Commonwealth War Graves

Margaret Curran, MP for Glasgow East, has urged schools and community groups to visit their local Commonwealth war graves to gain a greater understanding of the magnitude of the First...

 

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined Margaret Curran MP and Paul Martin MSP at a Scottish Independence Coffee Morning in St George’s and St Peter’s Church hall in Easterhouse earlier this week. Local residents, regardless of how they planned to vote, were invited to put their questions to the politicians over a tea or coffee.

 

Glasgow East MP, Margaret Curran said: ‘I was delighted to welcome Gordon back to the east end of Glasgow. The physical regeneration of Easterhouse over the past decade or so has only been possible because Gordon Brown transferred Glasgow’s £1bn housing debt to the UK Treasury when he was Chancellor. Spreading the historic debt across 60m people instead of just 500,000 has allowed Glasgow’s Housing Associations to invest in new stock on a massive scale.’

 

She continued: ‘We had a very interesting discussion, with local residents keen to ask questions and express their own views known about a whole range of issues; ranging from currency and pensions to recent SNP cuts to Kelvin College’s Easterhouse campus.’

 

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Notes: The event took place on Monday, 11th August 2014 in St George’s and St Peter’s Church hall in Easterhouse.

 

Gordon Brown visits Easterhouse for Indy-ref coffee morning

  Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined Margaret Curran MP and Paul Martin MSP at a Scottish Independence Coffee Morning in St George’s and St Peter’s Church hall in Easterhouse...

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