Alongside the Labour MP for BirminghamEdgbaston, Gisela Stuart, I’m inviting local mums to join a discussion group at ASDA in Barnes Hill between 1pm and 2.30pm on Friday 5th September.
The discussion is part of Asda’s ‘Mumdex’ project, which allows mums talk about an issue that is having an increasingly significant impact on family life – the rising costs of living.
Richard Burden MP is looking for a caseworker to join the team in his busy constituency office in Northfield, Birmingham.
The caseworker will provide advice and support to Richard’s constituents on a range of financial, housing, welfare, immigration, health and other issues, helping to resolve problems through liaison with government agencies and other organisations. The successful candidate will be motivated, organised, and will also provide administrative support within the constituency office.
Nobody can fail to have been affected by the TV images that we have seen of Yazidis stranded without shelter on Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq. The brutal persecution of Yezidis, Christian, Shia Turkmen and other minorities by The Islamic State Group (formerly known as ISIS) is nothing short of horrific. So too is the totalitarian rule they are imposing on the areas they currently control.
A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in and around Northern Iraq and the international community has been too slow to respond to it. We cannot turn the clock back on that but it is vital that international efforts are ramped up. I therefore support UK participation in those efforts, and through our role in the United Nations and other organisations, we should urgently identify what more can be done.
Responding to the expiry of the ceasefire on the 8 August 2014 Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Britain-Palestine Richard Burden MP said:
“The expiry of the latest ceasefire means that civilians will once again be those who will suffer most. Those in Israel will again take to shelters from rockets, and those in Gaza will again have nowhere to go which is safe from missiles and shells.
Everyone must redouble efforts for the truce to be reinstated and all the feedback from Gaza, not only from Hamas, is that the blockade has to be lifted. Ceasefire can’t be a cover for Gaza remaining a prison for 1.8 million people, with the world again looking the other way as Israel throws away the key.
In the meantime what we can all do is support the DEC appeal to get the humanitarian aid in that people in Gaza so desperately need.”
You can donate to the DEC Appeal here: http://www.dec.org.uk/appeals/gaza-crisis-2014
Richard Burden MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Britain-Palestine sets out what the international community must to do to stop carnage continuing in Gaza.