May/June 2015

John’s Monthly Newsletter May/June 2015

This is the fifth time I have been elected to serve our constituency (with 59.6% of the vote) and I want my constituents to know that I will continue to do my best to represent them, assisting with their problems and speaking up with a firm voice for the whole community.

I want to thank all my campaign team who worked so hard to secure such a great result in our constituency and to thank all our supporters.

Canal Festival 10th

This year's Hayes Canal Festival was bigger and better than ever, with a wide range of activities from kayaking, canal boat trips, a children's theatre, and numerous community stalls. Thanks to Ryan Lowder for organising this year's activities

Hayes Cricket Club Funday

This was a great day out families in Hayes. It was arranged by the Hayes Cricket Club, which I am a patron of.

Harlington Hospice 18th

I attended a meeting of the Board of trustees of Harlington Hospital, which I am a member of.

Uxbridge Choral 23rd

I enjoyed a wonderful concert in St Anselm’s Church, Hayes.

Flag it up Friday 29th        

flag_it_up_friday.jpgI joined the Families procession through Harmondsworth, Sipson & Harlington. The lamposts on route were decorated with flags against 3rd Runway produced by our children. A spectacular sight!

Lobby of National Gallery 12th

I spoke at the lobby of the national gallery in support of the workers action against the privatisation of this valuable service.

Shaker Aamer 18th

I chaired the cross party meeting to receive the report back from the delegation of MPs who went to Washing to secure the release of Shaker Aamer

PCS Conference 20th

I spoke at the Union’s conference to highlight the Government’s attack on the Civil Service.

Save the Human Rights Act

I spoke at a cross party demonstration outside Number 10 to argue for the protection of the Human Rights Act.

Below is a list of the interventions I have made on the floor of the House of Commons this month. Please click the link below to take you to the debate set out in the Hansard.

Debate on the Address  27th May



Volunteer Week at Hillingdon Hospital 5th  

john_at_Hillingdon_Hospital.jpgjohn_with_volunteers_at_HH.jpgI got some last minutes tips from Tea Bar Volunteers Olive and Leslie about making the perfect cup of tea before starting my shift serving Tea and Coffee at the Tea Bar in Hillingdon Hospital. The League of Friends provide funds for much needed equipment for the Hospital and average out at donating approximately £40,000 per annum.  These funds are raised solely from two shops at the Hospital, the Tea Bar in the Main Outpatients and the Baby Boutique in the Maternity section.  These two shops are run entirely by Volunteers, 42 ladies and gentlemen per week to cover shifts in both these shops. This year is their 60th anniversary. I would like to express my thanks and congratulations to all the volunteers for the invaluable service they provide to our community.




 Palestine Solidarity Campaign  18th  

 I Joined my constituent Marjory at the Palestine Solidarity Campaign lobby of Parliament.



Ricky Reel Campaign 19th

I met with the Reel Family and their Solicitor at New Scotland Yard to view the SDS Surveilance


peoples_ass_demo.jpgpeoples_assemble_2.jpgPeoples Assembly Demonstration 20th 

I Joined 250,000 people in the tremendous Peoples Assembly demo against austerity marching through Central London.



Ealing Maternity March 24th

I joined the campaigners marching and occupying to save Ealing Maternity Unit which is   facing closure this week. I also raised this NHS cut in Parliament

Hillingdon Play Association 26th

I chaired our regular meeting. We are now seeking to recruit a team of volunteers.

gurkha_bbq.jpgGurkha BBQ 27th  

I was delighted to be asked by the local Nepalese Gurkha Association to unveil a bench at our local Cherry Lane cemetery which they had donated.


St Mary’s Harmondsworth 




I enjoyed a great afternoon at the Harmondsworth Church fete. This is the village that will die if 3rd runway goes ahead. We as a community are determined that will not let our village die.




Nepalese Candle Ceremony at the Vinyl Factory 28th  

gurkha.jpgI Joined young members of the Hillingdon Nepalese Gurkha Association in a candle lite vigil to raise funds for the earthquake appeal.



Baker’s Conference in Southport 8th    




I was so proud to be presented with an Honorary Life Membership by the BFAWU for my support for the union. This is the highest honour a union can give. The  BFAWU is a great union and I was humbled to receive such an honour[c1] .


 right_to_breath_clean_air.jpgRight to Breath Clean Air 9th


I Supported the Right to Breathe Clean Air campaign after speaking in today's Parliamentary debate on air pollution. See Hansard  link below for more information.


Heathrow APPG 10th

I launched with fellow West London MPs a new map setting out the vast swathe of London that would be impacted upon by the increased noise from flightpaths if Heathrow is allowed to expand.



Close Detention Centres Protest in Parliament Square 15th

I joined protesters in Parliament Square demanding the closure of Yarls Woo Detention centre.



ucu_strike.jpgUCU Strike 23rd

I Spoke in solidarity with strikers at UCU strike and demo outside BIS Department against 24% cut in FE Colleges. I also called on Students to be involved in the coalition to resist cuts to adult education.



dpac.jpgDPAC demonstration in Central Lobby 

I joined Disabled People Against the Cuts who were demonstrating in the Central Lobby of Parliament. I admire the bravery of these demonstrators




Dear White People Film Screening 24th

I chaired the screening of Dear White People and the post film panel debate which included Director of The New Black Film Collective (one of only two black film distributors in the UK) Priscilla Igwe and Co-Chairs of BARAC UK Zita Holbourne  (chair) and Lee Jasper.

Dear White People' is an award winning USA produced satirical comedy-drama film set on a University campus, directed and written by Justin Simien. The film won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Justin Simien has been named in Variety magazine's 2013 "10 Directors to Watch" list.The film is due for general theatrical release in the UK from July 10th but so far very few cinemas have agreed to screen the film with no cinemas agreeing to standard full 7 day run.

john_with_Nat_Gal_strikers.jpgAdjournment Debate on Dispute at the National Gallery 25th     

I secured an adjournment debate in the commons whereby I urged the Government Minister to intervene to bring the National Gallery management to the negotiating table.

Below is a list of the interventions I have made on the floor of the House of Commons this month. Please click the link below to take you to the debate set out in the Hansard.

Air Pollution Debate 9th

European Union Referendum Bill 16th

Safety in Prisons 17th

European Union Referendum Bill 18th

A&E Services 24th

Reports into Investigatory Powers 25th

Network Rail

National gallery Industrial Dispute

Written Questions I have asked recorded by the date the answer was received.

Department for Work and Pensions

Working Conditions: Temperature

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that employers comply with legislation and guidance on controlling excessively high temperatures in the workplace.

Answered by: Justin Tomlinson

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Local Authorities regulate workplaces to assess compliance with health & safety legislation. They also investigate complaints about working conditions, including excessive high (or low) temperatures. HSE targets its interventions on workplaces in higher risk sectors that include foundries and bakeries where high temperatures can be a concern. Inspectors can take enforcement action to improve conditions where they find problems.

There is extensive guidance on the HSE website on this topic, including heat stress, and the practical steps that employers can take to manage risk. HSE is also simplifying this guidance to make it easier to use by small and medium sized enterprises. Guidance on various aspects of excessive high or low temperatures in the workplace can be found at:


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