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 Meg’s Christmas Reflections 2006

Monday, December 25, 2006

The Sheffield Star requested a short piece by Meg reflecting on changes in the constituency during the last year, and her thoughts for the future.    The most obvious changes this year have been in school accommodation. Arbourthorne and …

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 Supporting the Blue Peter Shoebiz appeal

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Shoebiz appeal was launched by ‘Blue Peter’ back in November. The appeal asks UK children to donate shoes for recycling in order to raise money for UNICEF’s work in Malawi with children facing the consequences of HIV and AIDS. …

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 Sodom and Gomorrah

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Meg attended the launch of a new publication which traces the history of the Labour Movement and its relationship with Lesbian, Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender campaigners from the time of Edward Carpenter to today. Edward Carpenter was a pioneer …

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 Meeting Darren Campbell

Friday, December 15, 2006

A keen athletics fan for many years Meg was delighted to meet Darren Campbell, sprinter, who amongst many other successes won an Olympic silver medallist in the 200m in Sydney. Darren was attending a reception at the House of Commons held by Norwich …

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 Meg delighted with more money for education and skills

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Meg Munn MP today welcomed the Pre-Budget Report unveiled by Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, as “a real boost to education and the long term future for children in Sheffield Heeley”.   She …

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 Remembering the Slave Trade

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

A group of young people from Hull, London, Liverpool and Bristol visited Westminster at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott MP. All these areas had strong connections with the Atlantic slave trade and they were in London to find …

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 Meeting the Spanish Secretary General for Equality

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Meg recently attended the launch of the Council of Europe's campaign to Combat Violence against Women in Madrid. During her visit she met with Soledad Murillo, Spain's Secretary General for Equality.   In 2004 the Spanish Government …

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 Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Meg recently visited the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland in Belfast where she met with the senior management team and also a number of Commissioners. Northern Ireland is ahead of the rest of the UK in having had a single equality commission …

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 A Co-operative County

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Lincolnshire Co-operative Society don't just sell food in their shops, they take their mission statement seriously. This includes providing the widest possible range of services for members, and supporting local communities. On a recent visit to …

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 Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, November 19, 2006

During a recent visit to Lincoln, Chamber of Commerce President, Ursula Lidbetter, invited Meg to have lunch with women members. Attendees included women running their own businesses as well as those providing support services and business advice. …

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 Meeting Lincolnshire Co-op Women

Saturday, November 18, 2006

During a recent visit to Lincoln, Meg met a number of women employees from across Lincolnshire Co-operative’s businesses. Lincolnshire was recently in the Sunday Times ‘Top 50’ for places where women want to work. Taking part in …

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 The Memory Museum

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Meg is pictured with the shackle and chains that the suffragettes wore when they lobbied parliament for the right to vote. That episode seems far away now, but knowing about the history of your family, town or country is important to get a sense of …

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 Remembrance Day

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Meg, along with her fellow Sheffield’s MPs and MEP, at the Remembrance Day service on Sunday 12th November. …

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 Starstruck Meg

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Meg was recently able to meet one of her long-time film heroes at a reception held to announce that the next International Indian Film Academy Weekend will be held in Yorkshire. Amitabh Bachchan, voted BBC’s Superstar of the Millennium in …

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 Visiting Worsley

Monday, November 6, 2006

At the invitation of their Member of Parliament, Barbara Keeley, Meg visited Worsley constituency to talk to a group of local women about her role as Minister for Women and Equality. They were very interested in her work, and how she juggles this …

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 Working Men’s Clubs

Friday, November 3, 2006

During a visit to Northampton with local MP Sally Keeble, Meg was invited to meet committee members from Working Men’s Clubs around the area at Kingsley Park Club. A number of members are concerned that it is legal for clubs to have different …

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 Hammersmith Women visit

Friday, November 3, 2006

Recently a group of women from Hammersmith paid a visit to Parliament to see for themselves what exactly goes on there. Meg was invited to give a short talk about her job as Minister for Women and Equality, and answer questions.   Meg with …

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 Celebrating Black History Month

Thursday, November 2, 2006

A reception was held at the House of Commons to celebrate Black History Month organised by the Women and Equality Unit.   Meg and Ruth Kelly met with some 200 ethnic minority women from across the UK at the Black History Month Reception they …

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 Pensioners Lobby of Parliament

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Heeley Constituent Jean Grayson took part in the Pensioners’ Lobby of Parliament recently. She was pleased to meet-up with her Meg, her MP. Jean praised the Government for the introduction of pensioner credit, winter fuel allowance and free TV …

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 Meg asks you to ‘wear it pink’

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Heeley MP, Meg Munn, is joining forces with Breast Cancer Campaign for its ‘wear it pink’ day on Friday 27 October as part of breast cancer awareness month. By making a donation of just £2 you can dress as brightly as you like, as …

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 Sheffield Head’s meet the Minister

Monday, October 23, 2006

Two Sheffield Head teachers had the chance to talk directly to Schools Minister Jim Knight recently after local MP Meg Munn arranged a face-to-face meeting for them. Sheila Haigh; of Arbourthorne School, and Chris Thew; of Woodthorpe School, …

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 Diwali at Westminster

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Meg joined fellow MPs at the annual Diwali reception, held in the House of Commons for the last 6 years. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights and symbolises the victory of good over evil, and lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for …

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 Women’s Committee - plus One

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The recent meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party Women’s Committee invited the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, along to discuss the current economic situation and plans for the future.  They decided to take a photo for …

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 Supporting Equality in Small Businesses

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Stonewall, a leading gay and lesbian charity, has launched its first guide advising small businesses how to become more gay-friendly. Gay People, Your Business provides key advice and information on supporting gay and lesbian staff and gaining …

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 Meeting the Ombudsman

Monday, October 9, 2006

During a recent visit to Finland Meg met Mikko Puumalainen, Ombudsman for Minorities. Finland has a small number of ethnic minorities, approximately 3 - 4 % of the population. With an aging population Finland expects to have an increasing number of …

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 Domestic Violence - the Finnish Experience

Monday, October 9, 2006

During her recent visit to Finland for an EU Ministers meeting Meg also wanted to talk with women working on areas relevant to her Ministerial portfolio. Her visit included a visit to a multi-cultural women's resource centre that also provide …

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 Encouraging Women Across the European Union

Sunday, October 8, 2006

There was a European Presidency Ministerial meeting entitled "Women and Economical Decision Making" held in Helsinki recently which was attended by Meg. Ministers from the EU and the European Economic Area explained the measures they are taking to …

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 Welcoming the Food4Thought campaign

Friday, October 6, 2006

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn today welcomed the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Food4Thought campaign, which is aimed at exposing the hidden salt, fat and sugar lurking in common foods, so children can better understand the potential damage …

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 Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Cornwall

Monday, September 18, 2006

Meg visited the Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Bodmin during a recent visit to Cornwall. She met both workers and volunteers who provide a range of services to women who have experienced rape, domestic violence and sexual abuse. A …

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 Meeting Equality South West

Sunday, September 17, 2006

During a recent visit to Cornwall Meg was pleased to meet with representatives of the regions equality network, Equality South West. The region has led the way with this initiative - having begun to establish the network over six years ago. The …

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 Promoting Women’s Enterprise in Cornwall

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Over a lunch of local Cornish food: cheese, chicken and scones with clotted cream, Meg met Carleen Kelemen, Cornwall’s Objective One Partnership Director and women from around Cornwall. The meeting was to discuss how European development funds …

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 TUC Women’s reception

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Meg attended the first ever TUC women’s reception on the eve of the Trade Union Congress. The number of female delegates to the Congress is increasing year on year, with about 40% being women this year. At the reception Ruth Kelly, Minister …

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 Co-operating in Sheffield

Sunday, September 10, 2006

This year’s Co-operative Party national conference was held in Sheffield in September. It was a great opportunity for local party members to attend including this year’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Jackie Drayton, who welcomed delegates to …

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 ‘Preventing Extremism’ - visit to Bradford

Friday, September 8, 2006

Communities Minister Meg Munn and Home Office Minister Tony McNulty visited Bradford as part of a tour of towns and cities under the title ‘Preventing Extremism Together’. Together with Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe, they met more …

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 Meeting Muslim Women in Rotherham

Friday, September 8, 2006

Meg Munn, Communities Minister, was in Rotherham to consult with a group of Muslim women about the barriers they feel they have to overcome to improve their social and economic circumstances.  The visit is part of a series of regional visits by …

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 Visiting the Chai Centre

Friday, August 25, 2006

During a recent visit to Burnley Meg took the opportunity to spend some time at the Chai Centre - Chai meaning Tea! The centre provides a range of services for local people - from education to child care, including Surestart services and a fitness …

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 ‘Preventing Extremism’ - visit to Burnley

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Communities Minister Meg Munn and her fellow Minister Phil Woolas visited Burnley recently as part of a tour of towns and cities under the title ‘Preventing Extremism Together’. These visits keep a promise made last year when following …

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 Leading the fight against Human Trafficking

Friday, August 18, 2006

Communities Minister Meg Munn MP recently visited the UK Human Trafficking Centre, currently based at South Yorkshire Police Headquarters in Sheffield. Meg met Deputy Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell who will oversee this new national police unit. …

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 Supporting Measures which Bring Peace

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The conflict around the Lebanese/Israel border has produced disturbing and desperate scenes in both Lebanon and Israel during recent weeks. There have been a large number of innocent people killed or injured during a conflict that had nothing to do …

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 A Tragedy for Lebanon and Israel

Monday, July 31, 2006

I am deeply troubled by the violence in Lebanon and northern Israel, as well as parts of the Gaza Strip. It is a tragedy for those killed and injured and their families and friends. It is essential that governments do whatever they can to help …

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 Wider Horizons Celebration

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Meg attended the Wider Horizons Celebration event held at Sheffield Hallam University recently to congratulate students who have been involved in the project and present them with certificates. The project was developed at Sheffield Hallam to …

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 Norton Students visit Parliament

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Norton College students recently visited local MP Meg Munn at the Houses of Parliament on their recent trip to London. Ryan, Natalie and Ivan were shown around the Commons chamber before going onto the terrace to question Meg about her role as an …

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 Future Co-operative Parliamentarians?

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

At a meeting held on the 3 July in the Palace of Westminster Meg spoke about being a Labour/Co-operative MP. The meeting was organised by the Co-operative Party for Labour Party members who are interested in standing for Parliament as Labour / …

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 Macmillan Cancer Relief ‘Tug of War’

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Heeley MP Meg Munn took part in the annual Westminster Tug of War between the House of Commons and House of Lords. The event, now in its nineteenth year, raised nearly £140,000 for people living with cancer.   The event attracted lots …

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 Plugging the skills gap: women are the answer says Meg

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Women MPs, including the Minister for Women and Equality Meg Munn, rolled up their sleeves recently to learn basic plumbing in order to highlight the advantages of a career in manual trades for women.    The event run by Women and …

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 Visiting the Kids

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

During a recent visit to London by Azouz Begag, the French Minister for Equal Opportunities, Meg accompanied him to a Kid’s Club centre in London.   The centre provides after school activities and support to children who are …

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 National Minority Ethnic Forum

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Meg recently spoke at a plenary session of the Labour Party’s National Minority Ethnic Forum in Leicester. Chaired by Keith Vaz MP, the Forum attracted around 350 people to a day of workshops, roundtable discussions and plenary sessions. …

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 Visiting Disability Rights Commission Scotland

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Meg visited the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) Scottish office in Edinburgh to talk to commissioners and staff about the transition to the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights. It was an opportunity to learn about the work in Scotland …

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 Meeting Scottish BME groups

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Recently Meg met with a number of representatives from Scottish Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups. Included in the groups present were anti-racist groups, and local Race Equality Councils. Meg heard about the range of work they do in their …

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 Manchester Council for Community Relations

Thursday, June 15, 2006

On a recent Ministerial visit to the Northwest Meg called to see the Manchester Council for Community Relations.  She was able to talk with people who are working to address inequality and promote good relations between communities at a local …

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 Services for victims of sexual assault

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

During a recent visit to Sweden for a Council of Europe conference on gender equality, Meg took the opportunity to visit a number of projects in Stockholm. After a visit to a women’s refuge to discuss domestic violence, she had a tour of the …

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 Conference on Equality between Women and Men

Monday, June 12, 2006

Meg Munn, Minister for Women and Equality, attended the 6th European ‘Ministerial Conference on Equality between Women and Men’ in Stockholm on 8-9 June 2006. She attended the plenary and introduced the paper produced by the UK …

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 Meg is a Sport Relief Miler

Thursday, June 8, 2006

Heeley MP Meg Munn joined colleagues and celebrities at this years ‘Westminster Mile’ as part of Sport Relief 2006. Meg ran the mile in just under 9 minutes and was delighted by her performance.   Meg said;   ‘Sport …

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 Africans for Labour

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Meg was delighted to attend the launch of ‘Africans for Labour’ recently. The event was the high profile public launch of the group comprising supporters of African descent organising amongst their communities. The speakers included …

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 Speedo Charity Swim

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

The Speedo House of Commons v House of Lords Swim 2006 is the premier fund raising event for the ‘Women Caring Trust’ of Northern Ireland. The event recently took place at Porchester Hall, London.     This year’s event …

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 Meg trains for Charity Swim

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Preparing for the ‘Speedo Charity Swim 2006’, Meg Munn joined Sheffield City Swimming Club at their recent swimming session. Meg, Sheffield Heeley MP, is determined to win in this very competitive race, and the swimming club have been …

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 Kuwaiti women and politics

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Meg met Dr Masouma Al-Mubarak, Kuwaiti Minister of Planning and Minister of State for Administrative Development Affairs, in the House of Commons on Wednesday 24th May. They discussed various topics, including the role of women in Kuwaiti political …

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 Supporting Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Monday, May 15, 2006

Meg Munn is hoping to increase support for breastfeeding in the run-up to Breastfeeding Awareness Week, by pointing out its importance to baby’s health. The week runs from May 14th and May 20th 2006.   Meg …

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  ‘Take up the fostering challenge’ encourages Meg

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn is encouraging her constituents to think about fostering during this years ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ between the 8th and 21st of May. Sheffield wants more foster carers to look after children needing loving …

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 Visiting the Eighth Day

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Meg visited the Eighth Day Co-operative recently which consists of a cafe and shop. It is a democratically run, worker-controlled business. All products and services are vegetarian or vegan, cruelty-free and fairly traded wherever possible. In …

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 The Wai Yin

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

On a visit to Manchester Meg was able to visit the Wai Yin Chinese Women Society. It was founded in 1988 by a group of Chinese women who felt that the needs of Chinese women were not being met. Initially, the Society was concerned with helping …

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 Fairfield Composting

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Fairfield Materials Management is Manchester's first commercial compost producer. It is a social enterprise which researched, developed and installed the UK’s first in-situ composting system on a wholesale market.   Meg was able to …

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 Visiting the Big Life Company

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Meg visited the Big Life Company to learn about their work as a group of social businesses and charities working to support and provide opportunities to people facing exclusion in society. The Group includes the well known magazine, The Big Issue in …

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 Tot’s Plot

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Meg recently accompanied Worsley MP Barbara Keeley on a visit to ‘Tot's Plot’, part of the Tyldesley Sure Start project. Each Saturday as part of the Sure Start’s “Men Matter” project, dads bring their kids to play …

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 Worsley Constituency Dinner

Saturday, April 8, 2006

Meg was delighted to be the guest speaker at the Worsley Constituency dinner on Friday 7th April. The event was attended by over 60 people, and was organised by local activist Maureen Rawcliffe. As well as speeches from Meg and the local MP, Barbara …

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 Meg’s photo’s

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

This year over 400 photographs were entered by members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords into the All Party Photography Group's annual exhibition in the Palace of Westminster. This year they are all online and available to be viewed …

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 Remembering

Friday, March 17, 2006

The annual exhibition of photographs by Parliamentarians opens in the Palace of Westminster on Monday 20th March 2006. Among the photos on show is ‘Remembering’, taken last July by Meg Munn MP at the unveiling of the memorial in …

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 Meg speaks to Coventry Cooperative Party

Monday, March 13, 2006

Recently Meg visited the Coventry and Warwickshire branch of the Co-operative Party to talk about her Ministerial role. Her contribution was followed by a Questions and Answers session about various aspects of Government policy. A member remarked: …

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 Violence Against Women debate

Friday, March 10, 2006

On Thursday 9th March there was a debate in Westminster Hall on ‘Violence against Women’. As one of the two Ministers present, Meg summed up the contributions, for …

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 Meg elected President

Friday, March 10, 2006

Co-operativesUK has announced that Meg Munn MP has been elected to serve as President of Co-operative Congress 2006 in Manchester.   Speaking about her election Meg said, “Being chosen as President of Congress is a great honour. I'd …

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 Meeting Iraqi Women Trade Unionists

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Labour Friends of Iraq organised a briefing meeting for MPs in the House of Commons recently. Meg met the delegation of four Iraqi women trade unionists and heard first hand about what the situation in Iraq is for them and their colleagues. She also …

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 Visiting the Kumba Imani Millennium Centre

Monday, March 6, 2006

Whilst in Liverpool recently Meg visited the Kumba Imani Millennium Centre - a valuable community resource, helping to regenerate the local area and providing much needed training, advice and services. Meg was interested to find out that Kumba Imani …

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 Total Smoking Ban Goes Ahead

Thursday, February 16, 2006

A total smoking ban for all enclosed workplaces was given the green light this week after MP’s voted in favour of amending current legislation to include private members’ clubs and pubs that don’t serve food. MP’s were given …

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 Promoting Sex Equality: introducing the Gender Duty

Monday, February 13, 2006

Speaking at a fringe meeting at the Labour Party’s spring conference, Meg Munn, Minister for Women & Equality, spoke about the new gender duty being introduced in the Equality Bill. The Bill, due to become law in 2006, includes a duty on …

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 Fairfield Sure Start Opens

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Meg was invited to attend the official opening of the new Sure Start building in Fairfield on Saturday 4th February in her role as Minister for Women and Equality. She accompanied the local MP, Tom Levitt, and leading members from Derbyshire County …

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 Visiting the Alzheimer’s Society

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Heeley MP Meg Munn recently visited the local branch of the Alzheimer Society. Whilst there Meg discussed their campaign to retain and extend dementia drug treatment on the NHS. Meg met Branch Manager Judith Gregory and Information Advice and …

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 Meg Honours Holocaust Memorial Day

Friday, January 27, 2006

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday 27th January, the Holocaust Educational Trust organised for Members of Parliament to sign the Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment. The Book honours the memory of those who perished in the …

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 Extra Winter Help for Pensioners

Monday, January 23, 2006

Pensioners are set to receive an increased range of financial support and help to keep warm, healthy and safe through the winter. The successful Warm Front programme, which is the government’s key programme to tackle fuel poverty, is to …

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 Opening Pearl House

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Meg was invited to open Pearl House, a new refuge for women and children in Wolverhampton. Her opening remarks are below.   Thank you for inviting me to open Pearl House, and a particular thank you to Ken Purchase, your local MP, who issued …

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 Love your PIN by Valentine’s Day

Monday, January 16, 2006

The 14th February is traditionally associated with St Valentine - the Patron Saint of Love. However this year the 14th February is also the date when you will only be allowed to purchase goods in shops with your debit or credit cards by using your …

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 Meg meets New Zealand Prime Minister

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Meg had a useful meeting with Helen Clark, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, during her recent trip to London. They discussed a variety of topics, including strengthening help to women entering the workforce, and the extension of local good quality …

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