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 A Kurdistan Report

Monday, December 23, 2013

The following report has been published by the Kurdistan Region of Iraq All-Party Parliamentary Group - http://www.appgkurdistan.org.uk/ - and the Parliamentarians Network for Conflict Prevention - …

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 Care Bill [Lords]

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

During a debate in the House of Commons Meg gave the following contribution. Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): Members on both sides of the House agree that we need to reform and improve how we provide care to those who need it. In the …

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 Thresholds for intervention

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The following was carried as a blog post by Action for Children. The idea of Early Intervention to help improve the lives of children has not surprisingly gained support across the political spectrum. To some this means accessible universal …

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 Engineering Skills (Perkins Review)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

During a debate in Parliament Meg gave the following contribution. Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): I congratulate the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire (Peter Luff) on securing the debate and on his excellent contribution. The Perkins …

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 A quiet schools revolution

Monday, December 9, 2013

The following article was published in the December issue of Progress magazine. The current education system is more fragmented than at any point in the past 25 years. There are dramatic variations in schools’ success, and in the …

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 The ‘town’ of refugees who fled Assad’s Syria

Monday, December 2, 2013

The following article of Meg’s account of her recent visit to one of the camps set up in Iraqi Kurdistan for refugees from the Syrian conflict was carried by the Yorkshire Post, with an abridged version carried in the Sheffield Telegraph. …

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 The ‘Bedroom Tax’

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I have been contacted by some constituents to ask about my views on the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ a characterisation of the effect of regulations within the Welfare Reform Act 2012.  I believe this legislation is an unjust burden …

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 First Social Care Report heralds more support for struggling local authorities

Monday, November 4, 2013

As Chair of the Child Protection All-Party Parliamentary Group, and a former social work professional herself, Meg attended the launch of the first Social Care Annual report 2012/12 her comments below. Ofsted recently launched their first report …

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 Co-operatives in Education

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

During a debate in Parliament Meg gave the following contribution. Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): Thank you, I think, Mr Hollobone. It is a delight to take part in the debate. Of course, I must start by congratulating the hon. Member for …

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 Analysis of Iraq should include Kurdistan

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Guardian recently published an article by Rachel Shabi (Iraq needs leadership worthy of its people, 25 October). http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/24/iraq-leadership-people-death-toll-unity The following response from Meg Munn …

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 Germany after the elections: - what the result means for the British and EU economy?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Meg was invited to give her views on the likely result of the German election for Britain and the European Union.  The event was co-sponsored by the European Parliament Information Office in the UK, the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung and the Konrad …

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 How women have been affected by the upheavals in the Middle East

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Meg was invited to take part in a debate at Warwick Debating Union at the University of Warwick.  She spoke in opposition to the motion: “This House believes that the Arab Spring has caused more harm than good”, the motion was lost. …

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 Women in the scientific, engineering and technology sectors

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Meg recently spoke at a meeting organised by the Prospect trade union, her contribution follows. I want to thank Prospect for the opportunity to be here and discuss a topic I feel passionately about the lack of women in the scientific, …

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 A co-operative vision for schools

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The current education system is more fragmented than at any point in the past 25 years. There are dramatic variations in schools’ success, and in the accountability they have to the communities they serve. Many of Labour’s new …

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 The Transparency of Lobbying Bill

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I have been approached by a number of constituents to set out my views on the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. I am opposed to the Bill and this is also the view of the Parliamentary Labour Party. …

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 Burma - the challenge providing access to reproductive health

Thursday, September 19, 2013

At the end of July Meg led a group of UK Parliamentarians to Burma to study reproductive health services her account follows. Over the last few months Burma has been much in the news. In July the President and former General, Thein Sein was …

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 Child Protection

Friday, September 13, 2013

During the debate in the House of Commons Meg made the following speech. Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for granting a debate on this important issue. In my speech, I shall concentrate …

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 Environment Update

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Every few months my website will carry news items concerned with the environment and climate change compiled by my staff. I hope you find the items useful and interesting. Japanese Knotweed Invasion This intrusive plant has been present in Britain …

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 Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons

Friday, August 30, 2013

During the debate in the House of Commons Meg made the following contribution to the debate. Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): The situation in Syria and the surrounding area is catastrophic - at least 100,000 people have been killed and 2 …

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 International Aid Update

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Every few months my website will carry news items concerned with International Aid compiled by my staff. I hope you find the items useful and interesting.  Please note, the initiatives and organisations in this update are not endorsed by Meg …

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 Why engineering and technology firms must diversify

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The following article was published in The House magazine. This month the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) released the results of their eighth ‘Engineering and Technology: Skills & Demand in Industry’ survey, based …

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 Armed Forces debate

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

During yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons Meg gave the following speech at the end of the session the motion was adopted unanimously. Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): I am delighted to have the opportunity to take part in …

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 Animal Welfare Update

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Every few months my website will carry news items concerned with animal welfare compiled by my staff. I hope you find the items useful and interesting.   Badger Cull The debate about the culls is continuing and remains an important animal …

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 Does a large GDP determine social progress?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Social progress is defined as the capacity of a society to meet the basic human needs of its citizens; establish the building blocks that allow citizens and communities to enhance and sustain the quality of their lives creating the conditions for …

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 I walked where some of the horror took place

Thursday, May 9, 2013

As a teenager I read the Ann Frank diaries and learnt about the Second World War concentration camps, and later the American series ‘Holocaust’ made a big impression on me. Over the years I have seen films and visited exhibitions and …

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 The Women of Steel

Friday, May 3, 2013

The following was published on the Progress website. On a Sunday afternoon in a Sheffield Park a small group of women, now in their 90s, stepped forward to lead a 370-strong group on a sponsored walk.  The people had gathered to raise money …

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 Introducing the Co-operative Schools Bill into Parliament

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Meg introduced the Co-operative Schools Bill into the House of Commons, her speech follows.   I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable schools to register as Industrial Provident Societies; to amend the Education Act …

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 Benefit changes: the facts

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

64% of all families in Britain receive some kind of benefit and for 30% of these families; benefits make up half of their income. Who is being affected by the changes? Between 1 2 million fewer families will now receive these benefits. A number …

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 Working together to Safeguard Children

Monday, April 15, 2013

Westminster Briefing invited Meg to speak to child safety professionals at their conference. Meg is Chair of the Child Protection All-Party Parliamentary Group, and before becoming an MP was involved in child safety for over twenty years her …

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 Our values reflect what is important to us

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Our values lie at the very heart of our decision making, and people feel most content when they live in a community and in a country that reflect their personal beliefs. A comprehensive study on the values of UK citizens has recently been released …

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 Has the Arab Spring been beneficial for women?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Wirksworth and District Amnesty International group invited Meg to give a speech at their annual International Women’s Day event her contribution below. The Arab Spring began on 18th December 2010 when a young, jobless Tunisian …

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 The Gender Agenda

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Meg was invited to give the first Eleanor McDonald Lecture held at Leeds Metropolitan University. The event was organised by Women in Management (WiM) and the Institute of Directors (IoD). Her speech follows Thank you for inviting me to take part …

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 Managed Motorway Scheme (South Yorkshire)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Meg secured a Parliamentary debate on the proposal by the Highway Agency to adopt a ‘managed motorway’ scheme for the section of the M1 near Sheffield, her speech follows.   Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): I am pleased …

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 Kurdish Genocide

Friday, March 1, 2013

During yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons Meg gave the following speech at the end of the session the motion was adopted unanimously.   Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): I refer to my entries in the Register of …

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 Where are our female scientists?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The following article by Meg is in the latest issue of Fabiana: the Fabian Women’s Network magazine.   Many businesses report that they struggle to recruit qualified staff in the science, technology and engineering sectors the very …

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 Should there be more women in charge?

Friday, February 22, 2013

The HeadsUp website is starting a debate on the question ‘Should there be more women in charge?’ and Meg was asked to provide a contribution which is below.   Getting women into Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) is a …

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 Child neglect is everyone’s responsibility

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

This item was carried on the govtoday website - http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government/37-adult-children/14690-child-neglect-is-everyone-s-responsibility   Neglect is the most common form of child abuse in the UK. While sexual and …

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 Environment Update

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Every few months my website will carry news items concerned with the environment and climate change compiled by my staff. I hope you find the items useful and interesting. Energy Bill The government introduced the new Energy Bill into Parliament …

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 2003 wasn’t year zero for Iraq

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The following was written by Gary Kent, the Administrator of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kurdistan. The website of the group: http://www.appgkurdistan.org.uk/ This year marks the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. This often …

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 Gender Balance on Corporate Boards

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

In the House of Commons Meg made the following comments during a debate on a draft Directive of the European Parliament on improving the gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges (European Union Document No. …

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