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 Christmas wishes

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The following was published in the Sheffield Star I hope all readers of the Star have a happy and enjoyable Christmas. Unfortunately too often the real meaning of Christmas can be lost in the materialistic madness - such as ’Black …

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 Helping the refugees

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The following was published in the Sheffield Star Christmas is a week away and the stresses from last minute present shopping and Christmas dinner planning are in full flow. But amongst these worries are thoughts about the 3.3 million Syrian …

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 Caring for Carers

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The following was published in The Huffington Post For the 10,466 carers in my constituency getting the right support is crucial. Caring for an older or disabled relative or friend can take a serious toll on carers’ mental and physical …

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 Construction employers exploiting workers

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The following was published in the Sheffield Star Workers throughout the UK are being conned by a complex company structure that makes them pay both employers’ and employee’s National Insurance. They also have to pay a fee of around 50 …

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 Achieving gender equality, ending violence against women

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Recently the Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was held and Meg Munn MP attended as a member of the UK delegation. The conference brings together parliamentarians to study international problems and make recommendations for action. …

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 International Aid Update

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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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 The Fiji Elections: Observations from Nausori

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The following was published by the Royal Commonwealth Society on their website. On 26th September Fiji’s suspension from the Commonwealth was fully lifted following democratic elections on the 17th of that month. Here, UK MP Meg Munn shares …

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 What I can do, I ought to do

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The following was published in Together, a newsletter of Methodist women in Sheffield. One of my earliest memories is as a 5 year old singing ‘Hark the Harold Angels sing’ during Christmas 1964. I sang ‘Harold’ partly …

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 Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A debate on the above subject was held in Parliament to which Meg made the following contribution. Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): I refer to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I support military intervention …

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 This city, the country, need more houses

Friday, September 26, 2014

The following was published in the Sheffield Star No one seriously argues about this, but the construction industry faces serious problems which mean we may not get them. One in five construction workers are approaching retirement, and at the …

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 Sale of Puppies and Kittens

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A debate on the above subject was held in Parliament to which Meg made the following contribution. Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): I am pleased to have this opportunity to take part in the debate. I am grateful to the Backbench Business …

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 Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A debate on the above subject was held in Parliament to which Meg made the following brief contribution. Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton West (Julie Hilling) on securing the debate and …

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 Plans to allow outsourcing of child protection will put young people at risk

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The following article was published by the guardian. The crimes of Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris and the revelations about Rotherham are stark reminders of where our responsibility to protect children has fallen short. Learning the lessons of these …

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 Disabled left destitute

Friday, August 15, 2014

The following was published in the Sheffield Star Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has said he will continue with welfare reforms and intensify the crackdown on benefits. He says his welfare reforms are …

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 Needed a good child protection system

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The following was published in The Huffington Post The spotlight on the activities of the likes of Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris, and current concerns about possible cover ups of establishment figures, must not distract us from our responsibility to …

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 Animal Welfare Update

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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. Mass cull of badgers is not the most effective way to stamp out bovine TB A recent report …

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 The future for prostitution policy in the UK

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The following was published in the Huffington Post. First we need to understand some of the difficulties legislators face when deciding if Parliament should regulate, or not regulate, such a contentious subject. There is little doubt that this is …

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 Grab the reshuffle chance with both hands

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The following was published by Central Lobby Former Minister Meg Munn writes about the experience of junior ministers anxiously waiting for news on reshuffle day. A junior minister observing a reshuffle doesn’t feel so much like being a pawn …

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 Cuts make care unsustainable

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The following was published in The Star A recent survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services warns that our social care system is becoming unsustainable. We need urgent action to ensure that vulnerable people can continue to …

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 Empowering local communities in Kenya

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The following was published in the Yorkshire Post I recently became the latest Member of Parliament to undertake a joint Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) and VSO political volunteering placement based on their long-standing …

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 The UK economy needs more engineers - including more women

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Meg gave the following speech at an event to celebrate ‘National Women in Engineering Day’. You may be surprised to hear that I am not in fact, an engineer. Nor am I a scientist or even a mathematician. I have at times been a linguist, …

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 Child Protection shining a light

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The following is the speech Meg gave to start the debate she initiated in Westminster Hall. Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): Child protection scandals of recent years have generated a lot of media coverage, putting the sexual abuse of …

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 Government child protection policy

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The following was carried by Central Lobby in advance of a Parliamentary debate held by Meg Munn MP. Child protection scandals generate a lot of media coverage, leading to the sexual abuse of children being in the spotlight. However this issue is …

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 Inertia thwarting the fight against child sexual abuse

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The following was published in Social Work Matters Throughout history girls and boys have been sexually abused. The way in which this happens may change, but the self-gratification of the abusers remains the same. Recent trends show the grooming …

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 Improving female representation in Kenya requires more than a simple constitutional change

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The following was published in The House Magazine Kenya has strong tribal traditions with mistrust not far beneath the surface. This became all too clear during the aftermath of the 2007 election when widespread killing took place. The political …

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 The future of prostitution policy in the UK

Monday, June 9, 2014

The following speech was given by Meg at the University Of Sheffield School Of Law. First of all let me thank Dr Stirton for inviting me to your University today and it is wonderful, if not a little surprising, to see so many of you here at 4pm on …

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 Doctors’ talking cure works

Monday, June 2, 2014

The following was published in the Sheffield Star The problem people sometimes have with seeing their doctor quickly is a huge cause of unhappiness. Despite the 50 million GP Access Fund launched last October, 71% of doctors say they expect …

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 Women’s careers - highways or winding roads

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The following was published in The Huffington Post Despite the advances at work that women have gained in recent years for far too many their experience is akin to a winding road whilst they see male colleagues roaring along a highway.  This …

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 Should you be worried about your snoring?

Monday, May 12, 2014

The following was published in The Huffington Post Most people snore at some point during their life, but it can be an indicator of something much more serious.  Obstructive sleep apnoea is a disorder in which the upper airway …

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 Environment Update

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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. Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference The UK government hosted the London …

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 The Parent’s drug cure is killing their children

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The following was published in The Huffington Post   When I was a senior children’s services manager toward the end of the 90s I had to deal with the unexpected death of John, a young boy in his teens. He had found some methadone at …

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 It’s about time for Brenda the Builder

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The following was published in Construction News. It will not be a surprise to hear that the construction industry has some of the lowest numbers of women workers in any sector of the economy. With around 11% of the workforce, and as little as 1% …

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 Combating the sexual exploitation of children

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The following was published in The Huffington Post The sexual exploitation of children attracts a great deal of media interest, particularly given the high profile cases where groups of men abused young girls. But we should not forget that …

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 We need more women in business

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The following is published in the current issue of Progress magazine. One element which constricts our economy, whichever government is in power, is the continued refusal to acknowledge the economic potential of women. Given that only last month …

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 Safeguarding against grooming for sexual exploitation

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The following speech was given by Meg at a conference organised by Yorkshire Soroptimists. Thank you for inviting me to speak at this event. I understand that you have been working on relationship issues for some time and I am delighted to …

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 The neglect of children is everyone’s responsibility

Monday, March 31, 2014

The following was published in The Huffington Post As a fresh faced social worker some thirty years ago I was sent to collect two children for a week’s holiday organised by social services. When I first saw them I was shocked, they looked …

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 Championing the development of co-operative schools

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The following was carried on the Co-operative Party website. Today, Parliament’s Public Bill Committee will be considering a series of amendments to the Deregulation Bill 2014 that would significantly strengthen co-operative schools, …

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 Jobseekers Allowance and sanctions

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The following was published in the new edition of The new Heeley Voice: http://heeleyonline.org/new-heeley-voice/heeley-voice-issue-60/ The Department for Work and Pensions website says: “we are aiming to make the benefit system fairer and …

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 Constructing an economy where women thrive

Monday, March 17, 2014

The following article was published in The Yorkshire Post. Women currently comprise around 11% of the workforce in the construction sector, and as little as one % of the manual trades. There appears to be little concern in the industry about this …

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 Women in the Workplace

Thursday, March 13, 2014

At an event to celebrate International Women’s Day held at Sheffield Hallam University Meg gave the following contribution. The theme for the day, ‘Women’s Career development highways or winding roads’ is very pertinent. …

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 Malcolm Wicks’ autobiography - My Life

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Malcolm Wicks knew he had a terminal illness and wrote his autobiography with his time being limited, or as he said with typical humour, he had a deadline. His book is in two parts - the story of his life and some of his writings on social policy. …

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 Prospects for co-operatives in the Sheffield City Region

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Meg Munn MP was invited to speak at an event hosted by the Social Economy Forum. The focus was on the prospects and opportunities for co-operative developments in the Sheffield City Region. Ed Mayo, Secretary General at Co-operativesUK, also spoke. …

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 Should you be worried about your snoring?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The following article was written for the staff bulletin of First Bus. Most people snore at some point during their life, but it can be an indicator of something much more serious.  Obstructive sleep apnoea is a disorder in …

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 Animal Welfare Update

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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 Pilot badger culls were started by the government in August 2013. Despite only …

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 A century of progress, but prejudice remains

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The following article was published in the Yorkshire Post.   In four years time it will be the 100 year anniversary of when women could first stand for election in Britain. Yet while we have undoubtedly advanced since 1918 we are still …

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 With trust comes openness

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The following article was published in Social Work Matters, the College of Social Work magazine visit http://www.tcsw.org.uk/home/ Inquiries into a number of child abuse cases highlight a persistent failure to listen to children, many of whom …

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 Bilateral Relations: Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Thursday, January 16, 2014

During a debate in Parliament Meg gave the following contribution. Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): I refer to my entries in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I congratulate the hon. Member for Colne Valley (Jason …

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 Non-intervention in Syria is not an option

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The following was published on the website of Progress. The situation in Syria and the surrounding area is catastrophic. The numbers killed and maimed continues to climb. The United Nations now supports three quarters of the country’s 20 …

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 Child protection steps forward

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Reviews into the failure to protect children make for depressing reading - not just because of their subject matter. Too often we find the principal reasons for failure are the same as in previous reviews: they include not having a good …

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