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Meg’s Christmas message for the Sheffield Star

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Looking back over 2003 one of the most important campaigns I was involved in was on body piercing. Last Christmas one of my constituents 17 year old Daniel Hindle died from septicaemia after having his lip pierced. I lobbied ministers to improve the law and now local councils can insist that piercing studios are licensed and follow  safety procedures. Over the next year I will continue to promote awareness about body piercing working with local Sheffield students.

During the school summer holidays I found out about the many different local schemes promoting sport and fun and keeping our children occupied. We know that where there is plenty for children and young people to do, anti-social behaviour and crime go down. Now I want the Government and others to find more money for youth work and sport throughout the year and not just in the holidays.  

This year we’ve seen record levels of employment and the lowest unemployment figures since 1975. In my constituency this means 1,688 people came off benefit. Its good to see more local enterprise and know more people are working but while ever there is any unemployment we have to do all we can to encourage more people to set up businesses and more businesses to come to Sheffield.

This year the Government has introduced the new Pensions credit, guaranteeing every pensioner a minimum of £102.10 a week if single and £155.80 a week if they have a partner.

With huge local support, the Government has now tackled the public nuisances of fireworks and high hedges, these have brought misery to many for years, hopefully 2004 will see a really positive change on both fronts. I am also excited about the opportunity of voting for a regional assembly next year, Yorkshire people having a real say in the management of our own affairs.

I hope that all readers of the Star will have a happy and enjoyable Christmas. As my day to day life is so busy I particularly look forward to the quiet and reflective times in church particularly on Christmas Eve and to spending time with my family.


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