Teresa calls on FA to fill empty seats at England matches with free tickets for schools

 

Teresa has signed a letter calling on the Football Association to fill empty seats at England matches with free tickets for schoolchildren.

The letter, signed by a cross-party group of 128 MPs was drafted by Shadow Sports Minister, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and sent to the FA Chair, Greg Clarke.

It states that the 28,000 empty seats for the recent England game against Slovenia represent ’28,000 lost opportunities to inspire England starts of the future.’

Teresa Pearce, MP for Erith and Thamesmead said:

“The FA does some good work in communities across the country but there is more to be done.

 

“There are dozens of schools in our local area that would welcome the opportunity to send children to Wembley Stadium to see England play, and when there are so many empty seats, there is no real reason not to.”

 

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Sports Minister said: 

“This letter represents agreement from a large cross-party group of MPs, that where they can foresee large blocks of empty seats at Wembley – they need to commit to giving these to schools across the country.

 

“The 28,000 empty seats at Wembley represent 28,000 lost opportunities – for many young children across the country, seeing England play live at Wembley is a distant dream. The FA can turn this dream into a reality.”

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Teresa calls on Chancellor to Keep Pubs Afloat

Teresa has joined with representatives of the UK’s beer drinkers, pub goers, brewers and publicans to urge the Chancellor to keep pubs afloat in the Autumn Budget.

Reviews of business rates across England mean many pubs are being hit with a massive new financial burden, which in some cases could only be covered by them selling thousands of extra pints of beer every year. The Government introduced a welcome one-off £1,000 discount scheme for some pubs in the latest Budget, but more action is needed to keep pubs afloat.

Teresa Pearce MP said:

“Pubs are a force for good in Erith & Thamesmead and across the UK. Pubs are at the heart of our communities and the local economy, but they are struggling under the weight of a growing tax burden, with each paying nearly £140,000 on average in tax every year.

 

“In Erith & Thamesmead we have 28 pubs and the industry supports over 400 jobs. These establishments need all the help they can get, which is why I’m asking the Chancellor to do whatever he can to support them in the Autumn Budget.”

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Teresa reminds constituents of £1 coin deadline

Teresa has today encouraged her constituents to check for and use any old £1 coins before they are phased out on the 15th October.

On the 28th March the government introduced the new 12-sided £1 coin to reduce the cost of counterfeits to businesses and the taxpayer.

Approximately one in thirty round £1 coins in circulation are counterfeit.

Teresa Pearce MP said:

“Don’t forget to spend, deposit or donate all of your remaining old £1 coins by the 15th October.

 

After that date you won’t be able to use them, so get digging down the side of the sofa, check your pockets and make sure you aren’t caught out by the change!”

More information about the transition can be found at www.thenewpoundcoin.com

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Teresa poses in pink at Westminster to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research

 

Teresa has dressed in pink to lend her support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20 October and raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

Teresa is encouraging her constituents in Erith and Thamesmead to join her, and sign up to take part in the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser. The event, which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is in its 16th year and has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.

Teresa was joined by fellow parliamentarians in Westminster last week showed her support for the thousands of women and men affected by breast cancer each year, encouraging people across the UK to take part on wear it pink day.

Anyone can take part in wear it pink, which brings together schools, workplaces and communities. All you need to do is wear something pink, or hold a pink event at home, work or school, and make a donation to Breast Cancer Now. Whatever you do, you’re helping the charity achieve its aim that, if we all act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

 Teresa continues her support for women affected by breast cancer by joining over 190 MPs across the country in being a Breast Cancer Now Ambassador, championing breast cancer issues both in locally and nationally, working towards a day that the disease will stop taking lives.

Teresa said:

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. This is why I’m urging everyone to take part in wear it pink on Friday 20 October. It’s such a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love.

 

“Breast cancer affects so many people in Erith and Thamesmead, so as a Breast Cancer Now Ambassador I am proud to take part in wear it pink to raise awareness of the impact of the disease locally and to support for Breast Cancer Now’s vital research. I hope that everybody will join me and wear it pink on Friday 20 October.”

 

Teresa with Sky News presenter and former Olympic gymnast Jacquie Beltrao.

Jacquie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. She is lending her support to wear it pink in the hope that thousands of people across the country will take part in the event.

Jacquie Beltrao said:

“I’m very proud to support wear it pink; it’s a great excuse to dress up in pink and have some fun while raising money for a really important cause. I have had breast cancer myself and following my diagnosis and treatment have become incredibly passionate about raising awareness and funds for research.

“Wear it pink has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now, which is incredible. The event raises funds for the charity’s world-class research, which will hopefully one day put a stop to this dreadful disease. That is why I’m asking people across the country join me, and the MPs who took part in Westminster, by adding a splash of pink to their outfits on wear it pink day and donating to Breast Cancer Now. I hope lots of people across the UK take part!”

 To take part in wear it pink this October, please visit wearitpink.org/2017 for further details, fundraising ideas and how to register for your free fundraising pack.

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Teresa welcomes TfL announcement on new bus safety measures

Teresa has today welcomed a new Transport for London announcement on bus safety measures.

Transport for London has announced plans to test new safety technology on London buses. The full TfL press release announcing the measures can be found by clicking here.

Automatic braking and audible warning systems will be trialled alongside measures including new mirrors to improve the driver’s vision.

Earlier this year the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, set out a ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road danger in his draft transport strategy. It aims for no one to be killed in or by a London bus by 2030, and for deaths and serious injuries from road collisions to be eliminated from London’s streets by 2041.

Speaking about the measures, Teresa said:

“I welcome Transport for London’s announcement of independent trials at the Transport Research Laboratory to assess potential bus safety measures, which could ultimately lead to a new standard of bus safety in London.

“The research will hopefully identify practical bus design improvements that will lead to greater safety for bus passengers, road users and pedestrians.”

All of the new technology will receive a completely independent trial at the Transport Research Laboratory. Their leading engineers and technical specialists have been appointed to work with TfL, bus manufacturers and operators to trial a range of innovative safety measures including:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems that allow the vehicle to detect its surroundings and automatically apply the brakes
  • Features to alert pedestrians and other road users of the presence of buses, such as lights or audible warnings
  • A re-design of the front of buses, which could reduce the impact of a collision
  • Changes to bus interiors to improve passenger safety, such as higher-grip flooring and softening sharp corners
  • Improvements to vision for drivers, including improved mirror design
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Policing Consultation

Last week the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service published a Public Access and Engagement Strategy for consultation, which identifies some of the changes that may need to be made to ensure that our police force can continue to operate efficiently and to continue to keep us safe.

This follows years of cuts to our local police force’s funding by central government. The consultation documents note that on top of the £600m already saved from the Metropolitan Police Service’s budget, a further £400m worth of savings has to be found in the coming years. £200m of these savings have already been identified, but it is clear that tough choices will have to be made.

Some of the proposals which could affect my constituents include the proposed moving of the 24/7 counter service from Bexleyheath Police Station to Marlowe House, Sidcup. It is then proposed that Bexleyheath Station will be disposed of. It appears that the statistics around police station effectiveness seem to focus on number of crimes reported at the station desk but the public go to a police station for many more reasons than that. I think we need to look again at all of the reasons why the public go into Bexleyheath Police Station and how they will be effected by its proposed closure and I will certainly be asking a number of questions about that.

There are also proposals around the replacing of 4 Safer Neighbourhood bases at Joyce Dawson Way, Thamesmead; Limestone Walk, Thamesmead; Pier Road, Erith; and Lakedale Road, Plumstead. These bases are proposed to be replaced by hubs allowing for the police to be much closer to the communities they patrol.

There is also a commitment to wherever possible, protect frontline police officers, to invest in the equipment needed for a truly 21st century police force, and new measures to investigate new and emerging crime types such as cyber-crime.

There will be a new way to report crime online and a commitment to enhancing the role of dedicated ward officers – who have a specific responsibility to engage with their local community. I often hear from people concerned about slow response times from the police and any new ways of working that make it easier for the public to contact the police and get a response should be welcomed.

Nobody wants to see police stations close, and I strongly believe that our emergency services need as much support and investment as possible so they can continue to keep us safe. Yesterday’s news that police officer figures across England and Wales are lower than ever before, while the number of reported crimes has gone up by more than 10%, and even higher rises for violent crimes and murder, will undoubtedly heighten concern at the savings that are having to be made.

There are obviously questions that need answering further, particularly around the potential closure of police buildings , and the impact that could have on operational issues such as response times, public facing services and back office facilities and on police officers themselves. I will certainly be writing to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime to raise these questions, but I would urge everybody to read the consultation documents and have your say.

The consultation will close on 6 October 2017 at 5.30pm and you can respond by visiting www.london.gov.uk/public-access or emailing consultation@mopac.london.gov.uk or in writing to: Public Access Consultation, MOPAC, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA.

And as always, if anybody wishes to raise an issue with me directly they can email me on teresa.pearce.mp@parliament.uk

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Summer Southeastern Closures

As you may know, this summer between 26 August and 2 September, there will be no Southeastern trains to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge due to continued works as part of the Thameslink Programme.

These works are coincided to time with the Bank Holiday weekend to minimise the number of working days impacted. For the four working days affected Southeastern will be running fewer trains into London, which will, on the Dartford lines, travel to Cannon Street and Victoria.

Southeastern are running a public awareness campaign about these changes and you may have seen advertising from them. They have now launched an online tool where passengers and commuters are able to see the specific impact to their station and plan their journey accordingly. This tool can be found at southeasternrailway.co.uk/Thameslink

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Important Rail Timetable Public Consultations

IMPORTANT RAIL TIMETABLE PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

There are currently two live public consultations about train timetables affecting our area from 2018 after the rebuild of London Bridge station is complete. I am responding to both consultations as your MP, but I would also urge you to make your views known.

i) Govia Thameslink service second phase consultation

The new Thameslink service will run twice hourly from Luton through St Albans, West Hampstead, St Pancras, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, London Bridge and then down the Greenwich line to Dartford and beyond to Rainham. It is a stopping service, but under the current proposals trains will not stop at Woolwich Dockyard, Belvedere and Erith.

It will replace the current fast service from Charing Cross to Gillingham, which will mean change for those passengers who currently use the Charing Cross service.

The second stage of the consultation closes at 5pm on Thursday 27 July 2017.

Respond via the website: https://www.transformingrail.com/

Respond by email to: gtr.timetableconsultation@gtrailway.com

Write to:
GTR 2018 Timetable Consultation
East Side Offices
Kings Cross Station
Kings Cross
London
N1C 4AP

Meet the managers” events:

London Bridge Thursday 22 June 2017 07:30 – 09:30
London Kings Cross Tuesday 27 June 2017 07:30 – 09:30
London St Pancras Int Wednesday 28 June 2017 07:30 – 09:30
London Blackfriars Thursday 20 July 2017 07:30 – 09:30
London Victoria Tuesday 25 July 2017 07:30 – 09:30

ii) the Southeastern Trains May 2018 Timetable Public Consultation,

The Metro service section of the consultation is probably the most relevant.
The consultation does not show full timetables for services, but rather indicates proposed train service patterns.

During the morning and evening three hour peak period there will be:
7 trains to Charing Cross, which is a reduction of 3 trains from the 10 currently.
12 trains to Cannon Street, which is a reduction of 1 train from the 13 currently
6 trains to Blackfriars, which is an increase of 6 trains because it is a new service.

Off peak hours
During the off peak period there will be:
4 trains per hour to Cannon St,
2 trains per hour to Charing Cross,
2 trains per hour to Blackfriars.

Travelling in the Dartford direction, there will be no direct Off-Peak services from Cannon Street to Dartford. Passengers from Cannon St will be required to change at London Bridge.

Saturdays

The services will reflect the Monday to Friday Off-Peak pattern.

Sundays

2 trains per hour from Charing Cross to Dartford via Lewisham and Charlton calling at all stations,
2 trains per hour from Cannon St,
2 trains per hour (Thameslink) via Blackfriars and London Bridge.

Deadline for responses is 23.59pm on 9 August 2017.

Responses by email to: timetablemanagement@southeasternrailway.co.uk
Write to:
Southeastern May18 Timetable Consultation
Friars Bridge Court
41-45 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NZ

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Update: Grenfell Tower

I have been contacted by many constituents following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, North Kensington last Wednesday.

 

Many who have contacted me live in tower blocks across the local area, and are concerned at the safety and security of their own buildings. I, alongside local councillors, have been in touch with various housing stakeholders across Erith and Thamesmead to see what action, if any, is being taken to re-assess fire risk and to communicate with residents in tower blocks.

 

Greenwich Council have provided reassurances that fire safety is of the highest priority and that the Housing Service has a framework in place for management of fire safety, was comprehensively reviewed following the Lakanal Tower fire in Southwark. All the 93 high rise blocks across Greenwich are fire risk assessed annually, and the council are carrying out additional checks on the cladding materials used for external wall insulation on eleven of their high rise blocks.

 

Bexley Council have published a statement noting that although they do not own or manage any high rise tower blocks, they have contacted all of the main housing providers in the borough to ensure that they are all complying with the relevant fire safety requirements. They have also joined a pan-London team working with the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea offering the services of trained Council staff to work at a rest centre in the area.

 

I note that Peabody have issued a statement and are writing to residents in tower blocks including details of extra inspections, how residents can stay safe in their homes, re-confirming what to do in case of fire, and to confirm that they are reviewing proposals to clad the outside of existing tower blocks in Thamesmead. Detailed questions have also been raised regarding the design of the towers in Thamesmead and I await full responses to those questions.

 

Orbit have provided reassurances that all of their maintained blocks have up to date fire risk assessments in place and have visited the 10 high rise blocks they maintain in Bexley to give reassurance to residents.

 

My thoughts remain with all those affected by the fire in West London last week, and I pay tribute to the emergency services who responded with such courage and professionalism. I am pleased that the Prime Minister has now decided to hold a full and independent public inquiry into the fire, and I look forward to the publication of its terms of reference and to reviewing its final recommendations.

 

In recent years in Parliament I have been a member of the All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group, and have proposed amendments to legislation to ensure that fire safety is integral to all building and housing. In April 2016 I contacted the Minister regarding the outstanding review of Building Regulations Approved Document B which covers fire safety and was told that they would make an announcement of their plans in due course. Sadly no announcement has come forward. I will continue to pressure Ministers to urgently come forward with plans to ensure that building works are done to the highest possible standard and with concern for everybody’s safety at their heart.

 

If you live in a tower block and have concerns about your block, please do contact me and I will raise your concerns with the relevant local authority or housing association.

 

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Teresa re-elected with increased majority

 

Teresa was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Erith and Thamesmead with an increased majority and vote share at the General Election on Thursday 8th June 2017.

Speaking about the result, Teresa said:

“I am delighted and honoured to have been re-elected as the MP for Erith and Thamesmead. I would like to thank everybody who once again placed their trust in me to serve and represent our community in Parliament.

 

“The country and our local area face enormous challenges, whether it is Brexit, the housing crisis, Southeastern rail, or the NHS and social care, and I am looking forward to working in Parliament and in the local area to support and represent local people.”

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