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Commenting on the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum Dawn Primarolo MP said:

 

“I am obviously very pleased the Scottish people have decided stay in the United Kingdom, we really are better together. The massive turnout of over 85% is a sign that voters will participate when they believe it really matters.

 

“There must be big changes, there must be a radical new settlement for every nation and region in the UK.

 

“Here in the Bristol we need to see real local democratic decision making on issues such as transport, economic development and regeneration.”

Scottish Referendum

Commenting on the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum Dawn Primarolo MP said:   “I am obviously very pleased the Scottish people have decided stay in the United Kingdom, we...

South Bristol community groups urged to bid for Green Capital funds

Dawn Primarolo has urged community groups across the Bristol South constituency to seek funding from the £250,000 Bristol Green Capital Small Grants Fund. Grants of up to £10,000 are available and will be targeted at small local voluntary and community organisations where a small amount of money can make a big difference.

“Our community is very lucky to have so many local groups which do such brilliant work. Money is available to fund a range of activities including improving the local environment, promoting healthy eating or encouraging walking and cycling.

“For the Green Capital to be a real success it is essential that all parts of our city feel involved, not just those living close to the city centre. That is why I am very pleased that the organisers are particularly looking to fund groups which have not yet been involved in the Green Capital.

“I shall be contacting local community organisations across south Bristol and urging them to get involved.”

Full details of the fund including the application guidelines and how to apply are here

Green Capital Small Grants Fund

South Bristol community groups urged to bid for Green Capital funds Dawn Primarolo has urged community groups across the Bristol South constituency to seek funding from the £250,000 Bristol Green...

Responding to constituents' concerns about the crisis in Gaza, Dawn Primarolo this week wrote:

 

"I am writing further to our correspondence regarding the situation in Gaza and the very welcome ceasefire that has now been agreed. It must be hoped that this ceasefire can lead to a wider settlement and a permanent peace.

 

It is clearly vital that all sides fully respect the terms of that ceasefire. It is my understanding that these terms include the opening of the land border with Israel, the extension of the fishing area to six miles and access for reconstruction materials and humanitarian supplies.

 

However, the more challenging issues of opening up a deep water seaport, ending the aerial blockade and the freeing of Palestinian prisoners have yet to be agreed.

 

As you may be aware I opposed Israel's military incursion into Gaza. The appalling death toll of innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza - with an estimated 2,100 Palestinians killed and 11,000 injured - cannot be justified. Israel has a right to self-defence, but I fear that recent military action risks increasing the future threats to its security rather than countering them. It was disappointing that the Prime Minister did not follow the lead of Ed Miliband and oppose Israel's military actions in Gaza more clearly.

The immediate priority is the rebuilding of Gaza, the whole international community must ensure that the required humanitarian and other aid reaches the thousands of Palestinians in need. I would urge anyone who is able to contribute to the DEC Gaza appeal, donations can be made here.

Looking forward I believe that the British Government should be at the heart of international efforts to secure a lasting peace. The only route to lasting security and justice for both the Israeli and Palestinian people is through a negotiated two state solution."

Gaza

Responding to constituents' concerns about the crisis in Gaza, Dawn Primarolo this week wrote:   "I am writing further to our correspondence regarding the situation in Gaza and the very...

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