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help_for_heroes_jacko.jpgLocal Filwood Councillor Chris Jackson this week completed a sponsored cycle ride for Help for Heroes. 

Commenting he said:

"This is a great way to raise money for our injured troops. I met some remarkable people from the forces and a lot of people committed to this cause including ex world champion boxer Glen Catley and Frankie John, the organiser of the event. A big thanks to all who sponsored me, including Bristol Labour Councillors who contributed over £200.

There is still time to donate by contacting me on 0117 353 3163 or online here ."

Cllr Chris Jackson supporting Help for Heroes

Local Filwood Councillor Chris Jackson this week completed a sponsored cycle ride for Help for Heroes.  Commenting he said: "This is a great way to raise money for our injured...

"We are all shocked and horrified by the escalation of violence following the horrific abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers and subsequently a Palestinian. 

I have seen for myself the fear in Israel from the unjustified and appalling rocket attacks launched by Hamas from Gaza. 

I defend Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks. 

But I cannot explain, justify or defend the horrifying deaths of hundreds of Palestinians, including children and innocent civilians.

And as a party we oppose the further escalation of violence we have seen with Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

Because we have been here before and we know what happens next. 

More loss of life, more Palestinian suffering, more hatred and more recruits to the ranks of terrorist groups like Hamas.

This escalation will serve no lasting purpose and will do nothing to win Israel friends.

There can be no military solution to this conflict. 

The only solution is two states living alongside each other in peace and security. 

So the violence must stop. 

And a political way forward must be found.

And I promise you Labour will always play its part in seeking to make that happen.

Because there can be neither security for Israel nor dignity for the Palestinian people without it."

Link to full speech here.

Ed Miliband statement on Gaza

"We are all shocked and horrified by the escalation of violence following the horrific abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers and subsequently a Palestinian.  I have seen for myself...

parliament2.jpgA major new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament published today makes a number of key recommendations to encourage more women to become Members of Parliament. Dawn Primarolo MP was a senior member of the Inquiry Committee which has produced the report, taking evidence from a wide range of people from business, politics and academia. Dawn has over 27 years’ experience as an MP and was one of only 41 women MPs when first elected in 1987.


Amongst these recommendations includes a new zero tolerance to unprofessional behaviour by MPs in the House of Commons, in particular during Prime Minister’s Questions. The report calls for tighter rules and harsher sanctions to be applied if behaviour does not improve.

As Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Dawn shares the responsibility to ensure MPs conduct themselves in an appropriate manner during debates.

Dawn said:

“Too often the behaviour of MPs from all sides is simply not good enough. The most watched part of our proceedings is PMQs and this is frequently Parliament at its worst.

“It is not a surprise that many women would not wish to participate in Parliament, when they see PMQs and what has been described as its ‘testosterone fuelled atmosphere’.

“Whilst this is not an accurate representation of the work of an MP I have no doubt that it overwhelmingly informs public perception.”

Improving Parliament – creating a more representative House of Commons

A major new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament published today makes a number of key recommendations to encourage more women to become Members of...

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