Portsmouth North MP backs new campaign targeting the cruel UK puppy trade

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt has lent her support to a new public awareness campaign launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to target the growing problem of the illicit and cruel UK puppy trade. The puppy industry is booming, but with many UK breeders and puppy smugglers across Europe producing puppies solely for profit, all too often these animals suffer serious illness or behavioural problems later in life. Others, sadly, do not survive. IFAW has devised a useful guide, P.U.P.S, for anyone looking to buy a puppy, to ensure they know what to look for to avoid buying an unhealthy, possibly puppy farmed animal. The P.U.P.S mnemonic, below, is accompanied by a kitsc

Penny Mordaunt MP: 'We must close the disability employment gap'

Today, the UK’s employment level stands at a record high. Wages are rising, particularly amongst the self-employed. There are hundreds of thousands of job vacancies. But that positive story of jobs isn’t shared equally across all parts of society. The rewards of work – and there are many, and not just financial ones – are being denied to certain groups, particularly to disabled people and those with health conditions. Disabled people face a disability employment gap of 32 percentage points, which has changed little despite an impressive half a million more disabled people being in work than three years ago. And 150,000 in employment fall out of work each quarter due to ill health. That perce

Penny Mordaunt MP visits MicroLink

Penny Mordaunt MP visited the MicroLink which is a leader as Europe's largest supplier of Assistive Technology and workplace adjustment and management services. Their vision is one of Universal Inclusivity. Find out more here: https://twitter.com/microlinkpc Or at their homepage: https://www.microlinkpc.com

Our economy has grown by more than 1.5% this year.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that between July and September 2016, the British economy grew by 0.5%, meaning our economy has grown by over 1.5% in 2016. As we move toward negotiations with the EU, we are determined to get the best deal for families and businesses. And as these figures show, we are well-placed to deal with any challenges and take advantage of the opportunities ahead. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said: “The fundamentals of the UK economy are strong, and today’s data show that the economy is resilient. We are moving into a period of negotiations with the EU and we are determined to get the very best deal for households and businesses.

Penny Mordaunt MP supports South Central Ambulance Service with app launch for 'Save a life'

South Central Ambulance Service is launching the mobile app which tells people where the nearest automatic external defibrillator is, should they come across someone suffering cardiac arrest. It will also guide them through how to carry out effective CPR or chest compressions. The Save a Life app has been developed for Scas by O2 and uses GPS to show a user where their closest AED is. Although it was built by Scas, every ambulance trust in the country can upload the location of all their AEDs to it. If they chose to, for the first time, it would provide a national register of every AED in the UK. Professor Charles Deakin, consultant in cardiac anaesthesia and intensive care and assistant med

Portsmouth North: School Performance Comparison Tool

Government has recently introduced a new tool to help parents monitor the performance of local schools. ​ Using the link below, you can select from primary, secondary and 16-18 years schools as well as see how they're performing against Government measures. ​ Information such as Ofsted ratings can also be found associated with individual schools. Click here for more information.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust invites everyone to a public meeting.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is inviting everyone to a public meeting at the Queen Alexandra hospital. The aim is to show how they are improving the your Emergency Department. Governors and Trust representatives will be on hand to take questions as well as welcome your feedback on your experiences. Portsmouth: Queen Alexandra Hospital Tuesday 29 November 2016 18.30–20:00 Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, PO6 3LY

MP Penny Mordaunt and RNIB discuss disability campaign

Minister of state for disabled people, health and work, Penny Mordaunt visited RNIB’S Edinburgh headquarters this week to discuss how blind and partially sighted people can overcome employer misperceptions in the workplace. During her visit, Mordaunt met clients and staff at Café Tiki in the RNIB building, where half of its employees have sight loss. She said: ‘Disabled people can face disadvantage in the labour market, despite having valuable skills and talents to offer. Our disability confident campaign is encouraging employers to recognise the benefits disabled people bring to the workplace, while our access to work scheme is helping to fund practical support. Employers now have no excuse

Penny Mordaunt MP: Create a more inclusive world

Penny Mordaunt MP was one of 5 international ministers to make a speech in support of creating a more inclusive world at the RI World Congress, held in Edinburgh. Over three days, the congress addressed the following issues: Day 1: Employment, education and skills. Day 2: Independent living. Day 3: International development and partnership. Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for disabled people, health and work took part in the opening speeches of the congress alongside the HRH the Princess Royal and other world leaders.

Penny Mordaunt MP visits service users at RNIB

Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for disabled people, health and work visited the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland, as part of her visit to the RI World Congress in Edinburgh. The Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland helps blind and partially sighted people to live as fully and independently as possible. Penny Mordaunt MP met with service users to find out their views on programmes and their own personal experiences of both employment and other challenges that they face day to day. Campbell Chalmers of RNIB said "Penny Mordaunt, thank you for visiting today and listening to customer experiences of employment." Penny Mordaunt added, "Thanks for the time with service u

The Minister of Disabled People, Work and Health Penny Mordaunt visited the University of Reading.

THE Minister of Disabled People, Work and Health visited the University of Reading on October 20 to view the institution's new inclusive design initiative. Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt was given a guided tour of the university's Breaking Down Barrier project, which has changed the way students are taught to design products and services. Reading is the first university to seriously adopt a nationwide initiative emphasising the economic, legal and moral importance of catering for both able and disabled people. The Minister said: “Inclusivity and accessibility should be at the forefront of good design, and I’m delighted to see the University of Reading leading the way with their Breaking

The Superhumans return - C4 & the APPG for Disability host celebration with Penny Mordaunt MP

As the official Paralympics broadcast, Channel 4 and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability hosted an evening reception in celebration of the 2016 Paralympic Games. Paralympians came together with politicians and Channel 4 to celebrate the fantastic achievements of ParalympicsGB in Rio. Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for the Disabled was a special guest speaker and said, “Thank you for your amazing achievements, the medals and records you brought back The excitement which had us on the edge of our sofas and the elation at your triumphs which saw us bouncing on them. The tears, the drama, the screaming at the telly, so many proud “lump in throat” moments as the Union flag was raised ti

Penny Mordaunt backs national awareness on Sepsis

MP for Portsmouth North, attended a reception hosted by Cheryl Gillan MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis, at the Palace of Westminster to show her support for efforts to tackle the relatively unknown illness sepsis, which claims the lives of 44,000 people every year in the UK. The event supported World Sepsis Day (13th September), aiming to raise awareness of a condition that kills more people than breast cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer and road accidents combined. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if it

World leaders to debate disability empowerment in Edinburgh at the RI World Congress

Royalty, politicians and disability rights campaigners from around the world will be in Edinburgh later this month for a major event A major international conference on the empowerment of disabled people will hear from Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal in Edinburgh later this month. The Rehabilitation International World Congress will see 1,000 people from more than 60 countries come together at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre to debate issues around disability inclusion. Coming just after the 2016 Rio Paralympics, the conference, on October 25-27, will examine how disability empowerment and inclusion can help transform our world, with daily themes designed to tackle key to

Penny Mordaunt MP supports Portsmouth Guide Dogs for the Blind

Penny Mordaunt MP, together with Portsmouth Lord Mayor David Fuller to support Portsmouth Guide Dogs for the Blind to raise vital funds for service provision. Portsmouth Guide Dogs held a ball at the Marriott hotel, Portsmouth. VIP guests arrive to be greeted by volunteer Michelle and Pete Smith of GUide Dogs. Picture shows Debs and Pete Smith, Penny Mordaunt MP, David Fuller Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and the Lady Mayoress. Photos: Debs and Pete Smith.

Penny Mordaunt MP welcomes plans to protect Hilsea, Stamshaw and Tipner residents and transform loca

Penny Mordaunt MP met with Portsmouth City Council officers to discuss and view plans to rebuild the sea and flood defences along the North Portsea coastline, around Hilsea Lido and down to Tipner. These plans will be presented to the public shortly for consultation and further public approval. Penny said, "It's great to the see that this work will both visually improve the whole coastline and direct area around the Hilsea, Stamshaw and Tipner. We have a wealth of heritage sites and assets in this area and as well as providing vital sea and flood protection for residents, it means that there's potential to make my plans for a WW1 / WW2 heritage trail a reality. We need to protect our heritag

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