Penny Mordaunt MP welcomed at Rowans Living Well Centre

@PennyMordaunt welcomed at Rowans Living Well Centre - finding out more about local #hospicecare A wonderful new facility to compliment the hospice. Built by community for the community, supporting people when they need it most.

Music festivals must become more accessible to disabled people, says minister

Today the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt, is calling on music festival organisers to ensure they are catering to their disabled fans. While some good progress has been made by music festivals like Glastonbury and Latitude, with inclusive facilities like accessible viewing platforms and specialist hearing equipment, many disabled people are still not able to attend live music events or festivals. Those disabled people who do attend often have very limited support, meaning they miss out on the full experience enjoyed by their non-disabled peers. Latest figures from charity ‘Attitude is Everything’ show that a third of live music events have no access information

While we celebrate the success of help to buy, let's also crackdown on the leasehold con.

Todays help to buy figures show how we've helped people in Portsmouth get on the housing ladder. Being able to own your own home is a good way to build financial security for you and your family. But there is more to tackle to get the housing market to really work for everyone. I am also pleased that today the department of local government has announced a crackdown on unfair leasehold practices. This was something that I have been calling for as a number of people in Portsmouth have been badly affected by these immoral schemes, which con new buyers into being trapped by ever increasing ground rent and a huge fee if they wish to buy the freehold. As well as putting a to stop that practice we

Personal Statement re Mr Liam Dwyer and severe and degenerative condition exemptions.

Last Autumn we announced our intention to stop re-testing those ESA claimants with severe degenerative conditions. We are on schedule to bring the policy into effect this Autumn, and have been working with our health assessment provider, the Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, medical professionals and other stakeholders, including disability charities, to develop a set of criteria that will help us identify those with the most severe health conditions or disabilities, for whom reassessments can be stopped. However, in the meantime, we wanted to try and operate as much as possible on those principles, and not call forward those who were due for a retest and who would be beneficiari

Attention Portsmouth! Are you a bit breathless?

Attention Portsmouth! Are you a bit breathy? Take this online lung test at breathtest: or call 03000 030 555. Takes 5 minutes. 21 July 2016 Penny Mordaunt MP asks the people of Portsmouth “are you feeling breathless?” The MP for Portsmouth, Penny Mordaunt, supported the British Lung Foundation’s lung health awareness campaign by taking their online ‘breath test’ at the Houses of Parliament and encouraging others to do the same. The charity’s UK-wide campaign aims to raise awareness that feeling out of breath doing everyday tasks could be a sign of lung disease. They encourage anyone who feels breathless take their online breath test. The test allows people to ch

Penny Mordaunt MP praises Portsmouth North residents on the Stem Cell Register

Well done Portsmouth North, 1,236 amazing people on the stem cell register: 1,236 life savers! @AnthonyNolan @APPGStemCell A fellow Twitter follower tweeted to Penny Mordaunt, "Well done you guys!!! As a fellow stem cell patient, it's always reassuring to know that there is a growing army of people willing to help."


Local MP Penny Mordaunt joined the Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland, in Parliament on 19 July to find out more about the new £10 note featuring the world-renowned author Jane Austen. Penny tested the new tactile feature on the £10 note which helps blind and vision impaired users identify their value – a first for Bank of England banknotes. The tactile feature is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). This is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired people; the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and diffe

Penny Mordaunt MP: Sense and the Jo Cox Foundation launch report to tackle loneliness for disable pe

Today the Charity Sense, alongside the Jo Cox Foundation have launched a report addressing loneliness in disabled people. It is an important piece of work, and extremely helpful in tackling the additional barriers disabled people face in building social networks. As Minister for Disabled People I will be seeing how the work that I am doing and how other government departments can act on this issues the report raises, and I was delighted to be able to speak at the launch event today. Back in 2011 I helped set up and End to Loneliness campaign and spoke at a summit on how we can build community connections. (

Penny Moraunt: "My speech to Localis today on a sector deal for disability for the industrial s

A few years ago, the then Chancellor asked the 2020 group of Conservative MPs a question to help his thinking. He asked us what an industrial stargey fit for purpose looked like. He was searching for a political narrative - intervention & prescription was decidedly unConservative, but getting out the way not the answer either. What was the overarching narrative he need for the challenges and opportunities of today’s economy? He is now at the Standard and I am at DWP. Fundamentally my role is about enabling all the levers of the state, and all they can empower and support, to ensure that every one of our citizens can reach their full potential, and can strive to achieve their ambitions. For s

Penny Mordaunt MP: We must not let the threats we face affect our way of life

Portsmouth MP gives thoughts on Brittany Ferries extra security. TORY MP Penny Mordaunt said security threats should not affect our way of life. The Portsmouth North MP’s comments come after Brittany Ferries announced plain-clothed security personnel would join French armed military on board its fleet, including those leaving Portsmouth. Speaking to The News, Ms Mordaunt said: ‘Brittany Ferries will want to play its role in keeping its passengers safe and our country secure. ‘I hope that the public find the review it has undertaken and this increased security reassuring. ‘Whatever the issues, we must not let the threats we face affect our way of life.’ Brittany Ferries introduced the extra s

Fix our broadband campaign

The good news is that Portsmouth North has some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country, at 31.7Mbps compared to the average of 17Mbps, however about 25% of the constituency has speeds slower than the national average. Over the last year I have been working to resolve these slow sports. I have met with residents and developers of new housing estates to ask them retrofit broadband infrastructure, and asked that in the future such provision is a standard expectation in any planning application. We have surveyed business in problem areas and are working to get our industrial and business estates to have higher speeds. Can you help us ensure that any slow spot is identified? You can check

Penny Mordaunt: Off the fence, July 2017

On Monday we began the process of withdrawal from a convention that allows European vessels to fish in our territorial waters. It is a sign that we intend to control access to our own fisheries after Brexit. Withdrawal from the London Fisheries Convention, which was signed in 1964 before the UK joined the EU, will make it easier to manage access to the much larger exclusive economic zone covered by the EU’s common fisheries policy. The London Convention allows vessels from France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands to fish within six and 12 nautical miles of the UK’s coastline, part of the UK’s territorial waters. Fishermen have long complained that their interests were sacrificed

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