|New Maternity Unit at St Georges|
|Thursday, 31 January 2008 18:04|
I also met with the Minster for Energy, Malcolm Wicks MP, to discuss issues raised with me by local constituents about the Energy Bill. The Second Reading of this took place on Tuesday and I was really pleased to have the opportunity to put to Malcolm some of these concerns.
I also signed the memorial book organised by the Holocaust Education Trust to commemorate the Holocaust as well as raising awareness about other genocides and humanitarian disasters around the world. You can see a photo about he book signing by clicking HERE.
On Tuesday, I joined tens of staff, patients, ex staff and new born babies to formally open the new midwife led maternity unit at St Georges Hospital. The unit is designed to be a ‘home away form home’ for expectant mothers, offering them a maternity service without medical intervention. The new unit has been named the Carmen Suite after Carmen Brooks-Johnson who has been a mid-wife at St George’s for more than 30 years. You can see a photo of Carmen and me by clicking HERE.
On Thursday, I joined Tooting Ward’s excellent Labour Councillor Nick Bowes, local parents and children from Fircroft Primary School to celebrate our successful campaign to try and get bollards installed on Glenburnie and Fircroft Road. There is a raised table junction on these roads which means cars can mount the pavement, causing a very worrying safety risk to children at the school. We lobbied the Council to install bollards to prevent this, and eventually they agreed to meet our requests.
In addition to my normal parliamentary and Ministerial duties I also met with Professor Ted Cantle of the Institute of Community Cohesion (ICoCo) to discuss some impressive work they are undertaking. You can find out more about ICoCo by clicking HERE.
On Friday, I attended meetings at Fircroft and Gatton Primary Schools, respectively. I am governor of both these schools and try and visit as often as I can. Both schools continue to go from strength to strength, with improving benefits to local children.
On Saturday, Cllr Nick Bowes of Tooting Ward and I met with residents of Broadwater Road to discuss concerns they have about traffic on their road. We were presented with a petition which Cllr Bowes will hand in to the Full Council meeting at Wandsworth Town Hall. The residents had been suffering from damage to their vehicles and noise and air pollution as due to increased congestion on their road after the Council implemented a one-way system in surrounding streets. The residents want their part of the road to be included in the system and Nick and I are supporting them with this campaign. You can see a photo of us collecting the petition from local residents by clicking HERE.
I also met Labour Councillors from Tooting to celebrate the news that, as a result of our long campaign, Tooting Library is to receive £3 Million from the Big Lottery Fund for a complete refurbishment. You can see a photo of the Labour Group of Councillors and me by clicking HERE.
I was really pleased to be asked to meet and speak to the organisers and participants in a new local project called “3 Faith Forum”. This is an initiative which brings together a small group of young people from three different religious communities in Tooting, to talk, work and devise a project together. 24 representatives from the New Testament Assembly Church, Tooting and Balham Mosque and the SGI-UK Lay Buddhist society were introduced to each other at the event and will be working together on community projects. The initiative has been funded by Community Cohesion money from the Government.
On Sunday, I joined local volunteers and Labour Party members meeting local residents in Tooting. Additionally, Cllr Judi Gasser, Cllr Andy Gibbons and Cllr Nick Bowes joined us too. Once again, the main issues concerning local residents were to do with the local Tory Council. I have agreed to take these matters up on behalf of local residents,
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