Mental health for sustainable development

11 December 2014

Mental illnesses cause more disability than any other health condition; bring enormous pain and suffering to individuals and their families and communities; and can lead to early death, human rights abuses and damage to the economy. Improving mental health is therefore a vital part of a successful development programme.

Empower Patients - Improve the NHS

13 June 2014

As the joint-Chair of Parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health, I was proud to help launch our recent report on Patient Empowerment. The report takes a look at health services throughout the world and looks to see how our health service could be improved by taking on methods in a wide range of other countries in the developed and developing world.

Launch of the APPG on Nigeria report

27 November 2013

Meg is chair of the APPG on Nigeria and recently visited Nigeria with James Duddridge (MP for Rochford and Southend East) on a fact finding mission for the group.

Meg chaired a meeting where the report from her trip was published. Many people from the Nigerian community attended the event, along with other MPs; Chi Onwurah (MP for Newcatles upon Tyne Central) and Diane Abbott (MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Visit to Salvation Army Employment Plus Service

27 November 2013

In November, Meg visited the Salvation Army Employment Plus Service in Hoxton and experienced the work that local volunteers are doing to help people back into work.

The Employment Plus Service offers help to jobseekers four days a week in Hoxton. It provides practical help for searching for jobs, and also help with job applications and CV writing.

Visit to St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School for Democracy Week

27 November 2013

In October, Meg visited St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School during their Democracy Week to discuss with pupils about the role of being an MP and the importance of democracy.

Pupils held their own elections on the day and Meg was part of a question and answer session for the children.

Big Europe event with Axelle Lemaire and Claude Moraes

27 November 2013

Meg was on the panel for this interesting debate on Europe at City University in October. The debate focused on different perspectives of Europe, particularly comparing a British attitude to Europe, with their French counterparts.

Meg was joined on the panel by Axelle Lemaire, French MP for French overseas residents in Northern Europe, and Claude Moraes, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in Europe.

The Godwin Foundation event on young people and gang culture

27 November 2013

In October, Meg attended this event, organised by The Godwin Foundation in honour of Godwin Lawson, who tragically lost his life to a knife crime in March 2010.

The event highlighted the work the foundation does to promote an awareness of the positive role that sport and education can have in challenging gang culture and the use of weapons as a status symbol.

Chatsworth Road Festival

20 September 2013

In September Meg attended the first ever Chatworth Road Festival. The event was devised by the Chatsworth Road Traders’ and Residents’ Association (CRTRA) and will hopefully become an annual event.

The event brought together many different local organisations, including Clapton Park Rangers (football team) and The Pedro Club.

Turning Earth

20 September 2013

Meg recently visited new ceramics studio Turning Earth for the presentation of a cheque from Crowdfunding.

Wear it Pink 2013

17 September 2013

Meg took part in the ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign to help raise awareness of breast cancer.

Hackney food bank

16 October 2012

Meg met with the newly created Hackney food bank at their distribution centre in Orsman Road.

The food bank provides food packages to individuals and families who are in serious need. Up to three packages can be issued in a year.

“The Hackney food bank has opened because of the need of local people to get the basics to feed a family.

“I welcome the volunteers who put such efforts into this. It’s a sad sign of the times that it’s so necessary in Hackney today.”

Paralympic games

10 September 2012

Meg was priveleged and honoured to be part of the medal ceremonies for swimming at the Aquatics centre and wheelchair fencing at the Excel centre. Meg said “It was one of my proudest moments to give the victory flowers to these amazing elite paralympic athletes”

Olympic torch in Hackney

23 July 2012

Meg joined in the party atmosphere when the Olympic torch made its way through the streets of Hackney this month. I attended a street party kindly hosted by the Trehurst Street residents and traders of Marsh Hill. It was nice to join in the fun with local residents as we waited to see the torch go by.

Hackney’s young talent was on show at a gala evening at the Hackney Empire

19 July 2012

Meg attended the Hackney Primary school Olympic Ambassadors presentation evening as part of Hackney’s Olympic celebrations. Entertainment was provided by the Kingsmead School Steel Pans (pictured) and St Dominic’s school street dancers – both schools brought the house down which is no mean feat in the Hackney Empire.

New Morningside Community Centre

31 May 2012

Meg was pleased to open the new Morningside Community Centre off Cresset Way.

The community centre is a modern, multi-purpose facility built by Sanctuary , and is host to a wide range of social, leisure and educational activities for all ages, as well as being available to hire.