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Braunstone Frith Digital ClassroomI recently opened a new digital classroom at Braunstone Frith Primary School. The project is backed by Samsung, who have provided a range of state-of-the-art technology including 30 tablets, 10 Chromebooks, and a 75 inch interactive whiteboard with touch screen capability.

During my visit I met Ellie and Julia from New Parks who told me about learning to blog and why reading and writing are so important. Parents are also encouraged to get involved with workshops specifically designed for them.

Initiatives like this really engage children and help equip them with the skills they need for the future. That’s why they get my full backing and support.

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Equal Pay
This week I was very proud to vote for the Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill. The Bill would bring into effect measures in the 2010 Equality Act which require companies with more than 250 employees to publish information showing any differences between male and female pay.Women still only earn 81p for every male pound. Requiring transparency would be the first step to closing this gender pay gap and I will continue to back the Bill as it makes its way through Parliament.

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John O GauntDevelopers have applied for planning permission to demolish some of the Stadium Estate’s John O Gaunt pub. The plan is to build seven houses on the site, significantly reducing the size of the pub and its land.  The local community are very concerned by these proposals and I’ve been working with them to ensure their voices are heard. I’ve received over 100 responses to a community survey I carried out and I’ll now be championing local people’s views. You can read my report here.

 

Caring for older people » Supporting families »

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Maya
The Maya Wellbeing Project, based at the Newfoundpool Community Centre, brings older people together to eat well, keep fit and enjoy each other’s company.

I recently popped in on their Christmas Party to join in with the festive fun and dancing. I have to say, it was difficult to keep up, despite the fact that many of the dancers were in their 70s and beyond.

 

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Laying the Foundations of a Labour Century
I recently spoke at an event in Parliament about a book I have co-edited with John Woodcock MP called Laying the Foundations for a Labour Century.   The book is a collection of essays written by Labour MPs first elected in 2010 setting out Labour’s positive alternative for Britain. We need to engage with the world, not withdraw; give people more power to run their own lives, not hoard it at the centre; and reform our public services to offer people genuine chances and choices. You can ready more here or download a copy of the book here.