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Putney MP Tony Colman keeps us up to date.....
I do hope
that you are all well and braving the cold weather. Remember, if you would
like me to represent you in any way, you can call me on 020 7219 2843
or email me on email@example.com.
This month sees the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight. Fairtrade is an important organisation, which ensures that Third World Producers are guaranteed the very best deal. Fairtrade has gone from strength to strength, and has nearly 800 products on sale - I would really encourage you all to try some of their delicious, and ethical, products! I am always delighted to support any Fairtrade initiatives, so if you are hosting an event, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I congratulate Wandsworth Council for successfully taking on the government. I have met with Charlotte Atkins MP, Aviation Minister to again press the case against all night flights and further expansion. She was the Deputy Leader of the Opposition on Wandsworth Council, 1984-6, and knows our concerns at first hand.
The World Health Organization has introduced its Tobacco Control Treaty. The treaty has been ratified by 57 countries, including the UK, and will set out a programme to reduce the number of people smoking across the world. Under its terms, governments have promised to introduce smoking bans, tobacco advertising restrictions and health warnings on cigarette packets, draw up anti-smuggling strategies and agree to increase tax on tobacco sales. SW15.com readers already know my support for all of this.
The Diana Memorial Award
Schools in our area should be aware of The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award for Young People. The Award was set up to celebrate the outstanding qualities and achievements of young people aged 12-18. It is a non-academic award, which acknowledges young people's contribution to society. For more information on how your school or community group can get involved visit, www.diana-award.org.uk.
Human Rights Centre, Roehampton University
I congratulate Roehampton University winning the award of £4.5 million for this work which it has been doing for some weeks. Dr. Bales from the University has founded the "Free the Slaves" Movement in the US Congress, and has been the main architect of a ban on the use of child labour in harvesting certain beans in West Africa. The Roehampton University Students Union are having a Human Rights campaigning week in two weeks which will remind us all of their work.
24 Hour Drinking
I have read
Eddie Lister's comments on this. The government has taken away decisions
on licensing from the magistrates and given it to elected councillors
- something I am sure Eddie approves of. Each council can set its own
ground rules for licensing and I welcome the restricted hours that Wandsworth
Council has proposed.
March 4, 2005