Posted on 21 February 2014.
Greg Mulholland with Dr Claire Brockett
Greg Mulholland MP recently participated in the Royal Society Pairing Scheme, which involved being shadowed in Parliament by a scientist and then spending an afternoon at the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering at the University of Leeds.
The Royal Society Pairing Scheme enables scientists to link up with an MP and attend a range of events as part of their ‘Week in Westminster’. The scheme hopes to help MPs establish longstanding links with practicing research scientists and to help research scientists understand political decision making and its associated pressures.
Greg was paired with Dr Claire Brockett, of Otley, a Medical Engineering Researcher at the University of Leeds who specialises in artificial joints at the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Claire shadowed Greg during a typical week in Westminster in December, as well as touring the Houses of Parliament, attending Select Committee meetings and watching Prime Minister’s Questions from the gallery.
In return, Greg was invited to the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering at the University of Leeds to tour the test laboratories and see the pioneering research that Claire and her team undertake on ankle joints.
“This was a fantastic opportunity to meet with members of the Institute and learn about the excellent research at the University of Leeds”, said Greg. “I participated in the Pairing Scheme to learn more about research science and it was great to be able to show a local research scientist how Parliament works. Spending time with Claire has been very useful and I hope that she found the experience as valuable as I did. I am proud that pioneering work on joint replacements is being done here in Leeds.”
Claire commented: “My visit to Parliament in December helped me understand how decisions and policies are made. It was very interesting to see my MP ask a question in the House of Commons, and to spend time with him in his offices. I am not quite sure what I expected an average day for an MP to be, but it was certainly enlightening and perhaps the biggest lesson is there isn’t an average day!
“It was a pleasure to show Greg around our research facilities. We toured the experimental test labs, and met with researchers from the institute. We’ve only just established an ankle research group at iMBE, so it was particularly good that Greg could talk to our new PhD students.”
Posted in Community News, Health & Fitness, News
Posted on 13 January 2014.
This month the Leeds Sports Awards return to celebrate the achievements of our city’s most inspirational sporting heroes.
This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the city’s world-class sporting talent, as well as the outstanding volunteers, coaches and administrators who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide a platform for the city’s sporting success.
This year saw a record breaking 152 nominations. “Choosing the finalists proved an incredibly difficult task”, said Stewart Ross, Chairman of Sport Leeds. “There were so many strong contenders in each category, and reading through the citations we received made it clear just how much fantastic work is taking place in the Leeds sporting community.”
Previous winners include the Brownlee brothers (Triathlon), Claire O’Hara (Canoeing), David Stone (Para-cycling), Nicola Adams (Boxing), Jack Laugher (Diving) and Hannah Cockroft (Wheelchair sprinting), while the prestigious lifetime achievement award has been presented to a range of Leeds’ sporting legends, including Ryder Cup star Howard Clark, former British Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan and rugby’s Jason Robinson.
The finalist list has just been released and can be seen on the Leeds Sport Awards website. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 27th February at New Dock Hall. Following the hosting of Sports Personality of The Year at the First Direct Arena, and with the upcoming Grand Départ Yorkshire, Leeds’ sporting reputation is gaining momentum.
If you would like to book your place at what is sure to be high profile, star-studded night of celebration, or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, further details can be found at www.leedssportsawards.co.uk
Posted in Community News, News, Sport
Posted on 09 January 2014.
A Public Enquiry has been announced, although as yet no date has been arranged.
If you submitted an objection you will have been asked whether you would like to appear at the inquiry i.e. actually present oral evidence.
If you have decided not to speak, there is nothing else that you need to do BUT:
You can still submit further detailed evidence before the inquiry starts, to strengthen your objection.
You can still write into newspapers such as the Yorkshire Evening Post.
What you must do now if you’re speaking at the public enquiry
If you asked to speak at the inquiry, you need to prepare a STATEMENT of CASE (SoC). This is a written statement giving full details of the case you want to present to the inquiry.
You MUST send in a Statement of Case (SoC) to arrive before the 30th January.
If you consider that your original objection letter provides sufficient detail of your objection then you MUST write in asking that your objection letter be treated as your Statement of Case, commenting that you reserve the right to supplement your SoC in the future.
It is important that any SoC should include a list of the documents you may want to make reference to, along with relevant extracts from these documents. The inspector will only have hard copies of papers from NGT and relevant Govt policy documents. They almost certainly will not have any local government ones.
This must be done straight away, and MUST arrive no later than Thursday 30th January, at the following addresses:
Department for Transport
Transport & Works Act Orders Unit
General Counsel’s Office
Great Minster House
33 Horsferry Road
c/0 Bircham Dyson Bell
Solicitors and Parliamentary Agents
NOTE: All SoCs will be published on an official website
Posted in Community News, News
Posted on 28 October 2013.
Sally Bolton, Brian Noble, Martin Offiah MBE, Steve McNamara, Greg Mulholland MP, Nigel Wood, Ray French
Greg Mulholland MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group, joined World Cup ambassador Martin Offiah MBE and England Head Coach Steve McNamara, to mark the start of the Rugby League World Cup 2013.
The tournament kicks off on Saturday with England playing Australia at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium. It is then scheduled to come to Leeds, with Headingley Carnegie Stadium host two matches – New Zealand v Papua New Guinea on Friday 8th November and the Quarter Final on Friday 15th November.
“I am very much looking forward to the start of the tournament and welcoming all fourteen nations to the UK”, said Greg. “I’m lucky enough to be attending a couple of the games but am most looking forward to seeing the tournament come to Headingley.”
Posted in Health & Fitness, News
Posted on 11 June 2013.
CAFOD campaigners from Leeds were among a 45,000 strong crowd in Hyde Park who made their voices heard last Saturday at the Big IF London rally, demanding that Prime Minister David Cameron and G8 leaders tackle global hunger.
They were among thousands from across the UK supporting the ‘Enough Food For Everyone IF’ campaign and calling on David Cameron to use the UK’s G8 presidency to prioritise the issue of hunger. They listened to inspiring speeches from high profile supporters, including Bill Gates, film director Danny Boyle and CAFOD ambassador actor David Harewood.
Bill Phelps, a graphic designer from Chapeltown, created a huge petition of spinning flowers, with a total of two million petals representing the two million children who die from hunger each year. “I want to do what I can to help put right the wrongs in the world”, said Bill. “It was an amazing event that was really encouraging. It was inspiring to hear Bill Gates speaking on behalf of the poor.”
“People wanted to show their solidarity with people in the world who go hungry every night”, said Margaret Siberry, manager CAFOD Leeds. “This could be a turning point in tackling malnutrition, the biggest killer of children worldwide. David Cameron and his fellow leaders heard us loud and clear. In this day and age children should not be dying of hunger. There is enough food for everyone and it is up to politicians to end this scandal and change the system that creates this unnecessary suffering.”
The Big IF London Rally kick-started a 10-day campaign in the run up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, calling on world leaders to take specific steps which could help create a world free from hunger:
- Helping poor countries to provide enough food and support poor families to grow their own, particularly championing the call for aid that empowers small-holder farmers;
- Tackling tax havens and launching a Convention on Tax Transparency to stop billions of pounds flowing out of developing countries that could be used to end hunger;
- Giving people in developing countries more control over their land by protecting poor farmers from land grabs and using land to grow food not biofuels.
CAFOD is the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, working with local communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America to tackle poverty and fight for justice. It works wherever the need is greatest, regardless of faith, background or gender.
Posted in Community News, Life & Style, News
Posted on 15 May 2013.
Plants are essential for life and provide everything from food to energy, clothing and life saving medicines.
Saturday 18th May is the International Fascination of Plants Day and the University of Leeds will be in The Light shopping centre in Leeds with a display of a wide range of plants. The display will feature plant products and plant science research experts from across Europe will be on hand to explain how plants contribute to our lives, and how you can help to support greater diversity.
There will be live demonstrations of honeybees and bumble bees, with give-aways of wild flower seeds that you can plant to encourage these important insects into your garden.
They will also hold a seedling swap – so if you have more plants than you need and are looking to swap them, bring them along to The Light on Saturday between 10am and 4pm.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted in Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, News
Posted on 09 May 2013.
Two Leeds Trinity University journalism postgraduates recently secured bursaries to film documentaries.
Jonnel Benjamin will return to the Caribbean island of Montserrat, which she left following a devastating volcanic explosion in 1995. With support from the charity One World Media, she’s set to discover how life has changed for those who stayed. She plans to go back to the house her parents were forced to abandon overnight.
“It will be filled with our old possessions, covered with volcanic ash”, she said. “I can’t imagine a more powerful image than seeing all my family’s things. I also plan to visit my old school. I hope to contact my former classmates, and catch up on how things are today. I imagine we lead very different lives.”
Ôné Chappy, has also secured a One World Media bursary for her idea to examine a weird cultural phenomenon in rural Botswana – young people who live and breathe western Heavy Metal music.
“When someone says ‘Heavy Metal’, you probably imagine long haired, tattooed, leather-clad white guys. Imagine instead a new movement coming from Africa, made up of black Heavy Metal cowboys!
“Some locals have accused metal-heads of being Satanists. Others can’t understand their music or appearance, and shun them. This documentary will answer questions as to whether Botswana’s heavy metal bands produce real heavy metal music, or if they’re just a group of people who have adopted a particular style and identity.”
The grants from One World Media will pay travelling and subsistence expenses for Ôné and Jonnel to produce their films this summer. The finished documentaries will be available via One World Media’s website.
Projects were judged by a professional panel, including Channel Four News Foreign Affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller and award-winning documentary filmmakers Havana Marking and Will Anderson.
Posted in Film, News, Sound & Vision
Posted on 12 March 2013.
Monday 18th of March sees the launch of a Week of Action on Empty Homes in Leeds, a programme of events and activities across the city aimed at bringing empty properties back into use.
Devised by Leeds-based social enterprise Social Business Brokers, the Week of Action aims to introduce home owners, businesses, investors and local communities to the range of possible solutions available to bring empty properties back into use.
Running between 18th – 22nd of March 2013, each day will focus on a different empty homes theme such as how local businesses can get involved, how local people could invest in empty homes, and what options there are for people who own an empty home. Pam Warhurst, founder of Incredible Edible and RSA regional chair will be opening the initial event with a keynote speech.
Leeds City Council is backing the week of action through help with the organisation of events. The council is fully supportive of the Week of Action and will be providing both financial backing and advice and help across the week.
Rob Greenland, co-director of Social Business Brokers said: “There are more than 5000 long-term empty homes in Leeds – whilst thousands of families struggle to find a decent home to rent or buy. This week of action is all about putting the spotlight on the practical, positive things all of us can do – businesses, home-owners, residents or investors – to put these properties back into use. We want the week to be fun, engaging and informative and all about encouraging collaboration between the people who can make a difference and who want to help.”
The Week of Action builds on the success of Leeds Empties Day of Action in May 2012 which saw over 100 people come together to explore a range of practical solutions to Leeds’ empty homes problems.
Celebrity architect George Clarke, who attended the Leeds Empties Call To Action in May last year, said: “I’m delighted to hear of this success story in Leeds. As I said at the launch of the initiative, it’s extremely important that people who care about where they live get together and make change happen. Leeds Empties has started the ball rolling to ensure still more positive developments in the future. More buildings saved, more new homes created and a brighter and more attractive environment created for present and future generations.”
Posted in Community News, News