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Flooding summit

On Monday, Mary hosted a flooding summit in Leeds to discuss the response to the winter's floods.

The meeting with local politicians, businesses, members of the community and others from across Yorkshire, was organised by Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee, which Mary chairs, to hear their experiences and views on what can be done as part of its current review of Government policy and action on flooding.

The committee is due to report soon. It is exploring how Government departments and public bodies can better cooperate and what is required from Government to ensure the UK is equipped to face future floods.

At the meeting, Mary highlighted that with climate change increasing extreme rainfall, the Government is going to have to get better at dealing with and preventing flooding.

Speaking after the meeting she Mary said the committee said there was a real concern that communities could become “no-go areas”.

She added that: "Some people were flooded out of their homes and out of their businesses as well. They do not want their communities to become no-go areas they do not want to see businesses moving out or not coming back there. What flood affected communities need is certainty and comfort that this is not going to happen again."

Click below to listen to Mary discussing the summit on Radio Yorkshire.

Mary hosts flooding summit in Leeds

On Monday, Mary hosted a flooding summit in Leeds to discuss the response to the winter's floods.

Mary, Ella and Debbie

Yesterday, 14-year-old Ella Marsden and her mum Debbie visited Parliament with Mary for a special event on type 1 diabetes.

Ella, a year nine pupil at Ossett Academy, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2011.

Organised by type 1 diabetes charity JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the event brought people from communities across the UK affected by type 1 diabetes together with researchers, people who fund them, and MPs. It was hosted by Labour MP Jamie Reed MP, who lives with type 1 diabetes.

At the event, JDRF launched a report that paints a positive picture of the UK’s research into the condition. It reveals that seven funders have committed funding to tackle the condition amounting to £97 million in this country. The event came as the National Institute for Health Research announced further funding support for researchers investigating type 1 diabetes immunotherapies.

Ella said: “It was on my diagnosis, I remember being frightened and asking the question ‘will I die?’ and it was my mum’s answer that pushed us as a family to raise awareness and hope for a cure. My family made a promise that we would fight for the best treatment until we get a cure. The only charity that is committed to help with our promise is JDRF, who are active in the type 1 community to help build awareness and an understanding of the condition. None of their work could take place without support of individuals like us: I, along with friends and family, have joined them in fundraising for the cure.”

Debbie said: “Being officially invited to Parliament allowed us to speak with so many inspiring people all of us sharing the same passion. Conversations over the day with MPs, researchers and fundraisers, all with their personal stories of type one, many inspiring and some heartbreaking. I truly hope voices were heard and good things will happen.”

Mary said: “It was inspiring to meet Ella and Debbie, and it’s fantastic to see research into type 1 diabetes advancing. While the search for a cure continues, I will fight for Ella’s application for a continuous glucose monitor that would make a big difference for her day-to-day. Instead of going to war with junior doctors, this Conservative government needs to focus its efforts on supporting our NHS so that we see improvements in access to treatment for people like Ella.”

To find out more about JDRF, click here.

Ella joins Mary in Parliament to defeat juvenile diabetes

Yesterday, 14-year-old Ella Marsden and her mum Debbie visited Parliament with Mary for a special event on type 1 diabetes.

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On Tuesday, Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee, which Mary chairs, published a report arguing that our EU membership is good for the UK's environment.

The Committee heard that EU environmental policy development has been a two-way street. 

On the one hand, EU membership has given the UK a platform to pursue its environmental objectives internationally, and influence the strategic, long-term direction of policy. 

On the other hand, EU membership has ensured that environmental action in the UK has been taken on a faster timetable, and more thoroughly than would otherwise have been the case.

Mary said: "The UK has cleaned up its act since we were dubbed the 'dirty man of Europe' in the seventies. EU environmental laws have played a key part, and mean we bathe on cleaner beaches, drive more fuel-efficient cars and can hold Government to account on air pollution."

Click here to find out more about the inquiry and to read the report.

EU membership good for environment

On Tuesday, Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee, which Mary chairs, published a report arguing that our EU membership is good for the UK's environment.


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