Archives - January 2009
28 January 2009 - Tony in Parliament � Oral Answers to Questions Transport (27/01)
Tony Lloyd: My right hon. Friend is right to emphasise the fact that the Government have played their role in the upgrade of the west coast main line. However, as my hon. Friend Mr. Martlew points out, Network Rail has let the travelling public down badly through poor maintenance and the disruption to services. Will my right hon. Friend examine the quality of Network Rail's senior management? Perhaps he does not wish to comment on that in the House today, but will he take a view as to whether the incentives that they regard as essential ought to be coupled with disincentives when they get things so badly wrong?
26 January 2009 - Gong hei fat choi
To view Tony's Chinese New Year message please click here or on the image of the ox.
23 January 2009 - Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment
Tony Lloyd MP showed his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to honour those who perished in the Holocaust.
As in previous years, Holocaust Educational Trust placed the Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to give MPs the opportunity to pledge that they will uphold the memory of the Holocaust and oppose hatred today.
January 27th marks the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous concentration and extermination camp.
This year is the ninth year that the anniversary of the liberation of the camp has been officially commemorated in the UK. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the day passing the Holocaust Memorial Day resolution.
Tony Lloyd marks Diabetes UK 75th Anniversary at Parliamentary Reception
Tony Lloyd attended a House of Commons Parliamentary Reception on Tuesday 20 January to mark the 75th anniversary of leading health charity Diabetes UK.
The reception formally launched a year of events that will mark the anniversary and recognise the progress that has been made in diabetes care over the last 75 years.
Mr Lloyd said: "There are almost 5,000 people with diabetes in my constituency and with four hundred people being diagnosed with diabetes every day in the UK - equal to one person every three minutes - the condition is one of the biggest health challenges currently facing the UK.
"Moving diabetes up the political agenda in Diabetes UK�s 75th anniversary year is a must if we are to curb this growing health crisis and see a reduction in the number of people being diagnosed with this serious condition."
Diabetes is a serious condition that, if not managed effectively, can lead to long-term complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputation. Short-term complications of the condition include hypoglycaemic episodes, known as 'hypos', can lead to unconsciousness and hospitalisation if left untreated. However, effective diabetes management from the time of diagnosis can reduce the risk of these complications.
To find out if you are at risk of diabetes visit www.diabetes.org.uk/silent-assassin.
22 January 2009 - MP's Expenses
The subject of MPs' expenditure has exercised the attention of both the Public and Parliament because of the actions of a small number of MPs who grossly abused the system. I well understand the concern felt by many but I do believe that the media reporting has been incompetent in the way it has portrayed what Parliament does, and proposes to do, with respect to the publication of MPs' expenditure.