Ann Coffey

Category Archives: In parliament

Heaton’s Woman’s Institute campaign to protect the environment

Thank you to Tiff and the rest of the Heaton’s WI for making me this wonderful broach to support The Climate Coalition’s #ShowMeTheLove campaign to highlight the impact of climate change on the people, places and things we love.

As ever, you have my support!

Vernon Park Primary ask for War Hero to be awarded Medal

The year 5 and 6 pupils from Vernon Park Primary School recently wrote to me asking that Walter Tull, a pioneering black football and soldier in World War One, should be awarded a medal posthumously for the bravery shown during the War.

Not only did Walter fight in the First World War but he also fought adversity having been orphaned at a young age and despite racial abuse, he became a prominent footballer for Tottenham Hostpur.

I wrote to the Defence Secretary enclosing the children’s letters and received a response from the Minister which sadly confirmed that Walter would not be receiving a medal but significant efforts have been put in place to commemorate Walter’s achievements and life.

The Tull100 project was launched on the centenary of Walter’s death.  The project aims to promote equality and the inclusivity of everyone in football; working through football clubs, schools, community networks and youth groups.

The minister’s response can be found here.

Universal Credit Two-child limit plans scrapped

In October, I co-signed a letter (below) from parliamentary colleagues to the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to raise our deep concerns over the government’s two-child policy limit on Universal Credit.

I am delighted to hear that Amber Rudd has announced that the government will no longer be pursuing this policy.  It is never right or fair to penalise.

Letter here