Newsnight gave great coverage to yesterday’s report ‘No Place at Home‘ by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults. The report found that growing numbers of vulnerable children in care are being sent to live many miles from home where they are being targetted by criminal drug gangs and paedophiles.
You can watch Newsnight’s special report below.
We need the Government to commit to developing an Emergency Action Plan which will give councils more funding to ensure that there is a sufficient number of good quality, regulated and inspected care placements where children need them and put an end to this national scandal.
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!
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.