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.
Sick and disabled hit hard by benefit delays
It is always very sad to hear about people in Stockport who are under great stress and suffering financial hardship. I have recently been contacted by people who have disabilities and long term illnesses who have been refused Personal Independence Payments or are not being paid their full entitlement.
They are having to wait on average about eight and half months for their appeals to be heard and are struggling with high levels of anxiety and massive money problems. Personal Independence Payments replaced Disabled Living Allowance in 2013 and are paid to some of the most vulnerable people in the country who have difficulty with daily living and getting around.
It is a disgrace that such deserving cases are having to wait such a long time.