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York's Parliament Week


9:30am 11th November 2013

York Central MP Hugh Bayley will today (Monday 11 November 2013) visit Tang Hall Library as part of Parliament Week, an annual national event designed to inspire people across the UK to participate in democratic life.

Parliament Week 2013 begins officially on 15th November and the City of York Council have arranged a programme of activities and events to inform, inspire and connect people with parliamentary democracy.

The programme includes talks by Cllr James Alexander, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Sonja Crisp, the Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, International Human Rights Defenders: Jestina Mukoko, Manori Kalugampitiya, Gul Lalai; As well as talks on Richard III and the Council of the North and an exhibition about the life and work of York’s first woman Lord Mayor.

Hugh Bayley will talk about his role as an M.P. in York and in Westminster. He will stress how he relies on people in York to contact him to enable him to be an effective advocate for his constituents and for York.

Hugh Bayley MP says: “Some people think politics doesn’t affect them, but it affects everyone whether you like it or not. Parliament makes decisions that affects people in York – whether it’s how much tax and national insurance we pay, whether we should risk the lives of our service men and women, how much benefit and how much pension we receive, whether we should employ more doctors and teachers, whether we should build more houses, invest more in our transport network or have more street lighting. People have views about these things and it is important that their voices are heard.”

“I hold regular surgeries and receive hundreds of letters and emails from my constituents every month. I need to hear from the people I represent so I can raise their concerns in Parliament and get things changed for example changing the law on sex offenders and dangerous driving and making sure that foster carers are not penalised by the bedroom tax.”

“York has an exciting programme lined up for Parliament week and I hope that people will take time to come to some of the events that have been organised.”

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