September 21, 2016 - 4:46pm
Yardley MP Jess Phillips welcomes the Government's announcement that domestic violence refuges will be exempt from planned welfare reforms due to successful campaigning by MPs and Women's Aid.
Refuges rely on housing benefit to cover on average 89% of their weekly housing costs. If the Government's planned reforms went ahead, two thirds of refuges would be forced to close and 87% would have not been able to provide the same level of service provision to protect women and children survivors of domestic abuse.
September 20, 2016 - 11:22am
Yardley MP Jess Phillips highlighted in her speech the current problems within our family courts in regards to supporting and protecting victims of domestic abuse.
Jess' speech covered a range of problems within the family courts, including a lack of understanding of coercive control (a large part of domestic abuse), a lack of separate waiting areas, a lack of separate arrival and departure times for victims, and an increase in the number of victims being directly cross-examined by their abuser.
September 19, 2016 - 1:36pm
Yardley MP Jess Phillips was a guest of honour at a Bloodwise charity event to launch a national blood cancer awareness initiative.
Despite being the 5th most common cancer and 3rd biggest cause of cancer deaths – claiming more lives each year than either breast or prostate cancer – public awareness of blood cancers is very low.
September 9, 2016 - 2:11pm
Yardley MP Jess Phillips questioned the new Home Secretary on what support is being provided to relatives of the victims of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings.
Jess met with constituents who are also campaigners for the group Justice4the21 to discuss the campaigns progress and to ensure she was raising their specific concerns with the Home Secretary.
Jess Phillips MP said:
July 29, 2016 - 1:33pm
Yardley MP Jess Phillips joined Maz Turner and her team at The George V in Sheldon to toast to the pub's future success following a £285,000 investment by national pub operator Punch.
The pub in Common Lane, Sheldon, reopened on Wednesday 27 July following refurbishment which has transformed its appearance and facilities inside and out making it a pub the local community can be proud of.
July 27, 2016 - 10:29am
Yardley MP Jess Phillips spoke out about the impact the Government's proposed changes to the housing benefit will have on refuge accommodation for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Jess is deeply concerned that 115 women and their children are already turned away from refuges every single day in the UK, and that unfortunately 50 women have died so far this year due to domestic and sexual violence.
July 20, 2016 - 3:57pm
Yardley MP Jess Phillips attended a Google 'Internet Legends' assembly at Yardley Primary School.
At the assembly, Jess spoke to the children and school teachers about the idea of building children’s digital resilience and positive internet use. The assembly also covered the ‘Legends Code’ which are four main guidelines that Google teach children that helps them to stay safe online.
They include the following -
July 14, 2016 - 11:15am
Yardley MP Jess Phillips is supporting a campaign run by a charity, The Reading Agency, to encourage all primary school children to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
Research shows that reading for pleasure is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background,and that children who use libraries are twice as likely to be above average readers.
July 12, 2016 - 3:12pm
Yardley MP Jess Phillips met with Evar Ibrahim, the head of the Women's Committee of the Kurdistan Parliament.
The meeting was arranged through Jess' membership on the Women & Equalities Select Committee. Jess and Ms Ibrahim discussed the following topics -
1. Female Genital Mutilation in Kurdistan and how the Parliament of Kurdistan can help the UK Government achieve its goal in eradicating this practice.
2. Violence against women in the context of the ISIS related conflict and particularly the plight of Izedi women.
July 5, 2016 - 10:44am
Yardley MP Jess Phillips helped judge the school's Cake Competition with Head Teacher Rachel Chahal.
The Oval School held a fantastic afternoon of events with performances from all year groups with songs spanning all the decades of the Queens Reign, a street party, lunch for all the children and a prize giving for the cakes that each class had made.
Jess Phillip MP said: