I am supporting the Make Poverty History Campaign and
in liaison with Oxfam, joined with campaigners at the Birmingham launch on 22 January
Jubilee Debt Campaign Birmingham:
Make Poverty History sermon by Bishop John Sentamu:
Oxfam, Make Poverty History:
Joining with fellow campaigners, including Bishop JohnSentamu and Richard
On 22 Jaunary I joined local campaigners, Bishop John Sentamu, fellow
Labour MP Richard Burden and comedian, Don McLean at the launch of Birmingham's Make
Poverty History campagin.
We wrapped a giant white band around St Martin's Church in the Bullring creating a
visual spectacle, with a mini human chain.
The impressive banner gets our message across. Hundreds turned out to encircle St
Martins in the Bullring and help highlight the campaign.
Birmingham campaigners have
worked tirelessly and as a result the MPH campaign enjoys wide support. Richard Burden and
I enjoy a joke with Don McLean, opposite.
|I have joined 355
other MPs in signing Early Day Motion 9, reproduced below and will continue to do all I
can to support the Make Poverty History Campaign both nationally and in Birmingham.
||MAKE POVERTY HISTORY IN 2005 CAMPAIGN
||That this House welcomes the United Kingdom
Government's commitment to the Millennium Development Goals; notes with concern that the
current debt crisis, trade injustice and shortcomings of aid further exacerbate poverty,
inequality, the HIV/AIDS crisis and environmental degradation across the developing world;
notes that if the international community is to make poverty history then there needs to
be further co-ordinated political action by the world's governments, including the United
Kingdom, aimed at trade justice, dropping the debt and providing more and better aid; and
calls on the United Kingdom Government to lead the way for change and use its influence
when it holds the presidency of the G8 and chairs the EU to make poverty history in 2005.
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