British Red Cross Emergency App

Did you know that the British Red Cross has a free ‘Emergency App’?

Their unique app delivers real-time alerts, severe weather warnings and practical advice in an emergency.  You can set up alerts for your own area, and also for other areas where you may have friends or relatives.

It’s available free for IOS or Android from their website: http://www.redcross.org.uk/emergencyapp

MAPSA Christmas Jumper Day – Thursday 15th & Friday 16th December

MAPSA has decided to jump on the Christmas jumper bandwagon and hold their own event in Parliament.

This is part of Save the Children’s nationwide event so it’s for a brilliant cause as well as being highly amusing.

This is open to anyone, MAPSA or non MAPSA members so please tell your friends and get everyone involved – and most importantly please donate!

MAPSA will award a prize to the best jumper, so on Thursday and Friday, please send in pictures of you and your jumper on the Parliamentary Estate or in your constituency office to: hattie.turner@parliament.uk.

To donate, they have our their code.  Please text TEAMPOLITICS to 70050 to donate just £2 to Save the Children.

Brexit co-ordinated inquiries publication begins on Monday

The House of Lords EU Committee – Parliament’s largest body responsible for scrutinising the European Union – will publish six reports on Brexit in six days, starting on 12 December.

The reports will identify key issues across a broad range of policy areas, making recommendations to the Government on what it should prioritise in Brexit negotiations.

These six reports will be followed in the New Year by further reports, ahead of the Government’s proposed deadline of March for triggering Article 50. Taken as a whole, this programme of work will be the most extensive and thorough parliamentary scrutiny of Brexit.

The publication schedule for the reports is:

Brexit: UK-Irish relations – Monday 12 December
Brexit: options for trade – Tuesday 13 December
Brexit: acquired rights – Wednesday 14 December
Brexit: financial services – Thursday 15 December
Brexit: future UK-EU security and policing cooperation – Friday 16 December
Brexit: fisheries – Saturday 17 December

For full details and the links to the published reports, see the Committee Page on the Parliament website.

MPs to be surveyed about mental health

According to a report on the BBC News website, MPs are to be surveyed about their mental health with questions about depression, their sense of self-worth and their drinking habits.

The report says:

Former health minister Dr Dan Poulter is conducting the study alongside King’s College London.

The Tory MP said he had seen colleagues clearly struggling with very low mood and behaving erratically under stress.

Researchers say it could establish if mental health issues are more prevalent among MPs than the general population.

The study, based on a standard psychiatric questionnaire, will ask MPs whether they feel they can face up to their problems, overcome difficulties or think of themselves as worthless.

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