Barry joins Team Ignite at Claremont High School for Wings of Hope tea party

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On 6th March 2014 Barry was delighted to join Team Ignite of Claremont High School for an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party to raise funds for the Wings of Hope charity.

Wings of Hope is a children's charity who work to provide free education and support for poor and orphaned children in India and Malawi

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Barry takes part in launch of British Heart Foundation's pop-up shops

Barry_Gardiner_MP_supports_British_Heart_Foundation_Pop-Up_ShopsOn 7th February 2014 Barry showed his support for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at the launch of their first ever pop-up shop at the Houses of Parliament.

The BHF shops raise essential funds for life-saving research and help to raise awareness of heart disease which is one of the biggest killers in the UK.

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Barry joins local Councillors and volunteers to clean Brent streets

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On 18th January Barry joined local Councillors and volunteers in Wembley to clear up waste and rubbish left on the streets.

Brent Council has launched a campaign to target illegal waste being dumped on the streets

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Barry opens new children's home in Brent

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On 11th January 2014 Barry was delighted to be invited to join the team at House of Hope London to open a new care home for children and young people in Brent.

House of Hope London provides a spacious and comfortable home for children in need of care, support and stability

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Barry pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

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Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking in a debate in Parliament to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and to recognise the immense impact that his life has had on me and, indeed, on us all.

At the time of the South African Barbarians rugby tour of 1979, my wife Caroline and I were young newlyweds, and I remember that we made the journey only a few weeks into our marriage to protest against the tour. We were not politically sophisticated but we recognised the simple injustice of apartheid and we had to express our revulsion to it.

I was privileged in 2006 to be shown into Mandela's cell on Robben Island by Ahmed Kathrada, the youngest of the defendants in the Rivonia trial. He allowed me a few quiet moments to reflect on the 27 years of my life that had passed since going on that first demonstration—the same period that Mandela had spent in that cell. It was profoundly humbling.

I had the opportunity yesterday to pay respect on behalf of my constituents who I'm sure feel that their lives are enlarged by the knowledge that they have lived at the same time as Mandela. Brent is perhaps the most diverse place in Europe and was the first to honour Mandela by naming a street after him. Brent understands his essential message that people of different race and different belief can and must live alongside one another.

It is said that power corrupts, but the truth is that power reveals. It allows the powerful to show their true nature. The reason that power seems to corrupt is that too often it reveals the corrupt nature of those who gain power. The glory of Nelson Mandela is that power revealed in him not rancour and bitterness but the extraordinary noble nature, the great soul of one who had suffered and not forgotten the purpose to which he had dedicated his life—the dignity of all human beings and their right to justice.

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Barry wins Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year Award

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On 9th December 2013 Barry was honoured to win the Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year Award at an event that took place in the Houses of Parliament.

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management's prestigious annual awards recognise the contributions of people from across the board to improving the management of our environment. CIWEM recognised Barry's efforts since his becomming Member of Parliament in 1997 presenting the award for his:

"unceasing efforts to promote a range of environmental issues over a parliamentary career spanning more than 15 years."

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Barry calls on Government to address problems with NHS diagnostic services in Brent

2013.03.20_-_BUDGETOn 4th November 2013 Barry called on the Government to address serious problems with healthcare services in Brent that might endanger patient diagnoses during a debate he led in Parliament, following a number of serious issues with pathology and scanning services in Brent due to errors being made by private companies to whom these services have been outsourced.

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Barry takes par in Diabetes Health Challenge to raise awareness for Diabetes

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On 30th October 2013 Barry took part in the annual diabetes charity event, the Silver Star Diabetes Health Challenge, in the House of Commons to help raise awareness of the condition and how it can affect people's lives.

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Barry takes part in Age UK Brent dementia conference

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On 25th October 2013 Barry took part in Age UK Brent's Dementia Conference to discuss the criticial challenges arising from dementia and to raise awareness of the need for early diganosis. Dementia will effect 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 and is recognised as the leading cause of disability in later life yet a great number of cases go undiagnosed.

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