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Meg Hillier

Labour & Co-operative MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch
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Meg Hillier MP has been Labour & Co-operative MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch since 2005 and was previously a borough councillor and member of the London Assembly.

Meg was Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 2010-11 and chaired the Parliamentary Group of Co-operative MPs 2010/11.

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  • Lack of positive measures for co-ops in Queen’s Speech (10 May 2012)
    Parliamentary Officer Joe Fortune considers yesterday’s Queen’s Speech but sees little good news for co-operatives. Following the local election results, the Coalition Government briefed that they were ready to re-launch their partnership for power. The subsequent Queen’s Speech was to act as the clarion call for the Government’s priorities for the coming legislative term. The fifteen […]
  • “Co-op housing will be a central plank of Labour’s housing policies in the next manifesto” (28 Nov 2011)
    Last Wednesday, co-operators gathered in Westminster with Labour's Shadow Housing Minister to discuss Labour & Co-operative MP Jonathan Reynolds’ private members bill on co-operative housing tenure, reports Daniel Carey-Dawes.
  • Event: Co-operative Housing, 23 November, Westminster (27 Oct 2011)
    Whilst the UK’s housing stock only comprises of 0.6% co-operative housing, the European average is 15% with some countries such as Turkey and Norway having as much as 25% of housing being owned and run by co-ops. This country is one of the few that does not recognise co-operative housing in law. That’s why we […]
  • The co-operative week in Westminster (16 Sep 2011)
    Parliamentary Officer Joe Fortune rounds up the latest from Parliament with the work of Co-operative Parliamentarians. This regular column will briefly round up some of the important or noteworthy pieces of Parliamentary activity and business for co-operators each week. It will highlight the work being done by Co-operative Party MPs and co-operators in Westminster. Of […]
  • LabourList takeover: Meg Hillier – Today, we fight for the people shivering under blankets (9 Sep 2011)
    Today the Co-op Party meets against a backcloth of rising prices for gas and electricity. As the temperature drops, millions will start to see their energy prices spiral out of their reach. They will face the terrible choice between staying warm and running up debts, and turning off the heating despite plummeting temperatures. Those on […]
  • Meg Hillier: Trust in the future – how Labour will tackle climate change (15 Jul 2011)
    Meg Hillier MP, Shadow Energy & Climate Change Secretary and Chair of the Co-operative Parliamentary Group, gave a speech to BusinessGreen tonight. In her speech, Meg outlined Labour’s commitment to a green economy and green jobs, reducing energy dependence and helping people with rising energy prices. She advocated renewables especially on-shore wind and, above all, […]
  • Meg Hillier: The Co-operative Party in Westminster: Who we are, and what we do (11 Sep 2010)
    The Co-operative Party is the second largest opposition party in parliament with 28 MPs. Each of them is, of course, also a Labour MP. As a group we are keen to bring our distinctive and radical policy agenda to help shape the policies of the current government and of the opposition. We have a talented […]
  • [Hywel Williams in the Chair] — Careers Advice (14 to 19-Year-Olds) (25 Feb 2015)
    Meg Hillier: As ever, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Williams. I strongly congratulate the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Stephen Lloyd) on securing this debate on a crucial subject. I represent one of the youngest constituencies in the country. I can barely walk down the street, and I can certainly never visit a school or educational establishment, without young people directly...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Staff (24 Feb 2015)
    Meg Hillier: Those of us on the Public Accounts Committee have heard about the industrial scale of this revolving door of people going out of one job and into another with a fat redundancy payment. Does this not show that the Government have lost their grip on what is truly important in the NHS, which is paying front-line clinicians to serve patients?
  • Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day]: Electoral Registration (4 Feb 2015)
    Meg Hillier: I am concerned that the number of people on the electoral register is used as a proxy for local government funding allocations. Does my hon. Friend agree that that is a real concern, especially for the poorer constituencies, which are experiencing the greatest drop-off of all?
  • Broadband (Tech City) (4 Feb 2015)
    Meg Hillier: rose-
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Human Trafficking (3 Feb 2015)
    Meg Hillier: The Secretary of State says that the issue of human trafficking is not his responsibility, but the issue of convictions is, and one of the key challenges is gathering evidence. In my constituency, I often meet victims many years after the trafficking offences have been committed. The Home Office may be responsible for some of these matters, but what is the right hon. Gentleman’s...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: First-time Buyers (2 Feb 2015)
    Meg Hillier: One way that the Minister can help first-time buyers in my constituency is to tackle high rents and insecurity in the private rented sector. Increasingly, there are reports of people who are not couples being forced to share a bedroom because they cannot afford the high rents in London, yet the Minister is being complacent. Is it not time that the Government acted?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: General Election Count (29 Jan 2015)
    Meg Hillier: The question of the hon. Member for Kettering (Mr Hollobone) underlines the complexity of our current polling system. I was proud to be a member of your Commission on Digital Democracy, Mr Speaker, which recommended a move towards online voting. That, of course, would obviate the need for the counts. Will the Electoral Commission spokesman tell us its views on how fast we can move towards...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Careers and Enterprise Company (19 Jan 2015)
    Meg Hillier: When I talk to many young people in Hackney, they all tell me they want actual experience in the workplace with an employer, rather than just talks at school. The Government have thrown a lot of money at this. What is the Secretary of State doing to monitor how effective the money is in getting young people socially mobile and moving onward and upward?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Mobile Telephone Coverage (15 Jan 2015)
    Meg Hillier: The Secretary of State has taken some bold steps to push mobile telephone companies to increase coverage in not spots. However, even in areas such as mine in Shoreditch, with mobile coverage, wi-fi and broadband, there is a real issue about planning permission for buildings that are tall enough to allow other technologies to flourish. Will he update the House on conversations he is having or...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Terrorist Attacks (Paris) (14 Jan 2015)
    Meg Hillier: Will the Home Secretary update the House on how well the Prevent strategy is working in reaching people at the grass roots who work with young people? Whatever the House does, quite rightly, to protect people’s primary civil liberty-that of life and limb-through new legislation, the security services cannot be everywhere and that network on the ground is most important.
  • FAQS (24 Feb 2015)
    Why do you need to know my address? Due to strict Parliamentary rules, MPs can only take up issues on behalf of their constituents. If you do not live in Hackney South and Shoreditch you will need to contact your own MP. You can check who your MP is here – http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ Do I need an appointment to attend your advice surgeries? The advice surgeries are usually held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, the dates for the next advice surgeries are advertised on the home page. You don’t need an appointment to attend the advice surgery. Meg and her caseworkers see constituents on a first come, first seen basis. When you arrive for the advice surgery you will need to sign in on our list so we know you want to be seen. Where are the advice surgeries held? Our advice surgeries are normally held at Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, E8 1EA. However, due to ongoing maintenance work at the Town Hall, the advice surgeries have be moved to other locations around the Town Hall. To check where the surgery will be please ring the office on 020 7219 5325 or go to the Town Hall reception who can direct you to us.
  • Hackney Council private rented sector housing survey (10 Feb 2015)
    It’s the last week to complete Hackney Council’s housing survey. Closes 28 February 2015.
  • Nigerian presidential elections postponed by six weeks (9 Feb 2015)
    Concerned and disappointed by the decision to postpone elections in Nigeria.
  • MP Report December 2014 - January 2015 (6 Feb 2015)
    Problems in hospital A&E units, human rights in Nigeria, funeral poverty and many other issues are covered in my latest MP report.
  • Human Trafficking (5 Feb 2015)
    Ministry of Justice must address low prosecutions of human traffickers.
  • Tragic death of cyclist on Homerton High Street (5 Feb 2015)
    Very sad news of the death of a cyclist on a stretch of road where residents and ward councillors have been campaigning for improvements.