Mark Lazarowicz MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

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Mark visited Edinburgh Food Project today to meet staff at its new warehouse operation and learn more about how it is helping people here in Edinburgh struggling to put food on the table.

Edinburgh Food Project runs two of Edinburgh’s five Trussell Trust foodbanks covering the North West and Central areas of the city. You can find information on them at http://edinburghnw.foodbank.org.uk/

Mark said:

“I was extremely impressed by the hard work of all the staff at Edinburgh Food Project who are providing a vital service to people in the community in food poverty.

“People come to their two food banks for a range of reasons, some because of delays in benefit claims or sanctions but there are people as well who are in work but are still struggling to meet ever increasing basic bills.

“The Government refuses to see this for the tragedy it is and whilst I can’t praise the staff highly enough I also hope to see the day when people aren’t forced to turn to food banks.”

Since opening in November 2012 Edinburgh Food Project has fed over 5,500 people in crisis with food packs covering at least three days - the equivalent of 50,000 meals.

As part of the open day they held a ‘Tinned Sponge Pudding Pyramid’ which was built with donations.

Mark goes behind the scenes to meet staff at Edinburgh Food Project open day

Mark visited Edinburgh Food Project today to meet staff at its new warehouse operation and learn more about how it is helping people here in Edinburgh struggling to put food...

Mark attended a public consultation in Leith on Scottish Labour MSP, Anne McTaggart’s draft Bill in the Scottish Parliament which would introduce a new opt-out system of organ donation in Scotland and urged people in Edinburgh North and Leith to contribute to the consultation on the Bill which lasts until 25th September.

Under the Bill, in the event of someone’s death it would be presumed that the person consented to the use of their organs for transplant unless they had expressly stated otherwise or their family knew of an objection.

Mark said:

“I congratulate Anne McTaggart on her initiative and and I urge people in Edinburgh North and Leith to contribute their views to the consultation so that it can be properly debated and achieve its purpose in giving more people the chance of an organ transplant

“Under the current opt-in system around 40% of Scots are on the organ donor register and this sign of quiet concern for others is something to be proud of but that still leaves well over 600 people anxiously waiting for a transplant each year.”

Details of the Bill and public consultation including how to contribute can be found at

http://www.annemctaggart.co.uk/organ-donation-bill-consultation-launched

Last year the Welsh Government introduced a Bill to introduce an opt-out system which became law with the new system to become operational from 1st December 2015. It was influenced by evidence that suggested that an opt-out system could increase the number of organ donors by 25 – 30%.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland, the British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland and the British Liver Trust have all called for Scotland to follow suit.

Mark urges people to give their views on Bill for opt-out organ donation system in Scotland

Mark attended a public consultation in Leith on Scottish Labour MSP, Anne McTaggart’s draft Bill in the Scottish Parliament which would introduce a new opt-out system of organ donation in...

Mark has signed a declaration calling for the Arctic to be safeguarded from a rush to exploit its natural resources which could speed the melting of the Polar ice cap with severe consequences not just for the environment in the Arctic itself but climate change in general by transforming weather patterns.

The marine biologist Sylvia Earle, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson and leading NGOs are supporting the Declaration which has also been passed by the European Parliament. It can be found at http://www.arcticdeclaration.org/

Mark was one of the MPs behind a pioneering report on protecting the Arctic published in September 2012 which you can find here. He said:

“I am very pleased to see this Declaration highlight the dangers facing the Arctic if unrestrained commercial exploitation such as drilling for oil is allowed to go ahead.

“The long Arctic winter would make any clean-up operation extremely difficult – that’s why an environmental sanctuary over at least part of the Arctic is essential before we consider commercial exploitation on any scale.”

“The ice cap is already melting at an alarming speed and safeguarding it should be one of the key parts of any strategy to tackle climate change.”

The Declaration and its demands will be presented, along with a petition of 5 million names, to global leaders and to the foreign ministers of the Arctic States (USA, Russia, Canada, Norway and Denmark).

Protecting the Arctic: Mark signs calls to safeguard ice cap from exploitation

Mark has signed a declaration calling for the Arctic to be safeguarded from a rush to exploit its natural resources which could speed the melting of the Polar ice cap...


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