Local MP celebrates Day of the Single Parent
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11 Jul 2019
MP has attended a reception in Parliament to celebrate the UK’s second ever Day
of the Single Parent.
The event was
organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Single Parent Families
and featured appearances from high-profile single parents including, actress
Michelle Collins and comic Shappi Khorsandi, as well as numerous organisations that work on single
parent issues in our communities and TV presenter Adrian Chiles who spoke at
The Day of the
Single Parent was
created to honour and recognise the hard work, devotion and sacrifices of
single parenting. It was first celebrated in America in 1984.
understood that there are more than 2,000 single parent families living in
Margaret Greenwood’s Wirral West constituency.
the event, Margaret Greenwood said:
enjoyed attending the event in Parliament to celebrate the Day of the Single
“It was very
interesting to hear about the experiences of some of the single parents who
“There is a
clear lack of genuine recognition and appropriate support for single parent
families, and it is a critical and increasingly important issue.
especially interesting to hear comic Shappi Khorsandi urging MPs to reverse the
closure of Sure Start centres – hundreds of which have shut since the
Conservatives have been in power.
and the support it gives to vulnerable and hard-to-reach parents, was one of
the great achievements of the last Labour government, but under the
Conservatives 1,200 Sure Start centres have been lost.
been clear that we will halt the closures and increase the amount of money
available for Sure Start.
“Nearly one in
four children live in one parent families, so it really is important that
government policy reflects that and that hard-working mums and dads get the
support they need.”