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Mike Meets BBFC Bosses to Discuss Film Exemptions


Mike has met with executives at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to gain a better understanding of the regulator and its work.

Mike was invited to the headquarters of the BBFC in central London and given a tour of the building whilst discussing the exempt category which is not actually classified by the BBFC. Videos which are designed to educate, inform or instruct or which are concerned with music, sport or religion are exempt from classification unless they contain certain extreme content. Mike was shocked though by some of the material that is in fact exempt from classification.

The British Board of Film Classification is an independent, non-governmental body which has classified cinema films since it was set up in 1912 and has classified videos/DVDs since the Video Recordings Act was passed in 1984. It is independent, self-financing and not-for-profit. For more information, please see www.bbfc.co.uk.

Commenting, Mike said: It was fascinating to see first-hand the work that BBFC undertakes and having met with representatives before, I was aware of the important work that they do. It was a very informative visit and I was given a demonstration of the classification process. I particularly look forward to working with the BBFC in the future to help solve the exemption gap.

Insulate Your Home to Cut Your Energy Costs


Mike Weatherley MP Ready for Winter

Mike has called on residents to take advantage of a national free insulation offer before the onset of winter.

Currently, around 1 of every 4 spent on heating UK homes is wasted because of a lack of adequate insulation. With an estimated 6 million cavity walls unfilled, and 10 million lofts left unlagged, huge amounts of money and energy are being wasted. To help cut costs, British Gas is offering all of their customers free insulation this winter. Mike recently attended an event at Parliament to highlight the benefits of the programme.

Commenting, Mike said: With rising fuel prices, I know that residents will welcome ways to help reduce their fuel bills. British Gas are running a great scheme that I would encourage everyone who is eligible to take up before the cold spell sets in.

Dont Let Gay Hotline Close


Mike has called for help to save the Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard which faces closure.

Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard provides an important telephone help-line service and a counselling service to more than 1000 people per year. It costs the charity 250 per day to operate and now need 20,000 is needed by April 2012 to avoid closure. The switchboard was founded in 1975 and has been providing services to the LGBT community in Brighton & Hove and beyond ever since.

Originally operating as a helpline, the switchboard has expanded over the years to include a face-to-face counselling service as well as providing diversity, awareness programmes to local organisations. For more details, please see: www.switchboard.org.uk

Commenting, Mike said: The LGBT Switchboard desperately needs to raise 20,000 by early next year in order to avert closure and to keep providing their valuable counselling via their helpline. I urge anyone who can help to get in touch with the switchboard as soon as possible.

Type 1 Diabetes Must Not be Ignored


Mike made the point on World Diabetes Day that Type 1 diabetes must not be ignored.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on 14th November. The campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation and was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation in conjunction with the World Health Organization. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world with a view to keeping diabetes firmly in the public spotlight.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) works hard to raise specific awareness of Type 1 diabetes. Over the last 40 years, JDRF has raised more than 900m for research. More details of the campaign can be found at www.jdrf1campaign.org.uk.

Commenting, Mike said: Most people know someone who has diabetes and projects like world diabetes day do great work to draw attention to this serious medical condition. I want to draw particular attention to Type 1 diabetes, which is dramatically on the rise, especially in young children, and has no known cure.