The importance of MP, AM and Local Councillor influence, both in the local media and on the national agenda, means that their support for 4in10: The End Child Poverty London Project is crucial to the project's success. Equally, 4in10 offers MPs, AMs and Local Councillors a valuable opportunity to engage with campaigners and community organisations in their constituencies.
Please find below a list of MPs, AMs and Local Councillors who have pledged their support for the project.
Tom Brake MP
Liberal Democrat London Spokesman
Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington
"It is a disgrace that in one of the world's richest cities we still have 650,000 children living in poverty. 4 in 10's initiative will help to ensure that all organisations fighting against child poverty will know what works best. Well done to 4 in 10!"
David Burrowes MP
Shadow Justice Minister
Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate
“650,000 children in poverty in our capital is 650,000 too many. Poverty seriously affects a child’s life chances, poorer children are ten times as likely to die suddenly in infancy as children from better off families. Projects like this are a welcome initiative which will provide a one-stop shop for best practice that any organisations working with children will be able to utilise.”
David Evennett MP
Conservative MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford
“Four in ten children in Greater London are living in poverty. These children have to live without decent nutritional meals, a new school uniform and may never have had a family holiday. I want to see more projects like this which will tackle the specific challenges that London faces in ending child poverty.”
Justine Greening MP
Shadow Treasury Minister
Conservative MP for Putney
“650,000 children in London live in poverty – the largest concentration in the country. This is a scar on our society and should no longer be tolerated. Projects like this are a welcome initiative. It is vital that organisations working for and with children and their families share best practice to enable them to tackle child poverty in our capital.”
Greg Hands MP
Conservative MP for Hammersmith and Fulham
“It’s a saddening thought and an even more shocking reality that 650,000 children in London are living a life of poverty. They are missing out on educational and life chances and their health suffers simply by default of being poor. I want to see more projects like this to make best practice solutions accessible to those working to fight child poverty.”
Meg Hillier MP
Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Identity
"Today’s children are the UK’s future and we must continue to work to support children living in poverty."
Rt Hon Beverley Hughes MP
Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families
Labour MP for Stretford and Urmston
“Children who grow up in poverty suffer not only from poverty of income, but poverty of aspiration, opportunity and experience. This is not good enough: no child should have their life blighted by poverty. Third sector organisations are key partners in tackling child poverty at a national, local and community level. They can make a valuable contribution, particularly in supporting the most hard-to-reach groups. I’m very pleased that the ‘4 in 10’ project will be supporting such organisations to make a difference in the capital.”
Susan Kramer MP
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Families
Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park
“I am hugely supportive of End Child Poverty’s “4 in 10” London initiative. I applaud their efforts to co-ordinate this vital fight and to make best practice solutions accessible to everyone working to end child poverty in the capital. Four in ten London children living in poverty in the year 2008 is a shameful statistic and one that must be stamped out.”
Rt Hon Tony McNulty MP
Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform and Minister for London
Labour MP for Harrow East
“Eradicating child poverty is essential for the prosperity of our nation and is essential if all our children, families, communities and our economy are to thrive and realise their full potential. We are determined to do everything we can to end child poverty in London and I am pleased to support the ‘4 in 10’ project which is set to make a valuable contribution towards this goal.”
Andrew Selous MP
Shadow Minister for Family Welfare and Child Support
Conservative MP for South West Bedfordshire
“Four in ten children in London live in poverty. Their parents have to make tough daily decisions about whether they provide a nourishing meal for the family or pay the gas bill. Child poverty in London has remained stubbornly at this level since 2000. Projects like this have shown great initiative in tackling the challenges our capital faces in ending child poverty. “
Sarah Teather MP
Liberal Democrat MP for Brent East
"It is an absolute scandal that more than half of the children in Brent are growing up in poverty and hardship. The "4 in 10" campaign is playing an absolutely vital role in making sure that this issue gets the attention it deserves. The fight against poverty must be a priority if we are to avoid failing yet another generation of London children."
Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Labour MP for East Ham
"The Government is committed to ending child poverty in the UK. Everyone must play a part if we are going to achieve our ambitions. I applaud the work of End Child Poverty to raise awareness of the extent of child poverty in London. In particular the '4 in 10 project' will encourage and help organisations working with children and their families share best practice to tackle child poverty in our capital."