Mike Backs Cllr Graham Cox Bowls Petition

Bowls Picture

Mike Weatherley, Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has backed a petition that has been launched by Cllr Graham Cox, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Hove and Portslade.

Cllr Graham Cox has started a petition calling on Brighton & Hove City Council to reverse plans to downgrade bowling facilities at the King Alfred in Hove (copy attached).

This follows the release of the councils specification for a replacement leisure centre for Hove which specifies a three-rink bowls room rather than a six-rink bowls hall. Without six rinks, competition will not be possible. It will spell the demise of the King Alfred Indoor Bowls Club and the end of public competitive indoor bowling in the whole city.

Commenting, Mike said: I am 100% behind the provision of decent bowling facilities at a new King Alfred. We need a bowls hall that is better than what we have already got, not worse.

Mike added: I am pleased that Cllr Graham Cox has taken the initiative to draw attention to this important issue. Bowls have a long and proud history in Hove and it would not be right for this to be diminished by cutting corners with the new King Alfred.

Cllr Graham Cox said: Indoor bowling is a popular sport that is carried out by hundreds of residents of Hove and Portslade every week. There is simply no reason to downgrade what we have in place already. I am fully behind the club.

Prime Minister Responds to Mike’s Letter Highlighting Local Anti-Semitism

Letter from PM

Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, who recently wrote to his colleague the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister, in order to highlight the problem of anti-Semitism in Hove has received a response.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, Mike said: It is deeply saddening that a synagogue in Hove was targeted by anti-Semitic vandals earlier in August. I had assumed wrongly that Jewish community in my constituency was safe and free to worship and live their lives without fear of attack. Over the past few weeks, I have heard from a number of concerned constituents who feel that the anti-Semitism that is taking place cannot be ignored any longer. I stand by these residents and look to the Government for assurances on what is being done to address this serious situation.

Commenting, Mike said: I am pleased that the Prime Minister has recognised the harassment against Jewish people in Hove and agrees with me that it is completely unacceptable. The anti-Semitic abuse that residents have been subjected is absolutely disgusting and I join with the Prime Minister in urging anyone who is a victim of a hate crime to report the incident to the police.

Cllr Graham Cox, the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hove and Portslade, added: The response from the Prime Minister is reassuring. Anti-Semitism is a terrible crime and it is important that the Jewish community in Hove not only feels safe but are safe from any form of harassment.

Mike & Residents Make a Splash Handing in 50m Pool Petition

King Alfred 50m Pool Supporters

Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, along with around 100 supporters of the 50m swimming pool campaign, met outside Hove Town Hall before the important Brighton & Hove City Council meeting, which accepted the successful petition.

The petition, in support of a 50m swimming pool, received over 2000 signatures. Signatories included Olympic Diver Chris Mears and swimming champion Karen Pickering MBE.

Mike has been actively supporting new state-of-the-art sporting facilities in Hove. Last year Mike hosted a public meeting attended by hundreds of residents on the redevelopment and also spoke at a Brighton & Hove City Council Policy & Resources meeting in order to keep the desire for a 50m swimming pool alive.

Supporters include: Shiverers Swimming Club; Amateur Swimming Association; Olympic Diver Chris Mears; Karen Pickering MBE; Swimtrek; Brighton Swimming Centre; Brighton Swimming Club; Dolphins Swimming Club; Dolphins Disabled Swimming Club; Marlins Swimming Club.

In his speech to the full council meeting, Mike said: The beauty of a flexible 50m facility is that every now and then, perhaps during early mornings and Friday evenings, it would be transformed into all of its 50m glory and used by the more serious swimmers many of whom are childrenThere are large economic benefits too. A 50m pool that can be used for galas will attract teams from all around the country and, indeed, the continent. These teams will use our local hotels and local restaurants. They will use our shops and spend money at our attractions. Any other configuration will fail in that regard.

Commenting, Mike said: This 50m pool campaign has received huge support from residents across Brighton & Hove, as well as local swimming clubs and national swimming celebrities. I have been clear that I will only support proposals that include a flexible 50m swimming pool and this petition highlights the strength of feeling amongst residents on this matter. I want to thank everyone who helped make this petition so successful and look forward to seeing innovative designs for the King Alfred in the near future.

Mike Welcomes Funding Boost for National IP Crime Unit

Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and former Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, has welcomed a funding announcement by his colleague Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property, which pledges 3m for the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

Mike was a strong advocate for PIPCU during his time as the IP Adviser to the Prime Minister, and wrote to both the his colleague the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, to praise the excellent work of PIPCU, and the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP to push for extra funding. PIPCU is currently funded by the Intellectual Property Office, but before todays announcement funding beyond 2015 was uncertain.

Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe announced today that 3m will be made available to PIPCU to fund the operations of the police unit from 2016-2017. For more information on the funding boost, click here.

In his letter to the Prime Minister in April this year, Mike said: I appreciate that funding for this new unit is not permanent. However, I would like to put on record my support for committing future funding to fighting IP crime and boosting the current level of financial support that is available for PIPCU. As I am sure that you are aware, the creative industries add over 70 billion to our economy and so it really is in our national interest to protect that revenue.

Commenting, Mike said: I am delighted that this funding boost has been announced. Throughout my time as the Prime Ministers Intellectual Property adviser I called for PIPCU to receive more secure financial backing, so I am pleased that the Government has taken this issue seriously. PIPCU without doubt is invaluable in our long-term strategy to tackle IP crime and I know that the dedicated team, led by Commander Steve Head, will be delighted with this welcome news.

Mike Calls on Residents to Join 50m Pool Campaign

As Brighton & Hove City Council announces that it is adverting the King Alfred Development Opportunity, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, is calling on residents to join him on Thursday 23rd October to help show support for the 50m swimming pool campaign.

Mike, who has signalled that he will only support plans that include a 50m swimming pool, is hoping that residents will join him in a group photograph as the hugely successful petition is handed in to Brighton & Hove City Council. To sign the petition, click here.

Mike has arranged a photo at 3:30pm on Thursday 23rd October outside Hove Town Hall with banners and placards in support of a 50m pool. Negotiations are at a critical stage and it is now that residents really need to make their views known.

Mike has been actively supporting new state-of-the-art sporting facilities in Hove. Last year Mike hosted a public meeting attended by hundreds of residents on the redevelopment and also spoke at a Brighton & Hove City Council Policy & Resources meeting in order to keep the desire for a 50m swimming pool alive. Mike has also helped an online petition, signed by Olympic Diver Chris Mears and swimming champion Karen Pickering MBE, calling for a 50m pool, smash its target for signatures.

Supporters include: Shiverers Swimming Club; Amateur Swimming Association; Olympic Diver Chris Mears; Karen Pickering MBE; Swimtrek; Brighton Swimming Centre; Brighton Swimming Club; Dolphins Swimming Club; Dolphins Disabled Swimming Club; Marlins Swimming Club.

Commenting, Mike said: I am pleased that progress is finally being made and that bidding submissions are now being sought by Brighton & Hove City Council. However, I want to make it absolutely clear that as the Member of Parliament for Hove I will only be supporting proposals that include a 50m swimming pool facility. I hope that residents who support this facility will turn up to help secure its future.

IP Adviser to PM Stands Down from Role

Mike Weatherley, Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has today written to the Prime Minister to inform him that he is standing down as his IP adviser.

Mike was appointed by the Prime Minister in September 2013 to be his Intellectual Property Adviser. In his role, Mike has worked closely with the IPO and others on many issues, including the IP Bill and the SIs on exceptions following the Hargreaves report. He has also Mike has published three seminal reports on IP issues, namely search engines and advertising revenue on pirate sites, with his third report on Copyright Education and Awareness, published today.

Since his appointment, Mike has received praise for his work from within industry, as well as parliamentarians from both sides of the House. A number of colleagues have praised Mikes contribution to Parliament as an expert in the field of IP and that his endeavours have been valuable to the country. Highlighting the importance of Mikes role in a speech made at the beginning of September, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, commented that, For the first time in UK history, the Prime Minister has appointed an adviser on intellectual property.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, Mike said: As you know, I announced in July that I would not be seeking re-election in 2015 and having undertaken this role for a year I now believe that this it is time for me to step aside as we approach and plan for the General Election.

As your IP adviser I have been privileged work closely with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the national Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) based at City of London Police. John Alty, Chief Executive of the IPO, has been excellent Government official to work with and provided me with first-rate support. Also, Commander Stephen Head is an outstanding leader of a great team at PIPCU.

Industry, both at home and abroad, have been extremely pleased with the conduit role that my position facilitated and I hope that this improved dialogue will continue. I feel that my contribution has significantly raised the importance of IP with legislators and others IP has now become an accepted intrinsic part of entrepreneurship.

I am pleased that the two reports that I have submitted previously to you, Search Engines and Piracy: A Discussion Paper and Follow the Money: Financial Options to Assist in the Battle Against Online Piracy, have been a helpful contribution to how our country addresses Intellectual Property issues. My final report on Education I hope will help drive a wider message.

Commenting, Mike said: It has been a wonderful opportunity to work with the Prime Minister in this way. Feedback from industry has been very encouraging throughout the time that I served as the Prime Ministers adviser and I have very much enjoyed the work that was involved in both tackling IP crime and boosting the profile of IP generally.

COMMENTS ON MIKES ANNOUNCEMENT

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister, said: I wish to thank Mike for his hard work over the last year in raising the profile of the importance of Intellectual Property. Respect for Intellectual Property is crucial to our economy and the role that Mike has played has been a great help to the Government in addressing this important issue.

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, said: Mike has been a passionate and powerful advocate for intellectual property and I would like to play tribute to the role he has played as the Prime Ministers IP adviser. He has made a whole series of thoughtful recommendations which we have has either already acted upon, or are actively considering. Id like to thank him for all he has done.

The Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, Chairmain of the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee, said: Mike has done a tremendous job in raising awareness of the importance of Intellectual Property Rights in Parliament and beyond. Thanks to his efforts real progress has been made in strengthening IP protection and thus supporting some of Britains most important industries.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property, said: Mike has made a major contribution to the IP agenda over the past year which I, and the IPO, have greatly valued. He has linked the creative industries to Government and promoted a series of imaginative and ground-breaking initiatives. Mike leaves a valuable legacy which will help shape our work for the future.

Commander Stephen Head, City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), said: I was very sad to hear Mike Weatherley is stepping down from his role as the Prime Ministers IP Adviser and wish him the very best for the future. He has been an inspirational leader in raising public and private sector awareness of the importance of IP crime to the UK economy and a dedicated and highly valued supporter of our Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit throughout its first year in operation.

In particular Mikes hard work and commitment has focused Government attention on the key facilitators of IP crime and been instrumental in the establishment of a credible UK deterrent involving a staged multi-agency approach that is now recognised as international best-practice and is being replicated by a many other countries around the world.”

Intellectual Property Education Report Launch a Success

Mike at Report Launch

Mike Weatherley, Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has today in Parliament launched his third IP related report entitled Copyright Education and Awareness. The report examines IP education and aims to help reinforce on the public the importance of respecting IP and paying a fair price for content.

To download the report in full, click here.




The launch included a short presentation by Mike, followed by a panel discussion with:

Scott Walker (PRS for Music)
Rosa Wilkinson (IPO Director of Innovation)
Michael Price (Emmy Award winning composer)
Liz Bales (The Industry Trust for IP Awareness)
Barbara Hayes (ALCS)
Martin Ace Kent (Director of Ace Guitar Academy and guitarist – Skunk Anansie)

Recommendations include: A step up in the coordination of IP awareness programmes, led by the IPO; Greater measurement of IP perceptions and behaviours; Incorporating IP education in the school curriculum; The BBC to create a copyright education programme; Emphasis on better, clearer information on IP education; Making better use of technology; Introduction of an IP/Education coordinator; Emphasis on reporting outcomes across Government.

Commenting, Mike said: Getting education right on Intellectual Property awareness is paramount if, as a country, we are to property respect the value of the creative industries. I have now submitted three reports to the Prime Minister on various aspects of Intellectual Property and I hope that my education report will help shape the future of both IP education and awareness across the country.

Commenting, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, said: Intellectual property underpins our creative industries. Its what our past success was built on and its what our future success depends on. We need to get the message across that if people value creativity and most do then it has to be paid for.

Education plays a vitally important role in changing peoples behaviour. By communicating the vital importance of copyright, not just to the success of our creative industries but to the many jobs these sectors will create, we hope to bring about behavioural change.

Working with Mike Weatherley MP, the Prime Ministers adviser on intellectual property, we have made important steps forward in tackling intellectual property theft in recent months but we are not complacent. There is more to do and we are determined to work alongside all parties to build a fair and legal online economy.

Mike Publishes Report on Intellectual Property Education

Mike Weatherley, Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has published his third IP related report entitled Copyright Education and Awareness, which examines IP education and aims to help reinforce on the public the importance of respecting IP and paying a fair price for content.

In his capacity as David Camerons Intellectual Property Adviser, Mike has previously published two other internationally acclaimed reports. Follow the Money, which addresses the detrimental impact of illegal websites profiting from advertising. To read the report, click here. Mike has also published a report entitled Search Engines and Piracy, which outlines the shortcomings of search engine providers in the fight against online piracy. To read the Search Engines and Piracy report, click here.

Recommendations include: A step up in the coordination of IP awareness programmes, led by the IPO; Greater measurement of IP perceptions and behaviours; Incorporating IP education in the school curriculum; The BBC to create a copyright education programme; Emphasis on better, clearer information on IP education; Making better use of technology; Introduction of an IP/Education coordinator; Emphasis on reporting outcomes across Government.

Commenting, Mike said: Getting education right on Intellectual Property awareness is paramount if, as a country, we are to property respect the value of the creative industries. I have now submitted three reports to the Prime Minister on various aspects of Intellectual Property and I hope that my education report will help shape the future of both IP education and awareness across the country.

Commenting, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, said: Intellectual property underpins our creative industries. Its what our past success was built on and its what our future success depends on. We need to get the message across that if people value creativity and most do then it has to be paid for.

Education plays a vitally important role in changing peoples behaviour. By communicating the vital importance of copyright, not just to the success of our creative industries but to the many jobs these sectors will create, we hope to bring about behavioural change.

Working with Mike Weatherley MP, the Prime Ministers adviser on intellectual property, we have made important steps forward in tackling intellectual property theft in recent months but we are not complacent. There is more to do and we are determined to work alongside all parties to build a fair and legal online economy.

PMs IP Adviser Weatherley Champions New IP Legislation

Mike Weatherley, Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has championed the new copyright legislation that comes into force on 1st October.

With the changes, people will now be able to legally make digital copies of music, films and eBooks for personal use. The new reforms cover Education and news reporting to parody, caricature and pastiche, as well as archiving. The changes could contribute at least 500m to the UK economy over 10 years, and perhaps much more from reduced costs, increased competition and by making copyright works more valuable. For more information on the changes, click here.

Commenting, Mike said: Most people would agree that is was a bit ridiculous that the law has been so slow to catch up with technology, so this is a positive step in the right direction. As I have said before, I do have reservations with research and parody exemptions, but otherwise this is a good update to Britains copyright laws.

In a letter to Mike about the changes, John Alty, Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office said: The Government, and the IPO in particular, has worked closely with individuals and organisations across the IP community to reach this point. There is still more work to do to implement the full package of reforms to which the Government Committed following the Hargreaves report , but I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution, and that of your colleagues, through this process.

Mike Backs Graham Coxs Clean-up Campaign

Mike Weatherley is backing a campaign to clean-up Brighton & Hove which has been launched by Cllr Graham Cox, the new Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Hove and Portslade.

In his capacity as a Councillor in Hove, Graham has been in daily contact with Cityclean at Brighton & Hove City Council in order to push for rubbish to be collected and for fly-tipping to be tackled. More information on the campaign can be found on Grahams new website www.grahamcox.org.uk.

Commenting, Mike said: Graham has been pushing Brighton & Hove City Council to tackle the litter problem and I support his campaign on the issue, including calls on Labour to push for the GMB Union to call off their planned strikes. Graham has a fantastic website that clearly highlights why he would be an excellent Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade. I hope that anyone who has any questions about the new Conservative candidate for the 2015 General Election will check out Grahams website and get in touch with him directly.

Cllr Graham Cox, the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hove and Portslade, added: The level of rubbish that is building up on streets across Hove and Portslade is simply unacceptable. More refuse collection strikes are planned and so I would urge Labour to call on the GMB Union to call off this disruptive action.