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Dame Anne supports sustainable fish

Dame Anne visited Sainsbury’s on Friday to encourage customers to continue to broaden their appetite for fish beyond the ‘Big Five’ species of cod, haddock, tuna, salmon and prawns, which currently makes up 80% of all the fish Brits consume.

Paul Davidson Deputy Manager of Sainsburys Garthdee store, Colleen Hendry, Fish Counter Manager and Superintendent Mike Sandison, Mission Area Officer from the Fishermen’s Mission
Paul Davidson Deputy Manager of Sainsburys Garthdee store, Colleen Hendry, Fish Counter Manager and Superintendent Mike Sandison, Mission Area Officer from the Fishermen’s Mission

When a customer asks for one of the Big Five species at the fish counter on ‘Switch the Fish Day’ they can try a lesser known alternative for free. The launch builds on the success of Sainsbury’s first ‘Switch the Fish Day’ in 2011 which saw sales of fish soar by 12% across fish counters on the day.

Dame Anne said: “I eat quite a lot of fish and enjoy eating a range of varieties when they are offered in a restaurant. However, when it comes to me buying fish for me to cook myself, I am guilty of sticking to probably only half a dozen species.

“That’s why I am delighted to support Sainsbury’s and their campaign to encourage customers to choose sustainable varieties of British fish. I am also looking forward to learning some new recipes from staff on the fish counter.”

Local musicians and small venues urged to enter national music competition

Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South, has called for musicians and small venues in Aberdeen South to enter Rock the House 2013, Parliament’s biggest competition which celebrates up-and-coming British artists and the live music venues that support them.

The competition is open to all music lovers who fall into the following categories: solo artist, band, under 19 solo artist, under 19 band, and best small live music venue. Applications will close on March 1st 2013.

Dame Anne said: “Rock the House is a great opportunity for aspiring artists of any age looking to find a way into the industry. I am excited to listen to the tracks that the people of Aberdeen South can come up with, and hope to receive as many submissions as possible.”

Mike Weatherley MP, founder of Rock the House said: “This competition is the perfect opportunity for talented artists to promote their music, and win some life-changing prizes in the process – from guitars and amps, to slots at gigs and festivals. It will also put MPs in touch with musicians and small venues in their constituencies. We’ve discovered some great talent in the past, and can’t wait to see who we find this year!”

Brian May, Queen guitarist and songwriter said: “It is a great honour to back Rock the House. The UK is a hotbed of musical talent from all genres, and if the British music industry is going to grow and thrive then musicians need to be able to make a living from selling their product.

“This competition gives all musicians, from all backgrounds the chance to get out there and make live music – one of the things Brits do best.”

The finalists will compete in a live battle of the bands, and the winner of each category will then perform live on the balcony of the House of Commons on the evening of the 26th of June 2013.

Rock the House was founded by Mike Weatherley MP to raise awareness of intellectual property theft and live music issues in Parliament. In 2011, the competition was part of a campaign which successfully persuaded the Government that venues with a capacity of 200 people will no longer need a license for live music.

The launch party on Monday 26th November saw the first ever amplified gig in the State Speaker’s Room with British rock band the Young Guns, Rob Damiani from Don Broco and Bernie Marsden from Whitesnake attending the launch.

Other patrons of Rock the House include Alice Cooper, Ian Gillan from Deep Purple, Rick Wakeman, Mark Hoppus from Blink 182, Charlie Simpson from Busted, Matt Tuck from Bullet For My Valentine and Axewound, Rob Damiani from Don Broco, Yngwie Malmsteen, Rob Caggiano from Anthrax, Steel Panther, Scott Gorham from Thin Lizzy and Bernie Marsden from Whitesnake.

This year Rock the House has teamed up with BandApp to make submissions easier and better. For any artists involved this means they’ll get a great tool to promote them and their music. Any music lovers wishing to enter the competition need to head to www.rockthehousehoc.com to create this BandApp.

Dame Anne speaks in ATOS debate in Parliament

Dame Anne spoke for the first time since summer recess in Tuesday’s debate on ATOS’s contract to carry out Work Capability Assessments for sickness benefits.

You can watch her 2hours 7minutes in on the Parliament TV video.