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John Glen MP Nominated for Grassroot Diplomat Award for the Veteran’s Village

John Glen MP

John Glen MP

London, UK – April 20, 2016 – John Glen MP for Salisbury has been shortlisted from over 100 politicians this year for the 4th Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Mr Glen is nominated for his involvement with the Veteran’s Village.

In his role as MP, Mr Glen has been an advocate for individuals and families, both within his constituency and across the UK, who are living in poverty. Mr Glen, who believes that “there is more to poverty than economics”, has been a supporter of the Troubled Families Programme, which focuses on truancy and anti-social behaviour rather than measures of individual income. The programme offers interventions based around individual needs and circumstances, analysing indicators such as family breakdown, educational failure, intergenerational worklessness, addiction, and debt.

As a lead member of the APPG on Poverty and Food, Mr Glen helped to allocate £3.5million of LIBOR funds to Alabare Christian Care and Our Wilton Trust for their plans to create a new Veteran’s Village in the Salisbury constituency. Wiltshire has a large population of veterans in the area and with no dedicated veteran training centre, veterans are left without an opportunity to re-integrate back into society. The Veteran’s Village aims to help vulnerable veterans get back on their feet by tackling issues such as mental health, debt, substance addiction, and employment. This includes building 42 units of housing for veterans with the backing of housing developers, social enterprises, and the community itself. Simply reaching this stage has taken three years of targeting campaign work which Mr Glen has helped to lead.

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals in a position of power, who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others like them to follow suit. Grassroot Diplomat winners go beyond their job descriptions and those shortlisted for the award should be proud to be recognised this far.”

Mr Glen has also been a proponent of the Visions of Good Society campaign, working with churches across the UK to combat family breakdown which can cause poverty along with other challenges that accompany it. He has consistently proven to be an active advocate for helping those in poverty with strong solutions on how to combat the cause.

Join John Glen MP and other government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Wednesday 20th April, 2016. For ticket information please visit: http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/book-tickets or call 07511 816689.

Further details about the awards can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/annual-awards

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About Grassroot Diplomat

Grassroot Diplomat is a non-profit diplomatic consultancy with the mission to build trust and strengthen relationships between governments and civil society. As an independent agency, Grassroot Diplomat shows no allegiance to a solitary government but will act in the interest of the people, no matter where they are or what state their country is in. We focus on improving public diplomacy activities by engaging government officials on sustainable social campaigns and investment projects that offers a positive rate of return for their people.

Contact

Nina Maxwell
Grassroot Diplomat
Voice Message: +44 (0) 207 608 5532
media@grassrootdiplomat.org
www.grassrootdiplomat.org

Laura Mason
Office of John Glen MP
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7219 2675
laura.mason@parliament.uk

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