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Boris Johnson in Kent

Damian Collins (Folkestone and Hythe)

On Thursday last week I attended a specially organised meeting in Dover, where Boris Johnson addressed hundreds of Conservative Party members from across East Kent about his priorities for government, should he be chosen next Wednesday to be our new Prime Minister. The event was hosted by the Dover MP Charlie Elphicke and also supported by our local parliamentary colleagues Damian Green and Craig Mackinlay.

Boris used the meeting to set out some of the main issues he has campaigned on, and in particular his commitment to deliver Brexit and take the UK out of the European Union by the end of October. He also underlined his support for local policing, and in particular to increase the police budget by over £1billion in order to fund the recruitment of more than 20,000 front line officers. In Kent, because of the leadership of our Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott, we have seen the number of Police and Community Support Officers increase by over 400 since 2016, and these additional recruits promised by Boris Johnson should lead to substantially more resources for visible community policing.

In terms of policies to specifically benefit Kent, we were all pleased to hear Boris Johnson committing a future government led by him to completing the dualling of the A2 into Dover. This will be a significant improvement to the road infrastructure in the county and will greatly help with managing traffic flows in and out of the Port of Dover. Boris also stated that he had met with the Port authorities during his visit who confirmed that they were ready for Brexit, with or without a deal, and believed that they would be able to cope with any challenges that this presented in terms of the managing of road freight and other vehicles. Last week I also met with senior executives from Eurotunnel who also assured me that they were prepared for Brexit. Both the Port and the Tunnel have made substantial investments in their systems, and also in additional places to hold vehicles. Further to this we have the scheme funded on the M20 by the Department for Transport, to run a contraflow system on the M20 should the coast bound carriageway between junctions eight and nine be required to hold lorries. As most motorists in Kent know, the barrier will remain in place until the end of October, and then for as long as it is needed after that. I would like to see it go as soon as possible, but I would rather we had our contingency plans in place in case we need them, rather than be starting from scratch should a problem occur.

Finally, I would like to send my congratulations as well to the England men’s cricket team for winning the World Cup. This is a great achievement and matches the triumph of the England women’s cricket team two years ago. I hope that the success of both teams will inspire more people to take up and play cricket.

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Maria Miller, Basingstoke’s MP held a meeting with patients of Beggarwood surgery on Saturday 13 July to discuss their concerns over the continuing uncertain future of this GP Surgery. The meeting was attended by local Councillors, the NHS people who commission local GP services along with more than 70 local residents.

Brownhills Air Cadets Dine In

Wendy Morton (Aldridge-Brownhills)

It was an honour to be invited to join the Air Cadets from 1444 (Brownhills) Squadron at their recent Annual Dining In and Presentation Evening.

It was an evening to celebrate and recognise achievement and success with the presentation of Awards and Certificates. It was also an evening to acknowledge and thank everyone for their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm, as well as the tremendous contribution they make locally to Brownhills community.

Congratulations to you all.

There was a strong unanimous feeling from residents at a public meeting Lee Waters AM and I organised last Friday to halt and rethink traffic lights on Capel Ifan Road before it becomes another Sandy Road bottleneck.

It is crazy to say that there cannot be any change to the plans going forward. One positive suggestion was to use the lights as pedestrian controlled, so that pedestrians could cross the road safely, but the lights would only come on when used by pedestrians – and so not cause the intolerable build up of traffic outside residents’ front doors and the frustration to drivers of long tailbacks.

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has received a special award, in recognition of their support for the Long Live the Local campaign and helping to secure consecutive freezes in beer duty.

Gwynne was presented with the ‘Beer Champion’ award, a unique tap-handle trophy created especially for the occasion.

The special award is an initiative from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) to recognise the role of Andrew Gwynne MP and other MPs from across the House, in supporting Britain’s national drink since the 2017 General Election. The award especially recognises support for successive freezes in beer duty which secured thousands of jobs and millions of pounds worth of investment in the brewing and pubs sector.

Brewing and pubs are vital to the local economy in every part of the country. The Long Live the Local campaign is campaigning for a cut in beer duty in this year’s Budget and so far over 90,000 people have supported the petition this year, including 171 in the Denton and Reddish constituency alone.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“I’d like to thank the British Beer & Pub Association for the Beer Champion 2019 Award.

 

“The brewing and hospitality industries play such a vital role in both our local and national economies, providing thousands and thousands of jobs across the country.

 

“I will always campaign in Parliament to support this sector.”

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“This award recognises Andrew Gwynne MP for his invaluable support for the Great British pub and Britain’s historic brewing industry.

 

“I want to thank Andrew for the work done in securing two beer duty freezes in this parliament, and for their support for the brewing and pubs sector since the 2017 election.”

Managing our festival city

Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith)

The Council is working on getting the balance right, says Adam McVey.

Independence and military co-operation

John Redwood (Wokingham)

The main  continental EU countries are out to strengthen their military collaboration. Over the years they have worked away at joint exercises, common weapons procurement, common standards, exchange of personnel, unified commands and shared missions. There are now military interventions undertaken by EU directed troops or naval vessels. The UK has been particularly concerned about being pulled into a European army, owing to the legal constraints that operate on a  member state once it has accepted the competence of the EU in any given area. Some think the UK has already consented to more collaboration than is desirable and is now entrapped. Others accept that as we leave the EU we cannot be forced to co-operate or to participate against our will.

The UK has been keener on joint working through NATO, including our US allies. NATO too has a long tradition of common action, shared defence procurement programmes, common standards and procedures, exchanges of personnel and unified commands for given tasks, exercises and missions. It is clear under the NATO  charter that whilst we and the other members sign a mutual pledge to defend each other, a NATO member is free to determine their own commitment to any resulting NATO action. NATO is a coalition of the willing, that makes up missions from members in  the light of the needs based on consent.

Under President Trump the USA would like the continental countries to make a bigger contribution to NATO defence. The USA points out that European members of NATO rely on US engagement and the common security guarantee for their ultimate protection. Surely, the US asks, the Europeans could at least meet the minimum funding requirement for NATO membership so they are making a bit better contribution to the collective defence?

The UK does meet the minimum requirement, and does possess military capability to join NATO engagements around the world, contributing naval vessels, aircraft and mobile soldiers. UK forces have worked  hard to ensure they can co-operate with US forces, as well as undertaking training and exercises with European forces.

Setting our armed services in the context of collaboration and assistance with others does bring a downside. It might mean that we lack particular capabilities where we rely on others, which would limit our own ability to undertake a mission for ourselves. The UK needs to ensure it has sufficient capability to go to the assistance of our own territories or allies, and to defend ourselves at home, whoever the aggressor and whatever our principal allies might think.

Anne-Marie raises defence spending in the House of Commons

Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Berwick-upon-Tweed)

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, hosted a debate in Westminster Hall this morning on defence spending. This was an opportunity for MPs to discuss how funding for defence should be spent, and to hold the Defence Minister to account. The debate was well attended by MPs from across the House and a robust, in-depth debate was held. Topics discussed included regional funding disparities, how money is spent, investing in armed forces’ training, and replacing equipment.

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin joined staff at Malvern Vale’s Sainsbury’s store who are marking the store’s 150th anniversary by donating time to raising money for local good causes. read more »

Liz Speaking at RF

On July 11th I spoke at a Resolution Foundation event on tackling the crisis in social care alongside the Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb and the Conservative MP Damian Green.

I argued that we must set out a bold and positive vision for social care which promotes wellbeing and connections with the wider community, which meets the needs of adults with disabilities as well as older people, and which supports unpaid family carers alongside the paid care workforce. We need a cross party consensus on how to fund this vision so that it lasts for the long term. This must be fair across the generations as well as across different income groups.

You can read more – and watch the whole event – here.

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CAMPAIGN AGAINST FLAMINGO LAND RESORT IN LOCH LOMOND

Martin Docherty (West Dunbartonshire)

As the MP for West Dunbartonshire, I’m very proud to represent the gateway to Scotland’s most famous National Park. Visitors from all over the world come here to enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of Loch Lomond and we benefit greatly … Continue reading

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Free Parking

Ben Bradley (Mansfield)

High Street Regeneration is one of my local priorities and I'm really pleased with the progress that has been made so far, such as the recent news about the Future High Streets Fund.
My team and I have spoken to thousands of residents across Mansfield and Warsop, and it is clear that Mansfield Town Centre is a common concern for a lot of constituents.
When questioned, over 95% of residents said they would like to see two hours free parking introduced to help boost footfall and every trader and shop supported the idea.
Tonight at Mansfield District Council, Mansfield Conservative Councillors will present a motion to full council to introduce two hours free parking for a period of one year so a detailed report can be carried out to see if the trial has increased footfall and boosted our local economy.
With the great news that we are in a position to bid for up to £25 million from the Future High Streets Fund, now is the time to back the residents and traders who overwhelmingly support this idea.
You can watch the meeting tonight on FB Live.

Why Boris Johnson poses as big a threat to the Union as SNP

Lesley Laird (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)

As the circus masquerading as the Tory Leadership campaign continues to wind its way across the country, I am regularly reminded of the phrase that a week is a long time in politics, and that now every week brings yet another drama, writes Lesley Laird.

Reflecting on everything that has happened since 2016, it really is quite astonishing. When David Cameron’s poor judgement led him to call the EU referendum, I’m not entirely sure he knew the political forces he had unleashed.

It soon became apparent that what started out as an act of Tory self-preservation could result in the biggest and most fundamental shock in British political history – the break-up of the UK.

Boris Johnson has emerged as the clear favourite. He was first out of the blocks, leaving the other contenders in his wake, not that Ruth Davidson seemed to notice.

First, she proclaimed that Sajid Javid was the man for her, but it transpires that he was not the man for her colleagues. Second on her list was Michael Gove, until his campaign disintegrated on the back of his drug confession. Now, she finds herself supporting Jeremy Hunt who also looks likely to fall by the wayside.

While Ruth’s approach appears to be ‘Anyone But Boris’, it very much looks as if the Tory membership’s approach is ‘Boris Before Everyone’, and he looks set to be propelled to victory, and through the door of No 10.

The Tory membership are ruthless when selecting new leaders and nothing highlights this more than the YouGov polling of Tory members which showed that in order to get Brexit over the line they would happily see Scotland become independent, Northern Ireland reunified with the Republic, the Tory Party destroyed, and the UK economy trashed.

It would appear that the traditional priority of Tory Party members, namely economic competence, has been consigned to the scrapheap, and that for Brexit they would be willing to sacrifice the Union.

With the two candidates effectively having ripped up their Party’s 2017 Manifesto with their outrageous campaign spending pledges, this should be a cause of great concern for every one of us.

Here in Scotland, Brexit, has let the constitutional genie back out of the 2014 bottle and brought with it new, and very difficult challenges.

The parliamentary processes at Westminster have fully exposed many cracks in the UK’s current constitutional settlement and has highlighted that it simply doesn’t work for ordinary people, and not just in Scotland.

In Scotland, powers have been hoovered into Holyrood. Captured, and either never used or used in such a timid fashion that it has made no real impact in addressing some of basic societal ills, despite the rhetoric of the SNP for the last 10 years.

It is against these backdrops that I believe that there is an existential threat to the Union of the UK.

If Boris Johnson is Prime Minister, he will bumble and bluster his way through his opening 100 days. We will be heading for a crash-landing No Deal scenario on 31 October. Because, and let’s be clear, he can do that, by simply doing nothing, apart from frustrating the parliamentary processes.

At that point you can write the script; the SNP will be begging the Scottish people to press the eject button while they can. But as their Growth Commission shows, that would be akin to ejecting without a parachute.

As we celebrate 20 years of devolution this year, it is clear that neither the Tories nor the SNP support the concept. David Mundell’s appearance before the Scottish Affairs Select Committee this week appears to indicate there will be no more devolution for Scotland and the Scottish Government will need to just like it or lump it. As for the SNP, they are not interested in devolution – for them it is all about their goal of independence.

Devolution was foreseen to be the embodiment of cooperation, yet those currently responsible for preserving it are not interested in doing so. For the Tories and SNP, grievance and identity politics have become the only game in town.

Democratic decision-making was never intended to stop at Holyrood’s doors – but it has certainly stalled there. People do not feel that they have control of the decisions that make sense for them to take locally. Powers need to go with a clear purpose and where they can do most good.

That’s is why I believe it is time to move devolution on to its next evolution and take our democratic processes across the UK to a better place than they are today.

Labour believes that the time is right to take a more federal approach and a fresh perspective. We must engage in wide-ranging inclusive conversations in Scotland. Just as we did when establishing devolution, we must lead the way.

A narrow focus on independence won’t work – it would not be representative of Scottish society. That is why we need a constitutional settlement that is equipped to deal with the social, economic, environmental and political challenges we are all facing.

For now one thing is for certain – as long as the Tories and the SNP are allowed to continue, unchecked, sawing away at the legs that support the Union, it’s future will not be secure.

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TORIES AT FAULT FOR SCANDALOUS TV LICENCE CUT

Stewart Hosie (Dundee East)

The UK Government are solely to blame for the fact that thousands of elderly Scots will now be forced to pay for their own TV licence according to Stewart Hosie.
The Dundee East MP accused the UK Government of "breathtaking buck-passing" as they consistently attempt to shift the blame onto the BBC for the decision to end free licences for over-75s.
The BBC announced in June, following the UK Government's decision in 2015 to discontinue funding for the scheme, that free licences would end as of June 2020 with only households with at least one claimant of pension credit remaining exempt from the fee.
Mr Hosie outlined his concerns surrounding the decision to the UK Government last month.
In a letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Mr Hosie said:
"This change, though made by the BBC, is entirely the fault of the UK Government for ending the funding for free licences for over-75s last year. After the years of hardship that our elderly people have had to endure they should not then be told, months after the Prime Minister declared the end of austerity that they will now need to pay for their own licences."
"I am therefore urging you to reconsider the funding of free TV licences for over-75s. Take this back into Government hands and ensure that our elderly grandparents, parents, friends and neighbours aren't stripped of this vital benefit."
The decision means that 3.7 million pensioners, including 8,498 people in Dundee East, will now have to pay for their TV licence.
The means testing of the benefit has been criticised by many including charity Age UK who estimate that nearly 1.2 million pensioners who are entitled to pension credit do not actually receive it, something the charity puts down to people either not knowing how to apply or not knowing they are even entitled to the benefit.
In his response to Mr Hosie the DCMS Secretary of State said:
"The Government is disappointed with this decision as it has been clear that it wants and expects the BBC to continue this concession."
Commenting Stewart Hosie MP said:
"While I am, of course, disappointed in the BBC for ending this scheme we cannot for one second forget that this is entirely the fault of the UK Government who were warned that this would happen at the time."
"The breathtaking buck-passing from the Secretary of State in response to my letter is just ridiculous. It is a fact that if the UK Government hadn't passed responsibility of the funding over to the BBC we wouldn't be in this position and millions of pensioners wouldn't need to worry over yet another expense."
"Failing to continue funding for many senior citizen's only window to the rest of the world makes it clear that this callous Tory Government is failing older people."
"The UK Government must take this concession back into public hands and help lift pensioners out of poverty by ensuring they are receiving the money they are due."
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South Shields MP, Emma Lewell-Buck was delighted to announce she has been elected Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dyspraxia. All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party organisations that are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords. They are made up from MPs and Lords from different political persuasions and their aim is to reflect members’ concerns. APPGs are an effective way of bringing together parliamentarians and interested parties to help change legislation and influence the Government. Speaking about her election as Chair of the APPG Emma said, “I know how lucky I am to have a job where I can publicly speak out about my condition and raise awareness, but I know all too well that many other Dyspraxia sufferers aren’t so lucky, since I was elected as an MP I have been frank and open about this often misunderstood condition and now as the Chair of the Dyspraxia APPG I am hopeful that I can work with other parliamentarians to make a difference to many people’s lives, with the APPG behind me I am determined to change the culture of our society and how neurodivergent people and people with disabilities are treated.” Like many people who suffer with Dyspraxia Emma was diagnosed relatively late in life, at the age of 27, after being assessed by an educational psychologist on the advice of a lecturer while she was studying for a master’s degree. She said: “My whole life clicked into place. I suddenly realised why, when I was growing up, I always felt different to other kids and always used to isolate myself. “I realised why I put my shoes on the wrong feet, why I couldn’t tie my laces properly, button my coat up, why I was always spilling my drinks and why the whole family always referred to me as ‘our clumsy Emma’.” Upon Emma’s appointment, Sophie Kayani (Chair of Dyspraxia Foundation) said “All of us at the Dyspraxia Foundation are delighted to have Emma Chairing the APPG. Having someone with Dyspraxia representing others with Dyspraxia is key to raising awareness and we know Emma will do her upmost to represent the community”

Featured in the photo is Emma with Eleanor Howes, Chief Executive Officer of the Dyspraxia Foundation and Sophie Kayani Chair of Dyspraxia Foundation

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During last year’s Summer Holiday, the Feeding Birkenhead, Supporting Wirral network served 10,000 meals and laid on a range of enriching activities for 888 children across the town. This year’s...

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to A connected society: A Strategy for tackling loneliness – laying the foundations for change, published 15 October 2018, what progress has been made on his Department’s commitment to work with external stakeholders such as the UK Cohousing Network to build […]

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MP’s SURGERY TIREE 5th AUGUST 12-1 PM

Brendan O'Hara (Argyll and Bute)

I’ll be on the Isle of Tiree on Monday 5th August. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if I can help. Related Images: [See image gallery at www.brendanoharamp.scot]

I enjoyed meeting A-level Government and Politics and other students at Southwell Minster School on Friday – and trying to answer some exceptionally thoughtful and interesting questions from Brexit to tax reform in the digital age.

There has been considerable concern recently following the news that staff at Hasland Hall School had gone on strike in protest at behaviour and disciplinary standards at the school.

I was already pursuing and responding to complaints from parents and staff concerning the school’s approach to Special Needs education and behaviour.

I am a strong believer that every single school day is important to our children’s education and want to resolve these issues to ensure there are no further strikes and to ensure that the evidence base around any issues is as wide ranging as possible.

I also want to ensure that everyone interested in the future of the school and with knowledge of matters there gets an opportunity to have their voice heard.

I have been attempting to meet with the school in recent days and have now been able to secure an urgent meeting with the Headteacher, Miss Ruth Moore, and Ms Kathryn Boulton, Service Director for Schools and Learning at Derbyshire County Council, that I will be attending on Friday 19th July.

The main issues that have been raised to me as concerns by staff and parents are:

• Discipline
• Class Disruption
• Bullying
• Governance
• Record keeping and transparency
• Over reliance on supply teachers
• Violence & aggression towards staff
• Lack of support for children with Special Educational Needs

I am keen to make progress on these issues as quickly as possible so that hopefully many of these issues can be addressed before the start of the new academic year.

I am collecting evidence, both positive and negative, about the school so that we can identify what is and isn’t working well and provide support to the school and the County Council to make the necessary improvements.

To this end, I have booked a room in the Hasland Methodist Church for a series of confidential meetings with anyone that would like to discuss their recent experiences of Hasland Hall School.
If any parents, staff or governors would like to speak to me, they should call my office on 01246 386 286 to arrange an appointment.

The special appointment-based surgery will be at Hasland Methodist Church on Friday 19th July from 11am to 2pm. If you are unable to make it on Friday, I will be arranging further appointments at a later date.

You can also email your views and comments to me at toby.perkins.mp@parliament.uk

 

Ashford employers are grouping together to support more disabled people into jobs.

The disability employment rate is now nearly 52%, up from 44% five years ago. Ashford wants to go further by hosting a Disability Confident event.

The aim of the event is to show local businesses the benefits of increasing the diversity of their workforce and offering opportunities to disabled jobseekers, including work experience, apprenticeships, work trials and employment.

Your views on Brexit and local issues.

Ruth George (High Peak)

My latest survey seeks you views on both Brexit and local issues, follow this link to let me know your views:   Brexit and local issues.

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Cobham Free School – Building Starts

Dominic Raab (Esher and Walton)

On Friday, I visited Cobham Free School (CFS) to look at their developing plans for their permanent secondary school site at Munro House, Portsmouth Road, in Cobham. The School have the necessary funding from the Department of Education to relocate the upper junior and senior departments to Munro House.

The school plans to move the sixth form pupils into the new premises by September 2019. CFS and the DfE are working with leaseholders to secure vacant possession as soon as possible – to enable the rest of the school to follow. 

This is a really exciting development. The permanent site for the CFS will serve Cobham children, but also ease demand on school places right across the borough.

Tracy Brabin MP has hailed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s support for mandatory reporting of sexual abuse as a “significant step” towards a change in the law to help protect children and vulnerable adults from harm.

The Batley & Spen MP is now calling on the government to bring forward legislation to make the reporting of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults mandatory across all institutions.

It comes after survivor Matthew Ineson, from Heckmondwike, who has waived his right to anonymity, re-lived the harrowing ordeal he endured at the hands of a Church of England priest over 30 years ago at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Ms Brabin, who has been supporting Matthew in his quest for justice for over two years, has previously urged the Prime Minister to introduce mandatory reporting to help prevent child sexual abuse.

When pressed on the matter by Ms Brabin during Prime Minister’s Questions in December last year, Theresa May would not commit to introducing mandatory reporting, saying evidence for its effectiveness was “mixed”.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who has previously resisted calls for mandatory reporting, told the ongoing inquiry on July 11 he’s now “convinced” a change in the law is needed.

Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “Matthew and many other survivors have shown incredible bravery in coming forward and reliving their ordeals, and we must do all we can to ensure others are heard and action is taken.

“The Archbishop of Canterbury’s support for a change in regulation represents a significant step forward and one which I believe could prevent further suffering in the future.

“There is significant international evidence to show that mandatory reporting can double the number of at-risk children placed into safety. A change in the law can’t come soon enough.

“The government must act on this evidence now and bring forward a change in legislation to protect children and vulnerable adults across all institutions.”

Earlier in the week, the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, also signalled his support for the introduction of mandatory reporting.

Many abuse survivors have long argued that mandatory reporting of suspicions or allegations of abuse to the relevant authorities is a crucial part of effective child protection.

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Full transcripts of Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse hearings from this week can be found here https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents

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Anne Marie's Weekly Column

Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot)

Westminster Week

 

Away from the Conservative Leadership Campaign (thankfully ending soon) other things are happening too.  Let me start though by highlighting two matters with which I have been concerned this last week before I return to the subject of our next Prime Minister. 

Bristol South MP Karin Smyth has welcomed national recognition for a local Ade Williams at Bedminster Pharmacy in the prestigious NHS Parliamentary Awards.

MPs in England were asked to nominate individuals and teams serving their constituents across ten categories. Regional champions were selected in June, with the national winners chosen by a panel of senior leaders representing staff and patients.

Ade scooped the national prize in the Primary Care category at the NHS Parliamentary Awards, held in Parliament on Wednesday 10 July, after being put forward by Karin earlier in the year.

He was nominated for, among other things, supporting a number of pioneering schemes to support the health of people in the local area including the annual men’s health campaign known as the ‘Bemmy challenge’ with pubs, barbers and tattoo parlours and ‘pulse in the pub’ blood pressure checks.

Karin said: “I was pleased to be able to nominate Ade and I am delighted that he has won the Excellence in Primary Care Award. Ade is a great example of a pharmacist who really cares about his community. He keeps in touch with GPs to improve services and is always publicising important health campaigns. Ade is very well known in the local community for giving top quality care and advice. He even finds time to contribute to academic research and to write for both health professionals and the public. He provides a valued service to many of my constituents, so I know that everyone in Bristol South will join me in welcoming this richly-deserved national accolade.”

She added: “The success of the National Health Service is built on its wonderful staff, so it is right that MPs champion the outstanding work happening in their local area.”

The NHS Parliamentary Awards, supported by FUJI FILM, were launched to recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

Ade was one of twelve winners – selected from more than 600 nominations submitted by over 230 MPs – to receive their awards at a ceremony on the Palace of Westminster’s Terrace Pavilion, hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP & TV Doctor. Health Select Committee Chair Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP, and the panel of judges collectively representing millions of NHS staff and patients were also on hand to pay tribute to the winners and all those shortlisted.

Friday 12th July

Chris Leslie (Nottingham East)

With a new report from international scientists suggesting that climate change will radically alter weather patterns in the next thirty years, it is essential that we start a national conversation about the steps we need to take to reduce carbon emissions to ‘net zero’ by at least 2050. The report from ETH Zurich’s Crowther lab suggests that by 2050 our weather could resemble that seen in North East Spain, with summers getting warmer in Europe by 3.5C and winters warmer by 4.7C, equivalent of shifting Nottingham south by about 1000 kilometres.

Earlier today I visited school pupils in year 4 at the Djanogly Northgate Academy primary school in New Basford, who have been learning about issues around climate change and deforestation (pictured below with their School Council who asked some amazing questions!). The engagement of young people in this issue is impressive but also vital; they are the generation who will have to reap the consequences of our inaction today.

We are going to have to completely rethink the way we build residential and commercial property, with different heating arrangements and of course a significant and modal shift in our transportation as well. Electricity generation has made some good progress moving away from fossil fuels towards renewables but there is still much further to go. Our land use and ‘disposable’ culture will also need to change.

Nottingham has had a reasonably good record in local initiatives in recent times, but there is still much more needed to do in boosting recycling and providing infrastructure for electric vehicles. I’ll be asking questions not just of the local authority but nationally as well – and I hope that in Parliament we can take steps to promote international change as well. The UK accounts for just 1% of carbon emissions, so we must try to influence others, especially in country’s like Brazil where the rainforest is disappearing at an alarming rate. My greatest fear is that our withdrawal from the European Union – with 500million residents – is that we lose influence in pressing our own continent to act more thoroughly and more quickly.

A Message from Steve

Steve Pound (Ealing North)

It is with a real sense of sadness that I have decided not to seek my Party’s nomination to stand for Ealing North at the next election.

I would like to thank all my friends in Northolt, Greenford, Alperton, North Hanwell, Perivale and Pitshanger for the kindness and warmth they have shown me over the years and I can say in all honesty that to have represented Hanwell from 1982 – 1998 and Ealing North from 1997 to the present day are the proudest achievements of my life.

I’ll be around until the next election – currently due in May 2022 – and assure all the people of Ealing North that I will continue to serve them to the very best of my ability until the day comes when the lights dim and I leave the stage for the last time.

I have quite a few ideas about how best to keep active in retirement but for pleasure I’ll be going back to the allotment and devoting more time to following Fulham home and away.

Thanks to everyone – I hope that I’ve been worthy of your support in the ten elections I’ve fought in Ealing.

I would particularly like to thank Diane Wall who has been my office manager for nearly fourteen years. Most of the good things that the office has been thanked for over the years are actually her work and there is no way in which I could have managed without her.  Thank you Diane – you are the real star of the office.

Further Frustration for Island ferry passengers

Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar)

Angus MacNeil MP calls on Calmac to save island Weddingmv-isle-of-lewis-castlebay-2

Angus MacNeil MP has again been in touch with Calmac this morning regarding the unacceptable situation of the cancellation of all sailings between Oban and Castlebay on Friday and Saturday due to a technical fault with the MV Isle of Lewis.

Angus MacNeil said “It came to our attention late last night that the   Friday and Saturday sailings between Oban and Castlebay were to be cancelled in their entirety leaving Barra with no connections.

There is a big wedding on the Island this weekend so clearly this situation is not acceptable. It is very important that the MV Isle of Mull can serve Barra on Friday to get the wedding party and band to the island.  There are a lot of people coming to the wedding over and above the normal and very important tourist and business connections at this particularly busy time of year.

The best solution would be to deploy the MV Isle of Mull on the Barra run, and I know that Calmac are actively working on this and are looking for crew to enable this to happen. So I would appeal to all involved at Calmac to do their best to get a sailing from Oban to Castlebay today.

For Saturday, deploying the MV Lord of the Isles to run to Barra during the day has also been suggested locally as another possible solution.  This makes sense as sailing to Islands must be prioritised rather than sailing to ports that can be and are connected by road.

Calmac are working to resolve this issue but Island frustration is evidently huge given the time of year and the various pressures that people are feeling. Particularly for those involved in the Island wedding time is critical.”

 

 

In early June, following a great deal of hard work from local colleges and support in Westminster from Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, it was announced that a regional network of educational institutions had been successful in their bid to become a Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology (IoT).

The Yorkshire and Humber IoT will be established with £9 million of Government funding which will be used to upgrade facilities and develop innovative curriculums in high-quality technical education, particularly in STEM skills. Graham has been a strong advocate for the regional IoT, and he welcomed the opportunity to visit East Riding College to go over the plans with Principal Mike Welsh. 

Graham commented: “It was great to meet Mike at East Riding College to discuss proposals for the IoT. The college is collaborating with regional employers, and it has major plans for curriculum development in construction and engineering. It was also exciting to view the design for the new IoT facility.

“The IoT initiative is a part of the Government’s ambitious reforms to build one of the world’s best technical education systems. When complete, the Yorkshire and Humber IoT will drive regional growth by responding to future skills needs. It will also provide students with a clear route into skilled employment, resulting in life-changing opportunities for local children. I’m impressed by the vision of Mike Welsh and his team, and I have no doubt they will set an example of the merits of the IoT concept.”

Mike Welsh, Principal at East Riding College, added: “I was delighted to welcome Graham to East Riding College to go over our IoT plans. Graham has long been a champion of technical education, including throughout his Chairmanship of the Education Select Committee, and it shows. He’s extremely enthusiastic about our IoT plans, and it’s great to have his continued support.” 

Please see the East Riding College IoT plans below: 

Photo: Graham Stuart MP and Mike Welsh

Dan Jarvis MP - Fighting Food Waste

Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central)

I recently visited the Community Shop in Athersley to meet John Marren and his team. Following the success of the original Community Shop in Goldthorpe, the Athersley shop opened its doors just over two years ago and has had an incredible impact in that relatively short time.

Essentially, the aim of the initiative is to help prevent food poverty, whilst reducing food waste.

Chi responds to the Panorama programme on antisemitism

Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central)

The next PM

Richard Benyon (Newbury)

As the Conservative leadership contest draws to its close, we will shortly know who is to be the next Prime Minister. The current betting seems to suggest a clear front runner in Boris Johnson. I know Boris. He is a friend of mine. For many years he was my neighbouring MP and I admire the […]

Votes on amendments to the Northern Ireland Bill

Philippa Whitford (Central Ayrshire)

In response to comments made regarding my position on the amendments to the Northern Ireland Bill, regarding their domestic legislation, I would like to say the following:

My actions do not relate to my support for human rights but to my belief that devolved policy should be made by the people of that country and their elected representatives. This is particularly pertinent when Holyrood faces the removal of ultimate control over significant policy areas which have been devolved for 20 years – the threat to devolution and the current constitutional settlement is unprecedented.

These issues illustrate why it is so important the power sharing Executive is re-established as a matter of urgency and I believe this is where the focus of the UK Government should be in terms of Northern Ireland. Despite facing the most serious ramifications of Brexit of all four UK nations, including a threat to the Good Friday Agreement, her people have had no voice throughout the process and this is a disgrace.

There is no doubt that equal marriage and abortion are extremely important issues to the people of Northern Ireland but they are devolved to Northern Ireland, as they are to Scotland, and I do not wish to see the devolved settlement unpicked – a settlement which was endorsed by the people of Northern Ireland by their popular consent in a referendum.

Having grown up in Belfast, I am also conscious that these issues are contentious for many, and that the Republic of Ireland invested considerable energy to develop support for radical social change in these areas through the use of Citizens Assemblies, extensive consultation and referenda. In contrast, however, Westminster plans to introduce these changes before the 21st of October by Statutory Instrument without any indication of what degree of consultation will take place beforehand.

As it was, I did vote on amendments that apply to the UK, rather than Northern Ireland domestic policy, to ensure Parliament cannot be suspended by the Government at this critical time and that the voices of democratically elected MPs are not silenced.

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Broughton Gifford Games

Michelle Donelan (Chippenham)

At the weekend I was honoured to award the medals again at The Broughton Gifford Village Games. I do this every year and love it!

The sports day ranged from precision Frisbee throwing, a scooter dash, and an obstacle course for dogs to new age Kurling. The event really does bring all the village together from young to old.

Well done to all the organisers for pulling off another great day!

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Rushanara Ali MP has supported a campaign calling for funding to continue the National School Breakfast programme.

Rushanara, along with 35 MPs from across the House of Commons wrote to the Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi, highlighting the positive impact of the National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) and urged the minister for continued funding, to ensure this vital programme can continue the fantastic work it does.

The National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), delivered by the charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast,  reaches over 1,775 schools in disadvantaged areas across England and provides free and nutritious breakfasts to an estimated 280,000 children every school day, 115 000 of whom are eligible for Pupil Premium funding. In Bethnal Green and Bow, the NSBP provides free school breakfasts across six different schools.

 

APPG Apprenticeships report launched

Catherine McKinnell (Newcastle upon Tyne North)

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Apprenticeships, co-chaired by Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell, has this week launched its 2018/2019 Annual Report in Parliament, highlighting key recommendations to employers and policymakers to improve and increase the uptake of apprenticeships in the workplace. The report examines contributions put forward to the Group, taking evidence on a … Continue reading APPG Apprenticeships report launched

Chalkpit Lane Petition – Get Involved!

Sam Gyimah (East Surrey)

Tuesday 9th July

We need to demonstrate the strength of public support for the cap on HGV movements on Chalkpit Lane.

One of the best ways to do this is by signing this petition I have created:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/…/keep-the-cap-on-chalkpit-lane

I will then submit this to the Planning Inspector as a demonstration of local feeling about this issue.

Please share with family and friends and together we can stop Chalkpit Lane becoming a HGV highway.

Update Video June 27th

Kit Malthouse (North West Hampshire)

Here’s an update video where I talk about the redevelopment of Andover High-Street, Armed Forces Day and the Disability Confident Event.

Childhood obesity must stay high on political agenda

David Evennett (Bexleyheath and Crayford)

Last Wednesday (3 July), Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP attended an event in Parliament to support an event organised by the Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of over 40 leading charities, medical royal colleges and campaign groups, to mark the one-year anniversary of chapter 2 of the Government’s childhood obesity plan.

Debbie’s comments on Knowls Lane planning development

Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth)

Knowls Lane planning development statement from Debbie Abrahams MP

On Monday evening (1 July 2019), proposals for a housing development at Knowls Lane were discussed and voted on by a cross party planning committee at Oldham Civic Centre. The committee discussed plans for 265 homes and a link road between Knowls Lane and Ashbrook Road. The committee decided to vote in favour of the development by a majority.

 

A number of constituents have contacted me about the decision made by the planning committee. Firstly, although I have no decision making powers in the local planning system and am not a formal consultee in any planning matters, I was most disappointed that this planning application was re-submitted by Russel Homes.

 

On the process, the decision made by councillors on the planning committee is of a quasi-judicial nature and not a party political one. Officers had recommended approval after they ruled the initial reasons for refusal over concerns about the loss of the open land no longer outweighed the council’s low housing supply.

 

Half of the 15-hectare site was already allocated for housing, but the remainder was deemed ‘other protected open land’ (OPOL). Officers said the harm to the landscape was outweighed by the scheme’s ‘significant benefits’. The developer has agreed the nearby St Agnes Primary School will be given land to expand, and the scheme would provide 60 affordable homes. However, I still have concerns about the application and do not support it as it stands.

 

I have seen some video clips of the committee hearing, however I was in Parliament at the time so was not present at the meeting. However, I have spoken with the Leader of the Council and I have asked for a briefing on this.

 

I understand that many local residents see this development as controversial given that 48% of earmarked land is OPOL. In addition, residents have raised concerns about the loss of local wild life and the impact of additional traffic on the local environment and health. I share these concerns.

 

I am frustrated that national Government policy is demanding Oldham build large numbers of housing through an arbitrary housing delivery test, which fails to reflect projected housing need. Based on the most recent test, Oldham only met 64% of its required housing and the Government has threatened to put housing development directly into the hands of the developers should this continue, removing any democratically accountability. At the planning meeting, I understand the officers made it clear that this housing test undermined the OPOL policy and would not make the loss of OPOL land a valid reason for refusal for a second time. The Government needs to reinstate the money it cut to remediate brownfield sites. It costs a large amount of money to make brownfield sites suitable to be built on and this fund helped make building on brownfield easier to develop.

 

It is entirely regrettable that the Government’s national planning policy means brownfield sites don’t have to be developed first and they have withdrawn funding to decontaminate brownfield sites making them even harder to develop. But, as part of Oldham’s updated Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (April 2018) the council has carried out work to find more available brownfield sites which was one of my key asks from the previous plan. However, in addition to this unfortunately, the unrealistic target set by national government for the number of homes that we need to build locally makes it more difficult to build only on available brownfield land.

 

I agree with the concerns that residents have raised – it is important that we protect open space as it provides health benefits and supports our eco system, which as most people appreciate is under a real and significant threat. To protect our green spaces, the Government needs to reinstate the funding to remediate Brownfield sites.

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St Neots Armed Forces Day

Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon)

Jonathan supporting our armed forces at the St Neots Armed Forces Day celebrations.  read more »

Women & Equalities Minister today sets out plans to financially empower women from school to retirementMeasures will include a review of enforcement of equal pay legislation and improved information for parents around family friendly entitlementsNew chair and remit for the Women’s Business Council will also be announced, working with sectors to tackle their gender pay gaps
Despite generally doing better in education, women are more than three times more likely to work part time - with less chance of seeing their wages grow, tend to work in lower paid industries and jobs, and have lower private pensions wealth.
Speaking to stakeholders this morning, the Minister for Women and Equalities will say:
“I want everyone in our country to be able to thrive in life. That means being able to be in control of the choices you make and have the opportunities you have to seize. We must be honest that many women do not have those choices or opportunities, and as a consequence are not able to be as financially resilient or independent”.
“This inequality is faced at every stage of a woman’s life - from how she is treated in the classroom, to the caring roles she often takes on, and the lack of savings or pension she accumulates. This road map is intended to define and guide how we tackle the barriers women face as they journey through life.
“I’m confident today’s announcement will be the first step in a long-term commitment by this government to empower everyone in this country, helping them truly reach their full potential, from birth to retirement.”
The decisions made at every stage of a woman’s life - from the subjects she studies at school, to taking time out of work to care for relatives - accumulate over time and impact on her financial independence when she retires.
67% of girls aged 11-21 think that women do not have the same chances as men. 60% of boys aged 15-16 thought their best subject was a STEM subject, compared to only 33% of girls. However, in reality, girls tend to outperform boys in STEM subjects at GCSE. We will pilot different approaches to education about gender roles, spending £2 million so children will learn about different careers at primary school age and invest in programmes to increase participation in STEM subjects.
When they begin their working lives, it is important that both men and women are supported to balance their job and their home life. The government will therefore look at how we can continue to better support organisations in delivering family friendly policies, through the largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation.
The government recognises that carers play a vital role - 60% [2.7 million] of the estimated 4.5 million total informal carers are women. This government made a manifesto commitment to consult on a new right to carers’ leave, as enjoyed in many other countries.
If a couple splits, we want to ensure women don’t struggle when they retire. Sadly, 42% of marriages end in divorce, but only 36% of asset sharing agreements include sharing of pensions - this means women lose out on financial security later in life. Government will be updating the online divorce process to ensure couples are aware of the benefits of pension sharing.
Chartered Management Institute CEO, Ann Francke, said:
“Gender inequality is a complex issue with many causes rooted throughout education, society, culture and the workplace. The Government’s Gender Equality Roadmap acknowledges this; and breaks down the problem into its many component parts, aiming to offer practical solutions and success measures for each.
“It’s ambitious, comprehensive and collaborative. Well-executed it is a potential game changer and an excellent source of practical insight, policies and advice to help all UK organisations go further, faster to achieve gender balance.”
Chief Operating Officer of FDM Group, Sheila Flavell, said:
“It’s inspiring to see a cross-government initiative designed to address gender inequality in the workplace. This proactive approach is critical for tackling issues such as pay gap discrepancies, unconscious discrimination and the barriers which all too often prevent people from getting ahead in their careers. It’s vital that these issues are addressed to ensure men and women can progress without missing out, whilst juggling a busy career and home life.”
A refreshed Women’s Business Council (WBC) will also launch as part of today’s announcement, with a new chair, Fiona Dawson, the Global President of Mars Food, Multisales and Global Customers . The WBC will focus on tackling individual sectors to ensure they are closing their gender pay gaps and that female staff have the same opportunities as their male counterparts.
New Chair of the Women’s Business Council, Fiona Dawson, said:
“I am delighted to take over as Chair of the WBC, building on the terrific work led by Dame Cilla during her tenure.
“The plan announced by the government today gives us a fantastic opportunity to renew the fight for women’s equality, and it will be my immediate priority to ensure that our partners are doing everything in their power to help women progress in the workplace.”
Notes to editors:
The Government Equalities Office is also undertaking a piece of work with key representative bodies, business leaders and the thriving third sector to ensure continued activity to address the barriers outlined in the roadmapand to bring women’s voices into the heart of policy making.
Statistics:
Girls tend to outperform boys in STEM subjects at GCSE. Despite this, male students are almost twice as likely to take maths at A Level.On average women enter the labour market with higher qualifications than men - but earn less per hour from the start.By the time their first child is 12, mothers’ average hourly wages are a third below fathers’.Women live longer, but women aged 55 to 64 are almost 20% less likely to have a private pension, and those who do have almost 40% less wealth in their pension.
To ensure women are safe in the workplace, government is also taking forward measures to tackle sexual harassment - shortly launching a consultation to ensure legislation is up to scratch. This will include strengthening and clarifying the laws on third party harassment, exploring whether protections need to be extended to interns and volunteers, and examining whether the three month time limit for workplace discrimination and harassment cases needs to be extended.
Sitting alongside the plan, an annual Gender Equality Monitor will bring together metrics from across government to monitor important gender equality issues in the UK and help hold all parties, including government, to account. An interactive tool to make the data more accessible will be launched next year.
The Government will be announcing further progress on implementing its Good Work Plan this summer, including providing support to working families and vulnerable workers. The Good Work Plan comes as the latest response to the independent Taylor Review of impact modern working practices (2017). The review found that the strength of the UK’s labour market is built on flexibility but that a clearer focus was needed on quality of work as well as the quantity of jobs.

Kuti’s Brasserie wins the Tiffin Cup

Royston Smith (Southampton, Itchen)

Well done Kuti’s! Congratulations on winning the Tiffin Cup and being crowned the best curry house in the UK!

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Jesse’s Ross Gazette column: Celebrating Rural Champions

Jesse Norman (Hereford and South Herefordshire)

It was a delight last week to welcome Two Farmers Crisps to Westminster, where they were crowned national Rural Enterprise Champions at the Countryside Alliance Awards.

Highlands : The EU investing where Westminster had failed

Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)

We are just a few of days away from the European elections and nearly two months since the supposed exit date of 29th of March and we still don’t have answers from the UK Government to key questions about Brexit.

For instance, last week I took part in a debate on the Government’s, much vaunted, replacement for the European funding our region has received for decades through our membership of the EU.

According to independent estimates, the Highlands & Island economy is set to lose over 160 million pounds of investment between 2020and 2027. This is money that matters to the Highlands and investment that has already made a significant difference in our communities. The most iconic reminder of that investment is the Kessock Bridge – with the EU investing where Westminster had failed.

Time and time again, we have heard the UK Government promise this money would be identified, then late last year we were told to expect a consultation on the fund soon. Yet, here we are months on and they can’t even give a date for the consultation, never mind assurances that measures will be put in place to protect this funding.

Meanwhile, charities, community groups and our public sector are facing enormous pressure to identify future support, some are closing their doors due to financial uncertainty.

What’s worse is that the UK Government have put the “Prosperity Fund” under the control of the England and Wales only ministry for Communities and Local Government, barely even trying to disguise the blatant power grab from the ScottishParliament who administer EU funding.

Even Scottish Tory MPs, trying vainly, to allow the UK Government Minister to at least give them something they could use to defend this process were left exasperated by the sheer unwillingness of their Minister to clarify or deny what members from all other parties in England, Wales and Scotland were pointing out.

An overwhelming majority of Scotland’s voters voted to stay within the EU, including all 32 of Scotland’s council areas. Throughout this Brexit process, Scotland’s people, Parliament and Government have been ignored, with only the tories trying to say otherwise.

In the SNP, we are pointing out that this week’s vote is your first chance, since 2016, to say no to Brexit and to send a message that Scotland will not be ignored by Westminster.

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visiting ‘The Loving Arms Dementia Group’

Conor McGinn (St Helens North)

I had a wonderful time visiting ‘The Loving Arms Dementia Group’ at the Gerard Arms in Windle. The group gives people with dementia the opportunity to play games, reminisce, catch up with friends, and receive advice and support. I was really impressed with the relaxed and friendly atmosphere – although there were a few tense moments as I called a quite competitive game of bingo! The group provides support for […]
Last week, Bill Wiggin MP met with his constituents in the Houses of Parliament at the UK’s biggest climate change and environment mass lobby, ‘The Time Is Now’. Climate change activists from North Herefordshire travelled to Westminster to talk to... Continue Reading →

Armed Forces Day 2019

Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield)

Knight Backs Armed Forces Day

Greg Knight (East Yorkshire)

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is backing Armed Forces Day as a great opportunity to show support for those who make up the Armed Forces community

‘Armed Forces Day’ takes place on Saturday 29 June and events will take place across the country including a Community Armed Forces Day Parade in Bridlington from 11am-4pm

Sir Greg said: “Our Armed Forces proudly defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism”.

“Armed Forces Day provides a much-valued morale boost for the troops and their families and I encourage people to show their support”.

Raising awareness of cervical cancer screening

Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree)

Over 220,000 women are diagnosed with cell changes every year in the UK following their smear test – a vital first step in preventing the development of cervical cancer.

This week’s Cervical Screening Awareness Week is highlighting the fact that 80 per cent of women treated for these early cell changes never experience a recurrence.

The consequences of cervical cancer can be devastating and screening is an important prevention tool. That why it is so important that women have all the facts and information to hand about what screening and treatment involves.

The charity Jo’s Trust has produced an excellent jargon buster to help make sense of medical terms and reduce anxiety. I’ve reproduced it above, or you can download a copy by clicking here.

Jo’s Trust also surveyed over 1,500 women about their experience of having cervical cell changes and has made many important recommendations on how treatment and aftercare can be improved. Its report, Not so simple. The impact of cervical cell changes and treatment’, finds that too many women having treatment for cervical cell changes are not being informed about potential side effects. High numbers remain fearful of their cancer risk many years after treatment.

Cervical screening uptake in England is at a 21-year low with more than a quarter of women not attending. This means more women are being given a diagnosis that could have been prevented.

We need to do more to encourage women to attend.

In fact, cervical screening coverage is just 67.1 per cent in Liverpool, which means that almost one in three eligible women do not attend a screening appointment although they receive a letter inviting them for the test.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust previous research found young women who delay or don’t go for cervical screening feel scared and embarrassed. Yet, cervical screening prevents up to 75 per cent of cervical cancers developing.

That is why it is so important we get all the facts out there and push for services to listen to the experiences of women to ensure they constantly improve

If you think you have missed a test or want to find out more, you can ring the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust on 0808 802 8000.

May/June Newsletter

Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield)

Welcome to my latest Parliamentary newsletter. If you would like to receive these updates by email, you can sign up here. In Birmingham Northfield SMTC/MG at Longbridge Following the announcement in April that GKN Aerospace would be closing its Kings Norton factory in 2021, May has brought yet more difficult news, with the revelation that […]

The Government has announced the monthly unemployment figure for May 2019. It states that the roll out of Universal Credit is currently affecting the claimant count. Change in claimant number may be a result of the roll out rather than … Continue reading

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