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15 Sep

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Mencap’s ‘Hear my voice’ campaign

September 15, 2014 | By | No Comments

Myself with Aaron, a Mencap Young Ambassador

Myself with Aaron, a Mencap Young Ambassador

 

I was delighted to attend the launch of Mencap’s Hear my voice campaign in the House of Commons last week. The new campaign is about empowering people with a learning disability and their families to make sure their voices are heard by their local MPs and candidates in the lead up to the May 2015 General Election.

People with a learning disability and their families are as much a part of our society as anyone else and deserve to have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them. I am listening and I hope that many more MPs and potential candidates will do the same by getting on board with Mencap’s Hear my voice campaign.

10 Sep

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Dairy All Party Parliamentary Group Launch

September 10, 2014 | By | No Comments

I attended the launch of the new Dairy All Party Parliamentary Group in Westminster today and was thrilled to be part of an important committee which considers all aspects of the dairy sector. I am aware of the many issues concerning the industry and look forward to providing my assistance as well as representing the interests of those related. It is evident that the UK government currently supports various schemes relating to the dairy sector, however, I am certain more can be done and will be done with the effort of this committee.

08 Jul

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Today I took an HIV test at ‘Halfway to World AIDS day’ event in Westminster.

July 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Today I was one of the record number of legislators who took an HIV test at a ‘Halfway to World AIDS day’ event hosted by the Halve It Coalition and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS. MPs and Peers took a test administered by clinicians from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in an act of solidarity with all those living with HIV across the world every day of the year, and in demonstration of the UK’s policy commitment to HIV testing. During the event members of the Halve It steering group, including leading HIV clinicians and CEOs of patient and policy organisations, spoke with parliamentarians about HIV testing and related sexual health issues. 

23 Jun

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Wimbledon in Westminster

June 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

Road to Westminster - Notables. June '14

Road to Westminster - Notables. June '14

Westminster got a taste of Wimbledon last week and I had the pleasure of meeting some of the two million children given a chance to play tennis as a result of the schools tennis programme run by the Tennis Foundation and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). The event was part of a programme of activity to promote tennis as a sport for all ages and abilities, at a time when it takes centre stage for the British public on the eve of the Championships.

23 Jun

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Waiting to Benefit

June 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

Macmillan PIP Seminar

Last week I attended the launch of Macmillan Cancer Support’s new research report, Waiting to Benefit, into disability benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP). It is a great shame many who are diagnosed with cancer have to wait a considerable amount of time before they start receiving disability benefit. I am supporting Macmillan and intend to raise this issue with the Minister for Disabled People until the matter is resolved.

23 Jun

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Prostate Cancer UK #MenUnited

June 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

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It was a pleasure to meet Prostate Cancer UK #MenUnited campaigners last Wednesday and back the charity’s new report Men United v Prostate Cancer: Five inequalities, five solutions.

16 May

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Dementia Awareness Week #DAW14

May 16, 2014 | By | No Comments

There are 1100 good reasons why the people of Tower Hamlets should get involved in Dementia Awareness Week this month.

I say this because that is the number of people who live in Tower Hamlets who are currently living with dementia.

The fact there are more and more people across London who are living with dementia puts into perspective why we should join forces with Alzheimer’s Society staff, their volunteers and other organisations who care about dementia in the area.

One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia and that is why we all need to understand more about the disease so we can make a positive difference to the lives of people with dementia.

With the numbers of people with dementia on the up as we live longer it is increasingly important that we provide good quality information, education, support and care to help people live their lives to the full.

The Alzheimer’s Society and other organisations will be running a whole host of activities in and around London to raise the profile of the vital support services they offer to people with dementia, their carers and their loved ones.

This Dementia Awareness Week is all about opening up. Anyone who’s concerned about dementia is being urge to stop bottling it up and to talk to Alzheimer’s Society today.

If you’re worried that you, or someone close to you, may have dementia, you could feel scared, confused or even ashamed.  We all bury our heads in the sand from time to time but it’s important to talk to someone about it. The sooner you know what you’re dealing with, the sooner you can get on with your life and feel in control again.

Dementia Awareness Week is also an important means of raising the profile of Alzheimer’s Society campaigns such as Dementia Friends which aims to recruit one million friends by 2015.

Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers will be out and about throughout Dementia Awareness Week and I would urge everyone to take time out to speak to them because dementia is an issue that we need to tackle together.

It might be just to find out a little bit more about the condition or it might be because you want information on the services that are available.

It might even be because you are worried about a loved one and want guidance on what is the way forward.

Whatever help is required, I am confident that the Alzheimer’s Society will do what they can to provide the best possible help with their expertise and wealth of knowledge.

Much support is only available to those people who have been given a diagnosis of dementia and so can be pointed in the right direction. Too many haven’t been given a diagnosis and that is something the Alzheimer’s Society is aiming to put right.

Whilst there is not yet a cure for dementia, many of the symptoms that can accompany the condition – such as anxiety – can be treated, and there is a whole range of support out there for people who are worried about their memory which Alzheimer’s Society provides.

This means everyone will be affected by dementia in one way or another and we all need to unite to tackle it because it is too much for those in social care and health care to deal with on their way.

We have a collective responsibility to deal with dementia which is now the most feared disease for the over-50s – even more so than cancer.

There are lots of small things that can be done to make life better for people with dementia and engaging with the Alzheimer’s Society and other organisations who step up to the dementia challenge during Dementia Awareness Week is a step in the right direction.Dementia Awareness Week 2014 runs from 18-24 May. Find out more at alzheimers.org.uk/daw2014. If you have any concerns about dementia, you can call Alzheimer’s Society’s National Dementia Helpline for confidential advice, information and support on 0300 222 11 22. You can also email enquiries to helpline@alzheimers.org.uk

14 May

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Latest on GP Surgery Closures

May 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

Yesterday I called on the Government in a Parliamentary debate to think again on planned changes to NHS funding which has directly threatened five GP surgeries in the borough with closure.

The Government has decided to phase out a funding arrangement called the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG) over a seven-year period, beginning in April. As a result, 98 surgeries in areas across the country will have their funds cut and may have to close. Five of the 98 threatened surgeries – including Jubilee Street Practice – are in Tower Hamlets.

We need answers before any decision is made and I’ll continue to campaign against any proposals which are going to lengthen waiting lists, shut down good surgeries and bring down resident’s standard of healthcare.

You can read the full debate here.

 

08 May

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Adult Learner Awards

May 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Great to stop by Wigram House, E14, earlier this week and hand out certificates for Money Matters, Reading, ESOL, Sewing. Community Involvement and Job Club courses to some fantastic adult learners.

27 Mar

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Let’s raise awareness of diabetes

March 27, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Yesterday I joined volunteers from the International Diabetes Federation and staff from Novo Nordisk and Roche, leaders in diabetes care, to raise awareness of the increasing prevalence of diabetes in the UK.

With diabetes rates increasing across the country and around the world, I am pleased to support the IDF in raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The bottom line is getting tested takes only a few minutes and could save you years of illness.  If you are concerned about diabetes, talk to your GP or pharmacist about having a blood glucose test, as I did yesterday.

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