It has been six months since I went on maternity leave to spend time with my new born son, Zion. He has brought great joy to our family, but with parliament has now returned, I wanted to update you on what I have been up to over the last few months.
The Church House Declaration
Last month, in the face of the ongoing Brexit fiasco, together with Stephen Doughty, I worked with MPs from all opposition parties to launch The Church House Declaration. It calls on Members of Parliament to work across parties and nations to ensure we avoid a No Deal Brexit and has so far gathered support from over 230 MPs. We will continue to work together to hold the Prime Minister to account and avoid parliament from being suspended in the most crucial period ahead of 31 October.
You can also see my interview on Sky Newsand read my piece in The Independentimploring that Boris Johnson’s cabinet members resign from the government and join the right side of history.
How can we start to fix the Mental Health crisis?
I was invited to speak on a panel at Tortoise Media to discuss what we should all be doing to improve the mental health of our country. I spoke about introducing a Health In All Policiesapproach; something which I have previously brought forward in parliament. Here, you can see the highlights from the panel.
Similarly, I wrote for Graziaabout my disappointment in the government’s downgrade of mental health contained in its recent prevention paper.
Short on detail, and low in priority, I will be sure to push the government to do more to turn around the challenges for our nation’s mental health.
Just recently, I was speaking at the non-party political Big Tent Ideas Festival about health inequality across the UK.
The festival seeks to find new solutions to problems facing society through collegiate, considered debate. You can read more about why I took part in my City AM column.