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Feb 19

Making plans to defeat cancer

I met with Cancer Research UK researchers and ambassadors last week in the build up to World Cancer Day on February 4 to hear how international collaboration is vital in beating the disease. World Cancer Day is designed to raise awareness of cancer and to promote its prevention, detection and treatment. I’ve been wearing my …

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Feb 16

Listening to the concerns of school students

One of the best bits of my job as a local MP is visiting schools and listening to the concerns of students. I recently visted Phoenix Primary, where Year 2 students had been discussing the litter that they, and all of us, find so annoying on the streets. They had been reading a story called …

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Feb 16

The epidemic of our time

The lack of emotional support available to pregnant and post-natal women is a serious concern. At a recent Liverpool conference organised by the Improving Me Women’s and Children’s Services Partnership, it was described as ‘the epidemic of our time’. As I told Parliament during a recent debate on maternity leave, I have had a baby, …

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Feb 09

Taking the next steps for gender equality

This week we celebrated the centenary of women getting the vote. The Representation of the People Act 1918 enfranchised 8.4 million women over the age of 30 who had property and was the start of the process for all women to get the vote. The anniversary was a great opportunity to celebrate the struggles that …

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Feb 05

Speaking out on mental health

I was pleased to host a moving roundtable discussion in the House of Commons this month bringing together broadcasters, actors and people with experience of mental health problems to discuss best practice in the media. The event was chaired by news presenter Jackie Long from Channel Four, one of over 500 organisations to sign up …

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Feb 02

Making schools autism friendly

We need a national autism and education strategy to make sure the 120,000 school-aged children on the autism spectrum in England are no longer held back. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism and National Autistic Society published a report in November last year showing that that the education system was still failing to meet …

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Feb 01

Let’s talk mental health

I’m talking mental health today. Along with thousands of people across the country, I’m using Time to Talk Day to break down the stigma that still too often surrounds mental health. As the Time to Talk Day organisers point out, every conversation counts and ‘wherever you are, any place can be the right space to …

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Jan 27

The power of words

Thousands of events have been taking place across the country in the build-up to today’s Holocaust Memorial Day. The events have been organised by local authorities, schools, libraries, workplaces, numerous other organisations and individuals to highlight the power of words – and how words can be used for good or evil. The Holocaust Memorial Day …

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Jan 22

Using music to transform lives

The benefits of music for people living with dementia are remarkable. The new report from the Commission on Dementia and Music, What would life be – without a song or a dance, what are we? calls for the growing positive evidence base to support a more co-ordinated roll-out of provision across the country. I was …

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Jan 19

Brushing up on decorating skills

I was delighted to join housing charity Shelter and its partners B&Q at the DIY company’s new store on Edge Lane to brush up on my decorating skills, alongside local people who use Shelter services. I’m always pleased to support businesses like B&Q that team up with charities that use their resources and skills to …

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