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A letter from me to constituents about my future

26 September 2019 Dear Constituent, It has been an enormous privilege to have served as the MP for Liverpool Wavertree for almost ten years. I cannot thank my constituents enough for the relationship we have built over the last decade and what we have achieved together. Liverpool has been my home since 2010. I met …

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My update

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 …

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Why I have joined the Liberal Democrats

This is a moment of national crisis. Leaving the Labour party after being a member for almost 20 years was one of the hardest decisions of my life. But Labour has changed beyond recognition. My values remain the same. I fundamentally believe in equality, opportunity for everyone, social justice and the unequivocal, unqualified condemnation of …

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Raising awareness of cervical cancer screening

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. …

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She deserves a living income

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 runs until March 10 and is a great opportunity to show support for small scale producers around the world. The Fairtrade Foundation is this year focusing on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. Its She Deserves campaign highlights the …

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Celebrating the best of Jewish writing

Jewish Book Week runs until March 10 and is a great opportunity to sample the fantastic writers from the political left, right and centre, and those who have made such important contributions to science, education and philosophy. Here in Liverpool, News from Nowhere, the radical and community not-for-profit bookshop run by a women’s collective, has …

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We need to tackle eating disorders early

I’m backing #DumpTheScales, the campaign run by campaigner and author Hope Virgo, that is demanding the government acts to improve the diagnosis, treatment and support for people affected by an eating disorder. Thousands of people with eating disorders are being turned away, like what happened to Hope,  because the measure of their ‘thinness’ – Body Mass …

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Making change happen on mental health and debt

I’m delighted that – after two years of hard campaigning – GPs will no longer charge people with mental health problems for the supporting letters necessary to fend off lenders when they get in to debt. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives, and one …

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Warm reception in Childwall

Thank you to everyone who came to my latest coffee afternoon at King David High School in Liverpool Childwall ward. Thank you also to our two local police and community support officers and local Councillor Jeremy Wolfson for attending as well. This latest of my long-running community engagement events once again threw up the issue …

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Church hosts Brexit discussion

Thank you to St Barnabas’ Church in Liverpool Church ward for hosting my latest coffee morning and to everyone who came along. In particular, thank you to our two local police and community support officers who do such a great job in our community. Once again, as with all my previous community engagement events, Brexit …

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