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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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Action to tackle fuel poverty

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day today is an urgent reminder that too many people struggle to keep themselves warm without falling in to debt. Fuel poverty affects over 3.5 million people across the country, almost 400,000 in the North West. Numbers are increasing. Fuel poverty is caused by low incomes, high energy prices and energy inefficient …

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Why I’m backing the CASA

The Community Advice Services Association (CASA) does amazing work in supporting people who are struggling to negotiate the complexities of the benefits system. I know from the work we have done together to support constituents, that they offer a personal service that helps people take back control of their lives. It was good to see …

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Fabulous day at school

I had a fabulous day visiting four schools in the constituency to award certificates and book tokens to the runners up of my Christmas card competition and to answer some great questions from the students too.   Congratulations to: Adnan, Nicole, Alita and Alina from Smithdown Primary, St Sebastian’s, St Clare’s and St Hugh’s – and, …

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Children’s Mental Health Week

Award-winning Radio City host Mick Coyle used his 100th Mental Health Monday show to highlight the human cost of childhood suicide in the most moving way. The radio station came together with national support group Papyrus during Children’s Mental Health Week to lay out over 200 pairs of children’s shoes on the steps of St …

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