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Thank you to the Patchwork Foundation and all who voted

Thank you to everyone involved at the Patchwork Foundation and all the people who voted for the wonderful honour of being named The Labour People’s Choice MP of the Year. The Foundation does really important work encouraging young people from disadvantaged and minority communities to get involved in our democracy. It is heart-warming to know …

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We need a revolution in mental health

I am delighted to be appointed as one of three new Vice Presidents of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  I am currently President of the Labour Campaign for Mental Health I am also a member of the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee. My experience from both of these responsibilities, …

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Reducing suicide by talking openly

I was pleased to witness first-hand the wonderful work being done at James’ Place to reduce suicide amongst men. James’ Place is an initiative formed by Clare Milford Haven and Nick Wentworth-Stanley, as part of the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund which they founded in 2008, after they tragically lost their 21-year-old son, James, to suicide. …

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Let’s look behind the smile

I was pleased to join Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, to hear about some of the work not-for-profit organisation n-compass northwest is doing to combat loneliness and isolation across our region.  The organisation supports over 25,000 people in the North West each year and says that every person has …

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Tackling domestic violence

I’m backing a new initiative from the GMB union to call on employers to support their staff experiencing domestic abuse.   We need employers to stand up for their employees and make the workplace a truly safe and supportive space.  There are 2 million domestic violence incidents a year and often employers can help.  The GMB …

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Taking action to support residents in Picton

Thank you to everyone who came to my  coffee afternoon in Picton to discuss a wide range of community issues. The meeting was part of my continuing engagement with constituents across Liverpool Wavertree through regular one-to-one surgeries, casework, social media and community meetings. Thank you also to Archbishop Blanch School for hosting the meeting and …

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Standing up to antisemitism at the Sara conference

I was proud to stand with colleagues and pledge to speak out and take action against antisemitism and misogyny. It is vital to our public life that young women, be they Jewish, or from any other minority background, are not dissuaded, deterred or otherwise afraid of being fully involved in our democracy and putting themselves …

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Take a stand against HIV ignorance

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people across the world to unite in the fight against HIV and show support for people living with HIV, as well as remember those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Around the world there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have HIV. Despite the virus only …

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Backing local business

Times are hard on the High Street and the government is not making life any easier for small businesses with so much confusion and uncertainty caused by its Brexit negotiations. Today, on Small Business Saturday, we can all show our support for the local businesses that are such an important part of our communities. I …

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Celebrating Riverside’s first 90 years

Riverside, the housing association that has such an important role in providing homes across the country, starting life in Swan Street, here in Liverpool Wavertree back in 1928. Liverpool Improved Homes, as it was then called, had 15 houses. Today, 90 years on, Riverside touches the lives of over 90,000 people as a major provider …

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