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Wavertree ward coffee afternoon

Thank you to everyone who came to my latest coffee afternoon at The Cricketers social club in Liverpool Wavertree ward, including our three ward councillors Clare McIntrye, Angela Coleman and Dave Cummings, and our two local police and community support officers. Once again, there were serious concerns about the impact Brexit is likely to have …

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Helping to build sound minds

I was pleased to join young people and Action for Children in Parliament to hear more about the importance of building better mental and emotional wellbeing.   The meeting took place on the eve of this week’s Children’s Mental Health Week – and it is clear that we have a long way to go before children …

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Let’s start a conversation about mental health

Conversations about mental health can change lives. I’m pleased to have the chance later today on Time to Talk day to get into conversation with staff at communications firm Vodafone at the launch a new Mental Health First Aid initiative. Wherever you meet people today – in the gym, over tea and cake, on the …

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Important backing for new long-term rail plan

The government should respond positively and urgently to Transport for the North’s new strategic investment programme that sets out an achievable long-term plan to bring the region’s dire rail infrastructure up to scratch. The £70 billion plan to transform the North’s transport infrastructure over the next 30 years is backed by Liverpool City Region and …

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Ending poverty pay

Shopworkers across the country are this week pressing the case to end poverty pay. The Time For Better Pay campaign is calling on the government to strengthen workers’ rights to tackle in-work poverty. Too many people working in retail are paid too little, with too few guaranteed hours and too much uncertainty about their regular …

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Cervical cancer can be prevented

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week provides an annual opportunity to spread the message that the disease can be prevented. Cervical screening uptake in England is at a 21-year low with more than a quarter of women not attending. This means more women are being given a diagnosis that could have been prevented. In fact, cervical screening …

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Government’s attack on Liverpool further documented

I pressed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire to boost local funding after new figures showed Liverpool has been hardest hit by Tory cuts to council budgets. The Centre for Cities Outlook 2019 report showed a shocking cut equivalent to £816 per head since 2009-10, compared to a Britain-wide average of …

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We cannot stand by and let words of hate take hold

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. It takes place on January 27 every year so that we never forget the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under nazi persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. I marked the event with civil, community and political leaders across the city at …

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Acting on mental health at work

I was pleased to contribute to the Fabian Society’s new Minds at Work report about how to make our workplaces more mental health friendly. It is the latest initiative from of The Changing Work Centre established by the Fabian Society and the trade union Community two years ago to explore progressive ideas for the modern …

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Let’s think, talk and act on mental health

Words matter. Today, the third Monday in January, has been dubbed ‘Blue Monday’ following some questionable research some years ago that claimed to have found a formula to identify the gloomiest day of the year. Whatever, the source, Blue Monday does provide an opportunity to reflect on how we think and act about depression and …

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