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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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A breakthrough in combating alcohol dependency

I was pleased to join the launch of the Liverpool Alcohol Research Centre today. The centre brings together expertise from across our health, university and local authority sectors. It is a really important public health initiative for our city, recognising the importance of cutting edge medical science, social and economic factors and mental health in …

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Making a real, practical difference

Today, Parliament has the chance to make a real, practical difference to people’s mental health in the workplace. In a debate, delayed from the end of last year because of the Brexit debacle, along with the Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb and the Conservative MP Johnny Mercer, I will call on the government to change …

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We need mental health investment

I’m delighted that Liverpool City Council has secured government investment of almost £2.5 million in mental health support in schools. Liverpool is one of just 25 areas across the country to get the additional funds to employ a team of mental health support specialists to aid teachers overwhelmed by rising mental health issues in the …

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I will vote against the Brexit deal

On Friday, I spoke in Parliament in the Brexit debate. I have been contacted by many hundreds of constituents in the run up to this crucial debate and the vote tomorrow, Tuesday January 15. I wanted to share in full what I said in Parliament and make clear that when it comes to the vote …

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We can prevent catastrophe

Today, Parliament will begin five days of debate that should lead to a vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal. I say ‘should lead’ because the Prime Minister has delayed the vote – and extended the uncertainty and disquiet – once already. She said she wanted more time over the Christmas break to secure …

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Setting sights higher

The Sutton Trust is offering a great New Year opportunity to school students across Liverpool Wavertree to break through into higher education. The Sutton Trust summer school programme opens today to applicants, and it wants to see more children from Liverpool Wavertree applying through their schools. The scheme is designed to support young people to …

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Happy New Year for 2019

There is no doubt that our country is at a crossroads and over the next few weeks and months choices will be made that will determine the direction we follow for generations to come. I desperately want everyone in Liverpool Wavertree, and across the country, to be involved in the momentous decision making that is …

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Reach out to talk

I know from the two roundtable sessions I have held in Liverpool on loneliness that it is an issue for many people all year around, but the festive period can be particularly difficult for some people. It takes some people by surprise to know that loneliness is a particular challenge for young people. What was …

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Brexit vote delays raise local fears

Fear and uncertainty over the prospect of a catastrophic no-deal Brexit dominated my latest coffee afternoon, in the Kensington and Fairfield Ward. It is clear listening to constituents from across the ward that the government’s delay in bringing forward a meaningful vote while talking up the likelihood of a no deal exit from the European …

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