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Time to close online child abuse loophole

I am backing the NSPCC Flaw in the Law campaign, which is calling on the government to introduce a new offence so that it is always illegal for an adult to intentionally send a sexual message to a child. The campaign is seeking an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill, which is currently being debated …

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Helping to expose the umbrella con-trick

I attended an important event to support construction workers lobbying Parliament to raise awareness of how government changes to employment laws have hit their pockets and their employment rights. Government changes to how self-employed workers are defined has forced many construction workers to sign up with an umbrella company or lose their ability to work …

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More action needed for World AIDS Day

I am supporting calls for renewed leadership to HIV locally and internationally. Too many people in Liverpool, and across the UK are being diagnosed late. That means that too many people have delayed treatments and poorer outcomes. And there are still too many people who do not realise that they have HIV. On World AIDS Day …

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Celebrating World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day, held on December 1 each year to help us unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have sadly died from the virus. Many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, but despite this, many people do not know …

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Delighted to have become a Mo Sista

I am delighted to have become a Mo Sista again this year, supporting men who grow a moustache in November to raise awareness of men’s health and prostate cancer in particular. Since its humble beginning in Melbourne Australia in 2003, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring the growth of more than …

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Think about becoming a school governor

I know from talking to teachers and the heads of schools and colleges, including at my most recent school gate surgeries, that they really welcome parents getting involved, and always want local people with specific skills to get involved too. That’s why I am encouraging as many parents and local people with skills they can …

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Supporting the Big Love Sista campaign

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud-0waNfrFo#t=13 [/youtube]I am backing a great new initiative to recruit 100 women in Liverpool to paint self-portraits to support vulnerable women in the city. After Liverpool, the NHS-backed Stand up for Sista-hood project rolls out to London and across the country to paint 1,000 self-portraits in total to embark on an international tour. Women in …

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I’m backing the Bill to restore our NHS

I am backing my colleague Clive Efford’s Private Member’s Bill today aimed at restoring our National Health Service. The Bill would overturn Tory rules that force compulsory tendering of all NHS contracts and restore the Secretary of State’s responsibility for the NHS. Under the Tories’ damaging Health and Social Care Act, enforced competition and creeping …

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Government needs to act on Meningitis B

I was pleased to be able to host the Meningitis Now charity in the House of Commons recently and back their demand for the government to end delays and introduce a vaccine to protect babies against Meningitis B as soon as possible. The UK has one of the world’s highest Meningitis B rates and it …

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Join the Parliament Week Thunderclap for democracy

I had a great reception from local students when I told them on Friday about Parliament Week taking place all this week and how every voter in the land is a powerful voice for democracy. Tomorrow at noon, people on social media can use Thunderclap to start a conversation with Parliament that resonates across the …

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