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Stay warm and healthy this winter

The city council’s Healthy Homes initiative is working with organisations like Age UK and housing associations to provide free information, advice and practical help about how to keep warm and safe during the winter months ahead. It is also giving away winter warmth items at a series of public events in the run up to …

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A real honour to receive Anthony Nolan award

I was deeply moved to be awarded the Anthony Nolan Trust Political Supporter of the Year award last week. The charity is celebrating its 40th anniversary campaigning for more people to join the bone marrow transplant register to help people overcome forms of blood cancer. I joined the register as soon as I could when I …

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Tackling the causes of air pollution

Air pollution is stunting the growth of children’s lungs in ways which will affect them for the rest of their lives. Long-term exposure to air pollution is estimated to cause 29,000 premature deaths each year in the UK. It is a problem demanding government action, yet in the past four years progress has stalled or …

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NHS five-year view endorses Labour’s plan

A major NHS review shows that Tory spending plans for the NHS would leave a large funding gap and would not be enough to prevent an NHS crisis in the next Parliament. Labour has made a commitment to raise an extra £2.5 billion a year for the NHS through a Mansion Tax on the highest-value …

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Planning for Small Business Saturday

The choice and unique character of our local shops and businesses is greatly valued, not least because small businesses provide almost two-thirds of all private sector employment and almost half of private sector turnover. Each year, we get the chance to celebrate the best that is local on Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday 2013 …

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Living with Diabetes Day

Over 80,000 people are estimated to have Type 2 diabetes across Merseyside. The charity Diabetes UK is running a free event in Liverpool on Saturday for anyone diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes who wants to find out more about the condition. The Living with Diabetes Day will help people manage their condition, improve their day-to-day …

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Time to better regulate sunbeds

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, with sunbed use increasing the likelihood of developing it by up to 50 per cent. Sunbed regulation is an issue that I deeply care about and was delighted to support Liverpool council’s recent conference on the issue. Here in Liverpool, we have even higher …

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The threat to our NHS

Privatisation is the biggest threat to our National Health Service. All the talk at the Tory Party conference of protecting the NHS is worth nothing. The Tories have spent the last four years breaking up the NHS in an unwanted top-down, £3 billion re-organisation. This has led to longer waiting times and crucial treatment targets …

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Celebrating World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, organised by the United Nations and marked in over 100 countries around the world. It is a great opportunity to find out more about an issue that is still surrounded by stigma. Time to Change is launching a new campaign to encourage us all to do the little things …

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Keeping online debate free from hate

The rise in digital technologies, social networking and media convergence has meant that more and more people are viewing content online. A rise in the reporting of internet trolls, spamming and online hate crime has meant that media sites have found themselves forced to take a tighter control of what users publish on their websites. …

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