Cancer Research UK’s World Beating Campaign

Today our hopes are with the England team, particularly those who play their club football for Liverpool.

You may remember Bobby Moore, who captained West Ham for more than ten years and took England to World Cup glory in 1966, but died of bowel cancer aged 51.

Last week I had the honour to meet Stephanie Moore MBE, Bobby’s wife. Stephanie founded the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK in1992.

I also spoke to experts about how bowel cancer screening saves thousands of lives and a recent groundbreaking study, part-funded by Cancer Research UK, which shows that a one-off, cost-effective screening procedure called a Flexi-Scope test, could prevent a third of bowel cancers and reduce death rates by nearly half.

Backing campaign to protect college funding

I’m taking part in a Day of Action to highlight the impact of planned education cuts and I’m calling on the new government to maintain funding for further and higher education and to reject any moves to increase student fees.

Last week I confronted David Cameron across the House of Commons chamber challenging him to protect students from cuts in my first PMQ: Read/watch it here.

The Government has already announced £1.2 billion of cuts to higher education and more than £200 million from further education and adult learning. The cuts will inevitably lead of job losses and a reduction in student places.

I met education union representatives at a meeting in Parliament today at 12 and pledged to sign Parliamentary Early Day Motion 217 which has been tabled in the House of Commons to protest against planned spending cuts.

YOU Saved the Royal Rebuild

I am thrilled that the Coalition Government has dropped the rebuild of the Royal Liverpool Hospital from their cuts hit list – after growing pressure from local people.

Liverpool's Labour MPs Backed the Royal

In my first speech as your MP I challenged the Tory Health Minister to honour the promise Labour made to put £451 into the scheme (Read here) and then on the 10 June challenged him to come to the House of Commons to make an urgent statement about the Royal (Read here).

Here’s how the Liverpool Echo reported the fantastic news that the Royal is to get its rebuild: Read here.

In this together?

When George Osborne tells the nation that we are all in this together there are facts he forgets…

Over 17 grand has been spend to replenish the ministerial hospitality wine cellar in the last six weeks.  £864,000 of the world’s finest wines are held in the Foreign Office hospitality wine cellar.

In this together?

When Nick Clegg tells the nation we are all in this together there are facts he forgets…

Nick Clegg described public sector pensions as “gold plated, unfair and unaffordable” but failed to mention that in the last month, David Cameron has signed off contracts for politically appointed advisers that will cost the taxpayer over £4 million in pension contributions over the lifetime of a parliament.

Wavertree Carers Deserve ‘A life of their own’

Luciana with Justin Davis Smith, Chief Executive of Volunteering England

I want to start this week, Carers Week, by expressing my respect and gratitude to all our carers in Wavertree.

I want our carers to know: You don’t have to struggle on alone.

Three quarters of carers say they have lost touch with family and friends, while 4 out of 5 are worse off financially because of their caring role. I want to ensure that those who feel isolated or lonely because of caring, learn about the services and support out there to help them. I am backing Carers Week’s ‘A life of my own’ campaign, which calls for carers to receive greater recognition for their work.

Whether the chance to have a long bath or a full night’s sleep – these are luxuries for many of the thousands of carers in Wavertree. They deserve to be recognised for the priceless contribution they make to their loved ones, to our local community and to society at large.

I was one of 50 MPs from around the country who gathered at a Volunteering England event to say ‘Thank You’ to the thousands of volunteers in our constituencies as part of the national Volunteers’ Week celebrations.

For more information about the events taking place in Liverpool this week click here.

Under the blindfold with RNIB

Every week a number of people in my constituency will begin to lose their sight, and I am committed to  understanding better the  help they need to continue to  live an independent life.

So, hot on the heels of my Guide Dog walk in Liverpool I met up with the RNIB in Parliament to get a first hand experience of the everyday challenges faced by blind and partially sighted people.

Wearing a blindfold, I tried to carry out some everyday tasks, like making a cup of tea and using a cash machine, within the kitchen and bank areas that had been set up in the House of Commons.

It was a real challenge to carry out these simple everyday tasks without the use of sight. It made me aware of the need for support to be in place when someone loses their sight and is struggling to adjust, trying to remain independent in their own local area and home.

There are nearly 2 million people living in the UK with sight loss. A shocking 23 per cent of people losing their sight leave the eye clinic without even being certain of the name of the condition that caused their sight loss. We need to improve the support and counselling they receive so that they are never left to cope with their diagnosis alone.

Guide Dog Walk Highlighted Special Value

Today I went under the blind fold and experienced being led by a guide dog first hand. 

Luciana and the guide dog in the City Centre

The walk took place at a Guide Dogs Awareness Event in the city centre.

I also saw demonstrations of the dogs at work and had the opportunity to meet puppy walkers, guide dog owners and Guide Dogs staff.

Training a guide dog costs tens of thousands of pounds and the investment shows –my guide dog did a great job of keeping me on the right track today. It was a really creative way of highlighting how a guide dog can change the life of a blind or partially sighted person.  The guide dog service receives no government or social services funding – it is supported entirely by the generosity of the public.

For more information about guide dog ownership, you can visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/enquiries or telephone 0845 372 7499

What’s Your Favourite South Asian Restaurant in Wavertree?

The Tiffin Cup is an annual competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in England and Wales. Nominees are selected by their local MPs so I need your help to suggest Wavertree’s favourite place to eat out. I know we have a huge diversity of cooking talent so I will select which restaurant I nominate on the basis of the recommendations I receive – please get in touch by email or Facebook before the closing date of the end of July.

After the best nominees are shortlisted, the top tier of restaurants will participate in a cook-off event, as judged by MPs and guest celebrities, with the proceeds going to charity.

Plans for Fixed Term Parliaments Need Scrutiny

I have joined a cross-party campaign against plans to rail-road through legislation designed to keep the Government in power.

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition recently announced plans for fixed-term parliaments that could only be cut short if 55% of MPs voted to do so. This could mean a government supported by less than half of MPs might not be removed. 

I have signed a Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to ensure that any Bill to establish a fixed-term Parliament and to change arrangements for Dissolution is published first in draft and then subjected to pre-legislative scrutiny. MPs and the public deserve to have their say on an important constitutional change of this kind.

Almost 50 other MPs have joined this campaign (as of today 1st June)  by signing Early Day Motion Early Day Motion 79 – Legislation For Fixed-Term Parliaments. See EDM79