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Juniper LodgeYesterday I visited Leicester’s new Sexual Assault Referral Centre, also known as Juniper Lodge, to find out more about the work it does.

More than 60 victims were referred to the centre last month and one in three women experience physical or sexual violence, often from an intimate partner. It can happen to anyone and can cause lasting physical and emotional damage.

I will be working with our new police and crime commissioner, Lord Bach, to ensure we are doing everything we can to prevent rape and sexual assault and support survivors.

It was great to see the modern new facilities available now to survivors of rape and sexual assault and their families, which will provide specialist medical and emotional support.

You can read the Leicester Mercury’s coverage of the visit here: 

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My latest Leicester Mercury column is about our fight to save the children’s heart surgery unit at Glenfield. You can read it here: Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail


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I have been working with Councillors from Abbey and Beaumont Leys to put forward residents’ concerns about Barratt Homes’ planning application to build 320 new homes on Blackbird Road Playing Fields. In response to my survey asking for the views of local residents, I held a meeting on Friday 8th July so that residents could put their questions and concerns directly to Barratt Homes and Leicester City Council.

I want to ensure that the views of local residents are listened to and will be holding a further meeting this September. If you have concerns about this issue, or would like to attend the meeting, please do get in touch with my office either by writing to 42 Narborough Road, Leicester, LE3 0BQ, via email at {at} parliament(.)uk or phone on 0116 2044980.

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I was honoured to celebrate the opening of The Jalaram Community Centre on Narborough Road on Sunday 10th July.

The Jalaram Prarthna Mandi has always been at the heart of the local area and the community centre will be open to people of all faiths from the across the city.

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I today called on the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to intervene in the decision by the NHS to close the region’s only children’s heart surgery unit at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital. You can watch my interview with ITV here: Shot 2016-07-27 at 13.58.18

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