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A group of young people from the UR Choice Young People’s Project in Beaumont Leys came to Westminster this week.  I’d invited them to come along when I met them at Home Farm over the summer, and they said they’d be interested in finding out what Parliament is like and what an MP does.

It’s really important my constituents know that Parliament is theirs, not mine, and that they can come visit and meet me as their local MP any time (although its always best to ring in advance!). I’m particularly keen to help young people understand more about our democracy, and how they can get involved in politics and make it work for them. But whatever your age, please do get in touch with my office if you’d like to visit.

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1 in 3 of us will get cancer at some point in our lives. Late diagnosis of cancer wastes lives and money, and Britain can’t afford either. If early diagnosis rates in this country were up with the best of other European countries, we could save up to 10,000 lives a year.

We need to increase people’s awareness of the symptoms of cancer so they go to their doctor earlier, and make sure GPs are properly trained and have the right tools to spot cancer earlier on.

It’s also vital that patients get their tests and results as quickly as possible. The Royal Colleges of GPs and Radiologists say one week is the ‘gold standard’ for getting cancer tests. That’s why I’m proud that Labour has announced we will guarantee a one week wait for cancer tests and results by the end of 2020. To achieve this, we will invest an extra £150m a year – £750m over the course of the Parliament – paid for by a new levy on tobacco companies.

I spoke about these issues at a meeting of the Cancer Campaign Group in Parliament. You can read more about Labour’s plans here and here.

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On Wednesday 15 October I spoke in a Parliamentary debate about how access to NHS care is getting worse under this Government.

More and more people are struggling to get an appointment with a GP, hospital A&Es have missed the 4 hour waiting target for 63 weeks in a row, and delayed discharges from hospital are at a record high. More than 3 million people are now on the waiting list, the 18 week maximum wait target has been missed for the last 2 months in a row, and the NHS has missed the 62 day wait to start cancer treatment for the first time ever.

Labour has a fully funded plan to restore care standards, and reform NHS and social care services so they are fit for the future. You can read my speech here.

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I’m a big supporter of Minority Supplier Development UK – a Leicester based not-for-profit organisation that brings together ethnic minority businesses with corporations looking to diversify their supplier chain.

Black and minority ethnic businesses play a vital role in our economy. They must be backed and supported, so they can create the jobs and growth that our city and communities urgently need.

Through their hard work MSD has succeeded in encouraging many blue chip firms to be more inclusive in their supply chains and to proactively reach out to some of the most talented entrepreneurs from ethnic minority communities. I will continue to do all I can to support the important work MSD has been doing to promote the ethos of diversity and inclusion in our public sector and business world.

Supporting families »

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On the 14th October I hosted an event in Parliament to celebrate Shared Lives Plus and to promote the amazing work they do.

Shared Lives carers welcome disabled and older people into their homes and their lives, during the day, for short periods of time or permanently. Carers are recruited assessed and trained by local schemes and paid a modest amount of money to cover their expenses and time.

One of the scheme’s users, Claire, gave a very moving speech about how her carers have opened their home and hearts to her, transforming her life. She said that since she’s been living with them she doesn’t feel lonely anymore, and that she has a genuine choice about how she lives her life. You can find out more about Shared Lives and Claire’s story by watching this video.

I’ve been championing Shared Lives locally, so I’m really pleased the City Council is helping our local scheme to expand to include people with dementia for the first time, as well as people with learning disabilities. I joined care staff on Friday at Beaumont Leys shopping centre to provide information to the public on the scheme and how they can get involved. If you’re interested I’d urge you to find out more by ringing 0116 221 1370 or by emailing sharedlives {at} leicester.gov(.)uk