This week, I was honoured to speak at Age UK’s general election rally. I argued that making Great Britain a great place to grow old is one of the biggest challenges we face, and that if Labour is elected on May 7th we will lead a national endeavour to secure the changes we need in all parts of our society and country. You can read my speech here.
We’re making real progress in the fight against cancer – survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years. Cancer Research UK are at the forefront of this battle, raising awareness, developing new and better treatments and improving care.
I recently visited one of the charity’s pioneering research centres at the University of Leicester. I saw how the study of proteins has the potential to unlock new treatments that are much more targeted than conventional therapies. I also heard Margaret Chandler’s story. She beat cancer and is now campaigning for quicker diagnosis and better emotional and practical support for cancer sufferers.
Labour’s guarantee of cancer tests and results within one week will make a real difference. I’m also supporting Cancer Research UK’s Cross it Out Campaign to put the fight against cancer at the top of the agenda as we go into the General Election.
I’m campaigning for more affordable housing in Leicester West – including building more rented social housing – and help for homeowners through the recession.
As Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People I’m campaigning for better services and support for older people, carers and their families, and a sustainable system for funding social care in future.
I’m working to help your family by pressing for faster progress in local schools, more improvements in our NHS, and continued investment in children’s early years.
Helping businesses and making sure people have got the skills and training they need to work and earn a decent living is a top priority in Leicester West.