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On Thursday 23 October I appeared on the BBC’s Newsnight programme to discuss NHS England’s five year plan for the health service. This excellent report rightly says there will need to be big changes to NHS and social care services, and extra resources, to ensure our care system continues to meet the needs of patients and their families in future. You can read the five year plan here and watch Newsnight again here – the section of the programme starts at around 11 minutes in.

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Since the Government announced its latest review into the future of children’s heart surgery back in June 2013, I’ve been working with Glenfield and its supporters to ensure that NHS England puts the clinical evidence and the quality of care at the heart of their decisions.

On Friday, NHS England held a consultation event in Leicester on the draft standards that will be used to assess and change heart services going forward. These present significant challenges and opportunities for heart surgery in Leicester, which include the possibly of moving children’s heart surgery from Glenfield to the LRI so that the unit shares the same location as other children’s services.  I’d encourage all of my constituents to give their feedback during this consultation by completing the online form by 8th December. More information is available here.

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I recently visited Leicester Masaya Link in New Parks to lend my support to their new Global Learning Library, which offers a collection of books, artefacts and guidance to support teachers.

In an increasingly globalised world, it’s vital that children from across Leicester West understand what goes on beyond our borders. Projects like this can really help because they celebrate diversity and inspire young people to explore the world around them.

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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.