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.
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’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.