[19/06/2014 | No comment]



I was delighted to visit Leicester’s Carers Centre as part of Carers week, which champions the needs of Britain’s 6.5 million unpaid family carers.

Speaking to the families at the Centre highlighted, once again, that we need to do much more to help families who are looking after elderly or disabled relatives. I also think we need to back voluntary organisations like Leicester’s Carers Centre, which provide really valuable information, advice and support. You can read more about Carers Week here.

[13/06/2014 | No comment]


Last year, I welcomed the Government’s decision to overturn the flawed “Safe and Sustainable review” and to look again at the decision to close children’s heart surgery at Glenfield.

We’ve been anxiously awaiting NHS England’s consultation, which we were assured would take place next month. But this week, we got the disappointing announcement of yet more delay and uncertainty for patients, families and staff at Glenfield.

I’ll be working on their behalf to demand answers as to why this delay was allowed to occur and what the new time table will be.

You can follow the progress of the Heart Surgery review here, and see recent media coverage of the issue here and here.

[12/06/2014 | No comment]

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Citizens Advice Bureau. The organisation has gone from strength to strength and its fantastic volunteers are its greatest asset. When my constituents feel that the odds are stacked against them and that they don’t have anywhere to turn, the Citizens Advice Bureau often offers a real lifeline.

Last week, I was absolutely delighted to help open the new, expanded local offices of the CAB in Leicester. If you need practical, reliable advice, you can go online, visit the 3rd floor of 60 Charles Street LE1 1FB or call 0844 417 1025.

[28/05/2014 | No comment]



I was really pleased to open Community Money Solutions: a new support centre that will provide debt and other money advice on Bateman Road in New Parks.

The centre employs two full time advisers who will provide advice in person, online, by phone and at home. It is run by the Zinthiya Trust with funding from the British Gas Energy Trust.

If you’re in debt or struggling to pay your bills, please do get in touch with Community Money Solutions by ringing 0116 287 2141 (Monday – Friday 9am to 4pm), emailing Communitymoney_solutions {at} or visiting the centre at 65 Bateman Road.

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