My latest article for the Leicester Mercury is about the biggest issues facing Leicester West and the UK in 2017. You can read it here.
On Friday 2nd December, I was delighted to attend the official opening of Ward 30 – the new extension to the children’s cardiac ward at Glenfield Hospital.
I am proud that despite the uncertainty about the future the staff and hospital continue to improve care. They all deserve our support and I remain committed to saving Glenfield Children’s Heart Unit.
You can read more about the opening in the Mercury here.
Today I met with Leicester City of Sanctuary in Parliament to hear how the charity supports refugees who have been displaced from their homes.
I met with Colleen Molloy, a volunteer at Leicester City of Sanctuary and Amjad Allowe, who is a refugee from Iraq and a qualified doctor. Amjad is struggling to access the English language qualification IELTS so that he can re-sit his medical exams and practice as a doctor in the UK.
Refugees who have fled their homes have experienced some terrible things and we must try to help develop, integrate and welcome refugees to the UK. I will be writing to Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Immigration, to ask that more is done to support refugees who have professional qualifications gaining access to English language qualifications.
On Friday 14th October, I visited Coping with Cancer to see the support it provides to people who are affected by cancer in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Coping with Cancer is a fantastic organisation that works with families at a really difficult time and helps them cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis. I applaud the work of the team who make a real difference and will do everything I can to support them.