I wrote for The Huffington Post on Theresa May’s hard Brexit and why Labour must champion Britain’s national economic interest. You can read it here.
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.
The 10th December 2016 marked the first anniversary of the Paris climate change agreement which sets out a global action plan to address climate change and reduce global warming. The agreement was signed by the UK along with many other nations who pledged their support towards this important issue but there are concerns that our Government is not doing enough.
Leicester Friends of the Earth have made a Christmas card for the Prime Minister asking for more action on climate change. The card is full of signatures including my own which I will be presenting to the Prime Minister. I have also written to the Prime Minister to ask for assurances that reducing the impact of climate change and global warming is a key priority for the Government.
A cross-party group of MPs has met with NHS England in Parliament to discuss their proposals for Glenfield’s Children’s Heart Surgery Unit.
The meeting – arranged by Leicester West MP Liz Kendall – included Jon Ashworth, MP for Leicester South; Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough; Sir Edward Garnier, MP for Harborough; Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire; and Philip Hollobone, MP for Kettering.
During the meeting, MPs grilled NHS bosses about their proposal to stop surgery at the unit and the impact this could have on other vital services, especially paediatric intensive care and ECMO.
After the meeting, the MPs issued a joint statement saying:
“Glenfield Children’s Heart Surgery Unit provides an excellent service to patients across the East Midlands. Its outcomes are amongst the best in the country and the doctors and nurses are working hard to do even more to improve care in future.
“NHS England’s proposal would leave the East Midlands as the only region in the country without a children’s heart surgery unit. We are also concerned about the knock-on effect that stopping surgery could have on other vital services, including Glenfield’s world leading ECMO service and paediatric intensive care.
“We are pleased that there will be a public consultation about these proposals starting in the new year. We will continue to press the case for Glenfield at every opportunity and urge our constituents to do the same, including by signing the petition, to make sure their views are heard loud and clear.”
The online petition can be signed here: