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- 01 September 2017
I’ve been flagging up on here recently the danger of meningitis, and the importance of vaccination for young people. This follows the tragic death of George Zographou, a student at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College. It’s also important to know what the early warning signs of meningitis are, such as a rash, a fever and cold hands and feet. Jeremy is only 6 years old, and has lost three of his lower limbs due to septicaemia following a bout of meningitis earlier this year. My sister is his teaching assistant, and has been raising funds not just for a mural in the school, but also for an iPad that Jeremy can use -
- 01 September 2017
Eid Mubarak to all my constituents!
- 30 August 2017
One of my constituents, Helen from St George, is attempting the gruelling Scotty Challenge, a seriously tough physical fitness test, with the money raised going to Scotty’s Little Soldiers. Scotty’s Little Soldiers was created in memory of Cpl Lee Scott and all our fallen servicemen and women, and provides support to children and young people who have suffered the loss of a parent serving in the British Armed Forces. Please join me in donating to this deserving cause, and good luck Helen! Link here -
- 29 August 2017
Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhood consultation is only open for another week. If you haven’t already put your recommendations and views across over how the Council should decide how to make its savings, I encourage you to do so now. Today I had a productive visit to the new community hub in Holymead Junior School in Brislington, as well as a visit to Wick Road Library with Save the Library campaigners and local stakeholders. We had a useful discussion about increasing the provision of community facilities available for Brislington residents, as well as possible solutions for Wick Road Library. It’s great to see the community and the school working together and looking at possible solutions.
- 29 August 2017
Instead of giving sick and disabled people the financial support they are owed, this Government is spending millions of pounds attempting to deny vulnerable people through fighting cases in court. The Government sets goals of denying 4 out of 5 of initial appeals for disability benefit, regardless of merit, but when these cases go to appeal the judge sides with the claimant and rules that they are too sick to work in over 6 out of 10 cases! I know first-hand from my casework the distress this can cause. The Government has shamefully created this hostile system to deter people from claiming benefits to which they are entitled. We need to create a more humane and just welfare system, that starts from the premise that we should be providing support to those who need it most.
- 25 August 2017
I’m delighted to say that I’ve recently agreed to become a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Nursing Champion, working as an advocate for the nursing community in Bristol East. I massively value the hard work of nursing staff, both in my constituency and across the country. As a Nursing Champion, I will support the RCN with its three main priorities for the UK Government – improving patient care, ensuring nurses are valued for their work and receive a fair rate of pay, and investing in health and social care services. Earlier in the year, I met with members of the RCN to discuss NHS pay restraint, and I have since written to the Department of Health to highlight our shared concerns. In late July, the RCN held a brilliant ‘Scrap the Cap’ event, in response to the staggering 14% real-terms fall in nursing pay since 2010. Today is a national day of online action for the campaign – you can find out more about how to get involved and highlight the effect the pay cap is having on nurses here:
- 24 August 2017
People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. • Postcode Local Trust supports wildlife, sustainability, play areas and green spaces. • Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.
- 23 August 2017
I will be there to support the Rally For Bristol on Saturday the 9th, which Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol has organised to demand that our city gets the funding it needs from the Government. Bristol is the only city outside of London that makes a net contribution to the Treasury, and yet time after time it is overlooked by the Government. Cities are at breaking point when it comes to providing services, and too often problems which would have been combatted by preventative measures, which have now been cut, end up costing us more. For 7 years we’ve had a Government hell-bent on implementing austerity, and by their own measure of success this hasn’t worked. Initially the deficit was promised to be eliminated by 2015, and then by 2020, and now it emerges it will only finally be closed by 2026. The Government can’t grow an economy through cuts; it needs to invest to create the jobs, skills and opportunity our country needs. I urge you to join me and many others on September the 9th to s
- 22 August 2017
Today I resigned from the University of Bath’s Court in protest at the high salaries of their senior staff, with their Vice-Chancellor earning nearly half a million pounds. At a time where students are facing increasing financial pressure, with many leaving university with debts of over £60,000, paying higher interest than before, and having to spend the next 30 years of their life working to pay it off, I do not believe that this can be justified. I support Lord Andrew Adonis’ recent campaign around pay and governance of Higher Education institutions, and believe that the current structure of university funding is unsustainable. Such huge salary increases at the very top, whilst students and academic staff bear the burden of austerity measures, are wrong.
- 18 August 2017
I am sad to learn of the news of the death of George Zographou, an 18 year old student of St Brendan’s College, after contracting Meningitis. Meningitis has been on the increase recently, particularly for young people and students. I hope people will make themselves aware of the symptoms of Meningitis, and consider vaccination. A vaccine for strains ACWY of the disease is being offered on the NHS to 13 – 18 year olds and new university students, but whether you fit this category or not I encourage you to look at the possibility of getting vaccinated.
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