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Over the past few weeks, Theresa May has made many changes to her cabinet as part of the reshuffle. This has raised concerns regarding her leadership of the country. She has shown that she is incapable of leading her own party in this period of transition, let alone leading the UK forward in this important period. Her lack of authority is clear. The Cabinet has been riddled with resignations and refusals, most notably that of Justine Greening as Education Secretary. This demonstrates the internal lack of enthusiasm in the proposed direction of the Conservative party, as well as a lack of faith in their party leader. Theresa May has expressed her disappointment in Justine’s Greening decision. Greening’s decision to resign from her post demonstrates the lack of consensus amongst conservative peers as she disagreed with the formulation of an education system built around grammar schools. 

I would like to say that the continuous rejection of different cabinet roles is a huge embarrassment for Theresa May. If anything, this shows her lack of control over the already weak minority government.

Theresa May’s reshuffle does not offer much hope for those who put her in power and the public as it appears her reshuffle fails to show an interest in domestic policy and issues, such as housing, school standards, the environment and the NHS.

Her initial aim of the cabinet reshuffle was to solidify her position as Prime Minister, with a strong cohesive cabinet supporting her. This has evidently failed to come to fruition. As key members of the current government have likened it to Harold Macmillan’s cabinet reshuffle labelling it as the “night of the blunt stiletto”.

It seems Theresa May has lost the influence over her ministers. Jeremy Hunt’s refusal to change from his Health post to a different department is an evident example. The reshuffle has been used as a distraction away from Theresa May‘s stance on key policy areas and her failures thus far. We should expect greater instability within these government departments.

Although her reshuffling of the cabinet expected to see an overhaul of her senior ministers, the demographics of the current cabinet are 74% male and 96% white at an average age of 50. So statistically speaking, her cabinet reshuffle hasn’t promoted further diversity in Government but instead has reinforced ideas of what Tory governments look like. As a result, the reshuffling of her cabinet should be described as the recycling and reusing of positions rather than a reshuffle.

Mrs May has restated her desire to remain as PM, with her “I am not a quitter” mentality. I would prefer our country had a leader who actually lives up to that claim and directs our nation in the right direction.

I hope that the Tories get their issues resolved. Hopefully they understand our futures are in their hands.

Tory Reshuffle

Over the past few weeks, Theresa May has made many changes to her cabinet as part of the reshuffle. This has raised concerns regarding her leadership of the country. She...

Podiatry.jpgI was delighted to support the launch of a report by the College of Podiatry in Parliament this week. The event highlighted the unique role of podiatrists in tackling some of the biggest healthcare challenges facing people in Ealing Southall.

The report, Podiatry: Driving value, improving outcomes - The vital role of podiatry in keeping our population active – saving lives and saving limbs’ covers three key areas in which podiatrists contribute their expertise and demonstrate their value:

  • Diabetes and vascular disease, specifically foot ulceration and amputation prevention, conditions which costs the NHS around £1 billion per year.
  • Falls prevention, particularly amongst the elderly, which costs the NHS and social care around £2.3bn every year, and rising.
  • Musculoskeletal conditions, which consume around 5% of the NHS budget.

 

The report has found that early intervention by local podiatrists has the potential to improve mobility and independence in people who experience foot health problems.

  • Despite the strong recommendation from NICE, the organisation responsible for producing clinical guidance, a Freedom of Information Request (FOI) carried out in 2017 (with a response rate of 87%) found that 29% of Clinical Commissioning Groups do not commission a foot protection service.
  • A further FOI sent to hospital trusts revealed that a third of trusts which responded do not operate a dedicated falls prevention team, and of the 67% that do, only 4% include a podiatrist in that team.
  • Podiatrists are under-utilised across the health and care system, avoiding critical chances to tackle problems before they escalate.

 

It is important to recognise the value of local podiatrists who are working day-in-day-out to keep people on their feet, living life independently and to its full potential. I would like to thank all podiatrists, and others working in multidisciplinary health and care teams across Ealing Southall.

 

Virendra supporting podiatrists getting people back on their feet in Ealing Southall

I was delighted to support the launch of a report by the College of Podiatry in Parliament this week. The event highlighted the unique role of podiatrists in tackling some...

38462825671_7484ac1069_o.jpgLast week, Pope Francis called on the world to take action to end the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and the violence that they have faced.

Since the end of August, over 600,000 Rohingya people have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh. This has naturally placed a significant strain on Bangladesh’s limited resources and created a difficult environment in the camps. I saw this first-hand on a recent Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Delegation visit to Bangladesh.

Refugees in the camps have limited water supply, no possessions and face long queues for food and shelter. Having arrived in Bangladesh with physical and psychological injuries due to the horrors that they have faced, the refugees are extremely vulnerable and some have even become victims of sexual exploitation. This situation is made all the more uncomfortable and unacceptable when we realise that over half of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are children, many of whom have lost one or both of their parents.

Aid workers and humanitarian organisations like the United Nations Refugee Agency have provided vital support in such difficult times. As a result, the International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt MP recently announced that a further £12m of UK aid will be sent to provide the Rohingya refugees with food, drinking water and shelter among other resources. While I welcome this offer, much more needs to be done. I believe that there will be no quick solutions and so the UK has an important role to play in continuing to pledge financial support whilst building the political will for a lasting solution in the region, such as giving the Rohingya full citizenship in Myanmar. This crisis has gone on for far too long now. Urgent action is needed.

The UK must continue to play its part to end the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar

Last week, Pope Francis called on the world to take action to end the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and the violence that they have faced. Since the...


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