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Virendra Sharma MP supports World Cancer Day 2016

Virendra Sharma MP from Ealing, Southall attended an event in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 3rd February) to show his support for World Cancer Day today (February 4, 2016).

Virendra Sharma met with representatives from four of the UK’s leading cancer charities who are working together to unite the nation and help transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by cancer.

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Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Anthony Nolan and the Movember Foundation are calling on people across Ealing, Southall to show their support by wearing a Unity Band with pride today (February 4).

The Unity Band is made of two parts, knotted together, to represent strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people come together.

 

The Unity Bands are available from each charity in their own colours at www.worldcancerday.co.uk for a suggested donation of £2.  All money raised from the Unity Bands will go towards the charities’ individual research projects and support services.

One in two people born in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Today (February 4) is World Cancer Day and I’m calling on people in Ealing, Southall to join me by wearing a Unity Band, making a donation or spreading the word on social media.

Whether you want to celebrate people who have overcome cancer, show solidarity to those going through treatment or remember loved ones – World Cancer Day is a chance to get involved and help reduce the impact of cancer on future generations.”

Virendra Sharma MP

Collectively the four charities support millions of people every year through their individual work in the prevention, detection, treatment and support of those affected by cancer.

Money raised from the Unity Bands will fund breakthroughs in scientific research; save and improve the lives of people with blood cancers; provide high quality care, support and information for people with breast cancer, and fund research and support services to tackle prostate and testicular cancer.

By joining together this World Cancer Day, they aim to show that a small action taken by many will transform our future.

For more information, to get any of the charities’ Unity Bands or make a donation visit www.worldcancerday.co.uk

Virendra Sharma MP supports World Cancer Day 2016

Virendra Sharma MP supports World Cancer Day 2016 Virendra Sharma MP from Ealing, Southall attended an event in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 3rd February) to show his support for World Cancer...

On Saturday 30th January Virendra Sharma MP delivered the keynote address to a conference convened to discuss the British Visa and Immigration scheme.

Ever since 2010 the most vulnerable, and those looking to work hard and join their families have been vilified by the out of touch government we currently have. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has cut the number of legitimate migrants allowed in order to appear tough on immigration. No one comes to Britain to live a life on benefits. Migrating to Britain isn’t the easy route, but it was the right route for me and thousands of others.”


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The conference, organised by the Indian Workers Association (IWA) GB, discussed a wide range of issues affecting those with families abroad, or wishing to come to the UK. The issue of how far the cost of Visas has risen in such a short time was raised, while the organisation planned how best to garner support for their forthcoming petition against further fee increases. Nothing got the group more excited though, than the discussion about how the UK and India relationship has developed and how rapidly it is changing now.

 If this government continues to introduce further discriminatory systems it will see how it’s policies are not just hurting migrants but Britain. In my own local area, the NHS trust had a nursing shortfall of 30%. We need more nurses from abroad not fewer.”

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IWA GB Conference

On Saturday 30th January Virendra Sharma MP delivered the keynote address to a conference convened to discuss the British Visa and Immigration scheme. Ever since 2010 the most vulnerable, and...

Shocking figures released by the Office of National Statistics predict that the number of people dying prematurely in winter 2014-15 are two and half times higher than in the previous winter. In Ealing, Southall the reported number of excess deaths has averaged 18 over the past 5 years. However since the total for England and Wales has leapt from 17,460 to 43,900 it is almost certain that Ealing, Southall will see a worrying growth in local figures.

The number of excess winter deaths (EWD) are defined as the difference between the number of deaths which occurred in the winter months of December to March and the average number of deaths which occurred in the rest of the year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that between 30 and 50% of EWDs are caused by poorly insulated cold homes.

The ONS figures show that fatalities in women have more than doubled with people aged over 75 worst affected.

Clive Lewis, Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister, says

The latest figures show the highest number of EWDs since the winter of 1999, with many of these being older people, often living in homes with poor insulation. Yet the government is cutting back on life-saving energy efficiency measures by up to 65%. Labour believes that everybody has a right to access the basic level of energy they need to keep their home warm enough to live in. With 2.35 million households now living in fuel poverty, this government clearly doesn’t share our vision.”

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Virendra Sharma MP said

The average number of EWDs was already cause for concern, these new figures show that government cuts are really hurting our most vulnerable neighbours. These figures are truly shocking, particularly as this huge rise happened over one of the mildest winters in recent years. As the weather turns cold this week we are gravely concerned for the many people living in fuel poverty in Ealing, Southall. Regrettably it will be those on low incomes and in poor quality housing who will suffer because of this government’s lack of investment.”

Excess Winter Deaths soar by 2.5 times in England and Wales

Shocking figures released by the Office of National Statistics predict that the number of people dying prematurely in winter 2014-15 are two and half times higher than in the previous...


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