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Yesterday I co-hosted a meeting with Lord Swraj Paul and The British South India Council of Commerce (BSICC) in the Houses of Parliament.

The BSICC is one of the main organisations that promote trade and investment between the UK and South India. This event was about showcasing the opportunities for investors in the South Indian State of Karnataka and also encouraging businesses from Karnataka to pursue opportunities in the UK.

The BSICC meeting was important as it addressed issues which are restricting the Indian economy such as corruption in many rural parts in Karnataka and how many Indian craftsmen do not have access to the tools they need.

I am pleased to report that the BSICC is planning to work with investors to focus on improving the Indian economy, through programmes that will provide training to young people and by providing fertilisers to farmers in impoverished areas.

However, the investments into India are not one-way and will help the UK economy, providing growth and hopefully create further jobs in Britain.

The general atmosphere of the BSICC was electric with so many people passionately promoting investment into Southern India. I hope that this meeting will help promote growth in the Indian economy and will reduce the number of unemployed Indians, alongside much needed growth in the UK economy.

UK Karnataka business meeting

Yesterday I co-hosted a meeting with Lord Swraj Paul and The British South India Council of Commerce (BSICC) in the Houses of Parliament.

2014.10.28_Nation_of_Lifesavers.jpgMore people need to join the campaign to dramatically increase the number of people trained in life-saving CPR and help create a
Nation of Lifesavers.

More than 30,000 people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK every year – 80% of which occur in the home, often in front of family members and loved ones.

Unfortunately, fewer than one in ten people survive, partly because not enough people have the skills and confidence to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The British Heart Foundation says that the Nation of Lifesavers initiative could save around 5,000 additional lives a year in the UK, based on survival rates in countries like Norway (25%), where CPR training is mandatory in schools.

The BHF is calling for CPR and public access defibrillator (PAD) awareness to be taught in all secondary schools and a recent survey showed 82% of people would be behind this move.

Since the launch of the campaign on October 16, more than 5,000 people have already signed the petition to make these skills part of the curriculum.

I have also pledged my support for the Nation of Lifesavers campaign and called on secondary schools and community groups in Ealing Southall to order their free Call Push Rescue Training Kit.

Cardiac arrest survival rates in the UK fall way behind survival rates in other countries where CPR training is part of the curriculum.

By joining the Nation of Lifesavers I want to see every child in the UK finish school equipped with the necessary skills to respond in a medical emergency.

CPR is an important skill and just 30 minutes of training could save someone’s life.

I was joined by Samantha Hobbs, who at 14 helped to save her mum’s life by performing CPR. With her dad, they kept her mum alive until the emergency services arrived and could get her heart beating again with a single electric shock from a defibrillator.

Samantha had been trained in CPR so she knew what to do. Now she’s campaigning to raise awareness amongst others so that more people are trained and more lives can be saved.

Samantha said: “I was only able to help save my mum’s life because I’d been trained in CPR. I don’t know what might have happened if I hadn’t. We’re really pleased to be able to support the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign and spread the message about the importance of CPR. I hope more lives are saved.”

On October 16, the BHF trained nearly 12,000 schoolchildren at the launch of a new CPR training programme which is free for schools to register for.

The innovative training programme enables schools, workplaces, and community groups to become completely self-sufficient in teaching the three simple steps that could save a life: Call. Push. Rescue.

To help the BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers visit bhf.org.uk/lifesavers and sign the petition here.

‘Nation of Lifesavers’ campaign to save 5,000 lives

More people need to join the campaign to dramatically increase the number of people trained in life-saving CPR and help create aNation of Lifesavers.

2014.10.22_Ismail_Kaji_from_Mencap_meeting_Mr_Sharma_MP.JPGI have signed up to show my support for Mencap’s Hear my voice campaign.

The new campaign is about empowering people with a learning disability and their families to have their voices heard by their local MPs and candidates in the lead up to the May 2015 General Election.

There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK but many feel they are not listened to by those in power and the issues they that are important to them – like hate crime, better healthcare and education – are often not talked about.

Through the website www.hear-my-voice-org-uk, people with a learning disability and their families have a space to share their experiences with their local MP and, in return, MPs and candidates can show their support by signing-up to say they are listening.

I'm listening to people with a learning disability because I feel strongly about this group of people being fully included in our society.

Before I became an MP I worked for 10 years in learning disability services and have a first-hand experience of the many challenges faced by people with a learning disability and their families.

These are some of the most vulnerable in our society and listening to people with a learning disability and involving them is not just a question of equality but one of respecting their human rights.

I hope other MPs and candidates will also pledge to listen so that people with a learning disability and their families are heard and we build a society where they are valued and respected as equals.

To find out more about the Hear my voice campaign and Manifesto, visit: www.hear-my-voice.org.uk

 

Photo attached: Virendra Sharma MP with Mencap spokesperson Ismail Kaji

Hear My Voice

I have signed up to show my support for Mencap’s Hear my voice campaign.


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