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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.

Happy Diwali!

I would like to wish you all a happy Diwali.

I celebrate Diwali in very much the same way every year. For me, Diwali means being at home with my friends and family, giving and receiving gifts, eating lots of wonderful food and enjoying fireworks in the evening.

Diwali, the festival of lights, creates a magical world of festivity, and emulates the message of peace and prosperity. As the end of an old year nears and the beginning of a new year beckons, Diwali marks a fresh start whilst renewing a commitment to traditional family values. The glorious festival of light represents joy, love, reflection, resolution, forgiveness and knowledge.

The message of Diwali is the victory of good over evil and I would urge everyone to reflect on what they can do as individuals and communities to tackle the modern day evils that exist in this world – crime, poverty, domestic violence, human trafficking, child labour, hunger and the other social evils. 

I wish you all enjoy and cherish this year’s Diwali celebrations and work towards securing peace and prosperity for all.

Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali! I would like to wish you all a happy Diwali.

Like many people in Ealing Southall, I’m fed up of this government undermining and underfunding our health service. An area of particular concern, which a number of people have raised with me, is waiting times for cancer tests which is why I’m proud that Labour will introduce a new one-week cancer test guarantee.

Unfortunately, many of us know someone who has suffered from cancer. It is a horrible disease that takes too many. We simply must do more to help those at risk of developing the disease.

Early diagnosis of cancer means treatment is more likely to be successful, yet more and more people are now being forced to wait longer for essential tests. The number of people waiting too long to get cancer tests are going up in London. In August this year, 2,033 patients waited longer than six weeks for cancer tests compared to 805 in the same month last year.

That’s why the next Labour government will ensure that NHS patients in England will wait no longer than one week for cancer tests and results by 2020. The cancer test guarantee will be made possible by £750 million of new investment over five years, raised through a new levy on tobacco firms which make huge profits from their products which cause so much ill-health.

The one-week cancer test guarantee forms part of Labour’s plan to ensure the NHS can meet the challenges of the 21st Century. We have already said we will guarantee GP appointments within 48 hours. And we have shown how our £2.5 billion Time to Care Fund will ensure the NHS has 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 GPs, 5,000 home care workers and 3,000 midwives so they have the time to care for you. The staff at Ealing Hospital do a great job but they need our help if the NHS is going to meet the health challenges of the 21st century.

The Tories haven’t just destabilised our health service; they’re holding it back from meeting the challenges of the modern world as well. We need a modern health and care service that offers the best cancer survival rate in Europe. Only Labour can be trusted to protect the NHS and with the Time to Care Fund and the one-week cancer test guarantee, we’ll ensure we have a health service fit for the 21st century.

Why I’m backing Labour’s new one-week cancer test guarantee

Like many people in Ealing Southall, I’m fed up of this government undermining and underfunding our health service. An area of particular concern, which a number of people have raised...


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