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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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News from Virendra Sharma MP

Virendra Sharma MP calls for unity

23/03/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Following yesterday’s despicable and cowardly attack on Parliament I would like to urge peace, unity and cooperation.

Yesterday a brave Police officer ran towards danger to protect the public and lost his life. I want to praise PC Keith Palmer’s sacrifice along with the hard work and professionalism of all the security staff yesterday. I would also like to thank Tobias Ellwood, my friend and colleague, for doing what he could to try and save the life of PC Palmer.

Many men and women lie injured in hospital after this contemptible act, and two people are dead from the attack on Westminster Bridge. While the facts of what truly happened are still unfolding I would encourage everyone to carry on with their lives, as Londoners have done for centuries.

We must not jump to conclusions, we must not sink to the level of people who hate us, we must stand together as a community not apart and not scared, unbent and unbowed.”

Virendra Sharma MP

People can donate to the family of PC Keith Palmer here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/keith-palmer

 

Virendra Sharma MP calls for unity

  News from Virendra Sharma MP Virendra Sharma MP calls for unity 23/03/2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Following yesterday’s despicable and cowardly attack on Parliament I would like to urge...

Local MP Virendra Sharma has pledged to take on the unacceptable lack of progress in tackling young people’s mental health.

MQ_swearing_to_take_it_on_1.pngVirendra Sharma joined MPs from all parties in swearing to tackle mental illness at an event in Parliament.   

New figures from mental health research charity MQ show that four in 10 (42%) people in the UK have come to believe that mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression are now an inevitable part of life, such is the lack of understanding and action around mental health. 84% say that not enough is being done to tackle mental illness for the future. And 68% of parents believe that having more education about mental illnesses could prevent suffering for future generations.

Three children in an average class are affected by a diagnosable mental illness. But many are waiting a decade between experiencing their first symptoms and getting help. Only a quarter of young people referred to services receive appropriate care. Overall only £8 is spent on research per person affected on mental health in the UK, which is 22 times less than per person for cancer (£178) and 14 times less than dementia spend (£110).

And despite 75% of mental illness starting before the age of 18, less than 30% of the total mental health research spend is focused on children and young people. As a result, the majority of mental healthcare resources are not designed or developed for young people, leading to poor treatment outcomes in young people and hindering prevention efforts.

Virendra Sharma MP said:

Mental illness should not be seen as an inevitable part of life. The current state of mental health treatment would simply never be accepted for a physical condition.

MQ’s ‘We Swear’ campaign aims to make it clear that radical change is needed right now and asks the public to show they ‘give a s**t’ by swearing to take on mental illness.

Through research we can get to grips with this growing crisis in young people's mental health - and build progress towards much-needed hope for everyone affected.”

Swear to take on mental health. Search #WeSwear on social media or visit www.mqmentalhealth.org/we-swear for further information as to how you can help.

Virendra Sharma swears to take on mental illness

Local MP Virendra Sharma has pledged to take on the unacceptable lack of progress in tackling young people’s mental health. Virendra Sharma joined MPs from all parties in swearing to...

Virendra Sharma, the MP for Ealing, Southall, attended a reception at the Palace of Westminster to show his support for efforts to tackle the relatively unknown illness sepsis, which claims the lives of at least 44,000 people every year in the UK.  The event was aiming to raise awareness of a condition that kills more people than breast cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer and road accidents combined.

Sepsis_.jpgSepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if it is not recognised early and treated promptly. Sepsis is the leading cause of death from infection around the world and, despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines and antibiotics acute care experts believe not enough is being done to save lives.  

The event was attended by many parliamentarians, and was supported by a number of representatives from charities and the medical and nursing Royal Colleges, sepsis survivors, doctors, nurses, health professionals and the general public. Speakers included the Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England National Medical Director, Dr Ron Daniels and Tom Ray, sepsis survivor.

At the reception, Dr Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, announced new figures from Research by the York Health Economics Consortium which suggests 260,000 Britons develop the condition every year. This figure is 110,000 higher than previous estimates, which put the number of affected patients at 150,000.

Its report said sepsis costs the UK economy up to £15.6billion a year, adding that earlier diagnosis and treatment could save more than 14,000 lives annually.

Dr Daniels said: ‘We’ve long been aware that sepsis causes thousands of unnecessary deaths every year and presents an unmanageable economic burden.

A crippling paucity of data has thus far confined us to conservative estimates, but the figures reported in YHEC’s study are a shocking new indication of the gravity and sheer scale of the problem. It’s sobering to learn that the issue is so much greater than previously estimated.’

irendra Sharma shows support for efforts to tackle the relatively unknown illness sepsis

Virendra Sharma, the MP for Ealing, Southall, attended a reception at the Palace of Westminster to show his support for efforts to tackle the relatively unknown illness sepsis, which claims...

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Local MP Virendra Sharma as Chair of the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group has led a delegation of eight MPs and Peers to India to discuss post-Brexit opportunities for the UK and India. The delegation have today met with Mr Modi the Prime Minister of India and Mr Arun Jaitley the Finance Minister to discuss the potential for increased trade and cooperation in key sectors.

The cross-party delegation led by Mr Sharma is also made up of Jonathan Reynolds MP, Charlotte Leslie MP, Edward Argar MP, Oliver Dowden MP, Marie Rimmer MP, Bob Blackman MP and Lord Northbrook. The group arrived in Delhi on Monday and have already met with key members of the Government and Parliament.

The delegation organised by the Indian High Commission in London has also served as a fact finding mission for several MPs less familiar with India. Virendra Sharma MP who is also co-Chair of the TB APPG has used this as an opportunity to promote cooperation on eradication. Mr Jaitley spoke earlier this month of plans to eradicate TB within a decade and Mr Sharma has spoken to both the nascent parliamentary group and the Prime Minister about the work that needs to be done.

We have only been in India for two days but we are already improving contacts between the Indian and British governments. I have had productive discussions with both Mr Modi and Mr Jaitley about the fantastic work that has already been done on TB eradication and I know there is a real desire to make progress on this issue.

I have also raised issues of concern for the millions of British-Indians that live in the UK and are proud to be part of a large Indian diaspora. The issue of demonetisation has been raised several times and we had frank discussions about its impact. There are important steps to be made on civic involvement and I have raised those issues while we have met with key members of Parliament.”

Virendra Sharma MP, Chair Indo-British APPG

Virendra Sharma leads delegation to discuss post-Brexit opportunities

Local MP Virendra Sharma as Chair of the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group has led a delegation of eight MPs and Peers to India to discuss post-Brexit opportunities for the...

Virendra Sharma MP has committed to taking action to address the literacy challenge in Ealing, Southall, as new analysis from the National Literacy Trust and Experian reveals that the local depths of England’s literacy crisis is putting children’s futures in jeopardy.

The analysis shows that:

  • Ealing, Southall is ranked 161 out of 533 constituencies in England, where 1 is most in need of literacy support
  • Six out of Seven wards in the area were identified as having significant literacy issues  
  • In London, Ealing, Southall is ranked 36 in greatest need of literacy support

Experian analysed data on the social factors most closely associated with low literacy, including levels of education, income and unemployment, to create a literacy vulnerability score for every electoral ward and parliamentary constituency in England [2].

This brand new measure provides a new and deeper understanding about a long-standing problem, identifying the areas with the most acute literacy problems and pinpointing where the greatest support is required. It shows that the majority of constituencies in England (86%) contain at least one ward with serious literacy issues.

Virendra Sharma MP attended a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy on Monday 6 February, where the analysis was presented. The National Literacy Trust and Experian shared Ealing, Southall’s literacy vulnerability score and the social factors underpinning it. Virendra Sharma MP was given detailed information on the prevalence of factors that make people in Ealing, Southall vulnerable to literacy issues, highlighting where action is most urgently needed.  

Virendra Sharma MP said:

Access to literacy skills is incredibly important for my constituents. Too many people in Ealing, Southall are being let down by the government’s lack of action. In an increasingly competitive economy it is important that both children and adult learners are given the opportunity to increase their language skills. It would be a failure of government if millions are left without the skills to work to their full potential.”

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, said:  

We welcome Virendra Sharma’s commitment to addressing the specific literacy challenges facing children, families and individuals in Ealing, Southall. For 20 years, the government has addressed England’s widening literacy gap through national strategies. We now know that a new local approach is needed as our work with Experian reveals the country’s literacy challenge to be intensely local. Strong local leadership and partnerships are vital to tackling this and MPs are ideally placed to drive effective local solutions.

We know that local strategies work – we set up a National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough in 2013, which has already had a vital impact on the number of children reaching a good level of development at age five, and has significantly closed the attainment gap with the national average.”

Richard Jenkings, Lead Analytics Consultant at Experian, said: 

“It doesn’t come as a surprise that levels of literacy are strongly related to households and the neighbourhood in which people live, with urban areas facing the biggest challenges. There is a clear correlation between literacy and income, levels of education, long-term unemployment rates, levels of motivation and depression, as well as with intergenerational needs and growing up in a family with no work culture.

However, what shocked me the most in the analysis was just how far reaching the problem of low literacy is in England – it’s on all of our doorsteps, regardless of location. Most regions have at least one area with severe literacy problems. We hope that by making sense of all this data, we have helped lay the foundations for others to transform lives and local communities for the better.”

Virendra Sharma pledges to tackle literacy challenge in Ealing, Southall

Virendra Sharma MP has committed to taking action to address the literacy challenge in Ealing, Southall, as new analysis from the National Literacy Trust and Experian reveals that the local...

“I will not vote to trigger Article 50 without a real plan for the future”

Next week Parliament will be asked to vote on triggering Article 50, beginning the formal process of withdrawal from the European Union.

While I did not support leaving the EU, the referendum was a democratic exercise and I believe the results should be respected. I do not believe we should ignore the voices of those people that did vote to leave the EU, but my constituency overwhelmingly voted to remain.

Our economy is fragile, especially our international exchange rates, since the decision to leave the EU. I am concerned by the lack of planning by the Government for what has happened in the previous sixth months and worry that we face threats the Government is ill prepared to face.

Membership of European Union includes affiliation with a number of important coordinating bodies that increase British influence, streamline administration and make doing business easier across the continent.

Virendra Sharma, MP, Ealing, Southall:

I will not vote for a Brexit blank cheque. I consider continued cooperation with the ‘European Medicines Agency’, the ‘European Aviation Safety Agency’ and the ‘European Police Office’ (Europol) essential to British prosperity and security.

I cannot in good conscience vote to trigger Article 50 while it will threaten people’s jobs, wages and pensions. Access to the Single Market and a legal commitment to ensure the labour rights, health and safety protections, consumer rights, and environmental standards we currently enjoy are all key to my political beliefs.

If we cannot get clarity on our relationship with crucial international institutions then I will not vote to trigger Article 50 without a real plan for the future"

I will not vote to trigger Article 50 without a real plan for the future

“I will not vote to trigger Article 50 without a real plan for the future” Next week Parliament will be asked to vote on triggering Article 50, beginning the formal...

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