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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

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Republic Day 2017

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I would like to firstly wish each and every one of you a Happy Republic Day.

Each year we celebrate the country that India is, and reflect on where we have come from and where we are going. A nation founded on the Nehruvian principles of equality, secularity and freedom, today we are given an opportunity to celebrate what makes India great.

70 years ago India’s founders dreamt that a better nation was possible and they created one. When we see challenges ahead of us now we must not think they are unassailable, but instead we should emulate India’s founders and create a better country than we found.

I hope that all of us can learn from the lessons of India and be the change we want to see in all spheres, personal, social and political. No challenge is too great when the power of the largest democracy or one person driven with a real desire to change things is behind you.

Happy Republic Day.

Happy Republic Day 2017

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Safe use of drones would protect Heathrow

In the first six months of 2016, there were more reported near misses between drones and aircraft over the UK than in the whole of 2015. More recently, a drone the size of a football flew within 20m of a passenger jet as it approached Heathrow Airport. With drone use becoming increasingly popular, I am raising awareness of how to use drones safely to ensure such incidents are avoided.

Public use of UAVs and drones has been growing for some time now, with drones becoming cheaper and more toy-like. However, the effect of their presence near aircraft in the sky is very real. When using drones, please ensure that they are visible at all times, flown below 400ft and not flown over congested areas. The safer drones are flown, the more they can be used and the safer Heathrow Airport and its passengers will be. I am calling on the Home Secretary to do more to protect the residents of Ealing, if actions aren’t taken soon then it is only a matter of time until a horrible accident.

Because of this threat I have asked the Home Secretary to take action to improve safety for those of us living near Heathrow. I have also asked her to support a new information awareness campaign to ensure that UAV and drone flyers know the danger they may pose if they ignore the regulations.”

Virendra Sharma MP

An investigation into the near miss around Heathrow Airport has concluded that the drone had endangered the lives of those on the plane as a collision had only narrowly been avoided. In response, Sion Roberts, head of drone training academy RUSTA, said, “It is vital that distributors and sellers make their customers aware of the rules.”

The Civil Aviation Authority have stated that it is “totally unacceptable to fly drones close to aircraft and airports” and that “anyone flouting the rules can face severe penalties including time in prison.” 

Drone Awareness Campaign

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I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a wonderful New Year.

Scan0002-2.jpgWith the birth of the New Year we reflect on the past year. The joy we have derived from the birth of loved ones and sadness from those who have passed. We have spent another year with our families and friends and hopefully become better people in the process.

As a Member of Parliament I always enjoy the New Year. Everyone returns to Parliament after Christmas and New Year with a renewed sense of purpose and more energy. I hope that after the holiday we can all return to whatever we do with a newly found energy and commitment to do better than we did last year.

I hope you all enjoy your New Year and I wish you the best for 2017.

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Merry Christmas 2016

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We must end the continued uncertainty surrounding 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee notes
Still a month after the announcement of the demonetisation of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee notes millions of NRIs are living with uncertainty. The stress and strain of not knowing whether families will lose money they can not afford to is causing too much suffering after weeks of delay.
 
Thousands of families have a small amount of currency at home, to save exchanging money at the airport. These are the people that are accidentally being punished. Having a few thousands rupees does not make you a money launderer, and still they are suffering.
 
The Indian Government should authorise large Indian Banks with operations in the UK to open accounts for deposits of Indian Rupees. This money should then be held and made available for withdrawal only in India. This would protect the economy, but still offer freedom to many thousands of Indian Citizens and NRIs not based in India."
 
Virendra Sharma MP

End the continued uncertainty surrounding 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee notes

We must end the continued uncertainty surrounding 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee notes Still a month after the announcement of the demonetisation of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee notes millions of NRIs...

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