[06/02/2018 | No comment]

As we mark the 100th anniversary of women first getting the right to vote, I feel huge pride for what those campaigners achieved and a real sense of responsibility to continue the fight to achieve equality for women.

On 6th February, I asked the Home Secretary whether she agreed that more needs to be done to make sure the growing number of women who are forced to care for an elderly relative are treated fairly in work and get the support they need.

I was also interviewed on BBC Radio Leicester about what inspired me to become an MP, my experience of first coming to Parliament and the inspiring young women I meet who want to change the world. You can listen to the full interview here.

[05/02/2018 | No comment]

On Friday I joined local carers at Age UK’s Listening Event in Leicester. This event is one of a series they are running across the country to listen to the experiences of older people and their carers. 

All the experiences and feedback from the carers will be brought together and form part of the Age UK’s Green Paper on Social Care.

In Leicester today a group of carers told AGE UK the three biggest issues are: the need to listen to older people; give more support for stretched family carers who may work as well as being full-time carers; and the need for additional ring-fenced funding. 


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On Friday I met with John Kemp from the Alzheimer’s Society in the East Midlands. We discussed how they were supporting patients and their families here in Leicester West. And John also told me about the charity campaigns they are running in Dementia Action week later in the year. 

The meeting followed on from an event in Parliament I held earlier in the week. Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer and I will support the work they do here in Leicester West and also right across the country in finding ways to tackle dementia and support sufferers. 

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On 17th January, I was proud to host a Marie Curie lecture in Parliament on dementia and end of life care.

There is a real stigma around talking about dementia and how we want to be looked after before we die. But it’s really important we address these issues, as one in four people are not currently getting the care they need at the end of their lives.

It is good news that more of us are living longer lives but this means growing numbers of people are likely to have complex health conditions in old age like dementia, which is now the biggest cause of death in England and Wales. However, severe pressures on funding and staff mean health and social care services are often unable to provide the level of support needed by people suffering from this condition and their families.

Well-funded, high quality care must be made available for people at the end of their lives both inside and outside of hospitals. Investment should be targeted to make sure experts in palliative care can provide high-quality support and share their knowledge with care home staff. We need to make sure good quality advice and support is made available to families, while the care provided for those at the end of their lives needs to be properly co-ordinated across services like GPs, hospitals, psychiatric teams and care homes.

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