A decision was taken by the UK Department for Transport to block Stagecoach/Virgin for applying for the three franchises currently up for grabs.
I am deeply concerned over the future of the Virgin service that travels from Holyhead – via Flint – to London Euston and want to see it maintained. The Transport Minister must take this seriously to ensure that services are not lost between North Wales and England and shouldn’t be trying to score party political points as he tried to do in answer to my genuine question.
I am supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign #thisisbowelcancer, to shine a light on the varied and many people affected by bowel cancer as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April.
Every 15 minutes in the UK somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it affects us all. Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. But it doesn’t just impact the person diagnosed. It affects families, friends and colleagues, doctors and nurses, scientists and researchers. That’s millions of people right across the UK.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with almost 42,000 people diagnosed annually. More than 16,000 people die each year of the disease making it the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, but it shouldn’t be as bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.
I am working with Bowel Cancer UK to improve early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care both in Delyn and nationally. By bringing people together Bowel Cancer UK will create a future where nobody dies of the disease. Read more “Bowel Cancer UK Awareness Month”
I am backing a major charity campaign to shine a spotlight on Parkinson’s, to raise understanding of and change attitudes towards the condition.
Parkinson’s UK Parkinson’s Is campaign, which launches on World Parkinson’s Day (11 April), aims to shatter public misconceptions about the condition by highlighting the reality of everyday life for those living with it and their families.
Parkinson’s is a serious neurological condition with more than 40 symptoms that affects people of all ages. It causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Currently there is no cure.
But according to recent research from Parkinson’s UK, 8 in 10 people with Parkinson’s believe that awareness and understanding is low because people don’t consider it to be a serious condition – and only associate it with one symptom – a tremor.
The charity is urging people to visit its website www.parkinsons.org.uk/parkinsons-is to learn more about the condition
One in 37 of us will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in our lifetime, and I’m proud to support Parkinson’s UK’s new campaign to challenge widely held misconceptions about the condition.
I urge people to visit the charity’s website to find out more about how they can get involved in Parkinson’s Is.
Steve Ford, Parkinson’s UK Chief Executive, said:
“Despite the fact that Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative condition after Alzheimer’s, many people still don’t understand what Parkinson’s is or how it affects people.
“We hope our new Parkinson’s Is campaign which sees people across the UK share how the condition affects their lives will raise awareness and help correct public misconceptions about this much misunderstood condition.
“We’re grateful for the support of David to help bring this message to a wider audience and help change the lives of thousands for the better.”
My colleague Nick Smith MP (Blaenau Gwent) secured a Westminster Hall debate this week on the British Steel pension scheme and the companies who have been trying to mis-sell terrible schemes to those pension holders.
There was an absolute lack of information provided to the pension scheme holders by the UK Government during its transfer and this resulted in a number of companies providing poor advice to deliberately benefit from the proceeds of transfer.
Currently, 17 companies are under investigation. We cannot let steelworkers, either those still working in the industry or those already in retirement, lose their pensions. The UK Government need to take this seriously and ensure a proper investigation is undertaken by authorities and greater protections are in place for pension holders.