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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined charity Parkinson’s UK to mark 200 years since Parkinson’s was first recognised as a condition.

Justin met with representatives from the charity and people affected by Parkinson’s to hear about the issues they face, including mental health problems, a common but often overlooked symptom of the neurological condition.

The findings of a ground-breaking inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinson’s, into access to timely and appropriate mental health support, is expected this Spring.

Justin said:

“Parkinson’s affects one in 500 people in Ellesmere Port and Neston and can cause a myriad of symptoms including insomnia, depression and hallucinations, robbing people of their independence.

“It is not well known that mental health symptoms are common with Parkinson’s. I want to help ensure that local people get the support they need, when they need it.

“I look forward to seeing the report into this by the Parliamentary Group on Parkinson’s so that I can work locally and nationally to improve mental health services for everyone affected by the condition.”

Justin Madders MP marks 200 years of Parkinson’s

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined charity Parkinson’s UK to mark 200 years since Parkinson’s was first recognised as a condition. Justin met with representatives from the...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has backed the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Call to Action campaign on breastfeeding which seeks to enable mothers to breastfeed for as long as they wish and to protect all babies from commercial interests.

Unicef UK is calling on government to tackle the UK’s low breastfeeding rates and improve the health of children by leading action to remove the barriers – social, cultural, economic, physical and practical – that make it difficult for women to breastfeed in the UK.

Justin said:

“There is overwhelming evidence that breastfeeding gives babies the best possible start; it improves health and cuts costs; and yet the UK has some of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world. The goal of Call to Action is not to put pressure on women to breastfeed, but to remove the barriers that currently stop women who want to breastfeed from doing so.

“A number of my constituents have been in touch to bring this issue to my attention, so I know how important it is for mothers, families and health professionals in Ellesmere Port and Neston.

“Breastfeeding is a vitally important public health issue and I am committed to taking action to support it.”

Justin Madders MP backs breastfeeding

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has backed the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Call to Action campaign on breastfeeding which seeks to enable mothers to breastfeed for...

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Labour MPs from across the region came together in a Parliamentary debate to demand that the Government reconsider the tolls on the two bridges across the Mersey in Halton.

Following the construction of the Mersey Gateway Bridge, tolls of £2 in each direction on both the new bridge and the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge were introduced. For regular uses, this can lead to a new cost of over £1,000 per year. Only residents living in the Borough of Halton do not have to pay the charges.

Weaver Vale MP, Mike Amesbury labelled this "a postcode lottery that people didn't ask to enter" and said that the winner of the 'lottery' is "a private company making quite a hefty profit."

Just two weeks before the 2015 General Election, the then Chancellor George Osborne promised residents in Warrington and Cheshire West & Chester that they would be exempt from the charges. But the Conservative party then u-turned and revoked this promise after its success in the election. Along with the fact that the offer was only made for marginal constituencies and not areas like Liverpool and Knowsley, this has led to accusations that it was an election stunt and not a genuine offer.

During the debate, reference was made to the new Queensferry Crossing across the Forth in Scotland, which was also opened this year and has no tolls in place. The Government recently announced that tolls across the Severn are being scrapped next year, while the 18 crossings across the Thames in Greater London are free.

Garston & Halewood MP, Maria Eagle said that some of her constituents "are considering giving up their jobs" because of the bridge tolls.

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders agreed, saying that his “hard working constituents feel that they are being penalised for having a job” and asked “when did the so called Northern Powerhouse become a tax on jobs?”

Commenting after the debate, Justin Madders said:

“People in this area have been misled by the Government plain and simple. After a long campaign by many people in this region, we were promised free crossings for local residents ahead of the 2015 election, but they quietly backtracked on this a year later.

“What we have learned from this sorry story is that you can’t trust a word that this Tory Government says. They only pretend to listen to people in this region when they want our votes.

“This is a tax on jobs for people who travel across the Mersey for work, adding over £1,000 each year to their cost of living. Some are telling me that they would be better off losing their jobs.

“We will keep calling on the Government to keep their promises and scrap the tolls.”

Local MPs join forces to demand an end to Mersey bridge tolls for local residents

Labour MPs from across the region came together in a Parliamentary debate to demand that the Government reconsider the tolls on the two bridges across the Mersey in Halton. Following...


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