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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined charity representatives and patients at an event at the House of Commons to find out more about the challenges dealt with by people living with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL).

CLL is the most common type of leukaemia - a cancer of the white blood cells – in adults. Although many people with CLL won’t have symptoms for a long time, when they develop they can include an increased number of infections, increased tiredness and fatigue and bleeding and bruising more easily. It is estimated that around 2,700 - 3,200 people in the UK are diagnosed with CLL each year.

Justin said:

“After speaking to the CLL Support Association (CLLSA) and people with CLL it is clear that there is a need to improve post-diagnosis support to help patients understand the condition and manage their symptoms and treatment options and give better access to new and innovative drugs which are increasingly making a difference to the lives of those with CLL.

“Anyone affected by the condition can receive support from the CLLSA, details can be found at: www.cllsupport.org.uk”

Justin finds out more about challenges of chronic leukaemia

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined charity representatives and patients at an event at the House of Commons to find out more about the challenges dealt with...

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Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders secured a parliamentary debate to demand justice on behalf of his constituent, Rita Cuthell, whose father Ronald Volante died in tragic circumstances in November 2015.

Mr Volante’s death attracted national attention, after an Inquest heard that he wrote a heart-breaking 'I love you’ note to his daughters while he waited two hours for an ambulance to respond to his call for help following a heart attack.

On 5th November 2015, he pulled a cord in his flat in Prenton in Birkenhead, Merseyside, to contact an emergency call centre operated by Magenta Living and could be heard by the call handler shouting: "Help."

It was revealed that the operator who handled the call did not inform the ambulance service of Mr Volante’s history of heart problems, or that his condition may have deteriorated as he was no longer able to be heard on the other end of the line. Had either of these pieces of information been conveyed, the call would have been treated with a much greater level of priority by the ambulance service.

During the debate, which was also attended by Birkenhead MP, Frank Field who represents Oxton where Mr Volante lived; Mr Madders said:

“What has become clear is that a number of opportunities that could have saved Mr Volante’s life were missed. Nothing that we can say in this debate today can change that fact. What we can do is seek assurances that nobody else will have to go through such an appalling experience ever again.”

During his remarks, Health Minister David Mowat MP, who responded to the debate said:

“I start by congratulating Justin Madders for leading the charge on this debate, which raises a number of serious issues. I thank him for the work he has done so far with the family and the progress that has been made as a consequence of that work.

“The Government understand the failures that occurred and will put in place what is needed to try to ensure that it does not happen again.

“I reiterate my commitment to meet the hon. Gentleman at the back end of the summer to ensure that these various things have been taken on board, that these actions, many of which he has led, have taken place, and that we are happy that what can be done has been done. ”

Speaking afterwards, Mr Madders said:

“I am pleased that I was able to secure this debate, which was a significant step towards securing justice on behalf of Rita.

“I welcome the fact that the Minister took on board the concerns that I raised and that he has committed to meet with me later in the year to ensure that matters are continuing to progress."

Justin supports constituent’s call for justice

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders secured a parliamentary debate to demand justice on behalf of his constituent, Rita Cuthell, whose father Ronald Volante died in tragic circumstances in...

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Planned Government cuts mean that local schools could face “reductions in staffing, difficulty in maintaining high standards, a reduction in the commitment to extracurricular activities, including sports and the arts, and, in some cases, threats to their future viability” warned Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders in a Parliamentary debate.

During the debate on School Funding in Cheshire West & Chester, which was secured by Chester MP, Chris Matheson, Mr Madders read out a long list of schools which have contacted him to express concerns about planned cuts to education budgets, which are currently being consulted on by the Government. Across Cheshire West & Chester, schools stand to lose £4.2 million in 2019/20, rising to £6.4 million beyond that.

The proposed changes come despite a commitment in the 2015 Conservative Party Manifesto, which stated that: “Under a future Conservative Government, the amount of money following your child into school will be protected” a promise that Madders claims has been “not just broken but comprehensively shattered.”

Speaking following the debate, Justin Madders MP said:

“When he responded, the Minister said nothing that will reassure local parents and teachers about this Tory Government’s plans. These cuts will strike at the heart of our local schools and will have a profound impact on the education that our children receive.

“This will be a bitter blow to the schools which have turned themselves around and made huge amounts of progress in recent years. 93% of our local schools are now rated as good or outstanding – it is a scandal that the Government are putting this at risk.

“While schools in Ellesmere Port & Neston are being cut, many Tory areas are actually going to see an increase, with West Sussex getting an extra 1.9% and Hampshire 0.7% and Surrey 1.7%.

“Labour will be fighting the Government every step of the way until they drop these unfair and damaging plans.”

Justin warns of “profound impact” of Government cuts to school budgets

Planned Government cuts mean that local schools could face “reductions in staffing, difficulty in maintaining high standards, a reduction in the commitment to extracurricular activities, including sports and the arts,...


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