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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign to help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms.

Justin said:

“More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK, it’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. However, it shouldn’t be; as it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

“I am totally committed to increasing awareness of bowel cancer symptoms, both locally and nationally. If any of my constituents is worried that something is wrong I would urge them to visit their GP, who will either be able to put their mind at rest or refer them for further testing. Early diagnosis really can save lives.”

Being aware of key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

• Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
• A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
• Unexplained weight loss
• Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
• A pain or lump in your tummy

Visit Bowel Cancer UK or Beating Bowel Cancer’s website to find out more bowelcanceruk.org.uk or beatingbowelcancer.org

Justin pledges to help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign to help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms. Justin said: “More than...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has given his support to Arthritis Research UK’s new ‘Ask Us’ campaign, which encourages those living with arthritis to reach out to the charity and ask questions about their condition.

At a recent Parliamentary event Justin met people living with arthritis, who explained how the condition can affect their lives in different ways – from going to work, to coping with the daily tasks such as cooking or driving that many of us take for granted.

Justin said:

“I was shocked to learn that in Ellesmere Port and Neston, 8,017 people aged over 45 live with osteoarthritis of the knee, 4,720 people aged over 45 live with osteoarthritis of the hip, and 16,262 live with back pain. Too many people locally are living with daily pain, fatigue, and isolation. This is unacceptable.

“I will do everything I can to ensure that constituents living with arthritis get the support they need, and I urge people affected to reach out to Arthritis Research UK at www.arthritisresearchuk.org/askus for expert information.

“Together, we can do more to fight the devastating impact that arthritis has on the lives of more than 17.8 million people across the UK.”

MP supports people living with arthritis in Ellesmere Port and Neston

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has given his support to Arthritis Research UK’s new ‘Ask Us’ campaign, which encourages those living with arthritis to reach out to...

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has welcomed a new Labour policy to fund free bus travel for under 25 year olds across the country.

The move could benefit up to 13 million young people, help them save up to £1,000 a year and will be paid for using money ring-fenced from Vehicle Excise Duty.

The next Labour government will provide funds for free travel for under 25s to local authorities who introduce bus franchising or move to public ownership of their local bus services. This will support and incentivise local authorities to create municipally owned bus companies, run for passengers not profit, which research has found could achieve annual savings of £276 million per year.

Greater use of public transport reduces congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions. Free bus travel for under 25s will help generate lifelong increases in public transport use.

Commenting, Justin Madders MP said:

“I am often contacted by young people in the constituency who are asked to work short shifts of just two or three hours and tell me that once they have paid for their bus travel, they have already lost a large portion of their earnings.

“Many other people tell me that they have had to turn down work because there are no buses available. For too long, private bus companies have run our services for profit not people. The public purse already pays 42% of the costs of providing local bus services, but deregulated private companies can choose to run only the most profitable services, leaving those on less popular routes isolated.

“So I back Labour’s move towards expanding free bus travel and handing control back to Councils. This would potentially open up thousands more jobs to people in this area.”

MP backs Labour plan for free bus travel for under-25s

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has welcomed a new Labour policy to fund free bus travel for under 25 year olds across the country. The move could benefit...

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined forces with the Kennel Club, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the British Veterinary Association, Dogs Trust, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and the Scottish Kennel Club at an event calling for a ban on the use and sale of electric shock collars.

Electric shock collars are fitted around a dog’s neck and deliver an electric shock via a remote control or automatic trigger. They train dogs through fear of further punishment by administering shocks to the dog when they do not perform and cause significant suffering.

Justin said:

“I fully support a ban on the use and sale of electric shock collars. Given that electric shock collars are both detrimental to dog welfare and unpopular amongst the general public, I strongly believe that the time is right for the Government to show their commitment to dog welfare and ban these cruel and unnecessary devices.

“The use of shock collars has been banned in Wales since 2010 and the Scottish Government recently announced plans to follow suit. It is about time that England took the humane option too.”

Justin Madders MP calls for a ban on electric shock collars for dogs

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined forces with the Kennel Club, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the British Veterinary Association, Dogs Trust, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has joined disability rights campaigners to call on the Government to make Changing Places toilets compulsory in new buildings to ensure that all people with disabilities can have access to a basic right – the use of a toilet.

Changing Places facilities come equipped with a hoist, adult changing bench, toilet and plenty of space for carers which are a necessity for people with physical and learning disabilities. Despite being vital to the sanitation and dignity of a quarter of a million people across the UK, there are currently only 1071 of these toilets available, with many towns lacking a single facility. In comparison, Wembley Stadium alone has 2618 toilets.

Justin said:

“In the UK in 2018 it is just not acceptable that people are finding themselves in positions where they are having to be changed on dirty toilet floors or in the back of cars. Some disabled teenagers and adults have little choice but to sit in soiled clothes or limit their time out of the house to a couple of hours at a time. 

“How we design our public buildings is a choice we make, and it cannot be a justifiable choice to prevent someone from accessing the basic right of a toilet.

“I fully support the Changing Places campaign which will give dignity and freedom back to the disabled community and I hope the people of Ellesmere Port and Neston will join me in signing the Changing Places petition which can be found at:
https://www.change.org/p/change-building-planning-regulations-to-make-changing-places-toilets-compulsory?recruiter=39763582

Justin supports Changing Places petition

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has joined disability rights campaigners to call on the Government to make Changing Places toilets compulsory in new buildings to ensure that...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, praised constituents for taking matters into their own hands to deliver superfast broadband to their homes.

Frustrated over a lack of access to fibre optic internet connections, a small group of volunteers in West Cheshire have set about developing their own network to meet their needs.

They enlisted the help of experienced rural broadband provider Broadband for the Rural North Ltd (B4RN) and within weeks had a whole army of local residents willing to offer their support.

The project, B4RN Cheshire, which extends to a geographical area of some 12 square miles and incorporates the villages of Puddington, Burton, Capenhurst, Shotwick, Ness, Two Mills, Wood Bank and Ledsham, will see individual householders hooked up to the world’s fastest rural broadband network.

Justin said:

“This really is a wonderful example of a community coming together; much of the trench-digging and the laying of cables will be delivered by local landowners and farmers, assisted by volunteers, making it a fun, community-spirited project.

“I had a very useful meeting with representatives from B4RN and Gordale Garden & Home Centre at which I learnt more detail of this excellent initiative.

“I have nothing but praise for all who developed the project and everyone who will take part in making the dream a reality.”

For more information about the project visit: https://b4rn-cheshire.org.uk/

Justin Madders MP praises dig for faster broadband

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, praised constituents for taking matters into their own hands to deliver superfast broadband to their homes. Frustrated over a lack of access...

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders will seek support for the future of the Vauxhall plant from the Department for Business, after securing a Westminster Hall debate on the topic tomorrow (Tuesday 20th March).

After seeking certainty about the Government’s plans for the automotive sector after Brexit on a number of occasions in the last couple of weeks, Madders hopes to press the Business Minster for more detail during the thirty minute debate.

Commenting, Justin Madders MP said:

“Whilst it is a year until we will actually leave the European Union, businesses are making decisions about their future plans now, so it is important that they are able to understand what the Government’s plans are. The plant in Ellesmere Port only has work guaranteed until 2021 and the decision about whether to manufacture a new model there will be made in the near future.

In the past few weeks, I have asked the Prime Minister, the International Trade Secretary, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and the Business Secretary to provide more clarity about the kind of deal that the Government is seeking for the automotive sector and on every occasion I have received no further detail.

I am not asking the Government to reveal their full negotiating position publicly, but at the very least they need to privately discuss the direction of travel with key manufacturers like Vauxhall. They also need to listen to what has been said about steps the Government can put in place to make the plant more cost effective; and from business rates to energy costs and the supply chain, there is an awful lot more in terms of initiatives that the Government can support to help the plant. Part of my pitch tomorrow will be to encourage the Government to get involved with some of these proposals; every little bit will help secure its future.

The town of Ellesmere Port has grown alongside Vauxhall Motors, its is a huge part of our community, economically as well as socially. The warning signs are there that we need positive Government intervention as soon as possible. If these jobs are lost they wont be coming back; permanent quality skilled jobs in manufacturing are vital if we are to have a vibrant local economy in the future. For the sake of everyone connected with the plant we need to end the uncertainty”

MP secures urgent Parliamentary debate to discuss the future of Vauxhall

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders will seek support for the future of the Vauxhall plant from the Department for Business, after securing a Westminster Hall debate on the...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, and Cold Feet actress Fay Ripley, joined forces at a recent parliamentary event to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign.
Justin said:

“Marie Curie is a wonderful charity which provides care and support to people living with incurable illness.

“Chances are, we all know someone who’s been affected by a terminal illness, and it’s absolutely crucial that families have the care and support they need at such a difficult time.

“Marie Curie’s daffodil pins are now available from volunteers and shops across Ellesmere Port and Neston. With demand for Marie Curie services growing every year, I hope that this March more people than ever will give a donation and wear the iconic yellow flower, knowing that in doing so, they are making a huge difference to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.”

Justin joins launch of Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, and Cold Feet actress Fay Ripley, joined forces at a recent parliamentary event to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal,...

A decision to close the Ellesmere Port branch of the Yorkshire Bank without consultation has been met with anger from local MP, Justin Madders.

The bank informed him of their decision in an email and confirmed that the new branch for local customers will be Birkenhead, over 12 miles away from the current branch. He is calling on the bank to pause the planned closure until a full consultation has been undertaken with personal and business customers.

While an Impact Assessment has been published on the Yorkshire Bank website, but Madders described the document as being “lacking in detail, inaccurate and frankly a complete waste of time.”

He gives the example of one part of the report which states that “there is no main high street in the town, and no main brand high street stores.” The branch is in fact located on Ellesmere Port high street, on the same row as a number of high street brands.

Commenting, Justin Madders MP said:

“This decision is a kick in the teeth to the many loyal customers, who the bank did not even bother to consult before arriving at this decision. Some people locally have used the bank for many years – surely they deserve better than this.

“However, from the Impact Assessment, it doesn’t look like the person making this decision has even been to Ellesmere Port.

“The planned closure will impact most on elderly and vulnerable residents, who will now have to either change their bank or travel over 12 miles to Birkenhead. The report from the bank said that the branch and Birkenhead along with two others were within 20 miles so were reasonable alternatives for customers. The other two are in Widnes and Warrington; they clearly have no idea how long it would take to get to these places on public transport.

“Once again we have seen a bank callously disrespecting its customers with a mockery of an assessment. We desperately need much more support for our town centres and for the big banks to show a bit more care for the communities they are meant to serve”

MP slams Yorkshire Bank after sudden decision to close Ellesmere Port branch

A decision to close the Ellesmere Port branch of the Yorkshire Bank without consultation has been met with anger from local MP, Justin Madders. The bank informed him of their...

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Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, attended a recent Parliamentary reception to support Fibromyalgia Awareness UK and the Fibromyalgia petition team in their quest for better help and support for those with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body, fatigue, muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, mental process problems, headaches and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as well as many other problems.

Justin said:

“It is thought that as many as 1 in every 25 people may suffer from Fibromyalgia.

“I am pleased to offer my support to the fibromyalgia petition which has been set up because many fibromyalgia sufferers have difficulty getting their condition diagnosed. I want to support the push for more funding to improve diagnosis and treatment and to raise awareness of this and other ‘invisible illnesses’ for medical professionals, families, friends, carers and the wider community, especially as diagnosis can be extremely difficult to achieve.

“The petition can be found at https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-make-fibromyalgia-a-disability.

“There is also a fibromyalgia support group that meets once a month at Little Sutton community centre which is an extremely useful opportunity for those with the condition to speak to others who are going through the same issues as they are”.

Justin Madders MP supports constituents with Fibromyalgia

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, attended a recent Parliamentary reception to support Fibromyalgia Awareness UK and the Fibromyalgia petition team in their quest for better help and...

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