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Last month a group of women from all across the country gathered in Parliament to campaign for justice.

The policy for war widows’ pensions has changed many times over the years, often for the better, but this has left a loophole that unfairly disadvantages 200-300 women.

In the past, women who were widowed and later remarried had to give up their compensation. This policy no longer applies and widows today are rightly able to keep their entitlement. However, nothing has been done to rectify the situation for those who were widowed between 1973 and 2005 and lost their compensation.

I attended their protest in Parliament and heard stories about the conflict they faced when being forced to choose between finding love again and having economic security.

The women I met with, including Jean from here in Bolton who lost her husband during the Falklands war, have been treated unfairly. I’m pleased to give their campaign my support and hope that MPs from across parties can help to get them justice.

Campaigning for war widows

  Last month a group of women from all across the country gathered in Parliament to campaign for justice.The policy for war widows’ pensions has changed many times over the...

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I’d like to congratulate Ruby Barnes for winning a Bravery Award at the Young Epilepsy Champions ceremony.

Ruby lives in my constituency and it was a pleasure to meet her on the night she received her award at a special event in London. She received the award because her bravery and quick thinking helped her brother and mother during an epileptic seizure. 

Ruby was on her way to visit her Grandmother with her mum and baby brother. When Ruby’s mum felt unwell she called to Ruby before falling to the floor having a seizure. Ruby’s mum lost feeling from the waist up as a result let go of the baby’s pushchair which rolled towards rush-hour traffic.

Ruby ran back and managed to catch the pram before it fell into the busy road. She brought her baby brother back to her mother and then continued to reassure her. Ruby took her mum’s phone and called her grandmother, all the while continuing to reassure her mum that everything was OK. Whilst all of this was going not one of the many people passing stopped to help, but eventually Ruby’s grandmother arrived and helped the family to safety.

I think everyone will be moved by Ruby’s story and I’m pleased that I could be there to see her bravery recognised. I know her family is very proud of her.

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Young Epilepsy Champions Awards

I’d like to congratulate Ruby Barnes for winning a Bravery Award at the Young Epilepsy Champions ceremony.Ruby lives in my constituency and it was a pleasure to meet her on...

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In April I blogged about my concerns that Chorley A&E had been forced to close, and the possible effects that this would have on Bolton.

At the time I received assurances from the Chief Executive of the Royal Bolton Hospital that there had been no signs of pressure caused by Chorley residents being displaced.

However, yesterday it emerged that Wigan A&E is now discouraging patients from attending A&E due to high demand and bosses there admitted it was in part due to rising number of patients from Chorley.

We can’t look at these issues in isolation, the problems with A&E services are being felt across the region.

It’s not long since Bolton A&E had to declare a major incident and divert all emergency patients away because they could not handle the demand. In times like that local services should be able to rely on each other for support, but if every town in the area is facing the same issues then there is a clear problem in the system.

I am writing to the Secretary of State for Health to ask for his intervention to re-open Chorley A&E to ensure a quality of care for A&E patients across the region.

A&E problems in the region

  In April I blogged about my concerns that Chorley A&E had been forced to close, and the possible effects that this would have on Bolton.At the time I received...

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