Friday, 28 March 2014

Cambridge MP Newsletter: Fix Our Pavements Petition, Lifeworks Saved ... For Now And Cambridge United FA Trophy

Taking the fight to fix our pavements to the County Council

On Tuesday Paralympic hopeful Claire Connon and I presented our petition to the County Council calling on them to do more to fix our pavements. After joining Claire on a tour of Cambridge in a wheelchair I discovered just how hard our city is to get around thanks to the poor state of pavements and roads. I’ve since held a debate in Westminster on the issue and I’m glad that more money is now being allocated by central government to making sure our pavements are in good repair – the County needs to take action too.

I hope that by showing the County Council the hundreds of signatures we’ve had to our petition we can get them to do more and do it quicker. If you want to support this campaign or highlight dangerous pavements in your area log on to: www.fixourpavements.co.uk

Lifeworks Mental Health Drop-In Centre Saved for now

Mental healthcare in Cambridgeshire is nothing like as good as it should be, and is poor around the whole country. It has always been considered as a less important cousin of physical health, and has not had the support it needed. We need to do far more to boost it up the priority scale here and across the country.

The financial pressures on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Trust – coupled with poor governance in the past – have put at risk many services that we need to keep. The most recent casualty was the Lifeworks clinic, which supports people with Borderline Personality Disorder. Thanks to pressure from me, Kilian Bourke and others, this has now been put on hold. However, we need a long-term solution. I am determined to make sure that this happens.

Cambridge gets a rotten deal when it comes to health care funding thanks to an out of date funding formula which means Cambridge is left short-changed by £46.5 million each year. I am campaigning hard in Westminster to get that changed.

Cambridge United win FA Trophy

On a lighter note, it was fantastic to be at Wembley to see the U’s win the FA Trophy – we should be proud of our local team and how well they performed. The next step is to seek promotion back into the Football League – I’m sure we can do it!