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Childhood Obesity

With nearly a third of children aged two to fifteen overweight or obese, I agree that this is an important issue to tackle, and one which I have personally raised in Parliament. It is an issue that afflicts a disproportionate number of local children. I am delighted that the Government has launched a far-reaching plan
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Childhood obesity

I commend Cancer Research UK for campaigning on the issue of childhood obesity. Tackling childhood obesity is a major priority for this Government as it is concerned about the levels of overweight and obese children, and the impact on individual health. The causes of obesity are complex, and can be brought on by a number
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E-cigarettes

I ecognise that e-cigarettes help some smokers to quit. Evidence indicates that they are considerably less harmful to health than cigarettes. At the same time, it is essential that we do not encourage smoking and continue to protect children from the effects of nicotine. The rules set out in the revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD),
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Cannabis for medicinal use

Cannabis in its raw form is not recognised as having any medicinal purposes. The licensing regime for medicines is administered by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which issues licences for medicines in the UK which have been tested for their safety, quality and efficacy. However, a medicine derived from the cannabis plant,
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Employment and Support Allowance

In the Summer Budget 2015, the Chancellor announced that, from April 2017, new ESA claimants who are placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) will receive the same rate of benefit as those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). This change only affects new claims made after that date and there will be no cash losers among
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Heart disease

I understand that many people suffer from cardiovascular diseases such as Coronary Heart Disease, atrial fibrillation and strokes. A combination of all three contributed to my own father’s death, and as a doctor my wife sees the ongoing consequences of such conditions almost every day. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute
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Junior doctor contract reform

My wife is a junior doctor herself, so I am acutely aware of the strength of feeling surrounding this issue. I also contributed to a recent House of Commons debate on contract reform, and you might be interested to read my speech via the following link: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151028/debtext/151028-0004.htm#15102846001513 I completely agree that junior doctors work extremely
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Abortion medication in Northern Ireland

Many of you have contacted me about the woman who has been charged for purchasing abortion medication on behalf of her daughter in Northern Ireland. I understand that this is a very distressing case and one that has resulted because of abortion law in Northern Ireland which is different to the rest of the UK. Unfortunately,
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