25 JUL 2014

Ovarian Cancer

 

Stephen Phillips MP recently met at Westminster with his constituent Stacey Loveday, who came to Parliament to attend a reception held by Ovacome, the ovarian cancer support charity.  Stacey had surgery for borderline ovarian cancer at the age of 21, and now has the all clear.  She told Stephen about her experience and explained how little awareness there was among young women of this type of cancer.  If ovarian cancer is diagnosed early on, the survival rate is high, but if it is not spotted until the later stages the survival rate can be as low as 10%.  Stacey wants every young woman, and every GP, to be aware of the importance of early diagnosis.  After their meeting, Stephen said: "It was an honour to meet Stacey and hear about her experience of cancer treatment. A lot is being done to make young women more aware of cervical cancer, but it is important that they are aware of the risks of other cancers as well, particularly as cancer is far easier to treat if it is caught early. I have written to the Secretary of State to ask what is being done to improve awareness in the hope that women will be more likely to recognise the symptoms of this type of cancer."


30 JUN 2014

Ruskington Schools' Day

 

Pupils from the three schools in Ruskington – Chestnut Street Church of England Primary School, Ruskington Winchelsea Primary School and St. George's Academy, Ruskington – welcomed local MP Stephen Phillips to a schools' day on Saturday to celebrate their many successes over the last year and to bid farewell to those leaving St. George's to pursue their education in Sleaford and beyond. Stephen was shown around a number of projects which pupils have pursued over the last year and enjoyed performances by many of the pupils: of music, dance and the performing arts, before having a go on the climbing wall and a bouncy slide, though he prudently declined any pictures on that one. "Ruskington is one of the villages in the constituency with great schools which mean that many local children can enjoy their formative years close to home," Stephen said. "Despite the threat of rain, the weather has stayed fine for everyone who has come out today from the village and I am really grateful to have been given such a fabulous day."


02 JUN 2014

Branston Community Academy

 

Branston Community Academy, one of the many excellent schools in the Sleaford and North Hykeham constituency, recently asked Stephen Phillips MP to perform the formal opening of their newly refurbished concert hall and community nursery. Stephen attended a hustings in the old facilities just before the last election and, following two ribbon cutting ceremonies, commented on the excellence of the new hall before being treated to music and drama performances and having a tour of the nursery, where he enjoyed playing on the sand table! "A lot of hard work goes into projects like this one," Stephen said, "and I have been really proud to come along on behalf of our community and congratulate everyone involved in ensuring fantastic facilities for youngsters in Branston and the surrounding communities. Branston Community Academy is an outstanding school and my thanks to headteacher Peter Beighton and everyone else for giving me such a great day."



£21 billion: the cost of Labour’s summer spending spree (02/09/14)

Labour made an incredible £21 billion of unfunded spending commitments over the summer, new analysis has revealed.

In a series of speeches, Labour Ministers made a host of promises - such as more spending on benefits - which would cost hardworking taxpayers £21 billion.

In return, they only set out £105 million worth of savings to pay for them.

Labour simply haven’t learnt their lesson.

After taking Britain’s economy to the brink and opposing every spending reduction we’ve made, they spent the summer racking up billions of pounds more in spending promises.

With eight months to go until the next election, it’s becoming increasingly clear that all Ed Miliband offers is the exactly what got Britain into a mess in the first place: more borrowing, higher taxes and more debt than our children could ever hope to repay.

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World-class care for cancer patients (28/08/14)

We’re investing more in frontline NHS services.

Today we’re announcing an extra £160 million for the Cancer Drugs Fund – to give more patients access to the latest and best cancer drugs.

By taking the difficult decisions to cut inefficient spending elsewhere, we’re in a position to increase investment in the most important areas and give patients the care they need.

The Cancer Drugs Fund has already secured world-class and life-enhancing medication for over 55,000 patients – giving hope to them and their families.

Today’s news of more funding – which is only possible because of our long-term economic plan and careful management of the nation’s finances – will give that hope to many more.

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Labour’s slap in the face for hardworking taxpayers (27/08/14)

Four years ago we inherited a welfare system from Labour that had totally failed.

Labour wrote benefit cheque after benefit cheque – with 1.4 million people spending almost a decade on out-of-work benefits.

That’s why fixing welfare is central to our long-term economic plan. We can’t keep spending money we don’t have on welfare hand-outs, burdening our children with more debt than they could ever hope to repay.

This isn’t just about making the numbers add up – it’s about doing what’s fair and right.

The welfare system must provide a safety net for those in need – but it must also always reward the willingness to work.

That’s why we’ve capped benefits, so no one can claim more than the average family earns by working.

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But Labour still haven’t learned their lesson. Ed Miliband would scrap our benefit cap and replace it with a system that could, for example, mean handing up to £54,000 a year in benefits to people living in London.

That’s equivalent to a pre-tax wage of over £80,000 – a slap in the face for the hardworking taxpayers who would pay for it and yet more evidence that Labour still stand for benefits as a lifestyle choice.

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Helping young people get on in life (20/08/14)

For millions of people, an apprenticeship is the key to getting on in life.

It gives them the chance to learn skills, earn a salary and gain vital qualifications.

Since 2010, we’ve created 1.8 million apprenticeships. That means young people up and down the country are kick-starting their working lives and fulfilling their potential.

Today we’re launching a campaign to encourage even more young people to start an apprenticeship. There’s now a greater variety and quality of apprenticeships on offer, with new employer-designed apprenticeships in sectors such as engineering, hospitality and the legal profession.

By delivering the best skills, we’re helping young people get on in life and ensuring Britain succeeds in the global race.

Apprenticeships are a vital part of our long-term economic plan to secure a stronger, healthier economy – and a better future for Britain.

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Supporting families, securing a better future (18/08/14)

Families are at the heart of our long-term economic plan.

Supporting family life helps secure a better future for the next generation. That’s why we’re doing all we can to help families by:

1. Supporting parents

We’re nearly doubling the annual relationship support budget to £19.5m, helping more families stay together.

2. Helping troubled families

We’re extending our support programme for troubled families, helping with problems such as unemployment, debt and truancy. That will give many of our most vulnerable children a more stable and secure start in life.

3. Giving more children a family

The number of adoptions increased by a quarter last year, thanks to more financial support for councils and voluntary groups, and speeding up the adoption process. These improvements balance the need to find families for children with robust checks of adoptive parents.

We’re now going even further. From this year, all school children adopted from care will benefit from £1,900 of pupil premium money; and from next year, adoptive parents will receive more help with our new £19m Adoption Support Fund.

4. Putting families at the heart of our plan

Every single domestic policy that we propose will be examined for its impact on the family – and only approved if it passes the ‘family test’. That ensures the family is always at the heart of our long-term economic plan.

By supporting families in all that we do, we’re helping secure a stronger society today and a better future for Britain tomorrow.

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Helping people start their own business (15/08/14)

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy – and we’re doing all we can to back them.

Under Labour, businesses were hit with higher taxes and more regulations. Labour didn’t understand that the key to growth and jobs is helping businesses, not punishing them.

With the Conservatives, there’s never been a better time to start a business – there are now 400,000 more businesses than there were in 2010.

More and more people are choosing to start a business from home. So today we’re helping Britain’s home businesses by:

  • Making it easier to run a business from a rented home
  • Ensuring that the majority of home businesses are exempt from business rates

These changes will help more businesses start up and keep the recovery going.

It’s the latest part of our long-term economic plan to secure a healthier economy and a better future for Britain. The drive, graft and courage of business owners are leading the recovery – and the Conservatives are on their side.

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The biggest annual fall in unemployment for 25 years (13/08/14)

Jobs up. Unemployment down. More people getting on in life. Today’s employment figures are an important step forward for Britain:

1. Unemployment down 437,000 in the last year – the biggest fall in 25 years

2. Employment up 820,000 in the last year – equivalent to 15,000 more people in work every week.

There are now 1.8 million more people in work than there were in 2010. What’s more, 90% of jobs created in the last three months are full-time (ONS, Labour Market Statistics, August 2014, 13 August 2014).

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3. Long-term unemployment down 171,000 in the last year – the biggest fall since 1998

4. Youth unemployment down 206,000 in the last year – the biggest fall in 30 years

These figures mean more hardworking taxpayers with the security of a pay packet to provide for themselves and their families.

Our long-term economic plan is building a healthier economy and a better future for Britain. Today’s figures show the plan is working – but it’s far from finished.

The biggest risk to people’s jobs is Labour. Their only plan for the economy is more spending, more borrowing and higher taxes – including taxes on jobs – for which hardworking taxpayers would pay the price.

We need to continue working through our plan so even more people have the opportunity to get into work and get on in life – and secure a better future for themselves and their children.

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