Annette Brooke Blog - 29th August 2013
During the summer Parliamentary recess I plan to stay at home in the constituency.
Living in such a beautiful part of the country means there is very little incentive to travel far! A hot day will find me on the beach at Sandbanks (pictured, just outside the constituency) after 6pm, when it is not so crowded.
During the day, I spend my time meeting constituents and people from various organisations. I have already met with academics from the School of Tourism at Bournemouth University, representatives from the National Apprenticeship Service and First Dorset Credit Union. Recently I met with the Chief Executive of Poole Borough Council and I will be meeting up with the Chief Executives of other Councils and organisations within Dorset over the summer.
Before the end of the Parliamentary session, I was involved as Co-Chair in launching the All Party Parliamentary Breast Cancer Group's report 'Age is just a Number' from its recent inquiry into breast cancer in older people. One important message for people over 70 is that one third of cases occur in this age group and a half of the deaths from breast cancer. Although over seventies are not called for checks you can request a mammogram at regular intervals and it is vital, if you identify any worrying lumps, to go to your GP promptly as early diagnosis will support effective treatment.
In my role as co-chair of the Liberal Democrats’ Communities and Local Government policy committee, I am currently focusing on the need to build more social housing and also developing a planning policy which will deliver the housing that local communities need, based on local leadership and genuine local decision making. In addition, having contributed strongly towards achieving legislation to protect park home owners, I feel it is now important to monitor its implementation.
Some of my other current interests are looking at the impact of how being a summer born baby can impact on subsequent educational achievements and how policy changes could improve the situation, and improving research into ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and improving support for the hundreds of thousands of sufferers, in my role as the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on ME.
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