I would like to start by expressing my deepest sympathies for the people of Israel, who have faced tragic and violent attacks over the weekend, by the terrorist organisation Hamas. It is awful to see the devastation that this has caused. I hope that peace will soon be restored to both communities.
I was horrified to learn that a doctor, who is also a Labour activist, believes in withdrawing their labour to fight for more pay, yet is prepared to cover the same shift for nearly £2,000. This is truly shocking and makes me deeply angry. To think that there are individuals that claim that the NHS is underfunded is baffling to say the least. If you become a doctor, you do so with the desire to help save lives, however it appears that some of our doctors are more focused on lining their pockets than protecting vulnerable patients.
On Friday morning, I met with angry Eastwood residents who are quite rightly fed up with the flooding that has been caused by the housing development on Lyncroft. I will continue to support residents and fight their corner with Avant Homes and Broxtowe Council. The failure to help residents is not good enough, they should be listened to and I will be making sure that they are.
I also met with Hayley, Kitty and Fiona on Friday at the Asda in Sutton, as they were there raising money for Tickled Pink Breast Cancer. This is an incredibly important cause that is close to home for me, as I am a cancer survivor. I was able to beat cancer because of the amazing care I received and no doubt because of the charitable work that has supported cancer research. If you have a spare bit of change, then I know St Mary Magdalene Church would appreciate the donation.
Michelle Houghton won my Resident of the Month award, having been nominated by her husband Simon. Michelle has had a challenging few years to say the least. She run’s a small family business in Ashfield for 17 years whilst also raising 3 sons and looking after her Mum who has dementia. Tragically, Michelle also lost her brother recently, who was very sadly killed. She has had to have her thyroid removed and her husband Simon has discovered that he is suffering from 2 types of bowl cancer. Simon recognised the stress Michelle has been under and how much she has done to support her loved ones, so thought she deserved some recognition. Well done Michelle and here’s to happier years.
The under 25 World Championships have kicked off in Bangkok and I’m proud to see Holly, from Kirkby, there representing Great Britain at only 19 years old. She has played wheelchair basketball for a number of years, after falling in love with the sport at Greenwood Drive School. I am delighted to hear that the team are now through to the final.