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I have been incredibly proud to serve the people of Heywood and Middleton since first being elected in October 2014 and I am delighted to confirm that I will be fighting as the Labour candidate in the general election on June 8th.

Theresa May has claimed that we need a general election because parliament is trying to block Brexit – this is simply not true. A majority of MPs, myself included, and the House of Lords backed the triggering of Article 50, paving the way for Brexit. Theresa May has also claimed many times since becoming Prime Minister that there would be no general election before 2020 – we now know that this wasn’t true either. Why should people in Heywood and Middleton believe a word Mrs May says?

The Tory government have let down our communities. Our health and social care services are at breaking point, our police and firefighters have had their budgets slashed, and if the Tories’ plans for education go through then our local schools face a £6.5 million cut and the loss of around 140 teachers.

And now, at a time of national importance when we are beginning complex negotiations with the EU, the Tories have decided to hold a disruptive general election in the interests of nobody but themselves and their own political party.

June 8th is our chance to tell the Tories that enough is enough.

We need a Labour government to stand up for the many, not the few, and that’s the message I’ll be taking to voters in Heywood and Middleton in the coming weeks as their Labour candidate.

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I have been incredibly proud to serve the people of Heywood and Middleton since first being elected in October 2014 and I am delighted to confirm that I will be...

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Liz McInnes MP has written to the Prime Minister to ask the government to think again about making first aid education compulsory in schools.

Liz wrote to the Prime Minister last Friday in the wake of the terrorist attack on parliament which saw many members of the public including the MP Tobias Ellwood rush to help those injured.

Evidence from the British Red Cross suggests that if just CPR was taught in secondary schools around 5000 lives a year could be saved.

Liz McInnes MP says: ‘Alongside our superb emergency services, the response of those members of the public who ran to help the injured in London last Wednesday was inspiring and they deserve our deep thanks and admiration. It brought home to me the importance of basic first aid training and the difference it can make in emergency situations.

First aid knowledge can make a difference every day, not just in response to incredibly rare events like last Wednesday. Evidence from the British Red Cross shows that up to 59% of prehospital deaths from injury could have been prevented with basic first aid, and of the more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year less than 1 in 10 people survive. If we could match survival rates found in parts of Norway where CPR is routinely taught in secondary schools, we could save an additional 5,000 lives per year.

Campaigners are asking for just one hour a year to be given to first aid education. Last Thursday I asked the Leader of the House if we might revisit the debate but sadly he rejected the idea out of hand, so on Friday I wrote to the Prime Minister to ask her to consider the evidence. It is surely time for the government to think again.’

 

Full text of Liz’s letter to the Prime Minister:

Dear Prime Minister,

Emergency First Aid education in schools

As I am sure you agree, the response of our emergency services and others such as Tobias Ellwood to this week’s appalling and cowardly attack in Westminster was superb, and all those who tended to the injured deserve our deep thanks and admiration.

It is surely the case that the more members of the public who are trained in basic first aid the better. As you yourself said yesterday in parliament in response to praise for Mr Ellwood, ‘The vast majority of Members of the House would probably not have had the skills that would have enabled them to act in that way, and it is a very good message that perhaps more of us should go out and acquire those skills’.

Sadly, it is more than likely to be a matter of when not if further terrorist attacks occur, but while we may not be able to prevent every such attack in future we can make decisions now which will help us respond to such atrocities in the best way possible.

Of course it is not just in response to sudden terrorism that first aid training can help. Evidence from the British Red Cross shows that up to 59% of prehospital deaths from injury could have been prevented with basic first aid, and of the more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year less than 1 in 10 people survive. If we could match survival rates found in parts of Norway where CPR is routinely taught in secondary schools, we could save an additional 5,000 lives per year.

As you may be aware, in 2015 my colleague Teresa Pearce MP introduced a Private Members’ Bill to make first aid training a part of the national curriculum. Unfortunately the Bill was unsuccessful.

Yesterday I asked the Leader of the House if we might revisit the debate but sadly he rejected the idea out of hand. However, given the events of this week and the huge amount of evidence about the life-saving impact of compulsory first aid education, it is surely now time to think again.

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Time for First Aid education to be compulsory

Liz McInnes MP has written to the Prime Minister to ask the government to think again about making first aid education compulsory in schools.

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Liz McInnes, Member of Parliament for Heywood and Middleton and Shadow Foreign Minister, has issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s terror attack in London.

 

‘Yesterday’s attack in Westminster was cowardly and vicious. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those innocent people who were killed and injured. The terrorist, whatever his precise motives prove to be, is the worst of humanity, cruel and indiscriminate. In contrast, the response to his actions by others demonstrated the very best of humanity.

PC Keith Palmer is a hero who will be remembered for giving his life so that others may live. He was a husband and a father and my heart goes out to his family. My thoughts and sincere thanks are today also with his colleagues who, as always, are bravely and professionally carrying out their duties, dedicated to protecting others.

My fellow MP Tobias Ellwood did all he could to help save PC Palmer’s life and is also, quite rightly, being hailed as a hero.

Many others acted selflessly and with incredible bravery to help the victims on Westminster Bridge and outside parliament in the moments after the attack and they each represent the best of us.

When horrific events like this occur, we must strive to remember these acts of humanity which outnumber and will outlast in every way the actions of violent cowards. We must remember those like PC Keith Palmer who when confronted with danger resist the natural urge for personal safety and instead run towards it in order to keep others from harm.

There will be those who will seek to capitalise on yesterday’s events and to sow division in our country, but that would be exactly what those who use terror as a tool would want us to do. I believe that our democracy and our way of life is stronger than the power of any terrorist. The terrorists will only succeed if we ourselves retreat into hatred and division. We must remember and uphold the very values the terrorists would seek to destroy – tolerance, compassion, freedom and democracy.

At times of crisis such as this it is more important than ever that we unite as one to remember those values and the very best of humanity, as so clearly demonstrated by PC Palmer and others.’

Statement regarding the London terror attack

Liz McInnes, Member of Parliament for Heywood and Middleton and Shadow Foreign Minister, has issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s terror attack in London.  

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