The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer has today welcomed news that Cancer Research UK will be investing £10m into a pancreatic cancer research project.
The funding will go to PRECISION Panc led by Professor Andrew Biankin at the University of Glasgow. This will be the largest ever single investment into the disease. The project aims to match patients to the right clinical trials for their particular tumour type, ensuring that they receive the most effective treatment for them. It is hoped that this personalised approach will result in more patients living longer with the disease, which currently has the lowest survival rate of the 21 most common cancers.
Just 5% of pancreatic cancer patients live for five years or more after diagnosis, a statistic that has hardly improved in 40 years. Without more research investment the disease is set to become the fourth biggest cancer killer by 2026.
Commenting, APPG Chair Nic Dakin, said: “The announcement of £10m of funding for PRECISION Panc – the biggest single investment into a pancreatic cancer research study – is a huge step forward for this disease which has historically suffered from an appalling lack of research funding. The investment will benefit hundreds of pancreatic cancer patients by helping them gain faster access to the best clinical trials for them.
Currently, there are very few treatments for pancreatic cancer. Research investments, like the one announced by Cancer Research UK today, are vital for ensuring patients have more treatment options now and in the future.”
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer has today welcomed news that Cancer Research UK will be investing £10m into a pancreatic cancer research project. The funding will go to...
Having seen me present my ten minute rule bill on careers guidance (access to schools), a retired teacher got in touch with me incredulous that the fabric of careers had collapsed so completely since he managed careers in a Manchester secondary school not so long ago. He described a former time when students had programmes of talks and visits as well as access to impartial careers advice that gave them the information to make informed decisions about their future. As he said all the focus on achievement and results only takes you so far without access to high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance.
But the sad reality is that careers has been neglected for the last six years in the chaotic landscape of provision encouraged by a Conservative government convinced that wasting public money on new post-16 provision in areas where there is no need will somehow incentivise higher achievement. We have university technical colleges, new sixth forms, studio schools and free schools whether we need them or not. And we are soon to have more selective free schools, in the form of grammar schools. All of this over capacity heightens provider competition for sixth form students. It encourages institutions to put barriers in the way of colleges speaking to their students in school about post-16 opportunities beyond the school gates.
Rapid changes taking place in the economy and the employment market – make careers advice and education absolutely critical. The vote to leave the European Union puts even more urgency into the need to ensure that young people and adults gain the skills needed for an economy to compete globally. That is why I welcome the government’s budget announcement to put more money into skills.
Colleges are well placed to upskill Britain’s workforce. They are essential for the government’s vision for better technical and professional education. However, if we are to fill the skills gaps and train young people to work across a range of industries, it is imperative that they are aware of all the options available to them at the age of 16, such as apprenticeships and technical education and training.
Careers advice is currently not working for many young people; too many are being encouraged to stay in the school sixth form without being aware of are other high quality options with colleges and other training providers.
What we really need is a renaissance in careers education, information, advice and guidance to return to the best practice that existed as a norm in many parts of the country just 10 years ago. There is still much good work going on with some outstanding practitioners giving young people the information they need to make the right decisions for themselves. But it is patchy. As students at my excellent local college, North Lindsey told me, drawing on their personal experience, it is not consistent. There is no entitlement for all young people to the impartial careers they should properly have.
My short bill attempted to take a small step in the right direction by putting a duty on schools to allow colleges and other post-16 providers the right to speak to their students about apprenticeships and other courses they provide. It should not be necessary to legislate to ensure young people have access to such information. Every school should be focused on the best interests of their students and conscientious about ensuring they have the support, guidance and information to make the best decisions for their future which in turn should deliver the skills and the jobs needed to power a post-EU United Kingdom.
Having seen me present my ten minute rule bill on careers guidance (access to schools), a retired teacher got in touch with me incredulous that the fabric of careers...
From time to time constituents report problems relating to broadband coverage in the constituency. Last week the House of Common’s Library published their most recent briefing on the Government’s superfast broadband policy for the UK. It sets out the current situation for broadband access and coverage in all areas of the UK, and how the roll-out of superfast broadband is being managed.
The publication of this report provides the opportunity to access the latest data on broadband access across the constituency.
Scunthorpe compared to the rest of the UK:
The table below shows a comparison between averages in the constituency and the UK as a whole.
Average speeds in the constituency are around 38% higher than the UK average and Scunthorpe was rated in the top 10% of constituencies and second-highest in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Despite this, Scunthorpe has a substantial minority of connections receiving the slowest speeds (under 2 Mbps).
Constituency-level data can sometimes hide variation in different areas in the constituency. The table below shows all data for all wards that are wholly or partly within the constituency.
Bottesford and Brumby have average speeds among the best wards in Great Britain – higher than around 98% of all wards. Even in Bottesford, however, a substantial minority are receiving the slowest speeds (under 2 Mbps). Ridge ward has the lowest superfast availability and lowest average speed in the constituency. Its superfast availability ranks lower than around 75% of other wards in the UK. It also has a higher percentage of connections unable to receive speeds of at least 10 Mbps than almost 80% of wards.
If you would like to raise any concerns or issues you have with internet access in the constituency or if there is anything I can assist you with please do not hesitate to get in touch with my office.
From time to time constituents report problems relating to broadband coverage in the constituency. Last week the House of Common’s Library published their most recent briefing on the Government’s superfast...
Earlier this week, MPs welcomed to parliament the six shortlisted designs for the Emmeline Pankhurst statue to be built in Manchester city centre.
The vast majority of statues around the UK are of men - and Manchester currently has no statues of women other than Queen Victoria. That's about to change, and MPs from across country were able to vote for their preferred design.
Manchester Councillor Andrew Simcock launched the ‘WoManchester’ campaign to build a statue of a ‘woman of significance to the city’ in 2014. A shortlist of 20 noteworthy women was drawn up that included novelist and social reformer Elizabeth Gaskell, birth control pioneer Marie Stopes, mathematician and former Lord Mayor of Manchester Kathleen Ollerenshaw, and sisters Christabel and Sylvia Pankurst.
It was Sylvia and Christabel’s mother, Emmeline Pankhurst, who emerged as the overwhelming choice of over 5,000 people in a public poll. Born in Moss Side in 1858, the leading suffragist and founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union was known for her dedication to “deeds, not words” in the campaign for universal women’s suffrage.
The maquettes of the six shortlisted sculptors were brought to parliament to be viewed by MPs, collectors and members of the public. Following the event, the six models will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going towards the construction fund for the statue itself. The campaign is also welcoming donations from individuals and organisations who would like to pledge to the construction fund, with Councillor Simcock commencing fundraising with a 1,059 mile cycle ride from Lands’ End to John O’Groats in June 2015.
Nic said: “Seeing the different interpretations of Emmeline Pankhurst’s extraordinary life immortalised in the statues was a fantastic reminder of the immense contribution she made to the campaign for women's suffrage, and to the society we see today.
I wish all the sculptors the best of luck and look forward to seeing the winner built in 2019!”
Helen Pankhurst said: “The event at the Houses of Parliament, is a symbolically important one, as part of the build up to the centenary celebrations of women partially securing the vote in 1918.
There is much to celebrate in terms of the progress in women’s rights over the last hundred years.
However, there is also much more to be done, in the social, economic and political spheres.
Emmeline’s demands that we don’t just accept things as they are, but demand more of our institutions, our culture and of ourselves, remains as pertinent today as ever.”
Councillor Andrew Simcock said: “All the sculptors have been working hard on their maquettes of the Emmeline Pankhurst statue and I am delighted that we had a full house at the Houses of Parliament for the unveiling.
More information on the sculptors and the campaign can be found here.
Earlier this week, MPs welcomed to parliament the six shortlisted designs for the Emmeline Pankhurst statue to be built in Manchester city centre. The vast majority of statues around the UK are...