John Spellar MP

Member of Parliament for Warley

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Warley MP John Spellar bashed the proposed Tory government-imposed cuts to the BBC as “petty and vindictive” and urged constituents to sign a petition (available here) to save the BBC’s recipe archive.

John Spellar MP said: “at a time when the government is meant to be promoting healthy living, it beggars belief that it is restricting access to an easily available resource of recipes.”

He added: “I hope that the government will reconsider its approach in light of the visible public uproar over this matter”. 

John Spellar MP on cuts to the BBC’s recipe archive

Warley MP John Spellar bashed the proposed Tory government-imposed cuts to the BBC as “petty and vindictive” and urged constituents to sign a petition (available here) to save the BBC’s...

On 20th April John Spellar MP attended a parliamentary reception organised by Cancer52, a coalition of more than 80 charities representing rare and less common cancers. The reception was hosted and addressed by Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC), John Baron MP.

The purpose of the reception was to raise awareness of these cancers and highlight the need for earlier diagnosis.

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Rare and less common cancers together account for more than half of all UK cancer deaths –more than the ‘big four’ (breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancer) – and on average have poorer earlier diagnosis rates.

MPs were invited to meet a constituent that had been affected by cancer and were briefed by Jonathan Pearce, Chair of Cancer52, on the number of people diagnosed with rare and less common cancers in their constituencies.

Jane Lyons, CEO of Cancer52, said: “It was fantastic to see so many MPs at the reception and to hear how passionate they are about improving care for rare and less common cancers. These cancers are more likely to be diagnosed late, often in A&E. This has an impact on survival rates, with rare and less common cancers diagnosed in A&E having one-year survival rates far lower than more common cancers. A key driver for improving this situation is improving the earlier diagnosis rate for rare and less common cancers, and we will be working to deliver more specialist diagnostic centres, encouraging earlier onward referral by GPs and asking the DH to continue with its cancer symptoms awareness raising campaign, 'Be Clear on Cancer'.”

John Spellar MP said: “It was a pleasure to join Cancer52 at their reception and discuss such an important issue. As a country we need to be doing far better at diagnosing and treating cancers earlier, particularly rare and less common cancers. It is staggering that these cancers make up 54% of cancer deaths and this number is rising. It is essential that we do more to raise awareness of the symptoms both in and out of the medical profession.”

For more information about Cancer52 please visit: http://www.cancer52.org.uk/

John Spellar attends parliamentary reception for Cancer52

On 20th April John Spellar MP attended a parliamentary reception organised by Cancer52, a coalition of more than 80 charities representing rare and less common cancers. The reception was hosted...

The closure of British Gas’s Oldbury site and the loss of 700 jobs is devastating news.

John Spellar MP said: “This is devastating news and a huge shock to the workforce and the local community. British Gas is a major local employer and the workforce have provided a good and loyal service. This is no way to reward their efforts.”

Today, John Spellar also asked the Prime Minister to instruct his ministers to contact British Gas and the unions to arrange urgent meetings in order to save the jobs or – if this is not possible – establish a task force to create alternative opportunities for the loyal and hardworking workforce.

Mr Spellar has arranged to meet British Gas on Friday to discuss this devastating announcement.

Below is a video of John Spellar MP’s exchange with the Prime Minister: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/28f50efa-dd60-496a-af22-10bb8e2e22d5?in=12:23:42&out=12:24:21 

John Spellar MP on the planned closure of British Gas’s Oldbury site

The closure of British Gas’s Oldbury site and the loss of 700 jobs is devastating news. John Spellar MP said: “This is devastating news and a huge shock to the...


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