PLEDGES TO BE A BOWEL CANCER CHAMPION

Steve Pound has pledged to become a Bowel Cancer Champion and lead change in Parliament for people affected by the disease, at Bowel Cancer UK’s parliamentary reception at the House of Commons on Wednesday 30 January.

Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer, making it the UK’s fourth most common cancer. It’s also the second biggest cancer killer, more than 16,000 people die from the disease every year.

Bowel cancer screening can detect the disease at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat and a greater chance of survival. Last year, governments in England and Wales announced they will lower the bowel cancer screening age from 60 to 50 using the potentially more accurate faecal immunochemical test (FIT). Introducing these initiatives will save more lives from this disease.

Steve will work with Bowel Cancer UK to improve early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care both in Ealing North and nationally. By bringing people together, such as patients and families, doctors and nurses, scientists and politicians Bowel Cancer UK will create a future where nobody dies of the disease.

Steve says: “It simply isn’t acceptable that so many people die from bowel cancer each year.  That’s why I’m proud to be working with Bowel Cancer UK and helping them make real change happen through my role as a Bowel Cancer Champion. I look forward to using my position in Parliament to call for changes which can improve outcomes for patients with the disease in my constituency. Together we can stop people dying of bowel cancer.”

Asha Kaur, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Bowel Cancer UK, says: “I’m delighted that Steve Pound has pledged to become a Bowel Cancer Champion. Steve will serve as a valuable ally in helping us to put bowel cancer firmly on the political agenda and campaigning for crucial improvements to services for bowel cancer patients both nationally and in Ealing North.”

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Steve helps open doors for guide dog owners this Christmas

Steve attended an event in Parliament run by the charity Guide Dogs to raise awareness of discrimination against guide dog owners. The MP for Ealing North heard from guide dog owners about the impact of being turned away by businesses because of their dog. They also collected a Christmas card with messages highlighting Guide Dogs’ Access All Areas campaign.

It is against the law to refuse access to a disabled person accompanied by an assistance dog except in the most exceptional circumstances. However, a Guide Dogs survey found that three quarters of assistance dog owners reported that they had been refused entry by businesses.

Businesses that closed their doors to assistance dog owners included shops, supermarkets, gyms, campsites, places of worship, public transport, taxis and minicabs, pubs and hotels.

Steve said:

“I was shocked to hear about cases of guide dog owners being turned away by businesses. This isn’t just poor customer service; it’s discrimination and it’s unacceptable. Disabled people have the same rights as anyone else to shop, take a taxi or visit their local pub.

I support Guide Dogs’ Access All Areas campaign to open all doors to guide dog owners this Christmas.”

Stephen Pound MP helps open doors for guide dog owners this Christmas