MP Philippa Whit­ford

Breast can­cer aware­ness has se­ri­ous side

Ayrshire Post - - Ayrshire People -

I am de­lighted to have the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide a monthly up­date to read­ers on the work I am do­ing, both at West­min­ster and in my Cen­tral Ayr­shire con­stituency.

I hope you en­joy my columns and if you have an is­sue you would like to raise with me please con­tact my of­fice on 01294 311 160 or philippa. whit­ford. mp@ par­lia­ment. uk

We are now into Oc­to­ber which is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness month and last month I again hosted the an­nual West­min­ster‘ Wear it Pink’ photo- call, where MPs dress up in ridicu­lous pink out­fits to help pro­mote Breast Can­cer. Now’s fundrais­ing day on the 19th. While it’s a fun event, the mes­sage is a se­ri­ous one - to en­cour­age women to go to their GP with any con­cerns.

As a Breast Sur­geon, this sub­ject is still very close to my heart.

In Septem­ber I also spoke at a Par­lia­men­tary event to launch the Women’s Bud­get Group re­port on Uni­ver­sal Credit and Fi­nan­cial Abuse, which high­lights how the cur­rent pay­ment of Uni­ver­sal Credit ( UC) into a sin­gle house­hold bank ac­count can in­crease the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of women ( and some men) to fi­nan­cial co­er­cion and abuse.

I have been cam­paign­ing for over a year to in­tro­duce sep­a­rate pay­ments of UC as stan­dard, hav­ing pre­vi­ously brought for­ward a Pri­vate Mem­bers Bill, and now in­tend to bring for­ward amend­ments to the forth­com­ing Do­mes­tic Abuse Bill.

Out and about, I was de­lighted to at­tend the small, but per­fectly formed Tar­bolton Show de­spite the rather blus­tery con­di­tions.

There was a great turnout for var­i­ous lev­els of com­pe­ti­tion in dres­sage and jump­ing and it was great to see some very young rid­ers tak­ing part on tiny ponies.

I also vis­ited the re­fur­bished Mor­ri­son’s in Troon where I had to a good dis­cus­sion with the man­ager about their Satur­day morn­ing ‘ Quiet Hour’ to help those with autism or who are sen­si­tive to noise.

Hav­ing helped es­tab­lish De­men­tia Friendly Troon, I have also spo­ken to them about des­ig­nat­ing a ‘ Re­laxed Lane’ for those who need a lit­tle more time go­ing through the check­out and, hav­ing set it up else­where, I am hop­ing we can achieve this for Troon.

Wear it Pink Philippa Whit­ford was on song

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