MP Philippa Whitford
Breast cancer awareness has serious side
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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