Com­pas­sion­ate and healthy eat­ing

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - BEN MARTIN An­i­mal Aid MS NI­COLA KENT Wem­b­ley MU­RAD QURESHI AM Lon­don-wide Labour As­sem­bly Mem­ber

RE­CENT fig­ures have shown that sales of nut-based milks – es­pe­cially al­mond milk – are on the rise, both here and in the US.

This is part of a grow­ing move­ment away from an­i­mal prod­ucts to­wards healthy, de­li­cious plant-based foods, and it’s no won­der, given all the ben­e­fits as­so­ci­ated with the ve­gan diet.

As well as suf­fer­ing lower rates of heart dis­ease, stroke, di­a­betes and cer­tain types of can­cer, ve­gans also have a much smaller car­bon foot­print than meat-eaters and vege­tar­i­ans, and en­sure that an­i­mals do not suf­fer for their food.

For any­one who is in­ter­ested in adopt­ing this healthy and com­pas­sion­ate way of liv­ing, An­i­mal Aid is run­ning the Great Ve­gan Chal­lenge through­out Novem­ber, pro­vid­ing peo­ple with all the sup­port and in­for­ma­tion they need to do so.

For fur­ther de­tails, visit www. gov­e­gan.org.uk. treat­ments for a range of con­di­tions – from breast can­cer to mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis – and I would urge our lo­cal MP to sup­port it.

The Bill would en­sure that drugs that have fallen out of pa­tent, but have since proved ef­fec­tive for clin­i­cal uses out­side of their orig­i­nal li­cence, are rou­tinely avail­able on the NHS. With th­ese drugs of­ten be­ing very-low cost, it makes eco­nomic as well as clin­i­cal sense for them to be more widely avail­able.

Backed by the UK’s largest breast can­cer char­ity, Breast Can­cer Now, along with a host of other char­i­ties in­clud­ing Prostate Can­cer UK, Alzhiemer’s So­ci­ety and Blood­wise, the Bill needs 100 MPs to vote in favour to take it to the next stage. With just days left, more work needs to be done to se­cure the par­lia­men­tary sup­port it needs.

As well as call­ing on our MP to back this Bill that would help hun­dreds of thou­sands of pa­tients, I would ask oth­ers to add their sup­port to the cam­paign by vis­it­ing breast­cancer­now.org/un­lock­drugs week­ends. Boris John­son’s con­sis­tent fail­ure to de­liver the Night Tube to sched­ule is in­dica­tive of his lazy ap­proach, an­nounc­ing things to great fan­fare but un­will­ing to put the work in to make them hap­pen.

The lat­est de­lay will come as a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment to busi­nesses and Lon­don­ers who hoped that the ser­vice would be run­ning by Christ­mas.

The Mayor’s per­pet­ual dither­ing and re­fusal to bring the dis­pute with staff to a close has meant the ad­vent of the Night Tube is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly dis­tant prospect. Once again Boris John­son has proven to be all show and no sub­stance.

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