Leicester Mercury - - News - By STAFF RE­PORTER

EAT­ING dis­or­der char­ity Beat has named Charn­wood MP Ed­ward Ar­gar its Par­lia­men­tar­ian of the Year.

Ear­lier this year, Mr Ar­gar spon­sored a de­bate in Par­lia­ment on the need to en­sure peo­ple with eat­ing dis­or­ders ac­cess and re­ceive treat­ment quickly.

He has sup­ported other ef­forts to raise the pro­file of eat­ing dis­or­ders af­ter he re­ceived a let­ter from a con­stituent urg­ing him to take ac­tion.

Beat di­rec­tor of ex­ter­nal af­fairs Tom Quinn said: “Ed­ward Ar­gar has con­sis­tently lob­bied for bet­ter and ear­lier treat­ment for eat­ing dis­or­ders to give suf­fer­ers the best chance of a rapid re­cov­ery.”

Mr Ar­gar said: “It was a great hon­our to have been given this award by a fan­tas­tic char­ity such as Beat and I would like to pay trib­ute to the work it does, cam­paign­ing to high­light this im­por­tant is­sue.

“But I want to pay the great­est trib­ute to all who suf­fer from an eat­ing dis­or­der and have had the brav­ery to talk about it, to seek the help they need, and to face down an ill­ness that de­pends on se­crecy, iso­lates suf­fer­ers and af­fects ev­ery as­pect of their lives and those of their fam­i­lies.”

Jon Ash­worth, MP for Leices­ter South, joined chil­dren at St John the Bap­tist Pri­mary School, in Whitwick, for their Daily Mile.

The ac­tiv­ity sees chil­dren run­ning or jog­ging at their own pace for 15 min­utes.

He said: “The health and well­be­ing of our chil­dren is my pri­or­ity and this fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive pro­motes ex­actly that.”

Af­ter the run, Mr Ash­worth was to meet year four pupils to dis­cuss his role as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

Stu­dents at the South Le­ices­ter­shire cam­pus of North War­wick­shire & South Le­ices­ter­shire Col­lege were in­spired to think about their fu­ture ca­reers fol­low­ing a visit by Har­bor­ough MP Neil O’Brien.

He told stu­dents about his time as an ad­viser at Num­ber 10, work­ing on the Mid­lands En­gine eco­nomic strat­egy.

As part of his visit, Mr O’Brien saw a pro­fes­sional drill dis­play by pub­lic ser­vices stu­dents. He also took part in a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion.

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Mar­ion Plant said: “We’re de­lighted Neil has cho­sen to visit our col­lege to find out more from our stu­dents about the is­sues fac­ing them.”

South Le­ices­ter­shire MP Al­berto Costa was joined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of En­derby brew­ery Ever­ards to un­veil their clas­sic Tiger ale as Par­lia­ment’s new­est guest beer.

Mr Costa was joined by Ever­ards head of mar­ket­ing Erika Hardy to launch the beer in the pres­ti­gious House of Com­mons Strangers bar along­side the chair­man of the All Party Par­lia­men­tary Group for Beer, Mike Wood.

Mr Costa said: “I am de­lighted that the Strangers Bar will be stock­ing Ever­ards’ bril­liant county brew, Tiger, as guest ale.

“Ever­ards is a fan­tas­tic South Le­ices­ter­shire com­pany with a proud his­tory and deep roots in the county and I am so pleased to be able to share their won­der­ful beer with col­leagues in Par­lia­ment.”

Liz Ken­dall, MP for Leices­ter West, has con­grat­u­lated Leices­ter Col­lege on be­ing recog­nised as a Cen­tre for Ex­cel­lence in maths.

She said: “This is fan­tas­tic news and a real tes­ta­ment to ded­i­ca­tion of the lead­er­ship team and teach­ers at the col­lege.

“This recog­ni­tion will equip the col­lege with ex­tra re­sources to pro­vide help and sup­port to even more stu­dents.”

Lough­bor­ough MP Nicky Morgan vis­ited Rearsby firm Home In­stead Se­nior Care, whic pro­vides non-med­i­cal care and com­pan­ion­ship for older peo­ple, help­ing them to con­tinue liv­ing in their homes.

She said: “I re­ally val­ued my visit to Home In­stead Se­nior Care who cover my con­stituency.

“It was good to hear about the ser­vices they of­fer from the view­points of both the care­givers and clients, and to mark their CQC out­stand­ing award.”

Eurostar has pledged its sup­port for the Dy­ing to Work EU cam­paign backed by East Mid­lands MEP Rory Palmer.

About 1,600 em­ploy­ees at the high-speed rail op­er­a­tor are now as­sured of em­ploy­ment sup­port should they be di­ag­nosed with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness.

Mr Palmer said: “Pro­tect­ing work­ers di­ag­nosed with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness is an im­por­tant is­sue across the con­ti­nent.

“I am de­lighted Eurostar has added their name to the char­ter.

“Ul­ti­mately my aim is to se­cure recog­ni­tion for ter­mi­nal ill­ness as a pro­tected char­ac­ter­is­tic to pre­vent un­fair dis­crim­i­na­tion.”

OUT AND ABOUT: Al­berto Costa, Neil O’Brien and Rory Palmer – all front left

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