As your MP I’ll bring specialist knowledge to the House of Commons. If I’m honest, it’s knowledge I wish I didn’t have. The twins and I are not at risk, but there is the Huntington’s Disease (HD) gene in my family. This means I have first hand knowledge of predictive genetic testing, and many complex social policy, medical, scientific and ethical issues.
For families like mine health insurance is not an option, we need the NHS. I understand the long-term pressures placed on carers like my Mum and Uncle Chris, and that’s why I am excited by Labour’s plans for social care. Huntington’s Disease has given me specialist insights, developed through my work as a Trustee of the Huntington’s Disease Association and in setting up the All Party Parliamentary Group
Many of these insights apply more widely, especially with scientific breakthroughs in genetic testing and treatments, changes in life expectancy, and the issues many families experience around dementia, mental health and social care. Labour’s policy announcements on free prescription charges and free hospital parking might not sound exciting – but it’s time to stop taxing sickness
I strongly support the visionary proposal to set up a publicly owned pharmaceutical producer to support the NHS
For families like mine Labour’s proposed National Care Service, providing free social care at home for all over 65s, is a massive step forward. I will be particularly pushing on the need to extend free social care to those with disabilities, as is being currently scoped
I will work tirelessly to ensure that we deliver health and social care policies that meet the demographic and scientific challenges of the 21st century