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Bradford MP, David Ward visited a local pharmacy to help promote the Pharmacy Manifesto which aims to introduce measures to help reduce pressure on busy GP surgeries and local A&E departments in Bradford.

David Ward visiting Fagley Pharmacy on Fagley Road
David Ward visiting Fagley Pharmacy on Fagley Road

David visited the Fagley Road Pharmacy in order to hear more from local Pharmacist Mohammed Ikhlaq, on why he is seeking to promote the aims of the Pharmacy Manifesto. Launched in December 2014, the Manifesto is seeking to introduce simple and cost effective measures which will help treat people quickly and in their own homes and stop them having to go to the GP or A&E departments for treatment.

Community pharmacies should be at the heart of the health support services dealing with common ailments such as coughs and colds, long-term conditions and public health challenges including smoking, alcohol and obesity. Pharmacies now need change to enable community pharmacies to expand their role in improving patient experience and outcomes as part of a more sustainable health service.

The manifesto urges all political parties to sign up to the following five pledges:

  1. We will encourage patients to think pharmacy first and help relieve pressure on GPs and at A&E departments.
  2. We will improve patient choice and healthcare by making it easier to commission pharmacy services.
  3. We will back community pharmacy in its role as an accessible and valued partner in the delivery of better public health.
  4. We will enable patients, especially those with long term conditions, to make better use of medicines through better use of community pharmacy.
  5. We will support pharmacies to get access to the records and information they need to support patients.

Commenting on his visit David Ward MP said:

“It’s absolutely fantastic that we have some great local pharmacies like Fagley Road that serve the local community. It was interesting to hear that local pharmacists can and want to do more for local people as the first line of defence against ill health.

“Pharmacists have to have almost as much training as doctors so they are an extremely valuable resource who are not currently being utilised as they might be.

“That’s why I’m very pleased to be supporting the Pharmacy Manifesto which would introduce some very quick and effective measures to help increase support to local people, fighting ill health without the need to necessarily go to the GP or A&E.

You can visit the Pharmacy Manifesto site at http://pharmacymanifesto.com/

Bradford, MP David Ward, joined young volunteers to tour across his constituency to encourage people to get registered as part of National Voter Registration Day. 

David Ward and young volunteers manned stalls outside two Morrisons’ stores in Five Lane Ends and Thornbury, as well as touring across his Bradford East constituency on a bus, emulating his previous Get on the Bus tours, in order to engage with people and make sure they are registered to vote.

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David Ward MP

This formed part of a national campaign called National Voter Registration Day which is marked on 5th February which aims to get as many people registered as possible, especially young people, in the run up to the General Election in May. If people are not registered, then they can’t vote and their views won’t count.

Just 44% of 18-24s voted in the 2010 General Election compared to 76% of people aged 65+. With such a large difference in voting behaviour, traditionally issues effecting older people receive more funding and are protected compared to issues and services effecting young people as their votes aren’t as worthwhile. This is especially important as a quarter of Bradford’s population are aged 16-29.

Organised by Bite the Ballot, www.bitetheballot.co.uk, NVRD marks the anniversary of the Great Reform Act 1832 on 5th February, which first introduced the system of voter registration. The aim of NRVD 2015 is to register 250,000 young people and help engage with those who are currently not registered before the general election this year.

untitled (23)Commenting David Ward MP said:

“I organised today’s bus tour because it’s absolutely essential that Bradfordians are encouraged to get registered and get voting, especially in the year of the General Election.

“If young people don’t vote, then they don’t have a voice and unfortunately politicians will not care what they think, which results in them missing out on resources as political parties target their core voters.

“By registering to vote, young people are making their vote, a vote worth winning. That’s why I was really pleased to be touring across the constituency to engage with people, both young and old, talking to them about the need to vote and encouraging them to get registered. In my Get on the Bus campaign we managed to register over 250 people so I’m looking to smash that total today.”

National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) 2015 on 5th February is only the second time the event has been held following a very successful day last year that saw hundreds of students and young adults organise events all over the country which resulted in encouraging over 50,000 people to register to vote.

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Unemployment in Bradford East has fallen again in December 2014 to 3,433 which represents a 40% cut since the high in February 2013 and is at its lowest level for over six years since December 2008.

Ward_2463557bBradford East MP, David Ward, has welcomed the release of December’s official unemployment statistics for his constituency, which shows that those claiming job seekers allowance has fallen by 43 people since November 2014 and tumbled 1,481 people in a year to 3,433. December’s figures represent a rate of 7.0% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64.

The release of November’s unemployment figures show that unemployment in Bradford East has plummeted by almost 40% since February 2013, where 5,662 people claimed job seekers allowance, which is also the lowest level seen in the area since December 2008 where the claimant count reached 3,245.

The encouraging figures across Bradford were matched around the country with unemployment at its lowest level for six years falling below 6%. 

4988_Job-centre-plusWages also continue to rise to outstrip inflation meaning that people will have more money for the weekly shopping. Average earnings grew by 1.7% with the rate of inflation down to 0.5% owing to the dramatic fall in oil prices.

Commenting, David Ward MP said:

“December’s figures speak for themselves; unemployment at its lowest level since 2008 and 20% lower than Labour left it in 2010. Youth unemployment in Bradford East is even more encouraging and is 30% lower now than in 2010.

“Wages are now growing faster than inflation so the weekly shop for Bradfordians will now go that little bit further which really helps.

“The economy’s recovery would not be happening without the Lib Dems in Government delivering solid growth and fairness for local people.”

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Bradford MP, David Ward was today joined by Baroness Kath Pinnock to highlight Liberal Democrat achievements in Government in supporting Bradford families with the cost of childcare with the promise of much more if they are part of the next Government.

KathDavid Ward and Baroness Kath Pinnock of Cleckheaton visited the fantastic facilities at the Woodlands Nursery & Pre-School in Apperley Bridge, Bradford, to highlight the policies that the Liberal Democrats in Government have introduced to help Bradford families with the costs of childcare. They were also joined by Cllr Jeanette Sunderland, Bradford’s Lib Dem Group Leader and local Ward Councillor.

Woodlands Nursery was opened in May 2014 following the £350,000 renovation of the former Knoll Nursing home site which became notorious as a magnet for arsonists and thieves. The nursery created 30 new jobs and has capacity for 80 children up to the age of five, as well as a school holiday club for children aged between four and eight.

Whilst in Government the Liberal Democrats have:

•Increased free childcare to 15hours each week for all 3 and 4 year olds (up from 12.5hrs under Labour) and 40% of all 2 year olds. This has benefited 5,200 families in Bradford East and 19,500 families across Bradford.

•Lib Dems have protected the Schools budget meaning that Government funding to nurseries in Bradford has been protected.

Lib-Dem-logo•Introduced the Early Years Pupil Premium which provides £300 for extra early years support to 2,600 children in Bradford. This totals £760,000 each year to help promote the development of some our most disadvantaged children.

•From Autumn 2015 the Government will extend tax breaks on childcare to 20% – that’s a tax break on childcare costs up to £10,000 per year for each child. That’s a saving of up to £2,000 for every child for 3,400 working families in Bradford East & 17,970 working families in Bradford

•In 2013, the Government provided £1,766,000 to create over 900 new nursery places across Bradford. The total cost was £1.9m with the Council making up the difference.

For many parents, childcare had become so expensive that was cheaper for them to give up their job and look after the children instead. That’s why Liberal Democrats have put more money into childcare and early years education than ever before, saving parents thousands of pounds and making it easier for millions of families to get on.

However to ensure that every child in Bradford is given a fair start in life whilst helping hard working parents balance childcare with work and cutting the cost of living, the Liberal Democrats want to go much further. If we are part of the next Government we will:

•Aim to make 20hrs free childcare every week for all 2-4 year olds by 2020

•20hours free childcare for all working parents by 2020. (9months – 2 years)

•Start by giving 15hours free for all 2 year olds by cancelling Tory marriage allowance then priorities 15hrs free for working parents (9months – 2 year olds).

•Raise Early Years Pupil Premium from £300 to £1000.

•Protect Schools Budget in Real Terms

•Protect and if possible increase the Primary & Secondary Pupil Premium in Real Terms and consider the case for extending the Pupil Premium.

Commenting David Ward MP said:

David-Ward MP“Getting a good start in life is so important and that’s why as a Liberal Democrat, I’m very proud of our achievements in Government in providing more free childcare and more help with the costs of childcare than Labour ever did in their 13 years of Government.

“Whilst we have provided extra support to thousands of hard-working families in my constituency and across Bradford, we need to go further.

“That’s why a Government with the Liberal Democrats in it will extend tax breaks in childcare and seek to provide 20 hours free childcare to working parents in Bradford from the end of maternity to starting school. By re-electing me in May, I will help cut living costs by delivering even more childcare support to thousands of parents in Bradford”.

Baroness Kath Pinnock added:

“David and his team in Bradford have done a superb job in helping to deliver more childcare support to thousands of families across Bradford East.

“With facilities like Woodlands Nursery and extra funding from the Government, it’s great to see Liberal Democrat policies really making a difference to families in Bradford. If you re-elect David in May, we can expect even more support with childcare for Bradford’s hard working families.”

 

Bradford MP, David Ward is urging the Government and MP’s from across the political spectrum to help promote National Voter Registration Day 2015 on February 5, in the hope to encourage more young people in Ward_2463557bBradford and across the country to get registered and voting.

David Ward has submitted an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, in conjunction with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Voter Registration, calling on the Government and MP’s from all Political Parties to help promote and support National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) 2015 on Thursday 5th February.

National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) 2015 on 5th February is only the second time the event is being organised following a very successful day last year that saw hundreds of students and young adults organise events all over the country which resulted in encouraging over 50,000 people to register to vote.

imagesLQIMUMTSOrganised by Bite the Ballot, NVRD marks the anniversary of the Great Reform Act 1832 on 5th February, which first introduced the system of voter registration. The aim of NRVD 2015 is to register 250,000 young people and help engage the 4 million who are currently not registered before the general election this year. Last year NVRD was supported by ASDA, the National Union of Students and well known celebrities like Tinie Tempah, Eliza Doolittle and the founder of SBTV, Jamal Edwards.

There are 4 main ways to get involved with NVRD 2015 including organising a registration rally of your own or running an information session at a school or college. Resources and more information are available at http://bitetheballot.co.uk/nvrd/.

Commenting David Ward MP said:

“It’s absolutely essential that young adults are encouraged to get registered and get voting.

 “If young people don’t vote, then they don’t have a political voice and politicians will not care what they think, which results in them missing out on resources as political parties target their core voters. 

imagesJG2PGKG6“This is why I’m calling on the Government and all MP’s to get behind National Voter Registration Day 2015 in order to get more young people and underrepresented groups registered and voting. 

“Getting young people in Bradford to register and vote is one of my biggest priorities and that’s why I’ll be visiting local colleges and sixth forms in order to try and raise awareness that voting matters and if you want things to change, then you need to start voting.”

For the last 2 years, over the summer break Mr Ward has organised his Get on the Bus Summer tour where he travels across the Bradford East area engaging with young people, talking to them about politics and encouraging hundreds of young people aged 16-24 in Bradford to register to vote.

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