MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

CANCER, for many people, is an incredibly difficult and scary subject.

It takes the lives of more than one in four people and most of us will have experienced it with either a friend or family member.

It’s a truly terrible disease and an issue close to my heart.

But it’s not the speed and scope of the disease that makes me want to get involved in helping cancer charities; it’s the inspirational people who campaign for them.

The generosity of so many people who took part in the recent “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” scheme run by Macmillan Cancer Care recently, which saw thousands of people run events up and down the country raising a huge amount of money, is a perfect example.

This week too, as you may have seen elsewhere in the paper, I also helped out at a drop in stall at Sainsbury’s in St Annes for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

And, as with almost every cancer charity, the stall was manned by local people with actual real life experience of having and dealing with the disease.

There have also been a number of events in Parliament too and I managed to drop into a couple of events which were used to raise awareness.

Much more is being done in Fylde and across the country though and a lady from Lytham even invited me to abseil down a Whitehall building with her to raise awareness for a hereditary breast cancer campaign.

The commitment, effort and lengths people go to in order to help others when they have been affected by cancer is truly inspirational and, as powerful and as all-consuming a disease as it is, it certainly has a worthy adversary – people power.

That’s why I am delighted that the Government have set up a specialist cancer drugs fund, worth an initial £50m which I hope, will help to save many lives up and down the country and here in Fylde.

Meanwhile by the time you come to read this column the results of the coalition Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review will have been announced.

This will undoubtedly upset some people who will be affected by the spending cuts announced.

I can assure you, however, the Government are doing their best to bring about an economic recovery and put an end to the decade of debt we have run up under Labour.

Next week I will look to tackle some of the issues which arise.

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