As early at 1997, when I was first elected, I supported a Ten Minute Rule Bill which proposed providing free television licences to those over 75. I am very disappointed to hear that the BBC have decided to no longer fund TV licences for over 75s from 2020.
I recently attended the Alzheimer’s Society’s photo exhibition, to show my support for the great work that they do. I was shocked to hear that there are over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, a number predicted to rise to 2 million by 2051.
I am delighted that my local Rajshahi Restaurant has been highly commended in this year’s Tiffin Cup in Westminster. This is such a prestigious award and to be praised this way is a testament to the fantastic work of all the staff, especially chef Giasuddin and proprietor Naz.
Very sorry to hear of the sad passing of John McCririck. He was a great racing character, personally kind and totally dedicated to “the booby”, his wife Jenny. Deepest sympathies. We’ll all miss Big Mac.
I was pleased to visit the Sue Ryder hospice at Leckhampton and meet manager Elise Hoadley. I was given a copy of A Better Grief which basically launches a campaign to put systems in place to help people through bereavement better.