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Mary Creagh MP will host a conference in parliament on carbon monoxide safety on Monday 16 November. Industry experts, medical professionals and charities will be attending. 

Sharon Wood, the mother of Christi and Bobby Shepherd, will be speaking at the conference alongside Thomas Cook’s CEO Peter Fankhauser.

 

Mary Creagh MP said:

“Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is an opportunity to take stock of the progress that has been made in raising awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide in the years since Christi and Bobby's tragic deaths.  

“Wakefield coroner David Hinchliffe was clear that new laws are needed at UK and EU level to protect families on holiday, and that the medical profession needs to be more systematic in recognising Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

“Thomas Cook promised the children's parents they would lead the call from the industry to improve holiday safety, so this conference will be an important milestone for the UK travel industry.”

ENDS

 

Notes:

1. Peter Fankhauser and Sharon Wood will be speaking about the Safer Tourism Foundation, which has recently been set up by Thomas Cook. The Foundation aims to promote awareness of carbon monoxide and the risks associated with it in the tourism industry through public campaigns and other initiatives. 

2. Christi and Bobby Shephard died from carbon monoxide poisoning on a Thomas Cook holiday in Corfu in 2006. The Coroner’s inquest found that Thomas Cook had ‘breached its duty of care’.

 

Mary Creagh to host carbon monoxide conference in parliament

Mary Creagh MP will host a conference in parliament on carbon monoxide safety on Monday 16 November. Industry experts, medical professionals and charities will be attending.  Sharon Wood, the mother...

Last Sunday I attended Wakefield’s Remembrance Service at the cenotaph. As always it was a moving occasion, where the whole community paid their respects to the brave men and women who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.

At this year’s service I remembered a young Polish pilot, Jozef Bondnar, who was shot down and killed in Northern France in June 1941. One of hundreds of brave Polish pilots who gave their lives in the British RAF, Jozef's Spitfire had been bought by donations from the people of Horbury and Osset in 1940. I learned about Jozef at last year's Horbury Show. His tragic story shows the contribution to Britain’s war effort from people across Europe and the world.

On Saturday I was out in College Grove with Councillors Stu Heptinstall, Ros Lund and Kevin Swift encouraging people to register to vote. The Tories have rushed through changes to the electoral registration system, and over 15,000 in Wakefield are at risk of slipping off the electoral register.

The number of people registered in December will be the basis for changes to parliamentary constituencies next year. There are local elections here in Wakefield next year. And soon we have a big choice to make about whether Britain stays in the EU. It is vital that everyone in Wakefield registers to vote. It’s quick and easy - you can register by going to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

I was honoured to give the address at Wakefield College graduation ceremony on Saturday. It is always a proud day for our district when we see young men and women receive their degrees and start their journey into the future. Wakefield is the largest city in the UK without a university, and the college and council have ambitious plans to build a university centre in the city. The Local Enterprise Partnership will decide on November 20th. If you would like to sign my petition for a university for Wakefield please go to: http://www.marycreagh.com/petition_in_support_of_wakefield_university_centre

Last week I spoke in the House of Commons debate on junior doctors’ contracts, and the impact this would have on Pinderfields Hospital. Junior doctors being overworked is what led the Labour Government to change the junior doctors’ contract. Jeremy Hunt’s junior doctors’ contract proposals risk making the NHS unsafe, with doctors being too exhausted to deliver safe care.

Please contact my constituency office on 386124 or mary@marycreagh.co.uk if you would like to find out more about any of these stories, or if you would like to receive my regular e-newsletter.

 

Wakefield Express column - November 2015

Last Sunday I attended Wakefield’s Remembrance Service at the cenotaph. As always it was a moving occasion, where the whole community paid their respects to the brave men and women...

Wakefield is the largest city in the UK without a University. We believe that the young people of Wakefield would benefit from a higher education institution in the area and are calling on the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership to support Wakefield College and Wakefield Council in its bid for a University Centre in Wakefield.

You can sign my petition in support of Wakefield University Centre here.

Petition: Wakefield University Centre

Wakefield is the largest city in the UK without a University. We believe that the young people of Wakefield would benefit from a higher education institution in the area and...


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