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Chesterfield MP backs calls for diabetes emotional and mental health support

Calls from leading charity Diabetes UK to create new national standards for diabetes emotional and mental health support, and to increase support available locally to the 18,210 people living with diabetes in the area have been backed by local MP for Chesterfield Toby Perkins.


Recently published research from the charity revealed that the relentless nature of diabetes can impact people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health, ranging from day-to-day frustration and low mood, to specific psychological and mental health difficulties such as clinical depression and anxiety.


The findings, published in the report “Too often missing: Making emotional and psychological support routine in diabetes care”, show that diabetes is much more than a physical condition. Mr Perkins joined Diabetes UK at a parliamentary event, as the charity launched its campaign to make the emotional and psychological demands of living with diabetes recognised and provide the right support to everyone who needs it.


Diabetes UK is urgently calling on the NHS to create national standards for diabetes emotional and mental health services. These should ensure that everyone receives joined up care, that they are asked how they are feeling as part of every diabetes appointment, and that a mental health professional with knowledge of diabetes is part of every diabetes care team.


Mr Toby Perkins MP said in support of the campaign:


“The demands of living with diabetes affect people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing, but mental health support is often missing from diabetes care. And when diabetes cannot be well managed, the risk of dangerous complications increases.


We need diabetes care that includes emotional and psychological support to help people improve both their physical and mental health, reduce pressure on services, and save the NHS money.”


Diabetes UK has launched a petition to call for national standards for diabetes mental health support and services. To find out more about the campaign and sign the petition go to

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Toby Perkins MP hears about the impact of alcohol on health

Last week, Toby Perkins MP for Chesterfield joined the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA)’s Parliamentary Event to celebrate the recent strides forward in alcohol policy and outline the many challenges that remain.

The ripples of harmful alcohol consumption pass from individuals, through families and communities, and impact our society as a whole. These effects are substantial and wide-reaching as alcohol contributes to the death of 65 people every day in England alone, is involved in 39% of all violent crime in England and Wales, and costs NHS England £3.5 billion every year.

Toby Perkins MP said:

“Alcohol can, in some circumstances, have a truly devastating effect on individuals and our communities. We need to support targeted, evidence-based programmes that allow us to reduce alcohol harm. This can make individuals, their families, their communities, and our country safer and healthier.”

“As chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs, I am aware of the role pubs can play in reducing alcohol harm. Pubs need to be right at the forefront of targeted harm reduction programs – as they are the safest place a person can drink”

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‘Heating and seating’ funding campaign launched to help refurbish chilly church

The St Michael & All Angels Church in Brimington is trying to raise £100k to pay for a new heating system and to make the church more accessible for disabled and elderly church goers.

Toby with Reverend Daniel Cooke

Toby with Reverend Daniel Cooke

Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, recently visited the Church to meet with Reverend Daniel Cooke and has now given his support to the fundraising campaign.

Toby said, “the heating system at the Church is older than Reverend Cooke himself and it can get almost unbearably cold. The building is a great space that could be utilised more by the community if the heating system was replaced and a refurbishment completed to make it more accessible and usable”.

As well as replacing the heating system, the Church is planning to remove the old pews, which are inaccessible for many disabled and elderly people, and introduce more flexible seating that will allow access for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and make the building more suitable for community activities and events. The Church has already raised £20k of their £100k target, and is now being supported to apply for a grant by Toby Perkins and other groups.

Toby added, “There are other churches in the Chesterfield area that have modernised and become more accessible, and they have become real community hubs. Hopefully, the St Michael & All Angels Church can do the same and I would urge people to donate what they can.”

Donations can be made via the Church’s Justgiving page at:

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Local MP calls for more donations as landmark project to rebuild the RSPCA Chesterfield Animal Centre continues

The Chesterfield and North Derbyshire RSPCA are rebuilding Chesterfield Animal Centre in a £2m project and local MP, Toby Perkins, went along to see the progress that is being made.

Toby at the site of the new centre, which is expected to be completed by Summer 2020

Toby at the site of the new centre, which is expected to be completed by Summer 2020

Toby said, “I visited the centre before work had even started and saw the ambitious plans for rebuilding the centre. It is amazing to see how much progress has already been made and I can’t wait to come back for the grand opening when the development is completed.”

Due to open in summer next year, the new centre will include 26 replacement dog kennels, a 22-pen cattery and a dedicated unit for puppies. There will also be an isolation unit, which will include three dog kennels and four cat pens, as well as an outdoor exercise area.  The new pens will provide a dedicated space to care for cats and dogs that require additional medical attention when injured or poorly.

Toby added, “This is a £2 million project and the staff at the centre have made a truly Herculean effort to raise the vast majority of the funds needed. But they still need donations to complete the project and keep the new centre going. They receive no money from public funds and are independent from the national RSPCA so I would encourage local animal lovers to dig deep and donate.

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Earth Hour helps find solutions for the environmental challenges we face globally. This includes influencing national climate policies, planting new forests in Uganda, and banning plastic in the Galapagos. The world’s biggest landmarks – such as the Sydney Opera House, Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, and Edinburgh Castle – switch off lights as a visual display of their commitment to our planet.


Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins has added their voice for Earth Hour, the world’s largest annual event to protect the planet, and joined a movement to safeguard nature and set it on the path to recovery.


Toby made a pledge for the environment; joining over 100 MPs who showed their support for Earth Hour in Parliament this week, ahead of the global lights out event on Saturday 30th March at 8:30pm.


MPs pledged their #VoiceForThePlanet to send the message that it is unacceptable to sit back and watch the destruction of nature, and to help inspire their constituents to make their voice heard this Earth Hour, by choosing to change something in everyday life that will help protect our planet.


Toby said: ““Earth Hour gives a voice to people everywhere who want to raise awareness of some of the biggest environmental challenges we are facing. I hope that by adding my voice for the planet I can encourage my constituents to do the same.”




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Green Heart Heroes meet Toby Perkins MP

Organisations and individuals who have achieved extraordinary reductions in their Carbon footprint were among the ‘Green Heart Heroes’ Toby Perkins MP met at a recent Parliamentary awards event.


Toby Perkins MP joined over 40 of his parliamentary colleagues on the 11 March in the Palace of Westminster to celebrate the efforts of those tackling climate change up and down the country.


The Chesterfield MP came to the Palace of Westminster on Monday evening for The Climate Coalition’s Green Heart Hero Awards.


The ceremony – which recognised the efforts of green schools, businesses and MPs, sustainable sports projects and overseas schemes – was hosted by television and radio presenter Clive Anderson, and featured Sky News journalist Kay Burley alongside a number of other award presenters.


Toby Perkins MP said: “It’s been such an inspiring evening seeing the actions of others – from football clubs to primary schools – all of which are taking the fight to tackle climate change into their own hands. It was great to see so many constituents alongside their MPs, all working towards a cleaner future.


“I’m proud to have attended the awards wearing my green heart and showing my support for a net zero future before 2050. I want to be part of leaving a legacy for future generations that we can all be proud of.”


The Climate Coalition is made up of more than 130 organisations representing over 15 million people, ranging from aid agencies such as CAFOD and Christian Aid to groups such as the Women’s Institute, WWF, RSPB, and the National Trust.


The awards ceremony follows on from the fifth year of the Coalition’s Show The Love campaign, which sees people from all walks of life – faith groups, sports clubs, businesses, schoolchildren – come together to Show the Love for all that they want to protect from climate change.


Clara Goldsmith, Director of Campaigns at The Climate Coalition, said:


“It’s fantastic to see the work that people from all over the country are doing to protect the things we love from climate change.


“Climate change is already changing the things we love in the UK. It’s also hitting the most vulnerable people, whether that’s very young or elderly people struggling with heat waves here at home or those in communities overseas affected by a loss of crops or more severe disasters.


“It’s important we take the time to celebrate the incredible people taking their futures into their own hands. Now we need to see the government to set an ambitious target to reduce emissions”

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The petition of more than 58,000 calls for action from the UK Government to use the power of its pen at the UN to bring peace to the children of Yemen


Tuesday 19th March: Toby Perkins MP joined more than 60 activists including 24 school children at Westminster to support the hand in of a peace petition to the Foreign Office. The activists want the UK government to hear them standing up for the children of Yemen and turn political promises into practical change at the UN Security Council.


More than 20 British school children aged between 11-13 years of age from Beverley High School in Yorkshire and Ousedale School in Buckinghamshire have been working with Save the Children campaigning and fundraising for children in Yemen.


They came together with activists from across the country to form a group of 60, staging a stunt in Victoria Tower Gardens that included an installation of a large pen containing thousands of regular-sized pens, to illustrate the petition signatures. The children also used the pens to spell out ‘words not weapons’ on a board outside parliament. Following the stunt installation, the school children and campaigners walked to the Foreign Office in Westminster with a giant pen to present the printed names of the 58,000 signatories.


Recent reports of increased fighting in Yemen – already the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world – have cast doubt on the future of the Stockholm peace process which began in December last year.


The slim window of opportunity to secure peace in Yemen is now and Toby Perkins MP joined British children and campaigners to show solidarity with the children of Yemen.


Toby Perkins said: ‘I am delighted to support Save the Children’s petition hand in. These British children believe the children of Yemen deserve a better future, witnessing their determination to hold our government to account is a reminder to us all that we must be persistent in our pursuit of peace. Following four years of conflict the civilians of Yemen continue to fight for survival. For the sake of Yemen’s children, we must urge our government to use its influence at the UN Security Council and create a future without conflict.’


Save the Children is calling on the UK to put children front and centre of its foreign, defence and aid policies, calling out allies when they commit atrocities against children, and implementing a clear strategy to protect children and their families caught up in conflict.



Toby Perkins MP pledges support for Endometriosis Awareness Month

A common condition which can affect the fertility of women was highlighted by Toby Perkins MP in Parliament recently.


Toby pledged his support for Endometriosis Awareness Month, to highlight the debilitating condition that affects 1 in 10 women from puberty to menopause.


Endometriosis Awareness Month takes place throughout March, which this year aims to raise the importance of education in tackling alarming diagnosis times.


To mark the month, Endometriosis UK has launched new education material with the Royal College of GPs to support GPs to identify endometriosis. This, coupled with changes to the school curriculum from 2020 to include menstrual wellbeing, is “another step in the right direction to tackling diagnosis times”, according to the leading support charity Endometriosis UK.

Diagnosis time for endometriosis currently takes an average of 7.5 years, which MPs including Toby Perkins MP are campaigning to see reduced.


Toby Perkins MP said: “I’m proud to be supporting endometriosis awareness month which aims to raise awareness of this debilitating condition that affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. Despite endometriosis affecting 1.5 million women, a similar number of women affected by diabetes, diagnosis time takes an average of 7.5 years and the disease is still widely unheard of.


“Endometriosis costs the UK economy £8.2bn a year in treatment, loss of work, and healthcare costs. I’m therefore delighted to be working with Endometriosis UK to urge the Government to help improve awareness, diagnosis, and research of endometriosis”.


Emma Cox, CEO of Endometriosis UK added: “Endometriosis UK is delighted to be working with MPs from across all Parties to raise awareness of endometriosis during awareness month and beyond. We are grateful to MPs for recognising the critical role they play in ensuring women do not suffer in silence with conditions such as endometriosis; helping drive down diagnosis time which currently averages at an alarming 7.5 years”.

“Endometriosis UK has welcomed the news that menstrual wellbeing will be included in the new Relationship & Sex Education curriculum and will be compulsory to teach all children in both primary and secondary education. This change will help overcome the taboo and embarrassment around periods, as well as equipping girls with the knowledge of what is and isn’t normal for their menstrual cycle, and in turn the confidence to seek help when it is needed. Importantly, they will also know the correct language to communicate with their parents or medical practitioners.


“It’s incredibly encouraging to see the shift in conversation around menstrual conditions in Parliament, and we look forward to continuing this work to help ensure every person suffering from endometriosis is given the right treatment at the right time”.


For more information on Endometriosis Awareness Month, please visit:


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