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Tristram Hunt at Trinity School, Carlisle

New figures show that around 1.8 million children – nearly one in four pupils in state-funded schools – could still be being served fatty, unhealthy food and fizzy drinks at lunchtime and snacks from vending machines in schools, because of the Tories’ decision to exempt thousands of schools from the rules to deliver healthy food in schools.

In North East & Cumbria there are around 65,500 children who could be being served fatty, unhealthy food at their school – 122 schools in North East & Cumbria are not signed up to nutritional school food standards, as a direct result of the Tories’ decision to exempt them.

Labour is announcing today that in government we will close this Tory loophole and ensure that the nutritional food standards apply to every state school in the country – a firm guarantee to parents that their child will be served healthy and wholesome food, whatever type of school they attend.

Some 28 per cent of children in England are classed as either overweight or obese – yet David Cameron is still refusing to give every child the right to healthy and nutritional school food. Diet-related illnesses are putting a huge strain on our NHS – costing the health service £10 billion every year.

Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt, said:

“No child should be denied the right to the nutritional, healthy food that they need to support their learning. But under the Tories, thousands of schools are still allowed to serve junk food to children – this is failing children and their parents, who deserve to have confidence in the quality of food their children get at school.

“Labour has a better plan. We will ensure that nutritional food standards apply in all state schools, so that every child, in every school has access to healthy food and is ready to learn when they are in the classroom.”

Richard Corrigan, Michelin star chef and three time winner of the Great British Menu, said:

“We need to ensure all children are given nutritious food in schools that will help them to concentrate in lessons, help drive down levels of childhood obesity and make sure all children enjoy the benefits of a healthy and tasty diet. The standard of food a child receives shouldn’t depend on the type of school they go to. Labour’s plans to ensure that all schools follow the nutritional food standards will help to ensure our children have a better diet, are ready to learn, and grow up with a taste for healthy and wholesome food.”

Tories deny over 65,000 children the right to healthy school food in the North East & Cumbria

New figures show that around 1.8 million children – nearly one in four pupils in state-funded schools – could still be being served fatty, unhealthy food and fizzy drinks at...

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Actress Sally Lindsay, who currently stars in BBC sitcom ‘Still Open All Hours’ and ‘Ordinary Lies’ joined Labour’s candidate Lee Sherriff in Carlisle to show her support for Labour at the forthcoming general election.

The pair launched Lee’s NHS Carlisle recovery plan before joining volunteers on the campaign trail at the school gates of Inglewood Junior School to talk with parents about their issues and concerns.

Lee Sherriff, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Carlisle, said:

“Often politics can look like a TV drama – who’s up, who’s down, who said what to who. That’s not what I’m about. Carlisle needs a voice in Parliament who is on their side.

“On day 1 I’ll knock heads together to get action and a timetable for improvement in our local NHS. After five years of dither and delay, and a stalled takeover, I will bring all parties together and demand a clear public timetable for improvement.

“With Sally’s help today we’ve raised the importance of voting Labour and a strong voice in Parliament for Carlisle.”

Star of stage and screen Sally Lindsay said:

"I don't want my children growing up in a society where there’s one rule some people and another rule for others. I want everyone to have an equal start in life.

"I'm supporting Ed Miliband and Labour because they have a plan to support everyone in society and not just a chosen few.

"Meeting people in Carlisle today, everyone was raving about Lee and the work she has been doing. The only way to get a Labour government on 8th May is to elect Lee to Parliament."

Star of stage and screen Sally Lindsay joins Lee Sherriff in Carlisle

Actress Sally Lindsay, who currently stars in BBC sitcom ‘Still Open All Hours’ and ‘Ordinary Lies’ joined Labour’s candidate Lee Sherriff in Carlisle to show her support for Labour at...

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Labour’s candidate for Carlisle, Lee Sherriff today (Tuesday 28 April) set out her recovery plan for NHS services in Carlisle. Ms Sherriff was joined by Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham visiting a mother and baby group before launching her five pledges to improve health services in the city.

Promising to make the NHS her number one priority if elected next week, Lee Sherriff pledged:

  • Extra doctors and nurses for Cumbria and I’ll work with our universities to recruit them. Lee will ensure that Carlisle shares in the 1,100 extra doctors and 3,200 extra nurses promised for the North West by the Labour Party under their NHS Time to Care fund. This will be funded by a levy on the tobacco firms and a mansion tax on homes over £2million. She’ll also work with Universities, Colleges and schools across Cumbria to encourage local young people into the medical profession.
  • I’ll fight for fairer funding for Cumbria. Lee will press for changes in health funding to ensure that challenges presented by Cumbria’s unique geography are reflected in funding formulas.
  • I’ll knock heads together to get action and a timetable for improvement. After five years of dither and delay, and a stalled takeover, Lee will bring all parties together and demand a clear public timetable for improvement in performance. She will begin work on a health summit as a priority if she becomes Carlisle’s MP.
  • I’ll continue to fight for our ambulance service and to keep night-time cover. Lee led the fight against proposals from the North West Ambulance Service to reduce the number of ambulances in Carlisle overnight. She will continue this fight to ensure the threat to night-time services does not return.
  • Tackle the hospital car parking problem. Lee will support the plan by the Healthwatch Cumbria and partners to relieve the parking problems which add to the inconvenience suffered by patients and visitors. She will continue to press for longer-term solutions. 


At the launch Lee Sherriff said:

“My first priority will be our NHS. I want to knock heads together. We have had five years of dither and delay over hospital services in Carlisle and patient experiences have slipped back to an unacceptable level.

“I want local people to have access to a high quality NHS services where our hard-working NHS staff feel valued and respected. The current situation at the hospital is unacceptable. We urgently need to relieve pressure on the Cumberland Infirmary by recruiting more doctors and nurses. Labour’s Time to Care fund will allow us to do this.

“The Trust takeover seems to have stalled and the public have the right to know what is going on. One of my first acts as MP would be to call together all the parties involved, together with health experts, to get a clear forward plan.

“Longer-term we need to grow our own Cumbrian medical staff to solve staff shortages. If elected I want to work closely with our universities, colleges and schools to encourage more of our young people to become doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals and to stay in the area.

“As a candidate I have already demonstrated I am up for the fight, standing up against cuts to our night-time ambulance service. I hope the people of Carlisle give me their support next week so I can fight for the 21st century NHS people deserve.”

LEE SHERRIFF SETS OUT HER NHS RECOVERY PLAN FOR CARLISLE

Labour’s candidate for Carlisle, Lee Sherriff today (Tuesday 28 April) set out her recovery plan for NHS services in Carlisle. Ms Sherriff was joined by Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State...

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