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MPs support justice review for those hurt on the road

Don Foster has added his support to an Early Day Motion backing British Cycling’s comprehensive justice review. The EDM was tabled by Lib Dem MP, Julian Huppert, the co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.

With cross party support, MPs are lining up to sign it in support including Sir Peter Bottomley, Rosie Cooper, John Leech, Michael Gapes and Clive Betts. Following on from the news that Paralympic hand cyclist Rachel Morris was injured whilst training on the road last week, members of the House of Lords, who cannot sign an Early Day Motion, have also contacted the campaign leaders, British Cycling, to offer their support.

The Early Day Motion reads:

“That this House notes that many victims of road accidents do not feel that the criminal justice system adequately protects or supports them in the aftermath of their case; further notes that it is important that those who have suffered traumatic incidents are given effective and sympathetic support as they attempt to rebuild their lives; welcomes the work of British Cycling and other groups including CTC, Sustrans, London Cycling Campaign, The Times, Cycling Weekly, RoadPeace and Brake to raise the profile of the issue and calls upon the Department for Justice to review carefully the evidence they have submitted and undertake a comprehensive review of each part of the criminal justice system from crash investigation standards through to sentencing guidelines to ensure it is fairer for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users who are hurt or seriously injured on the country’s roads.”

Commenting. Don Foster said:

“I was very happy to call for this justice system review. Not enough protection is given to cyclists and pedestrians in Britain and I commend the efforts of all involved parties for championing this important campaign”

Martin Gibbs, Policy and Legal Affairs Director at British Cycling said:

“The way the justice system operates when someone is hurt on the road badly needs reviewing. The current process often gives out the wrong message about how we as a society value life and the right of people to travel safely. This is an issue for all road users and one the Lord Chancellor should take seriously.”

Don Foster backs Bill to enshrine in law UK’s overseas aid commitment

July 13, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Parliament, News

Don Foster, MP for Bath, has backed the International Development Bill that aims to enshrine in law the long standing Liberal Democrat policy of devoting 0.7% of UK Gross National Income to overseas development.

The Coalition Government is committed to this level of spending, which will, among other things:

- Get 11 million children into school

- Vaccinate 55 million children against preventable diseases

- Stop 250,000 new born babies dying needlessly

Now, with cross party support, Mark Hendrick MP’s Private Member’s Bill debated today aims to expedite bringing this commitment in to law.

Commenting, Don Foster said:

“Overseas aid saves lives across the world, from supporting efforts against infectious diseases to educating the next generation of children so they can build better lives

“The target of spending 0.7% of national income is an international standard the Liberal Democrats have long supported.

“It is vital for the developing world that we honour that commitment and enshrining it in law is an appropriate way to ensure we will do so”

Bath politicians highlight plight of lonely elderly

Nearly 4000 pensioners in Bath and North East Somerset could be suffering physical and mental health problems as a result of being lonely.

Today, Don Foster MP highlighted loneliness as a major health and care issue to be taken seriously by government and local organisations alike.

Don a visit to Bridgecare BathBacked by Cllr Simon Allen, B&NES Council Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Don Foster MP also welcomed the news that the Coalition Government will be working with the care and support sector to develop measures of loneliness to help identify people at risk of social isolation.

This will help older people in Bath and North East Somerset to receive the help and support they need to re-connect to their communities.

According to national and international research – an average of 10 per cent of the over 65s say they are lonely or very lonely. In B&NES this means there are around 3596 lonely pensioners who could be experiencing serious long-term effects on their health as a result.

Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

If we don’t start to champion loneliness as a health and care issue, elderly people in Bath will continue to have their lives cut short.

“Earlier this year Lib Dem ministers Steve Webb and Paul Burstow hosted the first ever summit on loneliness amongst older people - and I intend to join them in highlighting the importance of this issue both locally and nationally.

“As a Liberal Democrat MP I believe the more we can do to provide people with the social contact they need to stay physically and mentally well, the better it is for Bath’s older population.”

Councillor Simon Allen (Liberal Democrat, Radstock), B&NES Council Cabinet Member for Wellbeing said:

” In Bath and North East Somerset we have strong communities who look out for each other but still some of our neighbours will have the experience of being lonely.

“I am glad that the Government are taking steps to address loneliness and recognising the impact being lonely can have on a person’s Health and Wellbeing. Often a quick chat, a wave and a hello can make all the difference in a person’s life.”

Lib Dem Minister of State for Care Services Paul Burstow MP said:

“Loneliness is one of society’s unspoken problems. Far too many people live alone, without day to day contact with friends, family and neighbours.

”Not only is it morally right that we reach out to each other and make sure no one lives in isolation, but research shows that loneliness has as direct an influence on mortality as the effects of alcohol and tobacco.”