Local pharmacies have been around for generations
Following the election, there are now over a hundred new MPs in the House of Commons. It is crucial that the next generation of policy makers understand and embrace the fantastic opportunity community pharmacy represents.
There is no doubt we can relieve pressure on beleaguered GPs and A&E Departments through targeted services and the efficient use of the wealth of clinical expertise found in community pharmacy.
This summer, we are asking you to reach out to these new MPs as we work hard to build a better future for pharmacy. Not only will this ensure the sector is better understood and represented in Parliament, building a lasting relationship with your local MP can have a highly beneficial impact on your business too.
And while this tool is targeted at new MPs, we are just as interested in returning members and ensuring they put the best interests of your business first. That's why this tool will create a letter on your behalf, asking your MP to visit your pharmacy to learn more about the fantastic services you offer your local community.
All you need to do is enter your name and address details and we'll take care of the rest.
Please enter your postcode to invite your MP:
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We know that many have different views about how to respond to the repression against LGBT people in Russia.
We have deliberately kept our tool open so you can lobby your MP on your own preferred course of action, for your own reasons. However, we have a few of our own that we'd like to suggest:
1. The Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition must condemn the anti-LGBT violence in the strongest terms. "Deep concern" is not condemnation.
2. In addition to condemning the violence, they must condemn the state-sponsored nature. The current political discourse and anti-gay legislation enacted in Russia has served to incite hate and violence against LGBT people.
3. Whilst views vary on boycotting the Winter Olympics in Sochi, if they are to take place, UK politicians in attendance should actively indicate support for the LGBT community.
Why we're doing this
It is immensely sobering to go from the recent euphoria in celebrating the passing of equal marriage to seeing the deeply distressing violence and anti-gay legislation passed in Russia. Nothing can sum up why we wanted to do this any better than this excellent summary from PinkNews.
Young LGBT people are being tortured, beaten, driven to suicide whilst the state sits back in silent consent. Whilst it is very easy to feel powerless over something that is going on in a different country so many miles away, the least we can do is show our elected representatives how important this is and state unequivocally that tempered protestations from the UK government are not enough.
Have you received correspondence from your MP on this matter? Please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.Please note: There is a strict Parliamentary convention that MPs only respond to their own constituents. Please use this tool to lobby your own MP.
Responses from Kate Hoey MP
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