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Yesterday, Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge welcomed fellow MPs and peers to a parliamentary drop-in session to learn more about dementia in their local areas. The event was in partnership with Cambridge based, leading dementia research charity Alzheimer's Research Uk, and pharmaceutical company MSD. 

Speaking at the event, Daniel said, "we've made great improvements in diagnosis rates for dementia, but what we've learnt today. Is that there is still more that needs to be done. We know that people need to receive their diagnosis earlier, so that they have the greatest chance of planning the care and support they need."

There are 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK and this number is expected to exceed one million within the next ten years. While there is currently no treatment to slow, cure or prevent the disease, if diagnosed early, there are greater opportunities for people and their loved ones to plan for their care and live well. 

During the afternoon, there was also the opportunity to experience Alzheimer's Research UK's virtual reality headset, A Walk Through Dementia, and talk to the team there about the ways people can reduce their risk of getting dementia or Alzheimer's disease. These include maintaining a healthy weight, keeping active, exercising regularly and ensuring cholesterol and blood pressure are at a health level. 

Dr Matthew Norton, Director of Policy at Alzheimer's Research UK, said, "Dementia is the greatest medical challenge of our time, with growing numbers of people developing the condition, there is an urgent need for new treatments and preventions. Our MPs' have a vital role to play in keeping dementia on the government's agenda and we are delighted to see Mr Zeichner continuing to support research to defeat the condition and helping to raise public awareness."

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Daniel Zeichner MP hosts parliamentary event to raise awareness of need to improve Alzheimer's disease diagnosis rates

Yesterday, Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge welcomed fellow MPs and peers to a parliamentary drop-in session to learn more about dementia in their local areas. The event was in...

Home Office delays that leave Cambridge constituents trapped for months without their passports must be ended, says Cambridge Labour MP Daniel Zeichner. Quizzing Immigration Minister, Brandon Lewis in Parliament yesterday, Daniel demanded to know what he is doing to improve the shambolic immigration procedure which has badly affected Cambridge residents and businesses. 

Daniel said " I have a number of constituents who have family members who have applied for visas, submitted their passports and then endured very long delays - in some cases, many months - without their passports - so in effect they are trapped, unable to travel. What is UKVI going to do about these cases?"

The Immigration Minister responded that reviewing identity documents such as passports was an important part of maintaining a robust immigration system, but that the government would be happy to return their passports if needed for travel or certified copies for ID purposes. 

Daniel commented, "This is not he experience of my constituents. I have had cases where the Home Office has kept my constituent's family members' passports for many months and say that is the document is returned, the entire process will be invalidated, leading to months of more trauma further down the line."

“In one case, the Home Office has had an individual’s documents for over 110 days, processing his visa to come and live in the UK with his partner; during this time he has not been able to leave his current country of residence for business or to see family – while his fiancé lives in a state of anxiety in Cambridge. The Home Office originally stated that the visa would be processed in between five and 60 days.”

“In another case, a constituent’s husband had a job lined up in Cambridge, wishing to move here from abroad to be with her. The visa took 5 months to process, and so he lost the job offer due to the delay. He also nearly lost his job in Australia due to his passport being in the hands of the Entry Clearance Office.”

“The government know there’s a problem, and need to rethink the system, not just attempt to paper over the cracks to hide their blatant failings.”

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Cambridge MP quizzes Government on immigration failings

Home Office delays that leave Cambridge constituents trapped for months without their passports must be ended, says Cambridge Labour MP Daniel Zeichner. Quizzing Immigration Minister, Brandon Lewis in Parliament yesterday,...

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge will today head down to Mill Road and join the public for a tour of Europe's first ever Eco-Mosque, which is currently under construction. 

Daniel Zeichner said, "I am look forward to putting on the hard hat and hi-vis jacket today and seeing how the site is progressing. The environmental credentials of the mosque are really something to champion and as a City we should welcome buildings that are incorporating Eco values into the premise of their design."

The building is set to open in November 2018 and once open will be able to hold a congregation of up to 1,000 men and women and will have a cafe, teaching area and meeting rooms for use by the whole community. 

Time Winter, chairman of the Cambridge Mosque Trust also attended one of the tours and in a statement from the Cambridge Mosque Project noted "Islamic civilisations has been based on the rejection of waste as an underestimation of God's blessing. This idea is central to the principles behind the design of the mosque."

Cambridge MP to join Tour of Europe's First Ever Purpose-Built Eco Mosque

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge will today head down to Mill Road and join the public for a tour of Europe's first ever Eco-Mosque, which is currently under construction. ...


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