Lavery urges Constituents to get free Flu Jab



Ian Lavery MP has urged those in Northumberland who are at risk of getting flu to get their free vaccine jab before winter sets in as it emerged that many people at risk missed out on protection last year across Wansbeck Constituency & Labour

Flu vaccination rates continue to climb across the country, but remain lower than ideal in many areas. Mr. Lavery’s call comes as the Chief Medical Officer warned last week that flu and complications associated with it cause 8,000 deaths on average a year in England - around 6,000 of which are people with existing heart and lung conditions.

And official figures show that just under 2.9m bed days were lost to flu and pneumonia last year in English hospitals, up almost 280,000 from the previous year – an 11% increase.

Mr. Lavery said: “Getting the flu can be bad enough for even the fittest of us, but for older people and those with long-term conditions in particular it can cause serious health problems.

“Getting the flu jab is free and easy, and offers the best chance of avoiding the flu that we have. I’d therefore urge all those eligible – including all care home staff for the first time - to speak to your GP or local pharmacist and get your vaccination booked in before the cold weather sets in.”

This year, more people than ever – around 21 million - will be offered the vaccination. Children in school year 4 will be offered the vaccine for the first time and children over age 4 in reception year can get their vaccine in school. 

A £10m programme will also see a free vaccination offered to all care home workers via their GP or pharmacist. Official figures show that older people are three times as likely to be admitted to hospital with flu if they live in a care home, with emergency flu and pneumonia admissions from care homes jumping by 16% last year alone to around 29,000.

The national drive marks the start of the Public Health England and NHS England’s joint Stay Well This Winter campaign, which helps the most vulnerable people prepare for winter and avoid having to visit hospital due to common winter illnesses.

NHS England’s National Medical Director for Acute Care, Professor Keith Willett, said: “Hospitals and GPs are preparing intensively for this winter, and we would remind people of the importance of having a flu vaccination. There are 21 million people eligible this year, but last year eight million people missed out and that is something we can all definitely change.”

More information on eligibility for the flu jab, and other tips on staying well this winter, can be found at

Additionally, please view the NHS Guidance below, issued to Ian Lavery MP for his Wansbeck Constituents. 

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Ian Lavery MP leads hunt for Charity Champion

As #givingtuesday – the world’s biggest day for charitable giving – draws closer, local MP Ian Lavery is calling on people in Wansbeck to help choose the UK’s ultimate charity campion.

The campaign is searching for someone who has shown an extraordinary commitment to charity and who has the potential to be the UK’s face of the global #givingtuesday campaign.

#givingtuesday is led in the UK by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and will take place on Tuesday 28th November. It calls for people to ‘do good stuff’ for causes, and the #givingtuesday champion will serve as an ambassador for the campaign.

Previous winners of the campaign include Andrew Davies, who raised £150,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and Courtney Hughes who has launched her own charity to distribute Christmas presents to people in care homes in Oxfordshire.

The winner of the champion search will be given a platform to share their story to inspire others, and to show why people should come together on #givingtuesday to do good stuff.

Mr. Lavery said:

“We all know people who go above and beyond the call of duty to support charity – this is a chance to celebrate those who make such an important contribution to our daily life across the North East and in my constituency of Wansbeck.

“Let’s get behind #givingtuesday and find a champion who embodies our great commitment to charity.”

Ben Russell, Director of Communications at CAF said:

“The next #givingtuesday champion will help to inspire millions of people across the country to do good stuff – help us find someone who stands out from the crowd and can represent the best of Britain on the global stage.”

In the coming weeks, Ian will be looking for his local Wansbeck Charity Champion by taking entries and nominations through his website. Subscribe to the page to keep up to date, or follow and like Ian's page on Facebook: 

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Lavery chairs Lobby and takes Chennai Fight to Downing Street

A message from Ian Lavery MP, following his visit to Downing Street today, to hand in a petition to the Government alongside the families of the Chennai Six: 

'Incredibly honoured to Chair the Parliamentary Lobby today for the Chennai Six in Westminster. We have handed the families' petition into Downing Street and it was excellent to see a mix of MP's turn up to pledge their support at the Lobby.We'll continue to fight until they're free. It is truly shocking that these men continue to languish in shocking conditions in a prison in India. As soon as I was informed of the developments surrounding the Judge on Friday, I contacted Boris Johnson and Mark Field’s Office to ask for immediate contact. The minister Mark Field responded to me fairly quickly giving me an update on the situation. I have expressed my anger over this issue and am hoping the Lobby and Petition in London this Thursday will keep up the pressure on the Government and ensure the media attention remains focused on these men and the hell their families have been through’.  

Lisa Dunn, sister of Nick, who has led a lot of the campaigning around the Chennai Six praised the work done by Mr. Lavery and thanked the local community for their support;

‘Ian has been a great support, standing up for Nick and the family in the darkest times. It’s so important we keep up the pressure. I would like to thank Ian’s office for the work they have done to help all our families and thank everyone in the local community who have sent messages of support and kindness during an incredibly difficult time. We are determined to get our family back together.’

Ian will continue campaigning alongside the families and supporters of these men, to get real justice for the Chennai Six. 

To find out more about the campaign for the Chennai Six, please visit:

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Northumberland MP starts Youth Forum for Wansbeck Kids

An excellent first meeting of the new Wansbeck Youth Forum in Bedlington tonight.

Some fascinating discussions about Brexit and Mental Health in young people. It’s essential that an MP understands what matters to young people from across the Wansbeck Constituency, to give them a voice in parliament.

I’m looking forward to our next meeting already!

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Lavery launches Film Premiere

I had a wonderful time speaking at the Tyneside Cinema after the Newcastle premiere of ‘Nature of the Beast’ - the new documentary about my great friend and colleague Dennis Skinner.

Thanks to everyone for their questions, great to talk about the Legend that is Dennis & our Heritage, History and strong Labour roots in the North East.


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Lavery calls on Government; 'Bring our boys home'.

I had another great conversation with Lisa Dunn about her Brother Nick and the rest of the Chennai Six. 

I am looking forward to the Parliamentary Lobby this Thursday and will accompany Lisa and her family to hand in their petition to Downing Street. 

We must keep fighting to bring these lads home and get justice for the Chennai 6


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Ian Lavery MP joins Memorial Service

Ian Lavery MP attended the Yorkshire Area NUM Memorial Service for Workers who have died at work. The Labour Party Chairman and Member of Parliament for Wansbeck said; ' I was lucky enough to spend a Humbling afternoon attending the annual Yorkshire Miners' Memorial service at Selby Abbey. Lest we forget the workers around the world who have paid, and continue to pay the ultimate price for the greed and profit of the few.' 

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Wansbeck MP supports Guide Dogs

Great to be supporting Guide Dogs at the Labour Party Conference last week.

Pleased to be joining their calls for all taxi and minicab drivers to undertake disability equality training so they understand the rights and needs of disabled passengers and feel confident to offer assistance. The campaign is supported by more than 30 organisations, including trade bodies, local government representatives and disability groups.

to read more about their work in our area and across the country visit;

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Labour Chairman fights North of the Border

Great to be addressing passionate Labour activists from the Scottish Labour Party in West Lothian today.

Labour's national campaign day today is about HOPE. The Labour Party has given hope to people across the U.K. (both North and South of the border).

The Hope we inspired at the last election is nothing compared to the millions of lives we can transform when we win the keys to Downing Street.

From Wansbeck to Westminster, I will continue fighting to change the lives of the MANY, not the few.

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Lavery calls to Scrap the Cap

As a proud supporter of the #ScrapTheCap Campaign, I was delighted to meet with representatives from the Royal College of Nursing here in Wansbeck Constituency.

Our North East Nurses and all the staff across our NHS do absolutely phenomenal work, regularly exceeding their responsibilities & duties to help those in need and keep our country running. All our public services only continue to exist because of the good will and determination of workers who haven't had a pay-rise in 7 years.

It's a disgraceful insult by the Tory Party to enforce a 1% pay freeze on their wages, whilst giving the UK's Super-rich ever increasing tax breaks. It's utterly shameful.

This is why I will continue to support the Scrap the Cap campaign and fight for fairness and equality in Wansbeck and the rest of the UK.

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