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Katy has agreed to become an ‘Arthritis Champion’, supporting Arthritis Research UK in their efforts to find a cure for arthritis while calling for policy change to prevent its onset and transform the lives of people that have musculoskeletal conditions.

Musculoskeletal conditions include osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis. People with these conditions often experience a great deal of pain and a loss of mobility. Over 10 million people in the UK have a musculoskeletal condition.

By agreeing to become an Arthritis Champion, Katy Clark has pledged to:

  • ·      campaign to make musculoskeletal conditions a public health priority
  • ·      fight to ensure that people with arthritis get high-quality care at the time that they need it
  • ·      champion the UK’s leadership role in medical research.

Speaking about the manifesto, Katy Clark said, “I am delighted to become an Arthritis Champion. Musculoskeletal conditions affect a huge number of people and are a significant cause of disability in the UK. These are painful conditions which can have a massive impact on every aspect of people’s lives. We need to see change that creates the best possible policy environment in which to prevent and cure these conditions. We also need an urgent transformation of the services available to those that are living with these conditions now.”

Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive officer of Arthritis Research UK, said, “I’m delighted that Katy Clark has become an Arthritis Champion. We need their help to champion the needs of people with arthritis both nationally and locally.

“Our Arthritis Research UK manifesto sets out an exciting vision for the future of musculoskeletal conditions. We are calling for policy changes to support the prevention, transformation and cure of musculoskeletal conditions. There is much that can be done: but we can’t do it alone. We need to work in partnership to put the needs of people with arthritis on the political agenda and transform the lives of people living with arthritis.”

Katy pledges to become Arthritis Champion for North Ayrshire and Arran

  Katy has agreed to become an ‘Arthritis Champion’, supporting Arthritis Research UK in their efforts to find a cure for arthritis while calling for policy change to prevent its onset...

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The author and journalist Owen Jones will be speaking at an event in Taylor’s Hotel in Kilwinning on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm.

Owen is a well-known socialist writer and campaigner who has appeared in national newspapers and on the BBC’s Question Time amongst many others.   Owen’s books “Chavs: the Demonistaion of the Working Class” and “The Establishment – And How They Get Away With It”, have been best sellers and helped expose how ordinary working people across the UK are being attacked in the media and losing out under the current Tory government. He has written for The Independent and Guardian newspapers.

He is visiting North Ayrshire to support Katy Clark’s re-election in North Ayrshire and Arran. 

Speaking about the event, Katy Clark said:

“I’ve invited Owen Jones to speak at a meeting in Taylor’s Hotel in Kilwinning on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm.  The focus of the meeting with be about Labour’s plans for young people  and why it is vitally important that we win a Labour Government on May 7th.  Anyone can register their interest at www.katyclark.org.uk/owen_jones_event by emailing reelectkaty@gmail.com or by telephone on 07827962960.”

Owen Jones speaking at event in support of Katy

The author and journalist Owen Jones will be speaking at an event in Taylor’s Hotel in Kilwinning on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm.

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Katy has said that the privatisation of energy has not worked and has called for public ownership of the energy sector as is increasingly the case in many other countries.

Since 2010 energy bills have risen four times faster than wages in the UK. The Big Six energy companies have often failed to reduce bills when wholesale energy costs have fallen, while making large profits for stockholders.  Estimates suggest that over a million households in Scotland are in fuel poverty and that UK households could save an average of £158 a year if energy was publically owned.   Public ownership has been shown to be a viable alternative. In Germany around 170 municipalities have bought back their energy grid from private companies since 2007. These publically owned companies have spearheaded investment in renewable energy. There are similar initiatives in Denmark, Spain and parts of the USA. However, despite the failure of privatisation here, UK aid money has been used to encourage other countries to adopt similar policies. In Nigeria £100 million is being used to support a privatisation scheme that has already caused job losses & price increases.

 Katy has called for public ownership of the energy sector in the UK. 

 Speaking on the subject Katy said:

 “Many constituents have got in touch with me about rising energy bills and the failures of the privatised energy sector. Far too many people in North Ayrshire and Arran have had to choose between heating their homes and eating this winter. At the same time, energy companies continue to make huge profits for their shareholders. This makes it even more concerning that the UK is encouraging privatisation in other countries. I strongly support efforts to reduce poverty worldwide, but selling off public services will not help to achieve this. ”

 “I believe that public ownership of energy companies in the UK is long overdue. Around the world we have seen that municipal ownership can help to bring down bills.” 

Katy Slams Energy Privatisation

Katy has said that the privatisation of energy has not worked and has called for public ownership of the energy sector as is increasingly the case in many other countries....


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