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  • Lee Dargue
    Article: Mar 7, 2018

    Responding to figures obtained by the Birmingham Live regarding Mental Health treatment success rates, Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson for the West Midlands, and Ladywood Parliamentary Spokesperson for the Party, Lee Dargue, commented:

    "Mental Health conditions can range from acute issues, up to moderate or severe chronic illnesses and can vary massively in terms of their effects. Their causes are also many and varied, and treatment options are complex and should be personal to each individual.

    "These figures partly show what is well known already - that a mix of factors can make recovery more difficult, and being poor or in poverty is often a further damaging effect.

    "The biggest issue we face (as being treated "for good" is not always as simple with mental health, compared to physical health) is a compounding set of factors. Breaking the stigma first, to accept you need help, can be a very difficult first step for many.

    "Once that stigma is beaten, some people, face discrimination when trying to access services - we know some discrimination is often directed towards our black communities. Then the services themselves are stretched way beyond full capability, due to a lack of funding and some of our hard-working NHS staff themselves facing mental health issues.

    "I was proud to support Norman Lamb MP in the coalition government, who spear-headed a revolution in politics around mental health and chair the commission to set up ThriveWM - which is led by the fantastic Sean Russell as part of the Combined Authority. I fully support Sean and this program and hope that Local Authorities all across the West Midlands, as many already have done, get fully involved with people, money and other resources.

    "Brexit or not - Mental Health has to be a priority for now, and the future, in national and local government, and across the NHS."

  • Article: Mar 5, 2018

    The Birmingham Mail has highlighted Small Heath Liberal Democrat Gerry Moyniham campaign against dumped needles and syringes.

    You can read the full story at https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birminghams-needle-alley


  • Article: Mar 4, 2018

    Responding to news that the West Midlands Ambulance Service is being fined 15 times a day for using bus lanes, LibDem Health spokesperson for the West Midlands, Lee Dargue, commented:

    "We could all need an Ambulance at any time. Our Ambulance and NHS staff provide a vital service, especially in this awful weather.

    "Many people are aware of how badly this Labour-run council in Birmingham is handling it's finances. We can't even have reliable bin collections - and now they choose to prey on the Emergency Services to raise more money - money that the council would only waste.

    "Of course buses need the lanes to move people around efficiently - but even if the Ambulance isn't on an emergency at the time it's photographed - it could be called to action at any time.

    "A blanket exemption for all Ambulance, Fire and Police services in bus lanes, whilst not holding up our public transport, is surely the only sensible way forward."

  • Lee Dargue
    Article: Mar 3, 2018

    Responding to news that Sunderland AFC is opening it's doors to help temporarily house homeless people Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson for Ladywood, Lee Dargue pleaded with Football Clubs in Birmingham and across the West Midlands:

    "Sunderland AFC have started a fantastic initiative here. I plead with Football Clubs and similar venues across the West Midlands to follow their lead during this extreme weather.

    "I know it would be a big undertaking, but I'm confident people across the great City of Birmingham and our community-based West Midlands region will come out to offer to volunteer to support this.

    "As a start - I call upon Aston Villa and Birmingham City Football Clubs to do the same as Sunderland AFC; I and others will support any way we can.

    "Let's help save lives and show what the people of Birmingham and the West Midlands value most - supporting the most vulnerable and caring for our communities."

Birmingham Liberal Democrats