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Hello from Mims! 

It's been a busy time since last newsletter - As we head into the Bank Holiday weekend, I wanted to reflect on what's been happening this month, starting with Mental Health Awareness week. As you will see throughout this newsletter, there are so many different aspects to mental health and each person has a different experience. As Eastleigh's MP local MP I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with so many people both locally as well as charity volunteers and campaigners to raise awareness for this important cause. From body image to Diabetes - read more below about Mental Health Awareness Week 2019. 

There has also been plenty of parliamentary business happening this month aside from Brexit including legislation on banning wild animals from circus' and the Restoration and Renewal of the historic and UNESCO World Heritage Site Palace of Westminster (Parliamentary Estate), as well as debates on standing against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and Positive Mental Health. As Sports Minister, I was also really pleased to respond to a debate on the Contribution of Billy McNeill MBE to Scotland, UK and European football.

This brings me to whats been going on locally. The environment has always been a key concern in our area and I have just sent out my Climate Change update to constituents that have written in. As you will see below, this month I met with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, to discuss environmental issues, including animal welfare and ancient woodland. This month I've been out and about in the patch visiting Hamble Primary School, Crestwood Community School and Wildern School, meeting the brilliant students and team and planting trees in support of the Queens Commonwealth Canopy Project. As the Local MP and the Minister for Youth, it's always fantastic to have a chat with local students about what issues matter to them in their community, and the environment is always high on the list!

And in my mailbox and postbag, as well as plenty of emails about Climate Changes I have had lots of e-mails regarding dementia care, the environment and caged farming. I’m posting regular updates on my website, and so please visit:

Please get in touch if you’d like to be added to my mailing list or do contact me if there’s anything else you would like to have a chat about, in the meantime, please allow me to wish you an enjoyable Bank Holiday Weekend. 
 Eastleigh Borough Council have launched a new six-week consultation on over forty sites proposed for development across the Borough within the proposed Local Plan. The consultation comes after Eastleigh Borough Council was reprimanded by the Independent Planning Inspectorate in March for failing to properly consult on the proposed sites.

I'm urging constituents to make sure that their voice is heard over the local council’s delayed Local Plan. 

The form can be found at: and more information can be found here.
Youth Action
Currently only four out of ten young people aged between 10 and 20 get involved in activities that make a positive difference in their communities. However, research indicates that almost double this number would take part in things like campaigning.

This month, I joined with CEOs, community leaders, schools and HRH The Prince of Wales as part of the Step Up to Serve Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is convened once a year by His Royal Highness to reflect on the organisation’s progress from the previous year and to consider the coming year.

Find out more here
Biodiversity in the UK 
There are now over 40 million fewer birds in the UK than there were 40 years ago, and the RSPB are working to raise awareness of this important issue. Having worked on a number of animal welfare issues, I know protecting our species is vital for me and many of my constituents. The RSPB have recently released their new single ‘Let Nature Sing’ made up of bird song to help raise awareness of this decline and I'm delighted to be supporting it. 
Read more here
Diabetes UK
Almost 4 Million people in the UK are living with diabetes and at least four in ten people living with the condition experience mental health problems. In support of Mental Health Awareness Week this month, I attended the Parliamentary launch of Diabetes UK’s new report looking at the links between diabetes and mental health hosted by Luke Graham MP.
This was a great chance to raise awareness for Diabetes and the psychological effects of living with this condition. 
Read more here
Coeliac UK Awareness Week 2019
1 in 100 people have coeliac disease, a serious illness where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues when you eat gluten. Commons symptoms can include stomach cramps, mouth ulcers, fatigue and anaemia.

On Coeliac UK Awareness Week, I've been raising awareness of this condition and have been reflecting on the changes that I made to my lifestyle further to being diagnosed as a coeliac - a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten. 

Find out more here.
Childhood Eye Cancer Awareness
A white glow in the eye or a squint can be a sign of childhood cancer, with currently half of babies and children diagnosed losing an eye to save their life.

This month, I attended an event in Parliament in support of Fair Oak resident, Pippa Burrell, who, alongside other parents was raising awareness around retinoblastoma – more commonly known as childhood eye cancer- a condition that her three year old son Seb was diagnosed with, and, further to receiving treatment, including chemotherapy, is now recovering from.

Find out  more here.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
Everyone should be able to be who they are and freely and openly love who they love, and I’m really proud of the progress that we have made in the UK and how we celebrate the LGBT+ community, including at Pride events across the UK. Last September I was delighted to attend Eastleigh’s first ever Pride Event, and I'm really looking forward to this year’s Eastleigh Pride, which is taking place on the 7th September!

Nevertheless, despite the progress that has been made on LGBT+ rights around the world - with Taiwan becoming the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage recently- there remains more to do, both here in the UK as well as internationally.

Find out more here
Walk to School Week 2019
Every day hundreds of thousands of children walk to school alongside their mums, dads, nan or grandad, or even just with their friends, often without realising the huge benefit it has on their health, on improving safety on roads around local schools, and on air quality. That's why I was delighted to support walk to school week 2019. 
Find out more here.
Launch of the Gambling Commission’s new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms
Protecting people from harm should be at the heart of every gambling business, working with a strong regulator. I was delighted to launch the the Gambling Commission’s new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. This new Strategy builds on the vision from the last and reflects the positive progress we're making.
Read the full speech here.
Constituent Tours
This month we continued our constituent tours. This was a great chance to meet constituents, discuss local issues, and give everyone a chance to follow in the footsteps of the Queen at the State Opening and take in the history of Westminster Hall which is almost 1000 years old!
If you are interested in a tour around Parliament please e-mail me at:
Hamble Primary School Visit
The environment is a key issue in our area and, like many people in Eastleigh, I'm passionate about securing our environment for future generations. That's why I was delighted to kick off my tree planting tour at Hamble Primary School as part of the Queens Commonwealth Canopy Project.

Launched in 2015, the Queens Commonwealth Canopy is a unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. In 2018, 50,000 trees were offered in a free tree giveaway made possible by a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV. Over 500 politicians were provided with a box of trees to plant across their constituencies.
Find out more about the day here
Wildern School

This month I also visited Wildern School in Hedge End and both sites of Crestwood Community School in Eastleigh as part of the tree planting tour for Queens Commonwealth Canopy Project. I was delighted to offer the same opportunity to older students in the constituency.
Read more here.
Inclusive Transport Strategy
Earlier this month I was delighted that the Government launched it's new Inclusive Transport Strategy. The strategy aims to draw attention to some of the challenges that disabled people can face when trying to make their way around our towns and cities, accessing public transport, as well as travelling independently.

I'm working hard to make local transport more accessible, and while I was disappointed at the recent decision not to upgrade Hedge End Station, I have met with the Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for Transport, Nusrat Ghani MP, as the Minister responsible for ensuring that our transport network is accessible and made it clear that this is a local priority. 

Find out more here.
Therapy Dogs Nationwide
Therapy Dogs Nationwide is managed entirely by volunteers who take ‘Therapy Dogs’ in to hospitals, hospices, residential homes, care centres as well as schools. The benefits of Animal Assisted Therapies have been extensively studied and the results range from improvement in general health and wellbeing to increased confidence levels, improved and controlled movement to improved communication skills.

Therapy Dogs Nationwide carries out a really important service in communities across the country and I was delighted to meet just a few of these beloved pets during a reception held in Parliament this week.

Finds out more here
New Testing for Group B Streptococcus
Group B Streptococcus is very common, with 1 in 5 people carrying it, but it isn’t harmful in most cases. Expectant mothers, new babies and older people with existing frail health are those who are at risk of contracting the disease.

This month I welcomed the breakthrough campaign for new testing for Group B Streptococcus - something that I have campaigned for throughout my time as your local MP.

Read more here
World Ovarian Cancer Day
It is truly shocking that in 2019 a woman dies every 2 hours in the UK from ovarian cancer, often because they aren’t aware of the symptoms. To raise awareness on this day, the UK’s ovarian cancer research charity Ovarian Cancer Action rallied an army of volunteers across the UK to hand out 33,000 white roses with symptoms cards attached. 
Find out more here
Mental Health Awareness Week
Our Mental Health is something that each and every one of us experiences differently and struggling with your mental health is a deeply personal experience. It is key that people feel more able to speak about their personal experiences and we, as a society, can take positive steps to reduce negative body image and associated mental health concerns.

This month I met with mental health professionals and Ministers to discuss improving care for people living with poor mental health. The reception, which was centred around the 2019 theme of ‘body image’, was attended by parliamentary colleagues, Mental Health campaigners as well as the Minister for Suicide Prevention, Jackie Doyle-Price. 
Find out more here
International Learn to Swim Week
This month is was announced that 50% of children are leaving school unable to swin and on average 400 people drown in the UK each year and drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children. That's why I'm particularly grateful for programmes such as Swim England's ‘Learn to Swim’ Programme.

Click here for more information 
Women in Parliament 
I am proudly the 380th woman elected to the House of Commons and a former Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament. Ahead of the Womens World Cup, This month I joined 5050 Parliament and the Association of Women Solicitors in Parliament - this event focused on the impact of women in law making process. A great opportunity to meet and hear from so many inspiring entrepreneurs and solicitors with cross party support from peers and MPs. 
Read more about my role in campaigning for women here
Mims in the Press
Social Value - Civil Society 
National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms - SBC
Ordering a takeaway online 'easier than booking a fitness class - The Independent
Mental Health programmes to support athletes - The Independent 
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