Gloria writes a column for the Ashfield Chad every week. Here is her column from the 20th July 2016 edition:
Dozens of Ashfield families have had excellent care from the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre based at Glenfield Hospital and they have been left shocked and worried by the news that NHS England wants to close it down.
I have already spoken to or emailed lots of parents whose babies’ lives have been saved by this specialist unit and we are going to fight this decision tooth and nail.
I have written to the Health Secretary to urge him to reconsider and would urge anyone who is concerned about the effects this closure would have on their family to get in touch by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may remember reading about the tragic death of Sutton woman Claire Martin in Italy in 2012 in both the Chad and the national press.
Claire died from stab wounds to the neck and much to the disbelief and devastation of her parents Pat and Ray a suicide verdict was recorded.
They are still fighting to find out exactly what happened to her and I have been doing all I can to press for action by the Foreign Office.
Last week I raised their case in Parliament and have received confirmation that the Minister for Europe is willing to meet with them again ahead of the Martins travelling to Italy to speak to the magistrate there.
Let us hope that they will soon get the answers they need.
No matter what your political persuasion, everyone can agree that getting a good education is vital to a young person’s life chances.
We are lucky to have some very good schools in Ashfield and I am always interested to hear from headteachers about both their successes and the problems they are facing.
Last week I met up with the headteachers of Ashfield School and Eastwood’s Hall Park Academy and they told me how local schools are being affected by real term cuts in Government funding.
Schools are under great financial pressure because they are having to pay more national insurance and pension contributions for staff, but the Government has not provided them with any extra funding to cover this.
Cuts are having to be made in certain areas as schools try to balance their books and to be frank, it is not fair and it is not right.
The Tories have been in power since 2010 and together with teacher shortages and the shambolic introduction of new national tests for 11 year olds, this is the education system they are building.
I will be raising our schools’ problems with the Department for Education: I will let you know what explanations they provide.