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OUR Members of Parliament have come under deserved criticism lately but I would like to congratulate my MP, Ivan Lewis, on his speech in Parliament on Monday night. He is one of the few in Parliament who regularly meets his constituents, so he has his finger on what is happening locally.

Although I am a constituent of his, I do not vote Labour, nor am I Jewish, but his speech hit the spot - and if anybody disagrees with him they have lost their grip on reality.

Well done, Ivan.

John Martin, Prestwich It's time Phil got a chance I SEE Phil Foden has starred for the England Under 21s. Surely it is time he was given a decent run in the Premiership? Or does he need to join a club that would give him that chance? A previous writer claimed that he is best staying with his home town club, i.e. Manchester, not Stretford.

Just for the record, if Phil was playing for his home town club he would be playing for Stockport County.

M. Ratcliffe, Worsley We must stop NHS tourists IT'S in the news on a daily basis - 'more money needed for the NHS' - but in a recent case, a tourist from outside the EU has walked away from a hospital bill of PS632,000, a new record. Can we justify putting more taxpayers' money into the system with this going on? This year alone, health tourists have left owing PS27million from countries such as China and Nigeria. Since records have been kept, they have cost PS2 billion, which the NHS could have put to good use.

The government needs to work with hospitals to come up with a system to sort this out. If we travel outside the EU, we need travel insurance, or we have to face the consequences.

Phill Meakin, Salford Searching for lost relatives I'M looking for relatives of Martha Jane Webster, formerly Laverty, who was born in Pendleton in 1907 and lived in Stockport. Her spouse was Earnest Webster (d.o.b.1903), and children Ronald Webster (d.o.b 1933) & Joyce Webster (d.o.b 1941).

If any of your readers know Ronald or Joyce Webster, my mother Joyce is a cousin of theirs and has recently spoken of them.

Please contact me via email at Sharon Baker, via email Remainers are to blame IN response to Sam Darby's letter in Saturday's M.E.N., our economy was flourishing and the slump in growth is a worldwide phenomenon, not down directly to Brexit. Even before the worldwide slump, projected growth in the German economy was disastrous and they are not leaving the EU. The damage done to manufacturing is due to uncertainty about the date we leave the EU. If leaving the EU is a disaster, the blame will rest firmly with Remainers, such as the coalition of political parties currently opposing Boris Johnson.

Of course, to this Parliament the opinion of the general public counts for nothing. If Theresa May had gone to Brussels the day after becoming PM and said we are preparing for a No Deal, we would have had the upper hand from day one. The EU is terrified of a No Deal, and even though Barnier says they are prepared for it, it is impossible to prepare for the unknown. Worried German car manufacturers have contacted Angela Merkel in an attempt to prevent No Deal.

Having No Deal on the table doesn't mean you intend to use it, but taking it off the table gives the game to your opponent. They must be laughing their heads off.

Remainers would be hopeless playing poker.

Jack Haynes, Swinton 10 minutes to boost health PHYSICAL inactivity in later life is one of our country's greatest health challenges, set to cost the NHS more than PS1.3bn by 2030 if left unaddressed.

Strength and balancing exercises can prevent more than a million falls each year, drastically improve health outcomes and help maintain independence in later life.

Encouragingly, Anchor Hanover's research shows 76% of older people want to exercise more.

We urgently need solutions that encourage people to meet recommended levels of exercise in a way that suits their needs, to improve wellbeing and reduce strain on the NHS, which is a lifeline for so many.

That's why initiatives like 10 Today, which encourages physical activity in older people through short 10-minute exercise routines, are so important. The exercises are fun, can be done almost anywhere, at any time, and are broadcast free on radio and online.

Everyone should have a chance to live life to the full, regardless of age, so we are urging everyone to try 10 Today.

Jane Ashcroft CBE, Chief Executive of Anchor Hanover


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Date:Sep 11, 2019
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