The ultimate sadness of any addiction is death from self-abuse or suicide. So how serious is the situation? The answer is we simply do not know. The only statistics available suggest somewhere between 250 and 650 suicides annually.
A cross party group of MP’s, led by Conservative Richard Graham and Labour’s Madeleine Moon, have written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid calling for the abolition of visa fees for Commonwealth servicemen and women in the British armed forces.
Conservative MP Richard Graham and Labour MP Nic Dakin have co-authored a letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond seeking more funding for Further Education with the support of 165 MPs from four parties represented in Parliament.
There are many exciting local projects in Gloucester, including the Redwell Centre, Roots Cafe, the Barnwood Trust, the Friendship Cafe and more. I've worked to support these through funding bids and promoting their great work.
We’re spending more on schools than ever before and I'm working on getting more local pupils at our grammar schools and children from disadvantaged backgrounds too. Technical education is also important with over 9000 new apprentices in Gloucester since 2005.
There are new nursing assistants apprenticeships and more nursing degrees, new technology, more funding for hospitals and changes in nursing pay too. Find out more about health, social care and the NHS.