MP Vince Cable attends Twickenham tea
Twickenham MP and Secretary of State For Business and Innovation, Vince Cable, enjoyed a cup of tea and some cake with older guests and volunteers from Contact the Elderly’s Richmond group on Sunday 18th January.
Since tabling an all-party Early Day Motion
(EDM) in Parliament, Contact the Elderly has enlisted support from a number of cross-party MPs who have hosted and attended tea parties throughout the regions, including one at the Houses of Parliament. The EDM, which now has more than 90 signatures, encourages MPs across all parties to endorse the view of the Secretary of State for Health, that lonely and isolated people are ‘a forgotten million who live amongst us, ignored to our national shame
Commenting on the tea party, Vince Cable said: “Supporting people within my constituency is my number one priority and I wholeheartedly support the work that Contact the Elderly is doing to help the most isolated and vulnerable people in Twickenham. It is very clear that the monthly gatherings make a profound difference and I would strongly encourage people to volunteer
Mary Rance, Chief Executive of Contact the Elderly, added: “We’re hugely grateful to Vince Cable MP for his invaluable and timely support as we enter our 50th year of combating isolation amongst older people. We know from our independent research that our tea parties are a lifeline, reducing feelings of loneliness by 80% and reducing GP visits by 26%. With additional support from members of Parliament we hope to raise further awareness and reach out to a greater number of the forgotten million during our Jubilee year and beyond.”
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