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  • = Key Development Monday 8th December
  • 13:14 In Brief Events

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    A by-election takes place to elect two hereditary peers to sit in the House of Lords following the death of Viscount Allenby and the retirement of Lord Cobbold Prime Minister David Cameron continues his visit to Turkey before traveling t... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 5th November
  • 22:54 Charles Walker: More needs to be done to support mental health in young people On air

    On Air | Charles Walker MP | | Newsnight, BBC 2 Video Charles Walker MP

    Charles Walker says that more needs to be done to make sure services are in place to support young people, and looked to Wales where they have counsellors in schools. “When I was 13 I had OCD, I still have it. That was when it started to... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 8th October
  • 19:30 Charles Walker: We need to address inequality in mental health now On air

    On Air | Charles Walker MP | | BBC News Video Charles Walker MP

    Charles Walker said politicians need to address the "inequality" in mental health issues "now", and was hopeful that Nick Clegg’s plans can be implemented. “The Liberal Democrat minister for mental health is an excellent person, someone ... Continue to article

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  • 22:08 Story (7 links): MPs: Mental illness 'not a weakness'

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    Labour MP Kevan Jones has told the Commons that mental illness is "not a sign of weakness" in politicians, as both he and Conservative Charles Walker spoke for the first time about their own experiences with depression in a debate today.

    Mr Jones, a former defence minister, appeared close to tears as he told the House: "We have got to talk about mental health in this House. Actually admitting that sometimes you need help is not a sign of weakness.

    "Being an MP is a great privilege. It's a great thing that I love but it also has its stresses."

    He urged the Speaker to devote greater resources to assisting MPs with mental health issues, saying that medication was only "part of the answer" and had to work in tandem with therapy.

    Sue Baker, Director of mental health anti-stigma programme Time For Change, said: "It is incredibly encouraging to hear the news that Charles Walker MP and Kevan Jones MP have both spoken out in Parliament today about their experience of mental illness."

    "This will go down in the history books as we have never before seen our political leaders and parliamentarians feel able to discuss their mental health problems openly without fear of discrimination."

    Former No. 10 Communications Director Alastair Campbell, an ambassador for Time For Change, welcomed Mr Jones and Mr Walkers' contributions in an article for the Independent, saying: "having MPs being so open about their own issues will help to build the political support necessary to stop mental health services being pushed to the back of the queue."

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  • 04:36 Story (11 links): Brady to chair 1922 Committee

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    Graham Brady, who was hostile to the establishment of the Con-Lib coalition, has been elected as the new chairman of the Conservative Party 1922 Committee. Two MPs considered independent-minded right-wingers - Charles Walker and John Whittingdale - were elected vice-chairmen.

  • = Key Development Friday 14th May
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  • 13:16 Story (42 links): PM: Parliament can debate 55% rule

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    The controversial 55% mechanism for triggering dissolution of parliament will be "debated" and "discussed" by parliament, David Cameron said today. The measure has come under fire from Labour and some Conservative MPs. Number 10 has yet to state if the vote will be whipped.

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  • = Key Development Sunday 4th April
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MPs: Mental illness 'not a weakness'

Labour MP Kevan Jones has told the Commons that mental illness is "not a sign of weakness" in politicians, as both he and Conservative Charles Walker spoke for the first time about their own experiences with depression in a debate today.

Mr Jones, a former defence minister, appeared close to tears as he told the House: "We have got to talk about mental health in this House. Actually admitting that sometimes you need help is not a sign of weakness.

"Being an MP is a great privilege. It's a great thing that I love but it also has its stresses."

He urged the Speaker to devote greater resources to assisting MPs with mental health issues, saying that medication was only "part of the answer" and had to work in tandem with therapy.

Sue Baker, Director of mental health anti-stigma programme Time For Change, said: "It is incredibly encouraging to hear the news that Charles Walker MP and Kevan Jones MP have both spoken out in Parliament today about their experience of mental illness."

"This will go down in the history books as we have never before seen our political leaders and parliamentarians feel able to discuss their mental health problems openly without fear of discrimination."

Former No. 10 Communications Director Alastair Campbell, an ambassador for Time For Change, welcomed Mr Jones and Mr Walkers' contributions in an article for the Independent, saying: "having MPs being so open about their own issues will help to build the political support necessary to stop mental health services being pushed to the back of the queue."


The controversial 55% mechanism for triggering dissolution of parliament will be "debated" and "discussed" by parliament, David Cameron said today. The measure has come under fire from Labour and some Conservative MPs. Number 10 has yet to state if the vote will be whipped.


Graham Brady, who was hostile to the establishment of the Con-Lib coalition, has been elected as the new chairman of the Conservative Party 1922 Committee. Two MPs considered independent-minded right-wingers - Charles Walker and John Whittingdale - were elected vice-chairmen.