Keir Starmer

Weekly update 20th November 2015

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New clinic for breast and ovarian cancer research

A new research clinic has been opened at University College London Hospital. I was delighted to learn all about it. Learn about it too by reading my blog. Continue reading

Camden firemen who died in the blitz

On Friday 12 November I attended a service of dedication at the Euston fire station for a plaque to commemorate three firemen who were killed during the blitz. Michael Pinchen, a former fireman, gave a most moving explanation of the events that led to their deaths. He has kindly agreed for me to circulate it more widely, with some images from the service.  At the end is a description of the charity WW2 Firemen and Firewomen Remembrance Group, which organised this event, and a little about Mr Pinchen.  Keir Continue reading

weekly update 12 november 2015

Find out more about my week with my latest weekly update. Continue reading

Weekly update 6th November 2015

Catch up with some of what I've been up to in the last week Continue reading

Event in Parliament, Thursday 29th October

I was delighted to welcome some sixty Holborn & St. Pancras residents to the House of Commons last Thursday. We held it just off the historic Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the the Palace of Westminster, dating back to 1097. There was plenty of lively discussion, with contributions from two of our Camden councillors, Pat Callaghan and Georgia Gould. Continue reading

Weekly update 30th October 2015

From tax credits to junior doctors’ contracts, it’s been a momentous week. Continue reading

Junior Doctors

Jeremy Hunt has been attempting to force a new contact on junior doctors. It would cut their pay by between 15% and 40% and force longer hours on them. Women who decide to have children and anyone doing research would be particularly severely effected.  Not surprisingly, they are furious – and quite rightly. The plan is not only a scandal, it would put patients at risk.  Many are now so fed up they have began planning to leave Britain altogether! A poll of more than 6,000 trainees found 42 per cent of junior doctors said they would go abroad in search of work if  the government went ahead with its plans.  At the heart of the dispute was an attempt to cut their pay by between 15% and 40% and force longer hours on them. What is really disturbing is that the Conservative government are prepared to go this far with an institution we all love and rely on: the NHS.  Continue reading

Weekly update 23rd October 2015

Well, not quite a weekly update, but nonetheless an update! Continue reading

Open meeting with junior doctors, Wednesday 14th October

You may have seen the news yesterday that Jeremy Hunt has finally caved in and attempted to head off a damaging strike by junior doctors. I wrote a blog post about it yesterday – you can read it here.  That this protest has gone as far as it did is an indication of how out of touch the Conservatives are with the health service. To extract these concessions the junior doctors had to threaten to take industrial action, something few of them wanted to see. The government must now act with more respect for the NHS and those who work for it  With this in mind, I have called an emergency open meeting about this issue for Wednesday 14th October at 8pm in the Paget Room at BMA House, Tavistock Square, WC1H 9JP. Two BMA junior doctors have confirmed they will speak – Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis, a local junior doctor, and Dr. Johann Malawana, Chair of the Junior Doctors Committee. We’d love to have people come along and join the discussion with us, particularly those with a background in, or keen interest in, healthcare.  We need to provide a list of attendees so please RSVP to Ashley at with the subject line ‘BMA open meeting’.