Note to East Hull residents

Dear resident,

You will have heard the news that there is to be an early General Election on 8th June.

I will be voting tomorrow for an early election in order to take on the Tories and put forward a positive socialist programme for government.

Labour has been on an election footing since Theresa May first entered Downing Street and with a mass membership of over half a million people we will be able to mobilise our supporters to take the message out on the doorstep.

Being East Hull born and bred I have seen what has happened to our constituency under vicious right wing Tory Governments. East Hull needs a Labour Government and I will be fighting hard to make that happen.

I look forward to working with colleagues in the coming weeks to campaign hard in East Hull, to take on the Tories and to return a Labour Government.

Karl Turner MP

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A note of thanks to Alan Johnson

My close friend and colleague Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP has announced that he will not stand for re-election in the upcoming June election.

Alan was the first person to contact me when I was selected as the candidate in East Hull in 2008. We have worked closely on a number of issues, most importantly on bringing Siemens to Hull as well as backing the City of Culture bid.

Alan has been a constant source of support in my time in Parliament, providing me with valuable insight and experience.

Next month will see Alan mark 20 years since that momentous day that Labour won a landslide in 1997 when Alan entered the House of Commons. The House of Commons has benefitted greatly from Alan’s thoughtful approach to politics and his dogged determination to do right by the people of West Hull and Hessle.

Alan has had a long and distinguished career in Parliament and has achieved more than most. The Labour Party in government was the better for Alan’s expertise, with Alan reaching the dizzying heights of Home Secretary from humble beginnings as a postman.

Hull owes Alan a debt of gratitude and I for one will be grateful for the service that he has given the city over the past 20 years.

Karl Turner pledges to help charity raise awareness of screening in East Hull during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April

Karl Turner, MP for Hull East is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to urge more people to take part in bowel cancer screening and save lives, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April.

More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK, it’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer.  However, it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Bowel cancer screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat.

Karl Turner MP said, “As the local MP, I am totally committed to improving uptake rates for bowel cancer screening, both locally and nationally. I would urge my constituents who are sent a bowel screening test to use it.  Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early.  If you are over 60, take the test when you receive it in the post. If you are younger, tell the people over 60 in your life to take the test. Early diagnosis really can save lives.”

Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said, “I’d like to thank Karl Turner for supporting our campaign during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to raise participation levels for bowel cancer screening. One in 14 men and one in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime but it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.”

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme can detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat. If you’re registered with a GP and aged 60-74, you will receive a test in the post every two years. You carry out the simple test at home in private and it comes with step by step instructions. The test looks for hidden blood in your poo, which could be an early sign of bowel cancer.

Visit Bowel Cancer UK’s website to find out how you can get involved in their campaign for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: bowelcanceruk.org.uk.

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