Jamie Reed, Copeland MP, writes from Tokyo

Jamie ReedI write from the British Embassy, Tokyo, on my way to Fukushima to talk to the local community, Japanese politicians and the Japanese nuclear industry about the relationship between the nuclear industry, the communities which host the industry and the nuclear workforce.

It promises to be a fascinating moment and one with real implications for our community.  Whilst there, I will offer the hand of friendship, partnership and solidarity.  Our communities, and our industries have much to learn from each other.

I think this might make me Egremont 2Day’s first international correspondent…

More on this later, but I return again to the NHS and the catastrophic effect that the policies of David Cameron, George Osborne and Jeremy Hunt are having upon it. Our country’s junior doctors – the very people upon whom the future continuation of the NHS depends – are in open revolt, yet Hunt refuses to meet and discuss the issues.

As a consequence, record numbers of NHS doctors – trained to work for you and paid for by your taxes – are applying to work in other countries.

It’s a scandal against which the local NHS is attempting to recruit and a development that can only make our work harder.

It’s no longer a matter of opinion but a matter of fact that the policies of the Conservative government are eroding health services in west Cumbria.

I’ll fight with every breath to change this,yet this is the context within which local health chiefs are struggling to produce a plan for our local services.

We deserve better.

Speaking of deserving better, in three weeks time (probably whilst jet-lagged) I’ll be running the London Marathon (again) in an effort to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two weeks before the 2010 general election when I was taken to intensive care in an advanced state of diabetic ketoacidosis – a life threatening condition that I was able to overcome because of the magnificent staff at the West Cumberland Hospital.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that means that people with the condition are dependent upon insulin injections for the rest of their lives.

In January last year, my 16 year old niece developed the condition. In November, my 10 year old son developed the condition.

Raising money to help improve treatments and to finally discover a cure for Type 1 diabetes is an issue I care passionately about, and of course, I take it personally.

Today, 400,000 Britons are living with Type 1 diabetes, with 29,000 of them children and I’m running the London Marathon for every single one of us affected.

With your help, we can create a world without Type 1 diabetes – but achieving this goal really does need your help.
In addition to helping achieve this, your donation will also secure the bonus of ensuring that an MP is subjected to gruelling, painful marathon (in addition the months of training whilst injured) Everyone’s a winner.

On behalf of 400,000 other Britons, I hope you can help out. Please go to www.justgiving.com/Jamie-Reed7 and help however you can.