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On 31 October, Kevan attended a service to mark the 150th anniversary of the Pelton Fell Pit Disaster, in which 24 people were killed.
On October 28, Kevan joined the celebrations at Muddy Boots in Stanley to mark Mental Health North East's 10th Anniversary.
On 27 October, Kevan spoke in a debate on young people's mental health which was being debated in Parliament following the publication of the 2015 Youth Select Committee's Mental Health Inquiry report.
The Youth Select Committee is a British Youth Council (BYC) initiative and is supported by the House of Commons. It mirrors the UK Parliament Select Committee structure and gives young people the chance to scrutinise issues and hold inquiries on public matters they find important.
Kevan paid tribute to the work of the Youth Select Committee during the debate, praising its member for giving MPs another opprtunity to raise mental health issues in the Commons.
During the debate Kevan said:
"The unique thing about the report is that it gives those of us more advanced in years an insight into pressures on young people today that were not there when we were younger and into the challenges for parents and schools in dealing with them. The core of the report is very important, because it deals with a lot of issues that also affect adult mental health services."
Later in his speech, Kevan highlighted how cuts to youth services were having an impact on mental health, he said:
"It is no good just looking at mental health in terms of the Department of Health, because the cuts that have taken place in local government are having a direct impact on the provision of mental health services—I am talking about the closure of youth services and voluntary sector organisations that provide mental health services locally. This is a false economy. If we are putting more money into health and taking it out from elsewhere in the system, we will create an ongoing problem."
To read Kevan's speech in full, along with the rest of the debate, click on the link below:
On 20 October, Kevan introduced a bill to make cosmetic surgery safer.
Kevan's 10 minute rule bill, a type of private members' bill, would ensure people carrying out cosmetic surgery are properly trained, establish a code to ensure patients are properly informed about any risks, and set out what sort of treatment can be offered.
During his speech Kevan said, “aggressive” marketing techniques should be banned - and said the way some cosmetic surgery firms behaved was “more appropriate for selling double glazing”.
He told the House of Commons: “We have here a classic example of the market not only failing but being used to exploit people, which is ruining their lives and costing the NHS millions of pounds a year.”
Kevan became aware of the scandal around the £3.5 billion-a-year cosmetic surgery industry through a constituent who had surgery which left her unable to close her eyes. To this day she needs to apply special eye-drops every two hours to stop them drying out.
The NHS was now having “to pick up the bill” for her care, Kevan told MPs.
The law currently allows any qualified doctor - rather than a surgeon - to perform cosmetic surgery without undertaking additional training or qualifications.
Kevan's Bill aims to close this loophole. It has the support of the Royal College of Surgeons and will receive a second reading on March 24 2017.
To read Kevan's speech in full, follow the link below:
Radio 4's You and Yours also covered the story:
On 12 October Kevan spoke in the Commons debate on Parliamentary scrutiny of leaving the EU, following the June referendum result.
During the debate Kevan said, "I welcome the debate. I agree with my right hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton South East (Mr McFadden) when he said that it was rather sad that anyone asking for scrutiny of the Government’s strategy, or lack of it, is being accused of wanting to reverse the decision of 23 June. That is clearly not my position. I can tell the right hon. Member for New Forest West (Sir Desmond Swayne) that what it means to me is that there is no going back, no second referendum and no deals to try to keep us in the EU by the back door."
"I agree with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union when he said on Monday that Britain’s mandate to leave the EU was “clear and unarguable”. I agree, but the vote did not give the Government a road map or a vision of what post-Brexit Britain will look like. We now need to get the best possible deal for our constituents, to protect their interests and also their livelihoods. That is our duty as elected Members of Parliament."
To read the rest of Kevan's speech, and the debate in full, click on the following link:
On Friday 7 October, Kevan attended the official opening of the Venue, a new community facility in Stanley, by HRH The Duke of Kent.
Kevan is pictured below with County Councillors Carl Marshall and Carole Hampson.
On Friday 7 October, Kevan called in a Macmillan Coffee Morning organised by Councillor Alison Batey, county councillor for Pelton.
On Wednesday 5 October, Kevan joined Councillor Katherine Henig to visit the Elms at Chester-le-Street, where a coffee morning was being held in aid of Macmillan.
On Friday 30 September, Kevan joined the Alzheimer's Society's Memory Walk at Beamish Museum.
Below, Kevan is pictured starting the walk with, among others, the High Sheriff of Durham.
On Friday 30 September, Kevan visited Changing Lives at Plawsworth, where they were holding an Open Day.
Kevan is pictured below trying out archery with County Councillor Katherine Henig.