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Unsuspended Parliament gives chance to pass bill to make shorter journeys for cancer patients - MP

September 30, 2019 9:38 AM

Tim speaking during Business StatementLocal MP Tim Farron says that the Supreme Court's ruling that Parliament has not been prorogued means that MPs can bring forward legislation to reduce travel times for cancer patients.

Private Member's Bills cannot be carried over to a new Parliamentary session, meaning that Tim's Access to Radiotherapy bill would've been shelved.

Speaking during a Business statement in the House of Commons, Tim said: "Will the Leader of the House make time for my now de-prorogued bill on access to radiotherapy treatment?

"It is wrong surely that cancer sufferers should have to travel day after day, week after week, for three-hour round trips for cancer treatment.

"Would it not be right to place satellite units in places such as Kendal, so that we can have longer lives and shorter journeys?"

In response the Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees Mogg said: "The general point on private members' bills is that, if we get to a new Session, there will be more Fridays, a new ballot and the opportunity for Members to bring forward their bills.

"That would be the best way to go about it."