Tuesday 13th June 2017
As the smoke clears from the shock election result last week, it's time for us to get stuck back into what we do best – making sure that the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer are considered in services and organisations across the UK.
GE2017 cheat sheet:
|Hung Parliament:||This means that no single party has the 326 seats needed to form a majority. This means that the Conservatives don’t have enough MPs to win votes in Parliament even though they got more seats than any other party. However, they can band together with another party to make sure that their policies are voted through Parliament.|
|The DUP:||The DUP are a party from Northern Ireland. They have 10 seats in the UK Parliament but are active in the Northern Ireland Assembly as well. They're loyalists, which means that they support the idea of Northern Ireland remaining part of the UK and they’re traditionally opposed to republican parties such as Sinn Féin, who want a single united Ireland.|
What does it all mean for young people with cancer?
It's easy to get carried away with the drama of a General Election – sometimes it can seem like the world is put on pause while politicians are dealing with the fallout from the campaign trail. But that couldn't be further from the truth.
There's a lot of confusion around the new Government, but there's very little when it comes to plans for cancer services across the country. The main parties committed to the 2015 cancer strategy for England in their manifestos, meaning that that will continue to be the heart of cancer policy for the next few years. As we've written about before, there are quite a few recommendations in the strategy for teenagers' and young adults with cancer so one of our main priorities is the same as it was before the election: making sure that those recommendations are implemented in the best way for young people. And of course, we're doing the same in all the other countries of the UK!
Some things are different – an election means fresh faces and a whole host of new MPs to teach about teenagers and young adults with cancer. We’ll be reaching out to them and letting them know about the important work of Teenage Cancer Trust over the summer, as well as reconnecting with our supporters who were voted back in.
No matter what happens in Parliament, we're not slowing down!