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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.
On Friday 30 September, Kevan called in at the Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Fulforth Centre.
Below, Kevan is pictured with Gemma O'Brien from Sacriston Community and Sports Trust.
On Wednesday 21 September, Kevan attended an event at the Fulforth Centre in Sacriston to celebrate the village's success in Northumbria in Bloom, after it was awarded a Silver Gilt Award.
Below, Kevan is pictured with local County Councillor, Heather Liddle.
On Tuesday 20 September, Kevan joined Gillian Bell from the Parliament Education Service on visits to Edmondsley and Catchgate Primary Schools.
During the visits, Kevan took questions from the children, who also took part in workshops introducing them to parliament.