An update from Liam Byrne following today’s House of Commons debate about alcohol harm and the need for a plan from Government to support Britain’s 2.5 million children of parents who drink too much.
Liam Byrne today welcomed a breakthrough in the campaign for Britain’s children of alcoholics after a new commitment was made by Government to sit down with campaigning MPs to develop the first ever national strategy for children of alcoholics.
The commitment came from the Public Health Minister in a Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons on alcohol policy called by Liam Byrne, Fiona Bruce and Bill Esterson.
In a powerful and moving speech, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth told his personal story as the child of an alcoholic and made a bold offer to work across political divides to develop a strategy to help Britain’s 2.5 million children of hard-drinking parents.
Responding, the Public Health Minister Nicola Blackwood was moved to tears as she urged MPs to carry on their work.
Liam Byrne MP, founder and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics, said:
“This is a breakthrough. For over a year we’ve tried to make sure that the voices of children of alcoholics are heard in Parliament. Now the Government has listened. The Government has agreed to sit down and hammer out a plan. Crucially, Ministers have agreed with our number one goal: no child of an alcoholic should ever feel alone”.
The response of the Public Health Minister reduced me to tears …..