Sir Bob's welcome for First Aid in Schools

The inclusion of "First Aid and Emergency Lifesaving Skills" in the Liberal Democrat Manifesto has been welcomed by Sir Bob Russell, who in the last Parliament was Chairman of the All-Party First Aid Group.

Sir Bob has championed the cause of First Aid Training being included in the National School Curriculum by regularly raising the matter at both Education and Health Questions in the House of Commons.

He put forward a Ten Minute Rule Bill, but this did not make progress.
Last Autumn, at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Glasgow, he spoke in support of a Motion which called on First Aid Training in Schools.  This was given unanimous support.

Sir Bob then had meetings with Schools Minister David Laws. who has drawn up the Liberal Democrat Party Manifesto for the General Election on 7th May.

He has worked closely with St John Ambulance, supported by the Red Cross and British Heart Foundation.

Sir Bob said: "This has been a long campaign.  I am delighted that this is now in our Party Manifesto.  I hope that I will be in a position to take it forward in the next Parliament and have it become enshrined in law.

"With every pupil and student being competent in First Aid, it will result not only in lives being saved, it will also help reduce pressure on Hospital Accident & Emergency Departments."

Sir Bob first undertook First Aid training for both the Queen's Scout and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

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