23rd October 2015

Having spent many weeks training, fundraising and watching the date draw nearer, the Great South Run is now upon us. I am running the 10 mile course around Portsmouth to raise money for Beat – the UK’s eating disorder charity which is available to provide help and support for the 750,000 people who suffer from eating disorders in the UK.

As many will know, I have spent a great deal of time in recent months building on the work I had undertaken in the last Parliament on the issue of body image within the fashion industry. This has given me an insight into to what some believe are a few of the reasons people – particularly young women – develop eating disorders. I will be chairing an inquiry into the health of models within the industry on 1st December and hope to hear evidence from a variety of sources ranging from models, agents and designers to academics and medics to enable the inquiry to write a substantive report on what is seen by many to be a huge issue affecting both models and the wider-public.

I am also delighted to be a patron of next year’s Romsey Passion, an Easter play with a difference. For those who may not have experienced a Passion Play before, it is an immersive experience in which the audience get the chance to watch the story of Easter play out in front of them, in the streets of Romsey. At a time when the number of people regularly attending church has plummeted and many do not see the relevance of religion, the Romsey Passion will allow local people to reconnect with the Easter story.

The team behind the Passion will be holding open auditions in November and hope to find a number of local people to fill the roles. I am very much looking forward to watching this unique event next year and I hope many constituents will also take part.

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