MP delivers 100,000-name petition to Downing Street

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HUCKNALL’S Conservative MP, Mark Spencer, has joined a campaign group to hand in a 100,000-name petition to Downing Street calling for moves to help identify cervical cancer at an earlier age.

The Mercedes Curnow Foundation was established in memory of a woman who, at the age of 23, died from cervical cancer last December.

Mercedes had been campaigning for the qualifying age for cervical-cancer smear-tests to be dropped from 25 to 20, and her work has been continued by the foundation.

Mr Spencer said: “The bravery and determination of those who have campaigned to achieve Mercedes’s ambitions is quite overwhelming.

“ To have secured almost three times as many signatures as ‘The Sun’ newspaper did for the same cause is incredible.

“They even managed to get the duty policemen on Downing Street to sign!”

Mr Spencer has also called on health secretary Andrew Lansley to lower the age for smear tests.

OUR PHOTO shows Mr Spencer (right) and fellow campaigners at Number 10 with the petition.