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Cameron to speak on plight of carers

By Noel McAdam

Published 06/12/2008

David Cameron is a carer, at least part-time.

The man who hopes to become the next Prime Minister attempts to keep weekends clear, in part to look after his severely disabled son, Ivan.

And he and his wife Samantha may not be able to live in No 10 if Conservatives win the next General Election because of Ivan’s needs.

The Conservative leader is, however, making an exception by coming to today’s Ulster Unionist Party conference, where one of the main issues in focus is the plight of carers.

A platform panel is to include Helen Ferguson, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Carers Association and actual carers Sandra Harris and Anne Blake who are to be interviewed by former UTV anchor Kate Smyth.

UU MLA David McNarry said: “In my opinion our local carers are forgotten, yet they look after their loved ones without a second thought.

“This opportunity to bring a focus onto the plight of carers at our conference, will I trust highlight not only the needs of carers but importantly the urgency of taking positive action to address their needs.”

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