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Teaming up: Johnny Mercer and wife Felicity

Tory MP Johnny Mercer: I'm speaking about my OCD to help boys like me 

Of all the former soldiers in the Conservative Party, who would Johnny Mercer MP choose to be on patrol with? Mercer was in 29 Commando ("two-nine"), did three tours in Afghanistan, including time with Special Forces, and I ask this question because there are a lot of ex-Army about (some, arguably, on "manoeuvres"). I begin listing them: Ruth Davidson, Tom Tugendhat... But Mercer interrupts. "Um, there's a difference between reservists and regular," he says. And those two are? "Reservists." What about Rory Stewart? "Gap year commission."

Outdoor life: Cathryn Cochrane

Me and my health: Hillsborough RSPB project officer Cathryn Cochrane on her lifestyle 

The 29-year-old from Hillsborough is a project officer for RSPB NI, working on the Interreg-funded Co-operation Across Borders for Biodiversity (CABB) project and based at the RSPB's Portmore Lough reserve, Aghalee, near Moira. Cathryn loves spending time outdoors and when she's not chasing after her dog, Ruby, she can be found at Montiaghs Moss reserve near Portmore, monitoring dragonflies and damselflies, including a local rarity, the Irish damselfly.

Lynda Tavakoli was first diagnosed with cancer 25 years ago almost to the day

'Quite a number of my friends, who shared cancer with me, died when their own children were very small and they had full lives to look forward to... sometimes I have wondered why it is that I'm still here' 

Twenty-five years ago, almost to the day, I left my two young children in the care of a trusted friend and set off for a hospital visit that would unquestionably change my life. I will never forget the words that she spoke as she waved me off - something any good friend might say in fact: "Don't worry. Everything will be fine." But it wasn't. And those words have held a resonance with me ever since.

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