Cancer groups join forces for Labour party conference

A group of cancer charities joined forces at last week's Labour party conference to persuade MPs to sign up to four calls for action to improve cancer care.

The coalition was prompted by the pharmaceutical company Aventis, which persuaded the charities to follow the lead of environmental and equality groups which had previously held joint events at party conferences.

Aventis sponsored the joint reception, and organised five meetings between 16 charities to hammer out a joint manifesto.

"The event sends out a message that the cancer community is a positive one and that Cancer Research UK is keen to work together with other charities more,

said Richard Davidson, public affairs manager at Cancer Research UK.

The group included large charities such as Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Relief along with smaller organisations such as Beating Bowel Cancer and Colon Cancer Concern.

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