Charles Walker pays tribute to Theresa May’s commitment to mental health

Charles Walker MP speaking in the House of Commons, PMQs, 24 July 2019

At her last Prime Minister’s Questions, Charles Walker pays tribute to Theresa May and in particular her commitment to mental health with the reviews of workplace mental health and the Mental Health Act 1983, and her commitment to reduce suicide and the introduction of places of safety for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con)

You are in no doubt, Mr Speaker, that I think the Prime Minister is a thoroughly good egg, and it has been an absolute privilege to serve her on the Back Benches.

This Prime Minister’s commitment to mental health has been simply fantastic; it was fantastic when she was the Home Secretary, and it has been fantastic in her time as Prime Minister. We have had the Stevenson/Farmer review of workplace mental health; Sir Simon Wessely’s review into the Mental Health Act 1983; her commitment to reducing the tragedy of suicide, with her putting her office behind that; and the introduction of places of safety for people experiencing a mental health crisis. We have been filling the Prime Minister’s diary up with ​future commitments as she authors the next chapter of her political life, but can she find space for a few more paragraphs on mental health?

The Prime Minister

I thank my hon. Friend for his question. I also thank him and my right hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham (Dame Cheryl Gillan) for the dignified way in which they conducted the Conservative party leadership election. He has been an advocate for the Government doing more on mental health during his time in this House, and he has championed the need for us to do more on mental health. I want to continue to ensure that we do indeed take that forward. We have set the record in putting that record funding into mental health and in having those essential reviews—Stevenson/Farmer and Sir Simon Wessely’s review. We now need to ensure that we implement the proposals and that we take this forward. If we do so, we will make a significant improvement in the lives of those people with mental health problems.