South Yorkshire MPs taught how to save lives

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South Yorkshire MPs were given a first aid lesson at Westminster as a campaign for the teaching of lifesaving skills in schools to be made compulsory gathers pace.

Labour MPs Angela Smith, for Penistone and Stocksbridge in Sheffield and Caroline Flint, for Don Valley in Doncaster, were taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to treat choking, burns and bleeding.

The event was part of the ‘Every Child a Lifesaver’ campaign, launched by St John Ambulance, the British Heart Foundation and the British Red Cross to gain backing for the Emergency First Aid Education Bill.

The Bill has its second reading in Parliament on Friday, November 20.

Ms Smith said: “You never know just when an situation may arise when first aid skills might be needed.

“The Every Child a Lifesaver campaign will make a difference by equipping young people with the skills to help in an emergency and even save a life if needed. That has to be applauded and supported.”

Sue Killen, Chief Executive Officer at St John Ambulance, said: “Nothing is more important to us than young people learning the skills to save a life.”