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This general election needs to be a turning point for cancer.

Cancer cases are increasing, patients face unacceptable waits and unequal access to treatment. Life-saving research faces a £1bn funding gap over the next decade. We need to see action.

This general election, all political parties must commit to the long-term change needed for people affected by cancer, by backing our pledges for longer, better lives:

  1. Back research: Set out a plan to close the more than £1bn funding gap for research into cancer over the next decade. 
  2. End cancers caused by smoking: Raise the age of sale of tobacco and fund a world-leading programme of measures to help people who smoke to quit. 
  3. Drive earlier diagnoses: Implement proven measures, including a lung screening programme, to diagnose cancers early and reduce inequalities in access. 
  4. End the waits: Ensure cancer wait time targets are met across England. 
  5. Lead on cancer: Publish a long-term cancer strategy for England and Establish a National Cancer Council, accountable to the Prime Minister, to drive cross-government action on cancer. 

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Emailing your Prospective Parliamentary Candidates

Template letters for PPCs in England

Template letters for PPCs in the devolved nations

Sending your press release

Press release - a how to

Press release template - England

Press release template - devolved nations

How does Cancer Research UK campaign? 

We work with all our supporters, political representatives and policymakers to prioritise cancer over a range of areas including prevention, early diagnosis and treatments. Read about CRUK’s policy priorities and messages.

As a representative of Cancer Research UK, family, friends and the public might ask you questions about cancer. Learn more about how to have conversations about cancer by taking our free online course.

It's a good idea to read up on national cancer statistics. Additionally, it helps to know what Cancer Research UK is doing in your local area. Find out if there is a fundraising group, shop, Cancer Awareness Roadshow or Race for Life near you.

 

Longer, better lives 

In 2023, we published Longer, better lives: A manifesto for cancer research and care. It sets out the measures and commitments the next government can make to help prevent 20,000 cancer deaths every year by 2040.

Read all about it here 

Local adult smoking prevalence statistics

We have a shiny new local stats data hub produced by the Cancer Intelligence Team at Cancer Research UK where you can explore explore the latest data for any constituency.

You are welcome to reuse this Cancer Research UK-produced content for your own work. Please remember to acknowledge the original data sources for each chart and ensure you retain the CRUK logo in the image. If you have any questions regarding the data or the interpretation of these data, please contact Cancer Intelligence (please allow 10 working days for a response). Please note that due to differences in data collection, comparisons of performance should not be made between nations.

Handing in our Smokefree petition

On Wednesday 13 September we gathered at 10 Downing Street to hand in our Smokefree Fund Petition. Thank you to all who supported!

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Catch up on Policy Presents & other workshops

Watch our most recent Policy Presents to learn more from our experts about policy and campaigning at Cancer Research UK and build your skills as an Ambassador.

 

Politics across the UK

Britain is home to one of the oldest governments in the world - the Palace of Westminster has been a centre of power for over 900 years. Visit the UK Parliament website and you'll learn that nobody set out to create Parliament. It developed naturally out of the daily political needs of the English King and his government. 

In the 21st century, how politics defines our lives depends on where we live. Find out more about politics in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland below.

This section is in development - for now please follow these links to learn more.

Ambassadors campaigning on an iPad

 

Developing yourself

Your personal reflection record is a helpful guide and place for you to log your objective, learnings, skills and achievements from your time volunteering.

Whether you've been campaigning with us for 10 years or 10 minutes, this pack was designed for you. Add to your skills builder pack directly from your device or print for a paper copy - it's up to you!