Glossop actress plays role in cancer debate

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Glossopdale actress Julie Hesmondhalgh attended a parliamentary debate on Monday on the subject of pancreatic cancer.

The former Corrie star attended Westminster to present an e-petition calling for more research, funding and awareness of the disease.

Speaking at the House of Commons, MP Nic Dakin praised the actress for raising the profile of the cancer while portraying Hayley Cropper in the soap and paid tribute to her support.

He added: “The spotlight shines on it today. We need to seize this opportunity, this moment, this petition, this debate to up our game.

“Another 40 years cannot pass by without change. We need to set our stall out to make the same progress that we have made in prostate, breast and bowel cancer in the past 40 years for pancreatic cancer in the next 40 years. Nothing less is satisfactory. It is, as our parliamentary inquiry says, time to change the story.”

Julie, 44, who left Coronation Street in January, also narrowly missed out on a TV Choice award on Monday, after being nominated for best soap actress.