November 23, 2012

MPs sign up to help create a generation of life-savers

Justin Tomlinson, MP for North SwindonMPs have stepped into the shoes of Hollywood hard man Vinnie Jones to back our campaign to get life-saving skills taught as standard on the secondary curriculum.

By donning a camel coat and recreating Vinnie’s memorable pose, MPs reminded people of the need to act fast in an emergency. 

But helping to save someone’s life shouldn’t just be left to the hard men. Teaching life-saving skills in schools could put hundreds of thousands of new life-savers on the streets each year.

That’s why, alongside Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK), we’re calling for Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills to be taught in secondary school classrooms across England.

Helping to save someone’s life shouldn’t just be left to the hard men

In September, we delivered a petition to Downing Street with more than 100,000 signatures of support. Now MPs have recognised the public call to teach children these essential skills and have debated the issue in Parliament.

Former Chelsea footballer, Vinnie Jones, said: “I didn’t learn CPR until I filmed the advert for the British Heart Foundation last year. CPR should be taught in schools as part of the curriculum.”

You can find more information about the campaign at