Ed Balls and Andy Burnham visit Islington stammering centre

Ed Balls, shadow chancellor and Andy Burnham, shadow health secretary, at the Michael Palin Centre

Ed Balls, shadow chancellor and Andy Burnham, shadow health secretary, at the Michael Palin Centre - Credit: Archant

Shadow cabinet ministers Ed Balls and Andy Burnham dropped into an Islington centre which helps children with stammers.

The Labour MPs visited the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in Pine Street, Finsbury, on October 22 and joined in a yellow balloon release to celebrate International Stuttering Awareness Day.

The centre, run by Whittington Health, provides a specialist service for children who stammer from across the UK, as well as help for local adults with the condition.

Michael Palin agreed to the centre being named after him following his role in A Fish Called Wanda, in which he portrayed a character called Ken who stammered. He based the role on his own father who suffered from stammering all his life.


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