The MP for Ealing North has joined the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) fight to get CPR taught in schools.
The UK heart charity is calling on the Government and education authorities to help create a 'Nation of Lifesavers' and make cardiopulmonary resuscitation a mandatory part of secondary education.
Their campaign has received overwhelming public support with more than 80,000 people across the country signing up to a petition.
MP Steve Pound joined the BHF in delivering the petition to the Department for Education, in a bid to make Education Secretary MP Nicky Morgan take the campaign forward and ensure every young person leaves high school equipped with the skills they need to help save a life.
Keely Huxham, BHF Area Manager, said: “Too many lives are lost needlessly every day simply because people don’t know how to perform CPR.
“We urge the governments and education authorities across the UK to act on the public’s clear call and help create a Nation of Lifesavers. By ensuring all school leavers are trained in CPR, we could help save 5,000 lives every year.”
Mr Pound said: “In these emergency situations every second counts. We need everyone to have the confidence and the skills to step in and give someone the best possible chance of survival.”