Thursday, 19 May 2016

Fwd: Cancer Research UK: Standard cigarette packs are here from tomorrow

This is something I really support. Smoking kills. Improving lives and improving life chances in Hyndburn is vital. 

Date: 19 May 2016 13:08:43 BST
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Subject: Cancer Research UK: Standard cigarette packs are here from tomorrow

Dear Mr Jones,


From tomorrow, cigarettes packs will never look the same again.



While smoking remains the leading preventable cause of cancer in the UK, this week marks a huge step forward in protecting the next generation from taking up this deadly addiction.


Friday 20 May 2016 sees the day when the regulations on standard packaging of cigarettes come into force in the UK.


We are delighted they are finally here and wanted to get in touch to thank you again for being one of the 367 MPs who supported the regulations passing through Parliament back in March 2015. Thanks to you, this important legislation means glitzy cigarette packets will become a thing of the past in the UK. With eight in ten smokers starting before the age of 19, standard packs will prevent thousands of children from being exposed to this form of cigarette marketing.


It's a huge victory for public health and a big step as we move towards Cancer Research UK's goal of a tobacco-free generation. Please do share the above infographic or sign up to our Thunderclap on social media.


Despite this important step to reducing the number of children who smoke, tackling the deadly health harms of tobacco is not a 'done deal'. Our research shows that tobacco could cause more than half a million cancers in the next twenty years alone.  We need bold action from the Government in their new Tobacco Control Strategy, including vital measures to protect the future of local Stop Smoking Services.


Thank you again for all your support and your vote in favour of the measure. Should you be keen to discuss this or any other issues that Cancer Research UK is currently working on, we'll be in Parliament on 5th July 2016 for a drop-in session between 4pm – 6pm in Dining Room A. Please RSVP to Roxy Squire at if you would like to attend.


Best wishes,




Lucy Absolom
Public Affairs Officer
Policy Department

Cancer Research UK


Tel | 020 3469 5536

Angel Building | 407 St John Street| London| EC1V 4AD

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

NEWS RELEASE Accrington market traders get behind town’s food festival

Press release - for immediate release (18 May 2016)

Accrington market traders get behind town's food festival

Businesses within Accrington market hall are giving their support - and their local produce - to Accrington Food Festival.

The event on Saturday 4 June will feature a number of live cookery demos - and it is local market stallholders who are supplying the produce.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Congratulations to Accrington company @SimonJersey

Congratulations to Accrington company @SimonJersey on winning the order to provide @TeamGB with their formal wear.

Wonderful celebration evening last night at Century Club in London by @SimonJersey launching @TeamGB formal wear. In attendance many of the companies staff, suppliers, officials from British Olympic Association and @TeamGB athletes.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Funding from Tescos for local groups

Dear Mr Jones, as you will be aware, large retailers must give the proceeds from the carrier bag charge to good causes.  

I wanted to update you on our exciting Bags of Help scheme which uses this money to fund local community projects across England, Scotland and Wales.  

The first round of our scheme, delivered with the support of environmental improvement charity Groundwork, has just completed and has been a great success.  

Millions of Tesco shoppers have voted to allocate over £11.7 million to 1,170 local projects, including new parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens. 

You can use the interactive map on our website ( to find out which projects have been successful in your local area and we would be delighted to put you in touch with any of the community groups.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

The ft comes up with another powerful and interesting critique of Leave.Eu campaign.

The ft comes up with another powerful and interesting critique of Leave.Eu campaign. 

Is fracking about to begin in Hyndburn because the government has been selling licences is the question I am being asked?

A recent Facebook post raised the issue of fracking and suggesting wrongly that licences for fracking had been granted in Hyndburn suggesting that fracking would now begin forewith. You can read my Facebook reply at the foot of this post.

My view is simple; if fracking is not safe then it should be banned. If it is safe then we have to ask questions about whether we want to take it out of the ground anyway?

Climate change and fossil fuel usage are big issues. However there are major issues in the fracking debate that are rarely raised. Questions that ought to be asked.

Relying on nuclear as a non-carbon energy source has its own problem (cost, safety, disposal) and reinforces an inefficient national grid. Relying on gas from other sources also has connected problems (Russia/Putin, dirty gas, effectiveness in reducing fossil fuel consumption in Hyndburn/Lancashire).

Action on Armed Violence

War is cruel and so to are munitions that continue to mutilate and kill long after war has ended. Action on Armed Violence provide statistics that we should all be concerned about. It does not mean the answer is non-intervention but it does highlight the consequences that should forefront of consideration when the news media have moved on.

To subscribe go to Action on Armed Violence

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Will a closure of Accrington Victoria walk in centre for a new GP hub be beneficial for patients?

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group are proposing to change your access to GP services. In short they are proposing to close Accrington Victoria Walk in Centre (known also as  the HAC or Health Access Centre) and replace it with an alternative hub service; and for access to that service to be though your GP and a new GP telephone hub.

UPDATE: It has now received the thumbs down from the two local patient groups. Patient Voice and the Patient Participation Group who have similar concerns as I do.

The CCG's explanation is on their website and I have copied and pasted it all at the foot along with with their email, their website, their postal address (at the bottom) and importantly their online questionnaire for you to register your views.
(Please also take my two question survey which is bit fairer and more balanced. Please distribute the link on social media.) 
Question: Do you think the closure of Accrington Victoria Walk in Centre, to be replaced by a GPs telephone hub service (with some face to face by appointment) will provide you with a better patient service? Answer here