Thursday, 24 December 2015

Save Crossroads Hyndburn young persons homeless project from cuts..

Save Crossroads Hyndburn (home for homeless young people) from the cuts... read the full story with links where you can object to it's closure...  Facebook: Graham Jones MP calls for Crossroads, Hyndburn young persons homeless project to be saved from cuts..

Monday, 21 December 2015

Drink or Drug Driving or Festive period

As the festive season gets underway, I'd urge everyone to be aware of drink and drug driving, as new data from MoneySuperMarket shows that 0.72 per every 1000 drivers in Hyndburn have a drink or drug driving conviction (1).

MoneySuperMarket analysed 11 million car insurance quotes run over the last 12 months. It found the railway town of Crewe has the highest proportion of motorists with offences for drink and drug driving, while Central London drivers have the lowest proportion (2).

Monday, 23 November 2015

The scandal of cold homes this winter

Cold homes are a scandal. I see young families onto breadline in private rented properties across Haslingden and Hyndburn and my heart aches. I go home and worry about the cold weather the conditions these young children grow up in. Of course it is not just families freezing, it is also the elderly too who suffer the cold.

In Hyndburn we have a very high proportion (over 50%) of energy inefficient solid wall (or hard to treat cavities) properties. We also have park homes and Age UK are running a campaign to raise awareness of their vulnerability to cold weather. Haslingden and Hyndburn has some of the oldest and coldest properties in the country, and people of all ages suffer from expensive to heat, poorly insulated housing.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Fwd: Design Council Spark Product Innovation Fund – up to £165k available to take inventions to market | Spread the word

Dear Mr Jones,

Design Council Spark Product Innovation Fund – up to £165k available to take inventions to market – deadline for entries 14 December 2015 – apply online:

Is your constituency home to the UK's next big invention? Do you know someone with a great product idea, but they now need support to make that idea a reality?

Following the success of the first round of Spark, Design Council has launched the second wave and the deadline for entries is midnight, Monday 14 December 2015.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Fwd: Survival of Asian Elephants

Dear Graham Jones, I am writing as CEO of Save the Asian Elephants (STAE; to inform you about the results of a new public opinion poll that shows overwhelming demand for government action.

The visit to the UK of Prime Minister Modi of India last week was a whistlestop tour with limited agenda and time for debate, and there are of course issues that remain to be addressed over the coming months. One of these is the dire situation for Asian elephants in India. The numbers of this ancient species are declining dramatically in the wild from poaching and loss of habitat, and they suffer greatly in captivity through brutal pajan "training", confinement and beating.

A new poll by leading research consultancy Populus (which included Asian and Hindu respondents) has found that 77% feel the Indian government is not doing enough to protect Asian elephants, and an overwhelming 81% consider it important that the UK government takes action to provide support for this, as promised in the Conservative Party's 2015 election manifesto.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Fwd: Solar industry comments on admission that the UK is not on track to meet its renewables target

Dear Mr Jones,

Solar Trade Association
Press Release


Solar industry comments on admission that the UK is not on track to meet its renewables target

Leaked letter & evidence session exposes folly of attack on British solar power.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, whilst giving evidence at a Parliamentary committee confirmed yesterday that it was 'difficult to say' if the UK was on track to meet its 2020 renewable energy target of 15% of all energy from renewables. The UK target is lower than the pan-EU target of 20% because the UK has always trailed most other European countries on renewables deployment. In the letter, Amber Rudd confirmed that the UK is on track to reach just 11.5% Renewable Energy by 2020 – leaving the UK at risk of delivering only slightly better than half the contribution from renewables as the rest of Europe.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Fwd: Winter in Lancashire

Dear Mr Jones, I'm writing to let you know about how Lancashire County Council is preparing for the winter ahead.

Please find attached a briefing note which explains how we have prepared, what the public can do to prepare for winter, advice on keeping warm and well, and looking out for elderly and vulnerable people during the winter.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Fwd: Protect 16 and 17 year olds from Exploitation - New Report Launches Tomorrow

Dear Mr Jones, Tomorrow The Children's Society will be launching the next stage of our Seriously Awkward campaign with the publication of our report, Old enough to know better?, which looks at the hidden sexual abuse of 16 and 17 year olds across the country.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Elderly in Hyndburn - a Christmas appeal


As one of only 5 over 75 community sisters in Hyndburn We're trying to arrange the following

This Christmas we have a large of elderly persons living within our local area that live alone, have family unable to visit this Christmas or are simply housebound. We are looking at giving a little back this Christmas to persons living at home who have lived within our community all their lives and ensure that they get a little something to open this Christmas morning.

Fwd: Research on behalf of the Canal & River Trust

Views wanted on canals.

Begin forwarded message:
From: Gareth Siddorn <>
Subject: Research on behalf of the Canal & River Trust
Date: 3 November 2015 12:40:59 GMT
To: ""

Dear Mr Jones,

I am contacting you on behalf of the Canal & River Trust. We have been commissioned to undertake research into how key stakeholders view the organisation and the sector more broadly. As an MP with a waterway in your constituency, we would very much welcome your input.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Supporting EDM 566 calling for food hygiene ratings to be displayed

I have added my name to Early Day Motion 566, which was tabled by my colleague David Crausby, the MP for Bolton North East. The Motion states:

That this House notes the difference in available food hygiene information in different parts of the UK; acknowledges that under UK law food outlets have no compulsion to display their food hygiene information, and customers can often only find this information online; recognises the value of a food hygiene rating system in helping the public to check standards and choose where to eat in or take food away; and calls on the Government to follow the example of the Welsh Assembly and introduce tougher laws that require all food outlets to display a sticker showing their food hygiene rating in a prominent place in entrances to their premises.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

My letter to the Home Secretary about the increasing incidence of FOBT's being used of money laundering.

Backing the £1 solar energy ‘rescue plan’

I met representatives of the devastated solar industry last week to discuss the impact of the governments changes and to promote the £1 plan, as a growing number of voices are calling on the Government to reconsider its plans.  I think it is important that MPs back an emergency rescue plan for British solar [1] being put forward as a solution to the current crisis surrounding proposed 87% cuts to the Feed-in Tariff for solar.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Supporting the campaign to help thousands of older people living in cold park homes

Tens of thousands of older people living in park homes1 (sometimes referred to as static mobile homes) are putting their health at risk as they struggle to keep warm over the winter, due to the high cost of heating this particular form of accommodation, according to research by Age UK.

I have added my support to the Charity’s new campaign for warm park homes at a launch event in Westminster Parliament on Wednesday 21 October. The campaign is calling on the Government to roll out a specific energy efficiency scheme to help park home residents reduce their heating bills and keep warm and well over the winter. This is an issue that has been raised by constituents.

Fwd: Usdaw Press Release: The Prime Minister has reneged on his promise to not change Sunday trading laws

21 October 2015

The Prime Minister has reneged on his promise to not change Sunday trading laws
Shopworkers' trade union leader John Hannett is disappointed that the Prime Minister has today defended a proposal to change Sunday trading rules, after he promised before the election to leave the legislation alone.
Responding to the first question in today's Prime Minister's Question Time, David Cameron confirmed the Government would devolve powers on Sunday trading by amending the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

There are more disadvantaged children in Britain than in many other advanced economies

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Briefing 64: There are more disadvantaged children in Britain than in many other advanced economies

A higher proportion of UK children grow up in households with incomes well below the national median, while more young people in the UK are not in education, employment or training

Friday, 9 October 2015

My Free press column in full.

Abraham Lincoln famously wrote in his Gettysburg address that his hope was “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Much has been written about the Labour Party over the years revisiting the question of the Labours purpose and values. Such questions have tended to produce polarised views. Whether the Labour party is about principle or pragmatism, protest or government, left wing or moderate, right or left. Our election defeat, coupled with Jeremy Corbyn's election victory has led to a reinvigorated Labour Party with incredible increases in membership - people wanting to debate these deep fundamental questions. Jeremy's stunning rise, his open agenda and an end to business as usual is a breath of fresh air to the stale politics of Westminster. However, during the summer it became clear to me that my perspective on this differed to Jeremy Corby's; how we take that reinvigoration of politics beyond the Labour Party and into daily life?

The Haslingden Community deserve all the praise they are getting

Just been to see the work being undertaken to re-open Halsingden pool which is getting some notable attention. Especially when the budget is only £25,000 and an army of volunteers.

There's a lot more work required but bringing in everyone who wants to make Haslingden proud including all those through the LoveHaslingden loveHaslingden @lovehaslingden social media accounts is inspiring. It inspired a letter writer last month to ask why Backup was being left out! The Scribbler to comment on how Halsngden was a place of community renaissance.

Why not get involved yourself? Do something satisfying and at the same time help the community and be an inspiration to others. It is fantastic what is being achieved and all credit to all those who have volunteered so far and to @happi for their success.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

October 7 is World cerebral palsy (CP) Day, which aims to raise awareness of cerebral palsy across the globe.

Dear Mr Jones, October 7 is World CP Day, which aims to raise awareness of cerebral palsy across the globe.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Every disabled child matters: Short Breaks in 2015: An uncertain future

I was recently sent a copy of Short Breaks in 2015: An Uncertain Future, which is a new report by the charity Every Disabled Child Matters.

Short breaks give disabled children an opportunity to socialise with other young people, new experiences and an opportunity to grow in confidence. These breaks also give parents and families a break from the pressures of care, and as a result means fewer parent carers reach ‘breaking point’.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Fwd: 68 per cent of households in Lancashire could be missing out on energy savings of £264 a year [OFFICIAL]

Dear Member of Parliament, Ofgem's campaign to get energy customers to make sure they are on the best deal, Be An Energy Shopper, has found that 68 per cent of customers in Lancashire could be missing out on savings of around £264. This is the difference between the average standard variable tariff and the cheapest fixed deal. We issued a press release today setting out the potential savings for energy customers (copy attached). The story has had wide pick up across the region and has been carried on regional broadcast media throughout the day.

Some key facts:

· 68 per cent of households in Lancashire could be missing out on energy savings of around £264 a year
· Around 337,000[1] households in Lancashire are likely to still be on standard tariffs and could be better off moving to a fixed deal
· Shopping around has never been easier with everything you need at

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Politics goes pink for breast cancer awareness

Last week I joined the 'wear it pink' campaign in Westminster in aid of Breast Cancer Now

It is important to show support for women with breast cancer and obviously dressing up in pink draws attention to the nature of the disease as well as encouraging people to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 23rd October. 190 MPs supported the campaign.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Fwd: Recess update from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling

Dear Mr Jones, During recess, there have been a number of developments in the fight to reduce the maximum stake on FOBTs down from £100 a spin to £2.

A recently published report by NatCen, which assessed the impact of the Association of British Bookmakers' Code of Conduct for player protection, found "no statistical evidence of any impact of the machine changes". This comes after the Code of Conduct was described as "potentially world leading" by the trade association. Only 1,400 out of 3.9 million sessions utilised the limit setting features.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Fwd: Invitation to MoneySuperMarket drop-in

Hyndburn motorists have been clobbered by increased crash for cash claims in the BB postcode, particularly taxi drivers.

Moneysupertmarkets findings highlight the unfair insurance practices that further inflate motor insurance policies for Hyndburn residents that's sees almost £2million's taken out of Hyndburn motorists pockets & local economy. The regulator needs to take whatever action is necessary to end any rip off schemes.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Fwd: Opportunity for young people in N.West

Opportunity for young people (16-25) to attend free Channel 4 workshop on working in media

Channel 4 is looking for talent in the north west by hosting a workshop for 16- to 25-year-olds in Preston on Wednesday 14 October.

Young people of all abilities and backgrounds in the region are encouraged to apply. All that matters is they are truly passionate about the media industry.

Applicants can register on Channel 4's website at Registration closes on 20 September 2015.

We would really appreciate it if you could tweet/share this opportunity with your constituents. Suggested Twitter post: 16-25? Want 2 work in media? #C4PopUp Preston 14Oct reg. closes 20Sep @channel4

Where and when is it?
Preston Guild Hall
Wednesday 14 October 2015, 9.30am to 6pm
Twitter/Facebook: #c4popup @4talent @mykindafuture

Kind regards
James Whiting
Campaign Manager

Friday, 4 September 2015

Fwd: Tackle the hearing loss challenge at Labour party conference

Dear Graham Jones MP

10755 older people in Hyndburn have a hearing loss. 3.8 million older people in England have unmet hearing needs - this is a major public health challenge

Unsupported hearing loss is associated with dementia, depression, social isolation and early withdrawal from work.

An ageing population means that hearing needs are increasing rapidly. The good news is that in 2015 the Department of Health and NHS England published its Action Plan on Hearing Loss to raise awareness about this major public health challenge and how we can design future care to meet that challenge.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Local charity CoolConnexions helping young adults with ADHD and ASD

From: Cool Connexions <>
Subject: Project
Date: 2 September 2015 

Hello Mr Jones

We're planning to set up a social enterprise shop/café, with profits going into providing better access to work/business training & activities for young people with ADHD & ASD and of course support for their families. Training such as CV writing, interview techniques, starting a business, confidence building, ADHD coaching, etc. There seems to be plenty of support for younger children but not when you hit 17-18, which makes it a lot harder for these young people.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Fwd: RSPCA Animal Hero Awards

Dear Graham, I am writing to introduce you to this year's RSPCA Animal Hero Awards, held in partnership with the Daily Mirror. I also wanted to encourage you to consider nominating an animal or individual from your constituency who has shown inspiring bravery or a dedication to improving animal welfare.

There are a plethora of categories available for nomination, including 'Young Animal Enthusiast of the Year', 'Animal Hero of the Year', and for an 'Outstanding Contribution to Animal Welfare'.

Fwd: OSS Anniversary Ezine 2015

OSS Ezine Summer 2015
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Fwd: The Ramblers' Big Pathwatch

Dear Mr Jones, Congratulations on your re-election as a Member of Parliament, we look forward to working with you on our mission to help everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protect the places we all love to walk.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Fwd: Google Alert - In full: Graham Jones MP's letter to the Association of British Bookmakers

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Fwd: Google Alert - Graham Jones MP

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

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Saturday, 25 July 2015


I have recently commented on historic and well documented poor health statistics for Hyndburn which have been reported on in the local press.

People are dying unnecessarily - or suffering chronic ill health as a result - from smoking, heavy drinking, fatty food and sugar. People are being hoodwinked into the attractiveness or cheapness of these products.

What hurts me personally is seeing parents in supermarkets with cheap fatty food whilst purchasing cigarettes and or alcohol. Moralising isn't the answer but tackling the food and drink industry is. However we have weak prime minister who is unable and unwilling to do anything about it.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

FOBTs: The SNP are abandoning working class communities

I recently wrote to Scotland’s First Minister about the SNP’s duplicity on FOBTs and problem gambling. Empty SNP rhetoric simply doesn’t match their inactions In a strongly worded response to my letter raising concerns about the SNP’s approach to dealing wi
th betting shop clustering and Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), Nicola Sturgeon claimed that I am “entirely wrong” to assert they are doing too little.

Obviously a little sensitive on this issue, she claimed that rather than not doing enough, the opposite is the case for the SNP, even though the Scottish Executive have “very limited powers available”.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Fwd: The government's rejection of Newham Council's submission under the SCA

Dear Graham Jones,

As you may be aware, on Thursday 16th July the Government rejected Newham Council's submission under the Sustainable Communities Act, which called for a reduction in the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) from £100 a spin to £2.

The proposal was the best supported submission under the Sustainable Communities Act to date. 93 councils backed the initial submission and a further two declared support for it after, taking the total number of supportive local authorities to 95, including Hyndburn.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Supporting the ban on foxhunting with hounds

I am committed to defending the 2004 ban on hunting with hounds and will vote against the Government’s proposals to weaken the Hunting Act.

I believe that we have a moral duty to treat animals in a humane and compassionate way. The unnecessary, prolonged suffering of defenceless animals has no place in our civilised society.

The Conservative Party’s election manifesto included a commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote. David Cameron has now confirmed that his party intends to water down the Hunting Act in England and Wales instead.

Stepping back in time at WaterAid’s Victorian street to support call for taps and toilets for all

I stepped back in time this week to take a walk down WaterAid’s Victorian street, experiencing the sights and smells of an era when open sewage ran through our roads and rivers, to mark 150 years of Britain’s modern sewers.

More than 100 parliamentarians met characters from Victorian times to discover what life was like during the Great Stink of 1858 to highlight WaterAid’s call for the UK Government to lead the way in ending the global water and sanitation crisis.

I also met some of the 115,056 supporters who signed the charity’s ‘Make It Happen’ petition, who came from across the country to discuss the importance of ensuring everyone everywhere has clean water to drink and somewhere safe to go to the toilet.

Friday, 17 July 2015

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group to close hospital canteen

The decision of East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group – the body which oversees local NHS spending – to close the canteen at Accrington Victoria is a step in the wrong direction and a clear indication of the financial pressures that the NHS in our area is facing.

Hospital food has not had the best of reputation. However Russ McLean of the Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group said “The food in Accrington is second to none and I will be very sorry to see it go”. I agree with Council Leader Miles Parkinson, that there is no deterioration in either the quality or the availability of the food.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Consumer information on car rental

Dear Mr Jones, I thought you might be interested in sharing with your constituents an advice summary we have produced for consumers, aimed at helping them when renting a car.

This follows a Europe-wide review of the sector which has resulted in five leading EU car rental companies committing to improving the way they deal with their customers.