Monday, 22 June 2015

Supporting those that suffer with Arthritis

People with Arthritis shouldn't have to suffer.​

I have pledged to support Arthritis Research UK for the thousands of local people in Haslingden and Hyndburn living every day with the pain of arthritis.

In Hyndburn alone, 6,769 people are living with the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis of the knee, with 3,961 suffer from osteoarthritis of the hip.

Sunday, 21 June 2015


Led by Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt, Labour MPs have highlighted the inadequacies of our education system and urged the Government to initiate a cross party review of 14-19 education.


This week MPs voted on whether to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the EU referendum. I have long supported the campaign for votes at 16.

After we forced a vote on this issue, many Labour MPs made an impassioned and logical case for extending the franchise.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Supporting our bees and to keep the ban on bee-harming pesticides

This week in parliament I attended an event to support our bees and two keep the ban on bee-harming pesticides

I am committed to protect bees in the UK, speaking out against proposed plans to temporarily lift a ban on bee-harming pesticides.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Fwd: Easier broadband switching from tomorrow

Dear Mr Jones,

Changes coming into force tomorrow will make it easier for millions of consumers to change to a new broadband or landline deal.

From Saturday 20 June, the process of switching between providers who use the Openreach telecoms network – such as BT, EE, Sky and TalkTalk – will become simpler and smoother with a new 'one touch' process. This will place the responsibility for the broadband or landline switch entirely in the hands of the company to which the customer is moving.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Asthma UK has launched a new report that highlights the scale of unsafe prescribing

Asthma UK has launched a new report that highlights the scale of unsafe prescribing putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack.

Last year’s National Review of Asthma Deaths highlighted prescribing errors in nearly half of asthma deaths in primary care (47%). Asthma UK has subsequently analysed data from over 500 UK GP practices which shows these prescribing errors were just the tip of the iceberg.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A recent report by the Children’s Society tailored to Hyndburn...

A recent report by the Children’s Society tailored to Hyndburn and the North West, makes for some incredibly sobering reading, and the numbers really ought to make the Government reflect on how their policies are hurting young people in our area.
In the area covered by Lancashire County Council, there are 3,350 children who have been registered as being in need because of abuse and neglect. There are currently 6,370 children living in poverty in the constituency of Hyndburn.
Despite Cameron’s you’ve-never-had-it-so-good attitude to the economy, most children in poverty in the UK are living in families that are in low-paid work. There are 4,927 children living in in-work poverty in Hyndburn. David Cameron’s economic recovery has not reached the dinner tables of those who need it most.

FW: Parliamentary support: Cervical Screening Awareness Week 15-21 June

Mr Jones,

This week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week, which aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening and how attending a screening appointment can help to prevent cervical cancer.

The UK has a cervical screening programme that saves 5,000 lives a year; however eight women are given a diagnosis of cervical cancer each day. Despite the fact that cervical cancer is largely preventable, over 22% of women still do not attend their cervical screening, and with the numbers attending their screening appointments at their lowest since 1998, raising public awareness of cervical cancer prevention must be a priority. A report commissioned by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in 2014 showed that if 85% of women attended their screening, the incidence of cervical cancer could decrease by 14% in just one year and deaths would fall by 27% over five years.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Fwd: Ofcom: Broadband Switching

Ofcom: Broadband Switching  
Dear Mr Jones, On 11 June Ofcom CEO, Sharon White, told a Which? conference that while customer service levels in the telecoms industry have improved, people still find it too difficult to change provider and cancel contracts.

In recognition of this Ofcom announced new measures to better protect and empower consumers.

These include: A strengthened Code of Practice on broadband speeds, allowing customers to exit a contract should speeds fall below acceptable levels 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

FW: Analysis of UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors and the EU

Dear Graham,

This morning ADS and KPMG have published an analysis of how the UK’s membership of the EU impacts the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors.

ADS is the national trade association for the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors. We have 900 members, including 850 SMEs, across all regions and nations of the UK. In 2014 our sectors generated £56bn in output, including £31bn in exports. Combined they directly employ 310,000 people, supporting a total of 800,000 jobs across the UK economy.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Fwd: Stretched local services need protection from further cuts

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Subject: Stretched local services need protection from further cuts

Dear Mr Jones,

Congratulations on your election as a Member of Parliament on 7 May 2015.

I am writing about the potential damage that decisions the Government is shortly to make in the 8 July Budget and the autumn Spending Review could have for local services.

The National Audit Office says that government grants to local authorities reduced by 37 per cent during the last parliament and UNISON’s calculations show that this amounts to £12.5bn.

FW: Hyndburn Constituency Report

Dear Mr Jones, Congratulations on your election as MP for Hyndburn. There are around 21380 children in your constituency and The Children's Society believes that every one of them should have the opportunity to flourish as children and then as adults.

To welcome you to the new Parliament we have put together a specially tailored report about the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in Hyndburn. You can find the report here:

Some of the key facts from the report about children's lives in your local area are:

• An estimated 14090 children in will live in families claiming Universal Credit
• Last year 770 children aged 16 and 17 in the North West presented as homeless
• Around 3510 children in Hyndburn live in families in problem debt.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Closure of Canteen at Accrington Victoria Hospital and the wider implications.

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.

Friday, 5 June 2015

FW: Back of the Bus in Accrington

Dear Mr Jones

We have something exciting happening in your constituency that we thought you'd want to know about. Later this month we have invited New Zealand based Java Dance Company to come and perform on a Transdev Lancashire Way bus. The show, Back of the Bus, will tour to six Pennine Lancashire towns from 22-27 June. This is real coup for Pennine Lancs.

Tickets are the same price as a regular bus day ticket on The Lancashire Way for the 'Silver' area (Lancashire). This is £6 for adults and £4.20 for under 19s (this will also be the concessionary price for over 65s). The tickets are available directly from the starting venues in each location. Full details of the tour are available on the Transdev website by visiting

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

FW: Supporting the UK's Museums

Dear Graham ,

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your recent success in the general election, and to provide you with some information on the work of the Museums Association.

The Museums Association is the oldest museum membership organisation in the world, representing over 500 museums and 7,000 individuals who work in the sector. As the main voice of museums across the four nations of the UK, we are greatly looking forward to working with you over the next five years to ensure that museums continue to be vibrant institutions with an important role to play in our society.

Fwd: Supporting National Microchipping Month

Dear Mr Jones, This month marks National Microchipping Month.

By April 2016 all dog owners in England will be legally required to have their dogs microchipped and any puppy born from then onwards will need to be microchipped by their breeder by the time they are 8 weeks old (other than in exceptional circumstances). It will also be a requirement for dog owners to ensure their dog’s microchip details are kept up to date on a government compliant database. Such regulations are likely to be introduced in Scotland and Wales by the same deadline.

The Kennel Club and Petlog, the UK’s largest microchip database along with other welfare organisations have long supported compulsory microchipping in order to aid reunification and put an end to the heartbreak of losing a much loved family pet.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

New Mayor can't wait to get stuck into Food Festival!

The new Mayor of Hyndburn, Coun. Marlene Haworth, is urging everyone to join her at the Accrington Food and Drink Festival this Saturday, June 6th.

One of her first official duties as Mayor will be to officially open the festival at 9 am in the Market Hall, and she's raring to get the foodie fun started.

"I'm really looking forward to it," said Coun. Haworth, "but then I'm a food lover, so it's right up my street!"