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.

Fwd: Lancashire student encourages teens to take part in National Citizen Service programme

Lancashire student encourages teens to take part in National Citizen Service programme

Good morning, Following news that young people are planning to spend 84 hours lying in, 75 hours watching Netflix and 44 hours 'taking selfies' this summer, 18 year old student, Daniel Lee, is urging all Lancashire teens to put down their phones and seize the unique opportunity this summer brings, following his own life-changing experience on a National Citizen Service (NCS) programme last year, designed to offer 16 and 17 year olds across Hampshire a fun way to learn skills for work and life.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Re: Saturday 18th July - Woodnook Activities

Campaigning to keep the Hunting Ban

Last week I met Brian May, Queen guitarist to support the fight to keep the ban on hunting in place.

Brian May, well known animal welfare activist, met MPs last week to discuss the Conservative plan to make changes to the Hunting Act and support the campaign to keep the current ban.

The Labour manifesto is committed to battle for animal welfare and keep the ban on hunting in place during this parliament.

During the meeting we spoke about politics and Parliament, but most of all about our need to maintain the Hunting Act and champion animal rights here in Parliament.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Fwd: CMA sets out case for energy market reform

Dear Mr Jones, The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today published its provisional findings after a comprehensive year-long investigation into the energy market.

In a summary of provisional findings published today, we have highlighted a range of problems hindering competition in the market, including the extent to which consumers are engaged in the market and shortcomings in regulation and the ability to deliver change across the market. We also point to the need for a coherent and transparent approach to responsibilities and policy implementation by those overseeing the industry.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Fwd: Google Alert - Graham Jones MP

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As-it-happens update July 1, 2015

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones was guest of honour and handed out trophies and medals along with local councillors Miles and Bernadette Parkinson.
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