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.