Sunday, 30 October 2016

Small Business Saturday - is your business involved?

Small Business Saturday UK is a not-for-profit campaign, which highlights small business successes and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

Business organisations are planning events in Hyndburn to support Small Business Saturday. The campaign encourages businesses to promote themselves and work with other small businesses. It is supported by a number of organisations, such as the Federation of Small Businesses, and it has cross-party support.

Small Business Saturday has been running since December 2013. In 2013, Graham Jones MP was joined by the then Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Ummuna MP, in celebrating small businesses in Hyndburn.

This year, it will take place across the country on 3 December 2016.

Past success

In 2015, customers spent £623m with small businesses on Small Business Saturday. This represented a 24% increase from 2014.

Harsher sentences for for offenders who assault the Police

I recently attended Holly Lynch MPs (MP for Halifax) event to raise awareness of, and promote tougher sentences for assaults on police staff. #AssaultPolice #PoliceOfficerSafety

It is unacceptable that people who go out there to protect us the general public are not given the maximum protection themselves. That's why I support harsher sentences. I have written recently about this.

Police assaults and poor sentencing remains high on the Police Federation agenda.

Holly recently held a police debate in the House of Commons surrounding this issue. Holly Lynch  led the debate. Holly had gone out for a shift with her local police and ended up calling 999 to get back up for the officer she was out with, she saw first-hand that back is not always just round the corner.. Hollys blog about the issues can be found here:

In Lancashire there have been some appalling cases.

Backing Diabetes UK campaign for better feet assessments

I am backing Diabetes UK call for local action to ensure everyone with diabetes admitted to hospital receives a foot risk assessment and it is an issue I have already raised with Kevin MaGee of East Lancs Hospitals Trust.

In England hospitals are not giving foot checks to more than two thirds of people with diabetes on admission[1], despite this being recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

I attended Diabetes UK’s foot care event at Westminster, where I heard about foot care for people with diabetes in Hyndburn.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Fwd: Accrington Carnival 2017

Subject: Accrington Carnival 2017

Last night a small group of people got together to talk about the viability of Accrington Carnival going ahead in 2017 following Accrington Lions withdrawing from organising it. The general feeling is that there is a desire for the Carnival to continue as it would be a shame to break a tradition that was started in 1959. However, the only way it can go ahead is with a large number of supporters and volunteers, plus some serious fund raising. A new community group needs to be formed and then the work load needs to be divided up and this all needs to be done quickly as time flies and there is a lot to be done.

A public, open meeting has been arranged for 6pm on Tuesday 15th November, at the Hyndburn Voluntary and Community Resource Centre on Cannon Street in Accrington.

It is essential that word is spread so even if you can't attend the meeting please send this to any of your contacts and let's get the whole of Hyndburn involved. If you are able to offer any support and want to get in quick with sponsorship or help in any way, please get in touch.

Thank you

Carnival 2017


Just raised in @houseofcommons the lack of northern investment by Tory Govt and the need to extend M65 motorway to the NE.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Delighted to support @DiabetesUK Checking of feet is a vital.

Delighted to support @DiabetesUK Checking of feet is a vital. There are 20 diabetes related amputations in England every day. Really important to raise awareness and an issue I will be raising with East Lancs Hospitals Trust to see what more can be done.

Transport for the North - M65 extension to M1

Met with David Brown, CEO of Transport for the North TfN. Agreed that M65 extension to M1 an option for TfN. Had a good discussion about the M65 extension to M1.

A transport project that would help East Lancashire grow by connecting the millions of people in the North East with millions on the North West. Would also require widening of the M66.

LT Column - The conflict in the Yemen

The current conflict in the Yemen is complex, to say the least.

No one would disagree that the current humanitarian crisis that besets the country is extremely dire. As the United Nations has warned, we are seeing a real risk of famine in some areas. More than 14 million people are without reliable access to food and nearly 3 million people have been displaced.

The question, however, is how to bring about a solution.

Friday, 21 October 2016

‘Hy'-end Magazine Boost for Hyndburn

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‘Hy'-end Magazine Boost for Hyndburn

Scott Dawson Advertising is launching a brand new feel-good glossy publication for the Lancashire district of Hyndburn.

LIFE:STYLE Magazine plans to promote the positive side of Accrington and its surrounding areas appealing to tourists, business investors, heritage, music and culture fans.

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones, pictured, said: "I am thrilled to see a lifestyle magazine promoting the area and the very hard work going on behind the scenes by my office, the district council, and the many brilliant community groups we have here."

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

MP backs Electricity North West’s priority service for vulnerable customers

MP backs Electricity North West’s priority service for vulnerable customers

I am giving my support to Electricity North West’s priority service register which is available for all vulnerable customers across the North West during a power cut.

The region’s network power operator offers extra support to vulnerable customers during unexpected power cuts, including the elderly or those with a medical dependency on electricity and I would urge those customers in Hyndburn to register.

Electricity North West’s vulnerable customer scheme may just save someone’s life. If you know anyone that would suffer as a consequence of a loss of electricity then contact ENW and ad their name to the Priority Service Register.

Stephanie Trubshaw, head of customer experience for Electricity North West, said: “We’re delighted that MP Graham Jones is supporting our Priority Service Register and he has highlighted the vital support on offer to our vulnerable customers in Hyndburn.

“We have a range of different welfare options so that we are on hand to offer extra support so that you are safe and comfortable in your own home while our engineers are working hard to restore the power.”

To sign-up to the Priority Service Register please visit or call 0800 195 4141. To discover more about the extra support on offer watch our Priority Service video here.

If you experience a power cut you can call 105 or 0800 195 4141 for free or follow @ElectricityNW on Twitter or report the fault online here.

Fwd: PSNC response to Parliamentary Debate

Subject: PSNC response to Parliamentary Debate
Date: 18 October 2016 18:17:24 BST

Dear Mr Jones,
I am emailing on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee  (PSNC) to thank you for taking part in yesterday's debate on community pharmacy.
We were delighted to see the debate so well attended and your input was most welcome, particularly your highlighting the important relationships between pharmacists and the patients who use their services.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

FOBTs continue to be problem for society.

FOBTs continue to be problem for society. The crack cocaine of gambling that allow gamblers to stake £100 every 20 seconds; left thousands of people with gambling debts; have reduced bookmakers to unwelcoming high street casinos and changed their character; seen violence in bookmakers as a result of these machines; allowed the industry to reduce staff and leave often young, female staff lone staffing.

Friday, 14 October 2016

More must be done to tackle assaults on Police Officers

MY colleague Halifax MP, Holly Lynch has called on the government to take steps to keep Police Officers safe from attacks after an event in Parliament which highlighted the shocking extent of the problem.

I joined her at the ‘Protect the Protectors’ event in Parliament which Holly organised to discuss the latest assault figures with members of the Police Federation and serving Police Officers and how violence towards the police affected their ability to protect their communities.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

I want to see the M65 extended to the North East .. My LT column

I want to see the M65 extended to the North East connecting millions of people directly to the North West. It’s about the time the North got its fair share of transport funding. It’s about time too that East Lancashire got the connections that would bring greater prosperity.

Across the North, people are desperate for improvements in transport. Families are tired of long journeys to visit their relatives, commuters are sick of unnecessarily draining commutes, and local businesses are fed up with needless hindrances to consumers – hindrances which the government could prevent, if only it properly invested in a comprehensive Northern transport plan.

Instead, the Tories continue to preside over extensive delays, poor road networks and outdated railways. These problems are particularly acute in the Pennines and for commuters travelling between the North West and North East, where a lack of investment can be felt by all those who’ve been stuck on the M65, M62 or M606. The M62 being the only east-west motorway.