Tuesday, 28 February 2017

More Tory police cuts on the way

Last year we had the fiasco whereby the Government tried to fix police funding so certain areas benefited and others lost out, significantly. Lancashire was such a huge loser that hundreds of police officers would have to have been sacked. Lancashire was scheduled to lose a further £25m in the formula rejig on top of the deep cuts already imposed on every police authority.

Our Crime Commissioner wasted many hours over months trying to get to the bottom of this flawed method where the government refused to release the methodology. When he eventually did, it transpired the government had made huge mistakes and the formula was scrapped.

Just a small point here. Theresa May was the Home Office secretary of state overseeing all of this.

Now it's back.

I have written to the minster to ensure he knows the feelings of people in Haslingden and Hyndburn and Lancashire prior to latest gerrymandered formula. The cuts have gone to far.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Helping refugee's - Why we need a different approach.

Helping refugees

- It's time to think of all refugee's and not just the one's that fill our TV screens (eg. 490,000 DRC refugees as well as others)
- It's time to recognise that some camps are good, others are not up to standard
- It's time to look at the best camps and the economics of helping as many people as possible.
- It's time to recognise that the overwhelming number of refugees do not want to come to western Europe and need our help
- Recognise that the refugee crisis cannot be wholly solved in Europe

In early 2015, graphic images of makeshift boats sinking in the Mediterranean shocked us all. Aboard were small children and their parents, many of whom undertook the perilous journey in the hope of safety and security for their families. Pictures of their bodies, washed up on the shores of Greek beaches, were met with a national outcry and prompted demands for the UK to take swift action.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Good result - After my intervention, ASA cracks down on Rip Off auction sites

A good result.

The Advertising Standards Agency following my request last year began investigating penny auction sites.

These bogus rip off sites sell iPads for 30x their value by letting you believe you are in with a chance. You aren't.

They are making that much money they pay for their misleading adverts on the Sky News app for example.

They have written back to me having concluded their investigations and as a result they have laid down strict advertising standards for these misleading rip off sites.

Dear Graham

I hope you are well. You may have already seen this in the press today, but if not I wanted to alert you to the fact that today we have published the rulings for the six formal investigations we initiated last year.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Israel Settlements - My speech for this weeks debate

This week I was unable to get into the Israeli Settlements debate but here was my speech for interest. Posted because I receive quite a bit of interest on it.

If you have comments to me personally, please email graham.jones.mp@parliament.uk


In the final weeks of the previous American administration – John Kerry made a remarkably bold speech.
It was a speech from a statesman at the end of an illustrious career – impassioned, informed and, above all, honest.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

My LT Column - Your School - http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/

Your local school budget is about to get wholloped. Every school, everywhere. http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/

The biggest cuts fall in urban area as the Government tries to protect school budgets in rural schools. Hard working parents who help fund raise through PTA’s and the like will have to do more. More than they are currently doing to make up the £400 or thereabouts shortfall per pupil.