Saturday, 25 February 2017

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

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.

More information can be found in our website article here. The full rulings can be found here. As the article explains, all these sites are now required to amend their marketing in line with the rulings.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards


Louise Hogan Maroney (Mrs)
Advertising Standards Authority
Mid City Place, 71 High Holborn
London WC1V 6QT
Telephone 020 7492 2222

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


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 -

Your local school budget is about to get wholloped. Every school, everywhere.

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.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Remembering the victims of the Holocaust

Delighted to sign the Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment remembering those who were murdered during the Holocaust. @HolocaustUK

Police and Crime Commissioner Survey

The Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has conducted a huge survey which has showing that communities see major crimes such as murder, rape and serious assaults; protecting children from child sexual exploitation and tackling serious organised crime and patrolling neighbourhoods with high crime rates as their highest priorities for policing.

I agree with the public and I don't want to see cuts to police services.

It is not surprising that huge numbers of Lancashire residents participated in this survey and is evidence of people’s desire to have a say in the running of their communities. Residents recognise that police are vital for keeping their families safe on a daily basis. Under the Tories we have lost 893 Police officers, 331 Police support staff and 140 PCSOs and demand for Police services is rising not falling.

Working Temperatures and the Ivory Trade. Time to act on both

Working temperatures
Too many people have to work in excessively hot conditions and I've heard about complaints from Accrington's Acorn Centre. That's why I've supported the TUC's Cool It campaign to introduce a statutory maximum temperature in the workplace and why I've signed EDM 344 to ask the Government to give workers these legal safeguards #CoolIt

Ivory trade
The ivory trade is a global outrage. As the charity Born Free has stated, tens of thousands of elephants are killed each year for their ivory - that's one elephant butchered every 15 minutes. Nearly one third of Africa's savanna elephants were killed between 2007 and 2014 to fuel the ivory trade in Asia, where gangs can charge over a thousand dollars for a kilogram of ivory on the black market.

Armed poachers are paid to pursue whole herds of elephants, shooting the animals with machine guns before they saw off their tusks with chainsaws.

This barbarism not only harms the animals themselves. It also undermines Africa's biodiversity and destroys the continent's eco-systems. Elephants spread seeds and create clearings in forests, laying way for new plants to grow - as anyone who's watched Planet Earth knows. They also attract thousands of tourists, bringing in much-needed revenue to parts of Africa.

International trade in ivory has been outlawed for over a quarter of a century. And in 1989, ivory prices crashed as a result, while markets in the USA and UK closed.

But the trade persists, albeit illicitly.

In September 2016, countries agreed to shut down the domestic ivory trade at a meeting by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. I'm glad to see our own Government take international action to combat the ivory trade. But there's a lot more that needs to be done. Each day,
ivory is traded within the UK - and much of it is falsely presented as part of the legal antique market.

That's why I've signed EDM 859, which calls on the Government to implement its commitment to ban ivory sales and close down the UK ivory market immediately.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Opportunities for local grants. I thought I'd post this.

Opportunities for local grants. I thought I'd post this.

Dear MP

I am writing to make you aware of an opportunity for local charities in your constituency. From today local charities can apply for a share of funds raised by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

£6 million will be available this year via three Trusts which support different categories of projects. For more information on how local charities can apply please visit the following websites:,,

Grant funding being sought for new disabled children play area

Did you know there are no disabled play areas in Britain? OK, not quite true, there is an old one in London.

Hyndburn Council are leading on a project looking at building a disabled play area. This will be funded by grant bids and I am delighted to be backing them and the application for funding.

The funding will be sought through the Green Spaces Forum (28 local groups now affiliated) which I helped initiate some 10 years ago. I wrote about it last month. It has brought £5.2m into the area and transformed Hyndburns Green Spaces.

It becomes more apparent, the more you consider standard play areas that they don't lend themselves to children with disabilities. Having a child with a disability at home can be hard enough but the planning and preparation when visiting anywhere is just an extra task facing parents.

After a lot of thought the Council have decided that there is an opportunity aside of the Sports Centre to build Britains first modern play area for children with disabilities.

There is a report about play and children with disability which was released in 2016 by Lord Blunkett – which makes the case for a new play area.