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.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

My LT column - Government dithering on football governance issues

As Chair of DCMS PLP committee there have been a number of issues I have raised. Gambling, Lord Leveson report, BBC and UK public sector broadcasting including opposing the privatisation of Channel 4.

Football governance is another one of those issues that both the last Tory-Liberal Government and the current Tory government are failing to take action on.

Despite a recent Government report, football fans continue to be prevented from getting involved in their clubs.

The report, which came out in January, called for new opportunities for Supporter Trusts to bid to own their clubs in an insolvency situation; clubs to meet with a representative group of supporters at least twice a year; and an additional £1 million funding from the PL for supporter groups.

Yet for many fans across the country, these recommendations will be too little, too late.

They don’t go far enough to give supporters the opportunity to take a meaningful stake in clubs which had not collapsed financially; nor do they properly give fans the chance to address wider governance issues. Indeed, Manchester United Supporters Trust has decried the report as containing little practical help to assist fans building a stake in the absence of insolvency.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Labour’s purpose must be to unite the country by John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary

Uniting our party is an admirable and necessary aim, but the Labour Party has to turn to uniting the country. Not in my lifetime have I seen our nation so divided.

The gap between rich and poor is growing, as low wages and the Government’s cuts to working families’ incomes bite; we have a new Conservative Prime Minister who wants to segregate children at 11 years old, and race discrimination is becoming more prominent as we see an increase in attacks on migrant workers.

Electorally the divisions are stark: Labour is virtually unrepresented in the south; the Tories barely present in northern metropolitan councils and nationalism is rampant in Scotland. The European referendum vote split the country almost in half.