Archive | November, 2008

FACING GLOBAL CHALLENGES: Supporting people through difficult times

21. November 2008

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I know that everyone is worried about the economic situation. When the American housing market crashed, banks stopped lending to each other and this started the so-called ‘credit crunch’. This has had an impact across the world. We all saw the American bank, Lehman Brothers, go bust. This Government took strong action to stop that [...]

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Making sure workers are paid fairly – no excuses not to pay up

20. November 2008

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Everyone should earn a fair wage for a fair day’s work – there is no excuse not to pay up. And there were two welcome bits of news this month that will be a boost to workers in Hull West & Hessle. The Government has said that it wants to change the current minimum wage [...]

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Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

20. November 2008

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The Act received Royal Assent on Thursday 13 November. The Act updates the 1990 law to ensure that it is fit for purpose in the 21st Century and keeps the UK at the forefront of developments in treatment and research. There are no changes to the 1967 Abortion Act resulting from this legislation. The purpose [...]

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Taking action in tough times

20. November 2008

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Families across Britain are understandably feeling worried, with all the news about bank failures, global financial crisis and troubled stock markets across the world. This month we have seen decisive action by the Bank of England, cutting interest rates by 1.5%. The most important thing right now is that all the banks pass these cuts [...]

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£9m to rebuild primary schools in Hull

20. November 2008

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This month saw a funding boost announced by the Government to start rebuilding local primary schools. Hull City Council will receive over £9m to kick start the Government’s plan to rebuild or refurbish half of all primary schools over the next fifteen years. The funding plans – worth £3.55 billion across England – were confirmed [...]

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Card account boost to Post Office

20. November 2008

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Local Post Offices received a boost this week when the Government awarded the contract for the Post Office Card Account (POCA) service to the Post Office. This is great news for the Post Office. This decision will prevent the closure of around 3,000 Post Offices across the country. I know you agree that Post Offices [...]

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Website award – 2nd year running

19. November 2008

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I was delighted to receive the award for the most accessible website for the second year running. The award came from the British Computer Society’s MP’s Website Awards. There were 4 awards in total and my website again won the award for the most accessible. This means as well as fulfilling DDA Regulations, the website [...]

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Pensions for Hull Fishermen

17. November 2008

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Many of you will know how seriously I take the unfair treatment of Hull’s trawlermen. From my very first speech in the House of Commons as an MP, I have been working hard to ensure that the trawlermen get a fair deal. I fought hard to win the men compensation for having their livelihoods taken [...]

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