Archive | January, 2009

Extended opening hours for GP surgeries

20. January 2009

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Nearly 70% of GP surgeries are now offering patients extended opening hours (including Hull Teaching PCT). When we made the controversial changes to the GP contract we hoped that 50% of practices would be offering extended hours by the end of 2008. We recognise that for many people like self-employed or hourly paid workers, seeing [...]

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New laws support victims of crime

20. January 2009

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Modernisation of the coroners system and better protection for witnesses during criminal investigations were amongst the new measures announced by Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, when he published the Coroners and Justice Bill. The Bill is part of the Government’s aim to deliver a fairer, more transparent and responsive criminal justice system that puts the needs [...]

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Humanitarian Relief in Gaza

20. January 2009

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On Saturday 17 January Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire and began withdrawing troops. Hamas declared a unilateral ceasefire soon after. Aid agencies are now entering Gaza to urgently address the humanitarian situation. The focus is now on maintaining peace. The Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary have called publicly and privately for a robust and durable [...]

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Real Help For Business

20. January 2009

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I know that some businesses in Hull are finding it difficult to finance their current business plans. Not because their business has suddenly been transformed from a success to a failure; but because the credit crunch has impacted on the availability of capital and banks have changed their approach to risk, tightening lending conditions. This [...]

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Helping people back into work

20. January 2009

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I’m backing new help for people who lose their jobs including up to £2,500 ‘golden hellos’ to encourage businesses to recruit and train local people who are out of work. In the last recession the Government allowed short term unemployment to become long term unemployment because they didn’t give people the help they needed. The [...]

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Happy New Year

13. January 2009

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I would like to wish everyone in Hull West & Hessle a very happy New Year! Hull achieved many great things last year and I have been lucky enough to see some of them first hand. Just a few of the highlights have been opening Tilbury and Priory Children’s Centres, receiving a presentation from the [...]

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