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January 2006

Hull MP campaigns to save Newland School for Girls

Jan 31, 2006

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today called for Hull City Council to keep and improve Newland School for Girls at its current site.

In a written submission to Hull City Council's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) consultation exercise, the MP rejected the two options proposed by Hull City Council of either closing the school at its present location and building a replacement school in the city centre; or of renovating or rebuilding the school at its current site, with reductions in its pupil numbers and a federation arrangement with a boys' school.

Hull MP pledges support for Holocaust Memorial Day

Jan 26, 2006

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today pledged support for the aims of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday 27 January.

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27 January schools, universities and local communities throughout the country will mark Britain's sixth Holocaust Memorial Day. Hundreds of events are being held across Britain to commemorate all those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis in the Holocaust.

MP praises Hull's wardens and blasts Tory gimmicks

Jan 25, 2006

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today praised Hull's Junior Warden Scheme in Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons and attacked Tory policy "gimmicks".

Tory Leader David Cameron this week called for school leavers to be forced to do several months of community service in the voluntary sector, but admitted that full details of his policy had not yet been decided.

Diana Johnson asked the Prime Minister: "In Hull, more than 300 young people have volunteered as junior community wardens to work alongside the extra bobbies on the beat and the police community support officers.

Hull MP calls for welfare reform that works for all

Jan 24, 2006

Diana Johnson MP today called for changes to Britain's welfare system to help people on incapacity benefit into work.

The Hull North MP welcomed the new Welfare Reform Green paper/ A New Deal for Welfare/, which aims to remove barriers that prevent people from finding work. As well as proposals on reforming Incapacity Benefit, the Green Paper also sets out plans for older workers, lone parents and Housing Benefit.

MP backs Respect Action Plan to make Hull safer

Jan 10, 2006

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has welcomed the Government's drive to widen the clampdown on anti-social behaviour and to build a culture of respect in society.

The new measures in the Respect Action Plan focus on the prevention of anti-social behaviour as well as dealing with bad behaviour when it occurs. It includes strategies to tackle problem families, reduce school truancy and dramatically increase the numbers of police community support officers on our streets.

Hull MP backs crackdown on animal cruelty

Jan 10, 2006

Hull North MP Diana Johnson is backing a new law to combat cruelty against animals.

The most far-reaching piece of animal welfare legislation for almost a century receives its Second Reading in the House of Commons today (10th January). MPs will debate and agree the content of the new Animal Welfare Bill before it progresses through Parliament and becomes law.