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February 2014

Hull is being well and truly stitched up by the Coalition

Feb 27, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson this morning (Thursday 27 February) had the article below published in the Hull Daily Mail about council cuts in Hull and council tax increases.


The article is being published on the same day as Hull City Council meets to agree its budget and council tax for 2014/15 and can also be read at: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/undefined-headline/story-20708263-detail/story.html.

Hull MP confronts Ministers on unfair cuts to Hull City Council

Feb 27, 2014 - Tags:

Speaking in the Commons today (27 February), Hull North MP Diana Johnson asked for a Parliamentary debate on why the heaviest council cuts are being imposed on the poorest areas.


Diana Johnson MP told the Commons: “Council tax rises are one factor in the cost of living crisis.


“Could we have a debate on how Coalition funding distribution gives the biggest cuts to the most disadvantaged areas and is deliberately calculated, so that no matter what efficiencies are found by places like Hull, they still have to increase council tax and cut local services?”

Hull delegation pushes Transport Secretary on rail electrification

Feb 25, 2014 - Tags:

Diana Johnson MP was among the cross-party delegation of Hull and East Riding MPs, Hull councillors and representatives of the local business community who met the Transport Secretary today.


The delegation was at the Department of Transport to ask Patrick McLoughlin MP to back the privately financed Hull Trains bid to secure electrification of railway lines into Hull in time for the 2017 City of Culture. 

Hull MP pays respects to those who fell on the Western Front

Feb 19, 2014 - Tags:

As the centenery of the outbreak of World War One nears, Hull North MP Diana Johnson visited Passchendaele, Belgium, to pay her respects at the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves and Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient campaign on the Western Front.

Hull MP asks Government why it takes Eton to be hit before flooded Hull homes get help

Feb 13, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has asked why it has taken two months for Ministers to announce financial help for Hull households flooded last December.


Diana Johnson MP asked the Lib Dem Flood Minister, Dan Rogerson MP: “I welcome the £5,000 that’s been announced to households that have flooded and I understand that it will be available to households that flooded in Hull during the tidal surge in December. But can the Minister explain to people in Hull why it’s taken two months for that announcement to be made and only after the playing fields of Eton have flooded?”

Hull MP backs Hull Votes at 16 campaigners

Feb 12, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today met with Hull campaigners who were attending a lobby of Parliament in favour of votes at 16 to show support for their campaign.


Labour Leader Ed Miliband has said that the next Labour Government will legislate to ensure that youngsters aged 16 and 17 will be able to vote at General and Local Elections.

MP speaks up for Hull on further Lib Dem Council cuts

Feb 12, 2014 - Tags:

Diana Johnson MP made the speech below in the House of Commons debate on the local government central grant settlement.

Hull MP slams Lib Dem plan to axe Student Opportunity Fund

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today pressed Ministers about reports that the Lib Dems plan to axe funding that helps students from poorer backgrounds into further education.


Speaking in Business Questions in the House of Commons today, Diana Johnson MP said: “As the Member of Parliament whose constituency contains the excellent Hull University, I am concerned to hear press reports that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury wants to scrap the £300 million student opportunities fund.

Lib Dems betray Hull on police cuts

Feb 04, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP and Labour Shadow Home Office Minister Diana Johnson has slammed Hull Lib Dems for demanding even deeper local police cuts.


The accusation came after Hull Lib Dem councillors joined Tories from other local authorities at a meeting of the Humberside Police and Crime Panel today (4 February) to vote for even deeper cuts to local police numbers than those proposed by their own Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) – even though Humberside police numbers had already fallen to the lowest level in 35 years. 

Diana waves Bransholme pupil off on Hull Trains trip to London

Feb 01, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today waved a Bransholme school pupil off on the eleven year-old's first-ever trip to London.


Amy Clinton, from Highlands Primary School was tasked with testing out the train operating company’s new kids’ packs, custom-designed to keep children entertained when travelling with the long-distance train operator. Amy also plans to report back to her local MP about the facilities generally for children traveling with Hull Trains.