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November 2014

Hull get shunted into sidings again

In response to the Government’s announcement over East Coast rail services today, Hull North MP Diana Johnson said:

“Hull has been left out again in this announcement about the East Coast Line. There are no extra Hull-London or Hull-Newcastle services in this privatisation and we’re still threatened with Transpennine route cuts in order to benefit Southern England.

Hull MP co-sponsors Bill to reverse NHS privatisation drive

Nov 20, 2014 - Tags:

With Hull’s local NHS under increasing threat, a Hull MP tomorrow co-sponsors a Commons Bill to repeal the Coalition Government’s NHS privatisation policy - and to put patients first instead.

Hull North MP Diana Johnson is one of the key backers of a Commons Bill being introduced in the House of Commons by Eltham Labour MP Clive Efford.

The National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill would scrap David Cameron’s competition rules framework for the NHS and make sure that local NHS patients are always put first.

Hull MP questions urgency in Whitehall over Hull 2017

Speaking a year after Hull was announced as UK City of Culture 2017, Hull North MP Diana Johnson today questioned the urgency in Whitehall over making it a success.

Speaking in Business Questions to the Leader of the House of Commons, Diana Johnson MP asked: “As a fellow Yorkshire MP, I know the Leader will be aware that’s it’s a year ago today that Hull was announced as City of Culture for 2017.

Hull MP names firm in Hull over poverty pay

Nov 20, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today named a firm, with a factory in Hull, over the alleged use of migrant labour to undercut pay for local workers.

Speaking in Business, Innovation and Skills Questions in the House of Commons, Diana Johnson MP asked Ministers: “The Sunday Mirror reported that Greencore, who have a factory in Hull, are recruiting 300 Hungarians to undercut local job-seekers and are also at this time resisting a 6 pence an hour pay increase.

Hull MP challenges Nick Clegg on failing to back early Hull rail electrification

Diana Johnson MP today challenged the Deputy Prime Minister over his recent failure to back Hull’s bid to get rail electrification done in time for 2017 City of Culture.

Hull A&E gets ‘sticking plaster’ funding

Nov 14, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has responded to news that Hull NHS A&E will get £2m of extra funding to help with pressures this Winter.

Hull North MP Diana Johnson said: “The £2m that’s been announced is better than last Winter when Hull A&E didn’t get a penny of the £250m that was allocated.

“Today’s better news comes after I’ve been protesting regularly in Parliament all year about the Government’s unfair treatment of Hull last Winter.

Clegg: No Hull rail electrification until after City of Culture

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has responded to today’s comments from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that rail lines into Hull will not be electrified until the 2020s.

Diana Johnson MP said: “In putting off Hull rail electrification to the 2020s, Nick Clegg is abandoning any aspiration to get it done in time for Hull’s 2017 City of Culture.

Coalition rejects Labour plan to devolve bus service powers

Nov 05, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today called on the Government to listen to bus passengers in Hull and give them a fairer deal.


Labour tabled a Commons motion proposing to give local authorities such as Hull new powers to deliver more frequent, cheaper and greener bus services, with integrated Oyster-card style ticketing.


Since 2010, the Tory-led Government has cut local bus funding by 17% and imposed deeper cuts on Hull than on wealthier areas. As a result, over 1,300 routes in England have been cut and fares have risen five times faster than wages.

Hull North's rising child poverty raised in Commons

Nov 03, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today told the House of Commons about rising child poverty in Hull North.


Speaking in Work and Pensions Questions today Diana Johnson MP said: “According to the most recent figures published under this Government, 53% of children in the Orchard Park and Greenwood ward in my constituency are living in poverty, compared with 11% in the neighbouring constituency of Haltemprice and Howden.


“What is the Minister going to do to ensure that we do not end up with a permanently divided society?”

Hull MP slams growing gender pay gap under Coalition

Nov 03, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has slammed the Coalition Government’s reversal of years of gradual progress on equal pay for women.

Equal Pay Day – the day women effectively start working for free because they are still paid less than men – falls on 4 November this year.

That’s three days earlier than in 2013 because of the rising pay gap under the Coalition. Women will, in effect, work for free for the next 57 days until 31 December.