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March 2015

Budget 2015 - Your views

Mar 26, 2015

The budget last week set out what the current Coalition Government would do if they won the next General Election.

One or two bits of it I agreed with - like the commitment to finally include Hull companies in the scheme to give a grant to install super-fast broadband. This is a welcome boost for business and something I have been asking for since last year.

But on the whole I was struck by the difference between the picture painted by George Osborne and the picture I see every day when I am at my advice surgeries or out and about in Hull.

Hull MP responds to Penrose Report on the NHS contaminated blood scandal

Mar 26, 2015 - Tags:

As Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood, Hull North MP Diana Johnson made the speech below to the House of Commons in response to the Penrose Inquiry report's publication.

Diana Johnson: Thank you for granting the urgent question, Mr Speaker. I thank the Minister for her response.

Hull MP welcomes pioneering Hull’s new woman Bishop

Mar 25, 2015 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has welcomed today’s announcement that the country’s second woman bishop will be appointed in Hull.

The Hull Labour MP has been one of the most prominent Parliamentary campaigners for women bishops and was herself the first woman to be an MP in Hull.

Hull North MP Diana Johnson said: “I’m overjoyed that Revd Canon Alison White is to be the new Bishop of Hull and I look forward to working with her in Hull.

More evidence of Hull NHS crisis

Mar 24, 2015 - Tags:

New figures show 713 bed days being wasted in Hull NHS, as delayed discharges reach an all-time high.

The latest official figures for January 2015 show a dramatic increase in the number of delayed discharges from hospitals in a further sign that the NHS is going backwards under the Tories and Lib Dems.
•    In Hull the number of wasted bed days has increased by 258%, with 713 bed days wasted, as many elderly people were left stuck in hospital. In August 2010 the figure was 199.

New report shows the regional divide growing under the Coalition

A new research report, edited by Hull North MP Diana Johnson, arguing that regional inequality has worsened under the Coalition Government is being launched today (20 March).

The Unions 21 report, entitled Rebalancing the Economy: New Thinking on Britain’s Regional Inequalities, argues that the regional divide has reasserted itself under the Coalition since 2010 because, despite ministerial rhetoric, little has been done to fundamentally rebalance the economy.

Budget is missed opportunity for Hull

Mar 18, 2015 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has described today’s Budget as a “missed opportunity” for Hull.

Hull North MP Diana Johnson said: “Today’s Budget documents show that rail electrification from Selby to Hull could come as late as 2024.

“This is a huge missed opportunity. Had Ministers given any priority to Hull’s privately financed scheme when Humber MPs, Humber LEP and businesses lobbied Ministers for it over a year ago, at that point it was still possible for the scheme to be done in time for 2017 City of Culture.

Budget is missed opportunity for Hull

Hull North MP Diana Johnson gave the speech below in the Budget Debate in the House of Commons on 18 March 2015.

 

No Hull rail electrification until 2024?

Hull North MP Diana Johnson said: “Today’s announcement from the Transport Secretary shows that Hull could wait as long as 2024 for rail electrification.
 
“Had the Coalition Government shown any urgency for Hull rail electrification in the months after November 2013, when Hull first won national City of Culture, it was at that stage still possible for this scheme to happen in time for 2017.
 

Hull MP slams fall in prosecutions of child sex abusers under Coalition

Mar 04, 2015 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today asked the Prime Minister about the fall in prosecutions since 2010 of those sexually exploiting children - as police funding has been cut.This follows the Prime Minister yesterday designating child sexual abuse as a “national threat”.Diana Johnson MP said: “Yesterday the Prime Minister rightly designated child sexual exploitation as a national threat.“Sadly, the police are receiving more reports of abuse than ever before – but there are fewer investigations and prosecutions than in 2010/11.“In this time, 16,000 police officers have been cut.

Too little, too late from the Government on tackling child abuse

Mar 03, 2015 - Tags:

Hull North MP and Shadow Home Office Minister Diana Johnson has responded to measures announced by the Prime Minister today on the reporting “wilful neglect” of children.

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