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October 2005

GCSE joy for Hull schools

Oct 27, 2005

Secretary of State for Education Ruth Kelly today joined with Hull North MP Diana Johnson to congratulate Hull's schools, teachers and pupils for doubling the numbers of young people achieving five or more good GCSEs since 1997.

In 1997, just 21.4 per cent of pupils in Hull were achieving five good passes at GCSE. The latest figures show that Hull has continued to make huge strides with the number rising to 43.1 per cent in 2005 more than double the 1997 figure.

Hull North MP launches new push for votes at 16

Oct 20, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today launched a new Parliamentary campaign in support of reducing the minimum voting age for all public elections to 16.

The Labour MP has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) at the House of Commons supporting votes at 16. It has already attracted supporters from MPs representing all the main political parties.

Hull needs a law centre

Oct 17, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has called for a replacement for the former Humberside Law Centre, which was closed earlier this year due to cuts by three councils surrounding Hull.

Although Labour-controlled Hull City Council was willing to continue funding Humberside Law Centre, the withdrawal of funding by three other local authorities - in the East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire - meant that the Law Centre closed in March 2005, after 15 years of service.

Diana Johnson MP's dog George enters Westminster Dog of the Year 2005

Oct 17, 2005

George the seven year old Black Labrador belonging to Diana Johnson Labour MP for Hull North, has entered the Westminster Dog of the Year 2005 Competition for dogs owned by MPs and Lords. The winner will be announced at 12 noon on Thursday 27 October at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster.

Hull Railway Station must improve

Oct 13, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson this week called for an acceleration of the planned improvements to Hull Railway Station at a meeting of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.

The Committee of MPs met this week to discuss a report by the National Audit Office Office on Maintaining and Improving Britain's Railway Stations.

Diana Johnson believes that further regeneration of Hull's rail terminal should be feasible due to the major regeneration work in Hull town centre, some of it linked to the station itself.

Hull MP backs tough action on healthy school food

Oct 12, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson met award-winning food writer Sophie Grigson in the House of Commons yesterday to support the Parliamentary launch of the Children's Food Bill.

The Private Members' Bill, sponsored by Wakefield Labour MP Mary Creagh, was launched during National School Meals Week and calls on the Government to ban the advertising of junk food to children and improve food education.

MP's warning to firework thugs in Hull

Oct 10, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today warned that those found misusing fireworks in Hull in the run up to 5th November face £80 on the spot fines.

Under the Fireworks Act 2003, a range of tough new powers are available to the police for the first time this year to deal with the import, sale and misuse of fireworks.

Diana Johnson MP is encouraging local people to help make the new laws work by reporting suspected offences, particularly on misuse of fireworks and illegal under-age sales, to the Police and Hull City Council's Trading Standards Department.