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November 2005

Seized criminal assets could help Hull communities

Nov 22, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today encouraged Hull community groups to bid for their share of a quarter of a million pound fund, made up with assets seized from criminals.

The latest round of the Connected Fund has been launched by Home Office Minister Hazel Blears to support local projects tackling gun and knife crime in the areas worst affected by these problems.

Hull MP backs crackdown on drunken yobs

Nov 18, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today backed a hard-hitting new campaign against the violence caused by alcohol misuse.

The joint campaign between the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) aims to tackle alcohol and drug-related crime and focuses on the period running up to Christmas.

MPs praise Hull on child road safety

Nov 17, 2005

More than 120 Members of Parliament from nine political parties are supporting a Parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) from Diana Johnson MP praising Hull City Council's work on reducing child road deaths.The EDM praises Hull's work on introducing 20 mile per hour zones in targeted locations, which has led to a 74 per cent cut in child pedestrian casualties. The EDM encourages the Government and local authorities to follow Hull's example across the country.

Every lesson counts

Nov 15, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today backed a new drive to cut the number of parents taking their children on holiday during school term-time.

Parents can obtain discounts and free child places on family breaks taken during the school holidays under a new push to tackle absence from schools. The scheme, entitled Every Lesson Counts, was launched today by the Government, joining forces with the travel industry.

Hull needs new laws on knives and guns ''"sooner rather than later''"

Nov 14, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson said today that Hull needs the Violent Crime Reduction Bill passed “sooner rather than later”. The Violent Crime Reduction Bill is currently in its remaining stages in Parliament and is being discussed in the House of Commons today (Monday 14 November). The Bill contains a series of new powers to assist the Police and local communities in fighting violent crime, especially where knives and guns are involved. Diana Johnson MP said: ““We need tougher powers to cut knife and gun crime here in Hull.

Boost for war veterans' projects

Nov 11, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has welcomed good news for Hull's war veterans as the government announced a funding boost for key projects.

The £2million Veterans' Challenge Fund has boosted work to raise awareness of veterans and provide support for them. One example is the Fund's sponsorship of a yacht crew of British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association members, which is competing this month in the Atlantic 2005 Challenge Race from the Canaries to the West Indies.

Christmas is on the cards as competition winner is announced

Nov 09, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today announced five-year-old Jack Burgess of Thoresby Primary School as the winner of this year's competition to design the MP's Christmas card.

The winning entry and runners-up have been selected by Hull City Chairman, Adam Pearson, from the hundreds of entries submitted by children in primary schools across the Hull North constituency. Hull City will be printing all the winning entries in their matchday programme for their fixture against Cardiff City on 3 December.

Labour plans affordable childcare for families in Hull

Nov 08, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson described today's publication of the Government's Childcare Bill as "a massive step forward for families in Hull".

The Bill aims to help local parents and children. Labour will create affordable childcare for all three to 14 year olds and establish SureStart Children's Centre in every community by 2010.

Remember our armed forces this Christmas

Nov 07, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today encouraged families and friends in Hull of troops on operations overseas to send presents free of charge this Christmas, thanks to a free mail scheme introduced by the Government.

Diana Johnson MP said: "Our armed forces are doing a fantastic job on our behalf. Hull should be proud of the men and women who sacrifice so much for our country and our security.

"Receiving a package from home lifts the spirits of our troops at Christmas. I am pleased that the Labour Government has decided to make the free Christmas postal service permanent.

Yes Minister!

Nov 02, 2005

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has been appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Minister of State for Pension Reform, Stephen Timms.

Diana Johnson MP said: "I am delighted to have an opportunity to be closer to the heart of government.

"It is a particular pleasure to be working with a Minister who has a remit that covers issues such as pension reform, age discrimination, Winter Fuel Payments and other areas of importance to Hull North.