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February 2006

Two weeks left to register for May elections

Feb 27, 2006

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today reminded Hull voters about the 13 March deadline for registering to vote in time for May's local elections.

Those Hull voters not yet on the electoral register have until 13 March less than two weeks to register so that they can vote for their local council representatives at the polls on 4 May 2006.

Hull North MP votes for total smoking ban

Feb 14, 2006

Hull North MP Diana Johnson will support a total ban on smoking in public places, including in 'private' clubs, in today's House of Commons free vote on the Heath Bill.

With lung cancer rates in Hull double the national average for men between the ages of 35 and 64, and figures for coronary hearth disease even more alarming, the Hull North Labour MP believes that the public health case for a total ban outweighs the concerns that have been expressed about the ban by pro-smoking Lobby groups.

Hull MP backs new knife amnesty

Feb 09, 2006

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today endorsed a new drive to tackle knife crime and violence.

The Home Secretary Charles Clarke has announced a nationwide knives amnesty, to be held between 24 May and 30 June. This will be backed up by a tough police enforcement campaign to drive home the message that carrying knives is unacceptable.

The amnesty will target those who carry knives and offensive weapons. A public campaign supporting the amnesty will urge people to hand in their knives during the five week period, when they will be immune from prosecution for possessing them.

MPs back Hull for Wilberforce 2007

Feb 02, 2006

Yorkshire and Humberside MPs from both major political parties have backed a Parliamentary motion calling for Hull to be the main national focus for 2007's Wilberforce celebrations.

The celebrations will mark 200 years since the historic Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, introduced into Parliament by Hull MP William Wilberforce.

Diana Johnson MP this week tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) at the House of Commons. The motion reads: