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March 2006

Jubilee Birth Centre saved

Mar 29, 2006

Hull North Diana Johnson MP has welcomed the decision by Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust to keep open the Jubilee Birth Centre.

After opening in 2003, the Centre's future has been uncertain pending the outcome of a review by the local NHS Trust.

Diana Johnson MP said: "I have made several representations on behalf of local people about the Jubilee Birth Centre after receiving their letters about it. I visited Hull's Women and Children's Hospital recently and a visit to the Jubilee Birth Centre is planned in April.

Hull MP demands more help for carers

Mar 26, 2006

Hull North Diana Johnson MP has sponsored a new move in Parliament to give a higher priority to the health needs of carers.

A procedural motion to ask leave to introduce a Ten Minute Rule Bill from Labour MP Barbara Keeley came before the House of Commons today. The Identification and Support of Carers (Primary Health Care) Bill, if eventually passed by Parliament, would:

MP welcomes a "Budget for Hull's schools"

Mar 22, 2006

Hull North Diana Johnson MP today welcomed the Budget unveiled by Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown as "a budget for Hull's schools".

The Chancellor's Budget announced an extra £585 million for education, more help for families and pensioners, and a further boost for enterprise and science.

Diana Johnson MP said: "This was a Budget for Hull's schools and Britain's future.

MP slams Canadian seal hunters

Mar 21, 2006

Diana Johnson MP today backed campaigners against the Canadian seal hunt.

The Hull North MP joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), for the parliamentary launch of its landmark report, 'Importing Cruelty'. The report documents the cruelty of Canada's commercial seal hunt and the need for a UK trade ban on seal products.

MP backs new rise in Minimum Wage

Mar 20, 2006

Low paid workers across Hull are set to benefit from an increase in Labour's national minimum wage that was announced today.

Labour Ministers have accepted a report from the Low Pay Commission that will see the adult minimum wage rate increase from £5.05 to £5.35; the youth rate for 18-21 year olds increase from £4.25 to £4.45; and the minimum wage for 16-17 year olds increase from £3.00 to £3.30 from October 2006.

MP backs tail docking ban

Mar 14, 2006

Hull North MP Diana Johnson will support a ban on the docking of dogs' tails in today's House of Commons votes on the remaining stages of the Animal Welfare Bill.

The Hull North MP, a keen dog-lover, believes that the Bill can be improved by extending the proposed restriction of tail docking to include working dogs, so that tail docking would only be allowed for therapeutic reasons.

The reasons for supporting the tail docking ban include:

· Tail docking causes pain in dogs, which is even more intense for new-born puppies.

Massive funding boost for Hull primary schools

Mar 10, 2006

Hull school-children will benefit from Labour's massive new national programme to transform half of all primary school buildings.

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today welcomed the Government's new Primary Capital Programme (PCP) scheme, which will see additional investment of £1.15 billion and up to £7 billion extra spent on rebuilding or refurbishing primary schools over the course of the programme.

MP calls for more help on Warm Homes

Mar 09, 2006

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today called for further improvements to the Government's Warm Front scheme to combat the effects of rising heating bills.

Hull's first woman MP celebrates International Women's Day

Mar 08, 2006

Hull's first-ever woman MP today joined parliamentary colleagues in laying a tribute bouquet at the statue of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst to celebrate International Women's Day.

Diana Johnson MP said: "I am sure that the suffragettes who fought for women's rights would approve of what this Labour Government has done since 1997.

Hanging up on silent calls

Mar 07, 2006

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today welcomed the Government's announcement that companies will face fines of up to £50,000 if they plague Hull residents with silent telephone calls.

Diana Johnson MP said: "Silent calls are annoying and distressing, particularly for the elderly, hard of hearing and people living on their own.

"I am delighted that the Labour Government has increased the maximum penalty from £5,000 to £50,000, to deter the companies that make these nuisance calls.

"It's time for companies who are responsible for silent calls to hang up."