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January 2007

Hull MP backs the 'Reduce the Risk' campaign

Jan 29, 2007

Diana Johnson MP took a break from heavyweight politics when she had her Body Mass Index (BMI) measured at an exhibition organised by Cancer Research UK in Parliament.

The charity held the parliamentary healthy living day to raise awareness of the impact of obesity in increasing a person’s cancer risk and the importance of maintaining a healthy weight.

Cancer Research UK also spoke to the Hull North MP about its recent survey which found that a quarter of adults in the UK think getting cancer is all down to fate.

Labour launches petition to save free healthy school meals

Jan 26, 2007

Hull North MP Diana Johnson was today joined by fellow Hull MPs, John Prescott and Alan Johnson, and Labour councillors to launch a petition to ‘Save Free Healthy School Meals in Hull’.

Hilary Benn to visit Hull

Jan 23, 2007

Labour’s International Development Secretary Hilary Benn has accepted Diana Johnson MP’s invitation to visit Hull.

Mr Benn will be in Hull on Friday 9 February and will be in involved in a number of events. The visit will conclude with a meeting entitled ‘A fairer world for all' at the Goodwin Development Trust’s Octagon Centre on Walker Street, from 6.30pm. The meeting will be open to all.

MP urges Hull parents to make the most of the Child Trust Fund

Jan 17, 2007

Diana Johnson MP today urged Hull parents to use their Child Trust Fund vouchers to ensure that their children have savings behind them when they reach 18.

Speaking during the first-ever Child Trust Fund Week, which runs until 20 January, the Hull North MP called on parents to use their £250 vouchers to open an account, while asking friends and family to get engaged with Child Trust Fund accounts to build a nest egg for the future of the children they know.

2,250 Hull women to gain from fairer deal on pensions

Jan 16, 2007

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today (16 January) voted for new Government pensions proposals that could see around 2,250 Hull women between 46 and 56 gain a full basic state pension.

Humber women entrepreneurs meet Minister

Jan 15, 2007

Hull North Diana Johnson MP tomorrow (Tuesday 16 January) leads a delegation of women entrepreneurs from the Humber area to meet DTI Minister Margaret Hodge MP.
The Minister will hear about the experiences of local women in business and commerce and what more central government can do to boost the involvement of women in enterprise.

Hull MP tackles Home Office on local police funding

Jan 15, 2007

Diana Johnson MP today questioned ministers on funding for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Home Office questions at the House of Commons.

This follows the Home Secretary’s announcement on 27 November 2006 that the Home Office, in response to requests from policing organisations, would allow funding for 16,000 PCSOs to be recruited nationally, instead of the 24,000 that had been a national target earlier. This allowed for around 300 PCSOs to be recruited in Humberside, instead of the 210 that the recent Home Office announcement would provide funding for.

Hull MP backs crackdown on rogue employers

Jan 10, 2007

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today launched a campaign to stop unscrupulous employers getting an unfair advantage by breaking minimum wage law.

The MP has written to local trade unionists, business and faith groups asking them to report all cases of employers paying illegally low wages, and is encouraging her Hull North consitituents to tip her off about cases where Scrooge employers are flouting the law.