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June 2007

Hull MP presses Government on flood defences

Jun 25, 2007

Following the widespread flooding in and around Hull caused by prolonged torrential rain, Diana Johnson MP today questioned the Government about the city’s flood defences.

Written Parliamentary questions from the Hull North MP to the Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs raise concerns about whether Hull is adequately protected from flooding, and whether the city’s water drainage system is sufficient to maintain public safety against further extreme weather caused by the long-term effects of climate change.

Hull to get new free cash machines

Jun 19, 2007

Diana Johnson MP today welcomed news that six new free cash machine will be installed in Hull North following a campaign to increase the number of non-charging machines.

The free machines are part of a ground-breaking deal between banks, building societies, cash machine operator LINK, MPs and the Government to provide 600 new non-charging cash machines throughout the country in areas where there is a shortage, such as parts of Hull North that are furthest from Hull city centre.

Hull's KC shares sale to be raised in Parliament

Jun 18, 2007

Diana Johnson MP is to raise Hull City Council’s recent sale of its Kingston Communication (KC) shares on the floor of the House of Commons tomorrow (Wednesday 20 June).

The Hull North MP has secured a special Parliamentary debate on the subject of the ‘Regulation of the disposal of local authority assets: case of Hull City Council’.

Hull MP supports Wrong Trousers Day for sick children

Jun 13, 2007

Diana Johnson MP today joined with Oscar-winning animated stars Wallace and Gromit to promote Wrong Trousers Day 2007.

The Hull North MP is encouraging Hull people to get involved with this year’s Wrong Trousers Day on Friday 29 June in aid of children's hospitals and hospices.

On 29 June people in Hull can help the Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Foundation to reach their target of one million participants by ‘Getting their kit on’ to raise money and help improve the quality of life for children in hospitals and hospices all around the UK.

Labour delivers eight extra holidays for Hull workers

Jun 12, 2007

Half a million workers in the Yorkshire and Humber area are to get up to eight extra days annual holiday - with the first four coming in October this year.

The extra holidays will benefit up to six million workers across Britain, including 3.5million women and 2.5million men. New regulations published by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) boost the minimum holiday entitlement from 20 days a year to 24 days this October, and to 28 days from April 2009.

Hull MP welcomes tougher action against gun criminals

Jun 11, 2007

Diana Johnson MP today welcomed a big increase in the sentences awarded by courts for possessing a firearm since changes introduced in the 2003 Criminal Justice Act.

The Hull North MP was responding to new Home Office figures showing that:

MP backs Labour's modernisation of secondary education in Hull

Jun 11, 2007

Hull North MP Diana Johnson MP today backed the Labour Government’s plans to invest £220 million to transform Hull’s secondary schools.

Plans to either rebuild or renovate every secondary school in the country under Labour’s 15-year Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme moved a step forward for Hull today as Hull City Council published plans for the City’s schools.

These plans, subject to local consultation through the summer, include three new schools set up under the academy model created by the Labour Government in the Education Act 2002.

Hull MP backs campaign for UK's six million carers

Jun 10, 2007

Diana Johnson MP has teamed up with former Miss Great Britain, Preeti Desai, to support Carers Week 2007.
The Hull North MP and Preeti are drawing attention to the UK’s six million carers – people who look after a loved one who is ill, frail or disabled – to help them gain the recognition and support they desperately need.

New support for disabled children in Hull

Jun 06, 2007

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today backed a new package of improved support for disabled children and their families in Hull.

New funding announced by the Government will be used to provide more short breaks for severely disabled children and their families, help with affordable childcare and greater support for disabled young people who are making the critical transition to adulthood.