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March 2008

MP calls on Hull to follow Essex example on post offices

Mar 19, 2008

Diana Johnson MP has called on Hull City Council to follow Essex County Council in working with Post Office Ltd to safeguard local post office branches.

The Hull North MP today wrote to the Leader of Hull City Council to encourage the local authority to use powers granted by the Government to explore the idea of working in partnership with Post Office Ltd to take over branches that have closed or are due to close.

Hull MP calls for an end to ‘women for sale’ local press ads

Mar 13, 2008

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has asked Hull’s leading local newspaper to stop carrying ads selling sexual services, which may be a cover for illegal people trafficking.

Ads in local papers are one of the most common means of men contacting women to buy sex. Many of these ads refer to women as being from abroad and there is mounting concern that some of the women advertised in classified advertising sections of local newspapers are victims of the international sex trade.

MP serves Freedom of Information request on Hull City Council

Mar 13, 2008

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today served a formal request on Hull City Council under anti-secrecy laws to obtain a key report on Hull’s free healthy school meals scheme.

At the end of 2007 Professor Derek Colquhoun of Hull University completed his final report into a three-year pilot scheme that made healthier school food free in Hull’s primary and special schools. This report was given to Hull City Council in mid-February. A month later, it has still not been officially published.

Diana Johnson MP supports No Smoking Day in Hull

Mar 12, 2008

Hull North MP Diana Johnson is supporting No Smoking Day today (12 March) to encourage Hull smokers to take The Great No Smoking Day Challenge.

In its 25th year, No Smoking Day is challenging smokers to quit for a week and to take the opportunity to find out about help and support available for when they are ready to stop smoking for good.

Hull MP welcomes a Budget for stability and opportunity

Mar 12, 2008

Hull North Labour MP Diana Johnson has welcomed the Chancellor’s Budget as good for economic stability, opportunity and security for all.

The 2008 Budget Statement, made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Commons today (12 March), set out measures to help lift 250,000 children out of poverty; and an extra boost to the Winter Fuel Payment of £50 to over-60s households and £100 for over-80s households.

Diana Johnson MP said: “Today’s Budget is good for pensioners, hard-working families and children in Hull.