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November 2011

Hull MP welcomes progress on Humber Bridge tolls

Nov 29, 2011

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has welcomed today’s formal announcement in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on reducing Humber Bridge tolls.

Diana Johnson MP said: “Today’s highly welcome announcement on Bridge tolls comes as one of the Chancellor’s emergency measures to boost growth.

“Following the 2008 Buchanan report on the economic impact of Humber Bridge tolls, a cut to around £1 for a car was our realistic short-term aim when the previous Labour Government started the review process two years ago.

One year on: hype but no hope for Orchard Park

Nov 22, 2011

Diana Johnson MP has slammed the Coalition Government’s “hype” about boosting housing-building on a day that marks a grim anniversary for Hull North’s Orchard Park Estate.

Exactly one year ago, on 22 November 2010, the Coalition axed the previous Government’s £160m housing regeneration scheme in Hull North’s Orchard Park.

The Orchard Park housing scheme, developed in consultation with local residents, would have built 500 homes for social rent, built 165 homes for direct sale and demolished hundreds of the worst properties in Orchard Park, including the tower blocks.

Hull MP slams Government cuts to children’s services

Nov 10, 2011

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has slammed Coalition Government cuts to Sure Start children’s centres on the day that the Children’s Minister visits Hull.

The Lib Dem Minister of State for Children and Families, Sarah Teather MP, will today (10 November) visit Bransholme’s Lemon Tree Children’s Centre and Little Stars Children’s Centre in Preston Road, East Hull.

This visit comes after Hull’s Government funding for children’s services was cut by £4.6m in real terms - or 24.6%.

Cameron snubs British Legion on bereaved families

Nov 02, 2011

At Prime Minister’s Questions today (2 November), David Cameron rejected the Royal British Legion campaign to keep the role of Chief Coroner for bereaved families.

The Prime Minister was also unclear on the detail of his Government’s own policy. Mr Cameron said that the establishment of the Chief Coroner’s Office would involve “something like £10m of spending” which “could be better spent on improving all coroners’ services”.