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December 2013

To solve Britain’s problems, we must solve the north’s problems

Dec 15, 2013 - Tags:

Diana Johnson MP had the following blog published by the New Statesman on 15 December 2013. It can also be read at


The same narrow economic focus that created our over-dependence on finance and the property bubble is also responsible for the north/south divide. We need a new strategy for regeneration.

We must do more to protect victims of human trafficking

Dec 15, 2013 - Tags:

Diana Johnson MP had the article below published on the LabourList website on 15 December 2013. For full text see below or

After a string of shocking cases, human trafficking is back in the news.

Hull MP slams £98 per head Coalition cuts planned for Hull’s NHS

Dec 13, 2013 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has slammed the Coalition Government’s plans to cut NHS funding in Hull and switch the money to wealthier areas.

Next Tuesday (17 December), NHS England will decide how much money Clinical Commissioning Groups will receive to fund healthcare for their population. This money is used to pay for emergency and elective hospital care as well as, for example, mental health services, community nursing and NHS Walk-in Centres.

Hull MP invites Hull's Designated Drivers to celebrate Christmas safely

Dec 06, 2013 - Tags:

Diana Johnson MP has invited Hull North's designated drivers to claim their reward for keeping the roads safe this Christmas.

As part of a national campaign run by Coca-Cola in partnership with the Department for Transport’s THINK! campaign, designated drivers can enjoy a “buy one, get one free” offer on Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Zero as they celebrate the festive period in local pubs and bars.

Don't tell women MPs to 'man up'. We're tough enough already

Dec 05, 2013 - Tags:

Diana Johnson MP had the article below published by the Guardian newspaper on 5 December 2013. See below or at .

Melissa Kite asks why "women still find life in the Commons so unbearable", telling us to "toughen up" (Man up, women MPs, 29 November). If that's her view, she should wise up.

Workers £1,600 worse off under Coalition

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has responded to today's Autumn Statement by the Chancellor.

Hull North MP Diana Johnson said: “It was good to see the Chancellor starting to respond to Labour pressure on Business Rates, just as it was on pay day loans, fuel duty and energy prices. The Coalition has also copied the free school meals policy first pioneered by Labour in Hull, which Lib Dems and Tories had spent years denying was successful, despite all the evidence.

Hull MP speaks in Commons modern day slavery debate

Hull North MP and Labour Shadow Home Office Minister Diana Johnson delivered the speech below in a House of Commons debate on modern day slavery.I congratulate the hon. Members who secured this debate. My hon. Friend Fiona Mactaggart, the excellent chair of the all-party group on human trafficking and modern day slavery, made a powerful and well-informed speech. She did so in an inclusive way, and paid tribute to her predecessor, Mr Bone, after what was obviously a hard-fought election for the position of chair. My right hon.

Hull MP petitions Commons to back Ennerdale Swimming Pool

Hull North MP Diana Johnson this evening (Wednesday 4 December) presented a petition to the House of Commons about the threatened Ennerdale Swimming Pool in Hull North.

The petition, so far containing 2,171 names, reads:

To the House of Commons. The Petition of residents of Kingston upon Hull,