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January 2014

Botched Coalition announcement shows why Bedroom Tax must be axed

Jan 31, 2014 - Tags:

Diana Johnson MP has called for the Bedroom Tax to be scrapped, after the Government announced further Discretionary Housing Payment funding to ease the problems the tax causes.

The Hull North MP believes that the Bedroom Tax is a cruel and unfair measure that hits over 400,000 disabled people and 60,000 households with carers across the country. 80,000 people have been hit with the Bedroom Tax in the Yorkshire and Humber region, including 50,400 disabled people.

Is the Coalition making a meal of school dinners policy?

Jan 30, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today pressed the Government on whether they will deliver Nick Clegg’s promise of free school meals to all primary school children from September.

The question follows reports that the policy is being watered down, after being launched in a blaze of publicity at the Lib Dem Conference in September 2013.

Diana Johnson MP's Commons speech on people power over lap dancing

Jan 28, 2014 - Tags:

Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North) (Lab): I beg to move,

That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the statutory regulation of sex establishments; to amend the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982; to require local authorities to adhere to the existing voluntary licensing framework for sex establishments; and for connected purposes.

We need proper sex and relationships education in schools

Jan 27, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has written the article below, jointly with Helen Jones MP, on the need for compulsory sex and relationships education for young people. It can also be read at


Hull MP bids to unleash people power against strip clubs

Jan 25, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson is bidding to give local people more power to stop or restrict the spread of lap dancing clubs in their communities.

The Labour MP’s Sex Establishments (Regulation) Bill will be heard in the House of Commons under the Ten Minute Rule next Tuesday (28 January).

Hull MPs protest at dangerous terror suspects being freed from all restrictions

Jan 21, 2014 - Tags:

Two Hull Labour MPs today expressed concern in the Commons about the freeing of dangerous terror suspects from all restrictions at the end of this week.

Hull North MP and current Shadow Crime and Security Minister, Diana Johnson, and Hull Westmand Hessle MP and former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, spoke in a Commons debate on the Coalition’s Terrorism Prevention and Investigatory Measure Orders (TPIMs).

Hull MP calls for power - not just blame - to be devolved to the North

Jan 20, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson had article below published in the Winter edition of Fabian Review, and reprinted in the Yorkshire Post, calling for power to be devolved to the North and for a drive to cut regional inequality.

Due North

Hull MP backs local bingo

Jan 17, 2014 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today backs local bingo with a visit to call numbers at Mecca Bingo in Hull North’s Clough Road.

The event, which officially launched the Bingo Association’s ‘Boost Bingo’ campaign, sees free games of bingo played in nearly 400 clubs around Britain.

The Boost Bingo campaign, calls on the Coalition Government to bring tax on bingo in line with other popular leisure pursuits. Most other gambling activities are taxed at 15%, but the bingo industry has been subjected to bingo duty at 20%.