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June 2015

Hull MP calls for Government action to close the gender pay gap

Jun 29, 2015 - Tags:
Women in Hull North still earn just 91p for every pound a man earns according to official figures from the ONS.
Tomorrow (1 July), Hull North MP Diana Johnson will call on the Government to require the independent Equalities and Human Rights Commission to produce an ‘Annual Equal Pay Check’ reporting on Britain’s gender pay gap, and make recommendations for action by Government and employers,  so that progress can be made.

New figures show David Cameron’s cuts to Tax Credits could hit three quarters of Hull North children

Jun 23, 2015 - Tags:
New figures from Labour show that 71% of families with children in Hull North could be hit be David Cameron’s Tax Credit cuts.
Three quarters of the constituency’s children – exactly 75% - are in households who currently receive tax credits.
The House of Commons figures also show that well over half of families in Hull North receiving Tax Credits are in work.
68% of Hull West and Hessle families receive tax credits, while two thirds of families in Hull East benefit from the payments. 

Hull MP raises concern over contaminated blood compensation coming at expense of NHS cuts, after Hunt leak

Jun 21, 2015 - Tags:
Diana Johnson MP has told MPs about a letter from the Health Secretary that claims that compensating victims of NHS contaminated blood would mean cuts elsewhere in the NHS.
The Hull North MP said in the House of Commons: “On a Point of Order, as you are aware Mr Speaker, following the recent Penrose Report, the House is expecting a statement before the Summer Recess on future arrangements for compensating those effected in the NHS contaminated blood scandal.

Hull MP raises latest reports of delay to Hull's A63 upgrade in Commons

Speaking in the Commons today, Hull North MP Diana Johnson raised today’s media report that the upgrade to Hull’s A63 Castle Street could now be delayed until the 2020s.

This follows recent news that Hull will also not see rail electrification until the 2020s.

Speaking in Business Questions in the Commons today, Diana Johnson MP asked Chris Grayling, the Leader of the House of Commons: "The Leader of the House referred to investing in rail and roads earlier.

Hull MP asks PM for green target to boost Humber jobs

Jun 09, 2015 - Tags:

Following G7 leaders' commitment to eliminate fossil fuel use this century, Diana Johnson MP today asked the Prime Minister for an interim UK 2030 decarbonisation target within two years.

Doing this would deliver huge further private investment in renewable energy in areas like Hull and the Humber.

Hull MP expresses concern at latest Defence cuts

Jun 07, 2015 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has expressed concern that £500m in defence cuts were announced by the Chancellor last week before the latest Strategic Defence and Security Review commences.

Speaking in Defence Questions in the House of Commons today, Diana Johnson MP said: “Before we’d seen any timetable for the Strategic Defence and Security Review, last week the Chancellor announced £500m worth of Defence cuts.

Hull MP presses Ministers on unfair arts funding distribution

Jun 03, 2015 - Tags:

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has pressed Ministers on the continuing disparity in arts funding between London and other regions.

Speaking today in Culture, Media and Sport Questions in the House of Commons, the Labour MP quoted comments made in Hull on 28 May by the new Chief Executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley.

Diana Johnson MP said: "I want to refer to what Darren Henley said in Hull on 28 May. He said: