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John Leech MP writes…My Voice, My Vote

Ballot paperBritain is suffering from a crisis of alienation. Despite a wave of democratic reforms since 1997, including the rebirth of localism in 2010, the UK remains one of the most centralised European States. Even after devolution to Scotland and Wales, the majority of power is still concentrated in London and held by a narrow class of professional politicians most of whose lives seem increasingly detached from the people they represent. Local councils struggle to make an impact on their communities, and in vast swathes of the country voter turnout continues to sink as the electorate loses faith in the system’s ability to deliver the services they need.

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John Leech MP writes… Remembering the reasons for Leveson

The Manchester Evening News has a regular slot in the paper where they get a number of MPs to write an opinion column on topical issues of their choice. This week just happened to be my turn, so I thought that I would comment on the eagerly awaited Leveson report, due out on Thursday.

For those of you who don’t know, the MEN is owned by Trinity Mirror, and along with other major newspaper groups, are totally opposed to independent regulation of the press. They claim that regulation will be the end of freedom of expression. How ironic then, that the …

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John Leech MP writes… It is not just the Leader’s job to sell the Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is one of our biggest achievement in government, and helps the poorest children in our country bridge the gap when it comes to the quality of education they receive. Manchester has had an extra £19 million this year, and the overall spend is some £1.25 billion this year, increasing to £2.5 billion by 2014/15.

The Pupil Premium ticks all the boxes for the Party. It is designed to help the most disadvantaged, it allows schools to spend the extra money flexibly, and it is new money on top of the school budget.

So why are we not shouting about …

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John Leech MP writes: New £1bn nuclear windfall must be taxed

On Monday, MPs will be asked to vote through £1 billion in windfall profits to existing nuclear operators for doing absolutely nothing new. We fought the last general election on the promise of opposing new nuclear power and certainly reject public subsidies for nuclear power.

Whatever your take on nuclear power though, surely it’s unjustifiable and politically untenable to hand out £1 billion to EDF and Centrica directly from consumer purses, when people are already feeling the squeeze.

The windfall will do nothing to ensure new electricity generation, nothing to help us meet our renewable energy targets and nothing to build popular …

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  • User Avatarmalc 1st May - 6:52pm
    I'm not sure there is any evidence that the "progressive centre left voters" are turning to the Lib Dems. In Scotland and Wales the evidence...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 1st May - 6:31pm
    Accusing small businesses of having "poujadist" leanings is ridiculous. Small businesses have anti-high regulation and anti high tax leanings, but it is nothing to do...
  • User AvatarTim13 1st May - 6:19pm
    Jim It is, of course, very dangerous to generalise and stereotype, but small business over the years has quite a reputation for poujadiste-style right wing...
  • User AvatarCaracatus 1st May - 5:52pm
    How we longed for Nick Clegg to try and secure party advantage. I can't help but think he wrote this article himself as it is...
  • User AvatarSimon Banks 1st May - 5:19pm
    Carl: proportional representation does not inevitably lead to grand coalitions. Look at most of Europe, including Germany. It is true that grand coalitions over a...
  • User AvatarGlenn 1st May - 4:55pm
    Lorenzo, Absolutely right. I should have been more specific.