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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 AvatarMatt (Bristol) 4th Mar - 10:32pm
    The England one was bland but worthy, but the emphasis on local campaigning felt like it had honesty and integrity; a quality we have been...
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 4th Mar - 10:31pm
    Racism and xenophobia are different things (although often linked)- and people can be proponents of immigration control without being either racist or xenophobic. For one...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 4th Mar - 10:29pm
    David-1 4th Mar '15 - 1:34pm No but you do have to wonder why he believes so strongly that soft, socially liberal, Tories might join...
  • User AvatarJack 4th Mar - 10:29pm
    I entirely agree, Caron. It's good to see someone making the argument at least. But I don't see how the Lib Dems can look back...
  • User AvatarMorwen Millson 4th Mar - 9:53pm
    Not my story, but that of Brenda Dick, one of the first SDP cllrs in West Sussex, standing for the first time in a previously...
  • User AvatarBolano 4th Mar - 9:34pm
    "Most people who have concerns about immigration may not be racists but they say racist things and believe racist things." Er, no. That's a racist....