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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 AvatarDavid Raw 8th Feb - 4:24pm
    @ Flo Lucas : "Nor is this illiberal! It is exactly the kind of affirmative action that saw great Liberal governments introduce measures to enable,...
  • User AvatarRob 8th Feb - 4:18pm
    Flo Clucas’ experience of the party is different to mine in my 43 years continuous membership. During that time I have worked and lived in...
  • User AvatarBarry Snelson 8th Feb - 4:10pm
    Robert, I think the emotion within in the UK is much more fundamental than compromise deal making and what the Americans would call 'pork barrel...
  • User AvatarJulian Tisi 8th Feb - 3:50pm
    A very good article. The sad reality is that there is so much misunderstanding about the EU that practical suggestions like this, along with cold...
  • User AvatarRobert Boyle 8th Feb - 3:43pm
    Peter, glad to hear it! It's really interesting to see the contrast between the perception in the UK of what "Europe" thinks about us, and...
  • User AvatarPeter Bancroft 8th Feb - 3:28pm
    As someone previously very active in European Union civil society and on the edges of European politics, this article really resonated with me. I would...