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John's weekly column

  • 8 March 2013

    I had another discussion with the East Midlands Ambulance Service about their revised proposals on our ambulance stations this week. We have significant progress. Throughout the campaign, I have argued...

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  • 1 March 2012

    Veterans from the Arctic convoys and Bomber Command are being recognised for their sacrifice and service with a new medal that will be available in a few weeks time. Following...

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  • 22 February 2013

    I am compiling the most extraordinary file imaginable. It comprises of successful criminal prosecutions across the world. What is disturbing is that the file contains examples from every single one...

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  • 15 February 2013

    Since becoming MP for Bassetlaw in 2001 I’m continually approached by constituents asking for help on all of sorts issues. This is the work I regard as most important and...

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  • 8 February 2013

    The Bedroom Tax looms this April. A family living in a council property, with a soldier son on duty in Afghanistan, will be charged because his bedroom is empty. A...

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  • 1 Febuary 2013

    I am not very clear why the Prime Minister has decided to rush into a vote on gay marriage in Parliament next week. His proposal looks to be an attempt...

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  • 25 January 2013

    In 2002 I led an inquiry into the use of Heroin in Bassetlaw. The outcomes from the inquiry changed the way heroin addiction is treated which guided the...

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  • 18 January 2013

    I was contacted by a pensioner in his 80s who was fiddled out of £940 by a company called Mobility Solutions. The company cold called him and bullied him into...

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  • 11 January 2013

    Over 19,000 people signed the ambulance petition and I want to thank each and every one of you who did this. The future of our ambulance service provision will...

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  • 21 December 2012

    Over 19,000 people have already signed the ambulance petition. Thank you and well done. I now hope that the East Midlands ambulance service will hear the unequivocal voice of Bassetlaw...

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  • 14 December 2012

    This is your last opportunity to register your opposition to the plans to close our ambulance station. If you haven’t signed the petition already then please do so by going...

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  • 7 December 2012

    It is a terrible, terrible tragedy, to learn that a four year old girl has been killed this week on a level crossing at Misson Springs in Bassetlaw. Just what...

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  • 30 November 2012

    I have been lobbying hard over recent months over street lights, which were being turned off in streets across Bassetlaw. Now we have another U-turn as most street lights are...

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  • 23 November 2012

    Despite opposition from all our local schools, Notts County Council has forced through a change to the funding formula which makes terrible cuts to a number of our local schools....

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  • 14 November 2012

    Some people have proposed that Bassetlaw has its own ambulance hub. They do not understand what a hub is, how it is funded and what its purpose would be. What...

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  • 26 October 2012

    Its being said that the Government appears to be backing down to the European Court and agreeing to give prisoners the vote. The European proposals say that anyone...

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  • 19 October 2012

    I will be revealing in Parliament on Monday how the ambulance cuts are undermining disaster planning both in this area and throughout the country. It is the case that that...

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  • 12 October 2012

    The Ambulance Service held its consultation meeting on the closing our ambulance stations for the Bassetlaw area on Tuesday. There was no prior notices given to me, none to the...

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  • 5 October 2012

    I am increasingly concerned about the future of Bassetlaw Hospital. A meeting took place of hospital campaign groups at the weekend fighting the closure of hospitals across Britain including the...

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  • 28 September 2012

    I recently welcomed pupils from Dyscarr Primary School from Langold and St Mary and St Martin’s Primary School from Blyth when they visited the Houses of Parliament. I...

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