We must deliver decent water and sanitation for all

With less than six months to go until the end of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, access to decent water and sanitation for all is still a distant prospect.

Back in 2000, Britain joined many other developed countries …

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Sun, sea and safeguards: Your EU rights on holiday

family featuredWe all know what a welcome break a holiday can be, but also what nightmares it can cause if things don’t go to plan. From flight cancellations to medical emergencies, so many things can threaten your trip abroad. Luckily there’s …

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Transparent labelling needed for meat slaughter

meatMany people will have heard the news today that some supermarkets are using halal meat without informing consumers. The majority of halal meat is pre-stunned before slaughter, but a small minority of halal, and a majority of kosher meat, is …

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Government should use EU food bank fund urgently

imagesCASN3YD2It’s shocking to hear that nearly one million people have needed food parcels handed out by the Trussell Trust over the last year. In the UK, one of the most developed countries in the world, too many people are simply …

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Terrible coincidence – Terrible betrayal

Riccall Colliery ClosureIt’s a terrible coincidence that, on the thirtieth anniversary of the miners’ strike, we should be hearing about the threat to Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire with the jobs of 600 miners at risk, with Kellingley pit in North Yorkshire also …

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FORMER TORIES . . . AND ORDINARY FOLK

IMG_4868Last Sunday, Sunday Politics East Midlands included a debate between four of the region’s five MEPs.  There was Roger Helmer, a former Tory now representing UKIP, Bill Newton Dunn, a former Tory now representing the Libdems, and Emma McClarkin, a

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Children fighting cancer deserve every chance possible

Childhood CancerFor some children suffering from cancer participating in a clinical trial can be their only hope of survival. Whilst huge steps forward have been taken, and more children are surviving cancer, still too often we lack suitable treatments for children …

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Cameron’s weakness on Europe is bad news for jobs and growth

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s comments that David Cameron’s EU referendum policy will be “bad for the economy” and create “uncertainty” for business are the latest reminder of the cost of the prime minister’s ill thought out referendum pledge, …

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