Government should use EU food bank fund urgently

imagesCASN3YD2It’s shocking to hear that nearly one million food parcels have been 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 not …

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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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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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Another step towards the Europe we want

EU UK jigsawThe economic advantages of Britain being a member of the European Union have always been pretty clear.   The recent CBI report showing each household being, on average, £3000 a year better off as a result of the Single Market, has …

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Making EU migration fair for all

iStock_000002390337Small The recent debate around EU migration has sadly descended into scaremongering. This is an important topic and it deserves to be debated properly. First to put it into context, research published in December finds that free movement across Europe is …

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New rules on public procurement

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This week the European Parliament voted through new rules on the awarding of public procurement contracts.

Readers will no doubt remember the disappointment in our region when Derby-based …

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Standing up for fairness for all in Europe

world war 1 cemetery2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

It was the slaughter and devastation of that conflict, and the Second World War that followed within a generation, which were a major catalyst in producing the organisation …

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