Focus election leaflet 2013

My election leaflet for the Lancashire County Council election, Ormskirk West division, which is currently being printed:

2013 focus side 1


2013 focus side 2


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Liberal Democrats stand for a stronger economy and a fairer society

See how Liberal Democrat policies are working to make a fairer society by following this link: A tax cut promised. A tax cut delivered.

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Time for Cameron to be Nick-Ed?

Having paid for an independent inquiry, it is only fair and just to act on the findings.  Leveson should be implemented in full.

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UK does not need like for like Trident replacement

I agree with Danny Alexander!

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There is also a separate petition ….

… on the Hacking Inquiry website.

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Do you agree that the Leveson Inquiry recommendations should be implemented in full?

If so, please sign the e-petition.

Implement the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry, regarding press regulation, in full

We call upon the government to implement, in full, the recommendations of Leveson LJ following his inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.

Over the last 70 years the printed press has repeatedly and consistently demonstrated that it is incapable of adequately regulating itself. A free press is a just and essential requirement of a democratic society, but the power that the press wields cannot be allowed to be abused to serve the powerful and privileged.

The broadcast media has long been governed by the statute-backed Ofcom, without its independence and effectiveness being compromised. We regret the suggestion that such a regulator would weaken the printed press.

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Police and crime commissioner elections

Just 4 days to go until the election and not a single piece of information from any of the candidates!

Don’t any of them want our votes??

You can get information about the elections, including statements from each of the candidates, from the BBC website.  For the Lancashire Police authority see:




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Final chance to have your say



This week is the final opportunity to make comments on the Local Plan before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination by a Planning Inspector.  Your representations need to be received by the borough council, online or by post, no later than 5pm this Friday, 5th October.  See the council’s website for details about how to submit your comments.

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Peter J Banks:

Past performance must be taken into account when awarding rail franchises

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In my 15 years as a Councillor and MP, there is one golden rule. Councillors , MP’s and Ministers don’t get involved in the details of the awarding of contracts. They don’t check the maths. They don’t ask if inflation or VAT is included. They set the criteria, presume the Civic Servants know what they are doing, and then ratify the decision.

So it is very disappointing that the Government are having to re-run this decision following mistakes made by civil servants, mistakes which will cost the Tax payer millions of pounds.

The Department for Transport announced today that two independent reviews will be launched. One will examine how the competition went wrong, and what lessons can be learned. This will be led by Sam Laidlaw, Centrica chief executive, and Ed Smith, the former PwC strategy chairman, who will produce an initial report by the end of the month.


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Do you believe the rich should pay their fair share of tax?

If so, please sign the Fairer Tax petition.

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