Monday, February 24, 2014

Fw: press enquiry

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From: Alison Little <>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:24:14 +0000
Subject: press enquiry


Very interested in your Sun column today and your arguments about why your party can claim to be the party of workers and should stop bashing trade unions, etc.

Just wondered how serious, if at all, you are about the name change and discount cards, and what kind of reaction you’ve had from party colleagues? Also (off record if necessary) – do you sympathise with colleagues complaining in the FT that David Cameron’s manifesto-writing team is too posh?


Thanks so much

Alison Little

(Dep Pol Ed Daily Express)


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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Please support Harlow Talking Newspaper’s bid to be the East of England’s Digital Hero

Voting is open for East of England Digital Heroes and I am calling on people to vote for Harlow Talking Newspaper.

Should Harlow Talking Newspaper be one of the 12 UK charities to benefit from£70,000 worth of technology grants from TalkTalk it will spend its grant on new digital recording equipment.

Jenny Lushington, a volunteer at Harlow Talking Newspaper for the blind and partially sighted, is up against two other regional finalists to be named the East of England’s Digital Hero after being nominated by Harlow MP Robert Halfon.

Harlow Talking Newspaper does such great work in the local community and it would be marvellous if they could receive enough support to be awarded the £5,000 grant.

I have twice volunteered at Harlow Talking Newspapers during my Social Action Week and have been amazed at the efforts that go into producing the weekly recordings which are circulated to many people in the local area.

To vote for Harlow Talking Newspaper go to and follow the links to the regional entries.

Eleven of the Digital Heroes winners will win £5,000 to put towards enhancing their digital project while one overall winner, determined by a judging panel, will receive a grand prize of £10,000.
All 12 winners also get free broadband from TalkTalk for 12 months.

Jenny has been a volunteer at Harlow Talking Newspaper for the blind and partially sighted since the first edition in 1979, and is now vice chairperson.

She organises rotas of volunteers and still reads out stories from the local newspapers, onto memory sticks which are distributed every Friday morning.

Jenny said: "The Harlow Talking Newspaper runs as an efficient team each person contributing to the whole, so in voting for me you would in reality be voting for the whole team of volunteers who regularly give up a few hours of their time year in and year out to provide a sound recording for the blind and partially sighted people of Harlow."
Voting is open until Sunday, November 18.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Supporting campaign for free meals for college students

I am supporting the Association of College’s No Free Lunch? campaign calling on the Government to extend the provision of free meals to college students.

If a 16 to 18-year-old from a disadvantaged background studies in a school sixth form, Academy or Free School they are provided with a free meal.

If the same student chooses to study at a further education or sixth form college they lose that entitlement.

I sponsored Nic Dakin MP’s Bill before Parliament and spoke in favour in a Commons debate on the issue earlier this year.

This disparity which sees students treated differently according to where they choose to study is inherently unfair.

I fully support the No Free Lunch? campaign and hope that this issue can be resolved as soon as possible so that all students in my constituency are treated equally.

The Association of Colleges has lodged a petition on the Number 10 website calling for an end to this unfairness.

To sign the petition, go to

Monday, November 5, 2012

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - Backing call for tougher sentences for killer drivers

HIGHLIGHTS - Backing call for tougher sentences for killer drivers
TOUGHER SENTENCES FOR KILLER DRIVERS - I have given my support to a new campaign to introduce tougher penalties for dangerous drivers who kill. The website was launched last week with the backing of victims’ families, charities and cross party support in Parliament... Read more

FUEL DUTY - Once again I have raised the issue of the planned increase in fuel duty in the House of Commons. During a debate this week I again highlighted that the Treasury's planned 3p fuel duty rise in January will cost motorists an extra £60 a year.

BEER PRICES - During a debate in the House of Commons I was able to highlight the issue of rthe cost of beer, as part of a debate on the cost of living. I recently attended the Campaign for Real Ale’s Harlow beer festival, which was supported by small independent breweries. I believe that the big breweries have a role to play in the cost of beer generally and that we need evidence to understand whether they are partly responsible for keeping beer prices high.

SMALLER SHOPS IN HARLOW - I was sent  a fact sheet,by the Association of Smaller Shopkeepers giving some useful facts about smaller shops in Harlow.. To read the fact sheet, click here


Met with James Smith at Harlow Enterprise Centre office

Attended Grandparents' Association event at the House of Commons

Welcomed Nigel Hall and Ben, Winnie and Michael Kibirango for a tour of the House of Commons

Met with representatives from three Harlow-based businesses with a shared vision on personal development

Held a constituents' surgery at the Citizens Advice Bureau, Harlow

Met with Harlow Council chief executive Malcolm Morley

Met with members of Epping Forest Youth Council and Harlow Youth Council at the Civic Centre, Harlow

Met with Harlow TUC secretary David Forman

Campaigning at Coppice Hatch stall with Clive Souter

Met with Barn Mead residents, Harlow

Robert Halfon's latest media releases

Harlow MP Robert Halfon backs campaign to give killer drivers tougher sentences:
A new campaign to introduce tougher penalties for dangerous drivers who kill has been given support by Harlow MP Robert Halfon... Read more 

Robert Halfon's latest media coverage

THE SUN WEBSITE - Handout plea over fuel duty: Fuel duty could be frozen if ministers axed handouts for rich pensioners and cut benefit fraud, an MP has claimed... Read more

HARLOW STAR (1-11-12 edition, p8) – MP hails ‘fantastic’ turnout for biggest-ever jobs fair: More than 1,500 jobseekers flocked to Harlow Leisurezone for free career advice at the town’s biggest-ever recruitment event…

HARLOW STAR WEBSITE - Hundreds of jobseekers attend Harlow's biggest-ever recruitment fair: More than 1,500 jobseekers flocked to Harlow Leisurezone for free career advice at the town’s biggest-ever recruitment event... Read more

TELEGRAPH WEBSITE - George Osborne's 3p rise in duty 'will squeeze households for years': George Osborne's planned 3p increase in petrol duty will strain household finances for another three years and cause more pain than it raises in tax, campaigners warned today... Read more