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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed new legislation which will come into force on Monday which will mean that people who commit sex offences against children abroad will face prosecution in the UK, even if that offence is not illegal in the foreign country it was committed.

It means that UK nationals who commit a specified sexual offence against a child overseas which may not be an offence in that country but is an offence here can expect to be prosecuted for the offence on their return to the UK. For example, in some countries possession of indecent images of children is not an offence or the age of consent is lower than 16 years.  The measures are part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.

This legislation comes in addition to the UK recently signing the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. This sets standards to ensure that countries criminalise the sexual exploitation and abuse of children and adopt similar standards of investigation and prosecution of these crimes. It also includes measures on exchanging the identity of convicted sex offenders with other countries. The UK is aiming to ratify the Convention as soon as possible.

David Hanson said:

“Although we have some of the toughest sex offences legislation in the world, these new powers will do more to protect the vulnerable, both at home and abroad.

“These measures will send a strong message to sex tourists that wherever an offence is committed they will still face the prospect of prosecution.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson is urging the young students of Flintshire to take part in this years Parliamentary Press Gallery Writing Competition.

As part of the celebrations for its 200th anniversary in 2003, the Parliamentary Press Gallery inaugurated a writing competition for students, designed to complement citizenship lessons in schools.

The original competition proved to be a great success and on each occasion the winners have spent day in Parliament.  They have been able to meet the Speaker, many Members of Parliament, including those who supported the competition by acting as judges, and the Prime Minister, plus political journalists from the variety of national and regional newspapers, television and radio broadcasters, news agencies, news magazines, internet publishers and the specialist press represented in the Press Gallery.

The competition is divided into age groups and by region and each year a specific theme is chosen for each of them to write on. This year the chosen theme is global poverty as the overall topic and the specific subjects to write about are as follows.

Year 10 and 11

Imagine you are an adviser to a minister with responsibility for aid and trade to Africa. Write a short report setting out ideas to get British school children more involved in the Government’s campaign to tackle poverty, including free education for all across the continent.

Year 12 and 13

Imagine you are advising the Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition ahead of next year’s G8 summit of world leaders. Write a balanced discussion paper assessing how, or whether, Britain’s aid policy objectives – universal free education, universal access to drugs to tackle malaria and HIV – can be achieved. Set out how these objectives have been affected by the UK’s wider foreign policy and military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Outline your ideas in approximately 1500 words

Regional winners will enjoy a day in London meeting prominent parliamentary journalists and politicians. The day will end with the announcement of the two overall winners and the presentation of awards.

David Hanson said:

“This really is a great opportunity for young people to get involved in politics and to think and write about the issues around them. This is a way in to understanding more about politics and should be both interesting and fun.

“The aim of the competition is to promote awareness and discussion of the values of parliamentary democracy and the political process.

“Global poverty is a blight that we are determined to eradicate and from my regular visits to local schools I know that it is something that Flintshire students care deeply about.

“I want to encourage all budding writers in Delyn in years 10 to 13 to get involved.”

ENDS

For more information on how to enter visit www.writenow.org.uk

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Delyn MP David Hanson will hold an award ceremony for all the women that have been awarded the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps. The local MP is also inviting all those women that may have applied for the badge directly.

Last December it was announced that former members of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps would be awarded with a specially designed badge of honour commemorating their efforts during the Second World War.

David Hanson said:

“Over the last few months I have received over 20 applications for the badge and I have written to all the women inviting them to an Afternoon Tea and presentation Ceremony to be held on Friday 1st August at 3pm in Flint Town Hall.

“This will be a special event in which we can pay tribute to those that gave so much to the war effort. There will be a display of memorabilia, and they will be invited to bring photographs, uniforms and other items) with them, to share memories.

“Some constituents may well have applied direct for the badge and they are more than welcome to join us at the award ceremony. If you can contact me before the 28th July to let me know that you would like to attend then I can make the necessary arrangements. Also if you have still not applied for a badge please get in touch.”

You can contact David in the usual ways: David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA, email: hansond(at)parliament.uk or phone 01352 763159.

 

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Delyn MP David Hanson is urging constituents to come forward and nominate an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of their pupils.

For the second year, more than 3.5 million ITV regional news viewers are being invited to nominate a teacher.

Throughout July, ITV regional news programmes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are searching for the ITV Teacher of the Year and are asking viewers to make their nominations. It could be any king of teacher – Nursery, Primary, Secondary or Specialist.

The deadline for nominations is Friday August 1st and a panel of independent judges in each region will choose the regional finalist.

The 14 regional winners will go through to the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain panel of distinguished judges, who will select the overall ITV Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced at the Pride of Britain Awards on 1st October.

David Hanson said:

“A good teacher can be real inspiration and can help to shape your life.

“We all understand the need for a good education and a good teacher can use a host of innovative measures to engage pupils to help them to fulfil their potential.

“Theses awards are a way of recognising the fundamentally important role that teachers play in our society and I would urge people to come forward with nominations.”

For more information visit www.itvlocal.com/teacher