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Delyn MP David Hanson will this Friday visit the Flint factory of British Polythene Industries this Friday 26th October at 2 pm.


David Hanson said:


“I very much welcome the opportunity to visit the BPI factory in Flint once again, meet with the staff and management to discuss their future plans and their recycling commitments.”


Mike Baxter, Managing Director of BPI said:


“BPI is the leading manufacturer of polythene films and bags in Europe. We are also the largest recycler of waste polythene film in the UK.


“With all of the current debate about packaging, we are very pleased our local Member of Parliament is visiting our factory in Flint on Friday.


“David has been to see us on a number of occasions in the past, and we very much welcome his interest in our business.


“We have recently expanded our recycling operations in Wales and will be also explaining to David some of our other environmental achievements and objectives for the future.

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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.”


For more information on how to enter visit


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Delyn MP David Hanson has today praised local people’s campaigning as key in securing record funding for overseas development. David Hanson MP said the campaigning of churches, faith groups and charities in Delyn has been recognised by the Government as it announcement the annual overseas aid budget will increase from £5 billion in 2007 to £9 billion in 2010.

This funding is further confirmation of the UK’s global leadership on international development issues. This record funding will provide more resources to help the world’s poorest people escape poverty and respond to humanitarian crises.

The UK has a proud record on international development. The UK’s Department for International Development has already been acclaimed as the world’s leading aid agency helping deliver real improvements to the world’s poorest people. For example, UK aid: is lifting 3 million people out of poverty permanently, every year; is helping treat a million Africans with HIV/AIDS; and has put 6 million more children into school in Ethiopia, 17 million more in Bangladesh.

The UK is also a global leader in responding to humanitarian crises. For example, the UK is the largest donor to the UN’s Central Emergency Relief Fund. This has delivered significant humanitarian relief to the people of Darfur, to those affected by the recent floods in Africa and the 2005 Pakistani earthquake.

David Hanson said:

“This is a great result for anti-poverty campaigners in Delyn and around the globe. I have pressed upon the Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander, that the people of Delyn are proud of our international development record. We wanted the government to do more and they have listened and delivered.

“But we still have much work to do. For example, poverty still kills a child every three seconds and 72 million children have no school to attend. I will continue to work with campaigners in Delyn until we have realised our ambition of eliminating global poverty.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has given his support to the CO (carbon monoxide) Awareness Week, organised by campaign group CO Awareness, by reminding homeowners and landlords of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Last year research commissioned by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) as a part of its wider gas safety review revealed that 45 % of households were unaware of the dangers of CO poisoning from gas appliances, which killed 16 people in 2005/06.

Often referred to as ‘the silent killer’ CO fumes are particularly dangerous because they cannot be detected. You cannot see, smell or taste the fumes, which in extreme cases can kill without warning in a matter of hours.

HSE advise that if you suspect your appliance is giving out excess carbon monoxide you should switch the appliance off, ventilate the room, visit your GP as a matter of urgency and ensure that a CORGI-registered installer makes the necessary repairs.

CO is produced when there isn’t enough air for the complete burning of carbon fuels such as gas, oil and coal, which causes an excess of poisonous fumes. Signs that an appliance may be leaking excess carbon monoxide include:
* Yellow or orange flames (except for fuel-effect fires which display this colour flame);
* Soot or stains around the appliance; and
* A pilot light that frequently blows out

More information on gas safety is available at:

David Hanson said:

“As the winter nights draw in more and more people are using their heating systems for warmth and it is vital that people understand the importance of having their gas appliances regularly serviced and maintained. Such checks should be carried out by a CORGI-registered installer and using audible carbon monoxide detectors could play a key role in saving lives

“Landlords are required by law to have their tenants’ gas appliances and systems maintained and annual safety checks carried out.