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Delyn MP David Hanson is calling on constituents to give their views on whether elections should be moved to weekends. A consultation has been launched by the Government as part of efforts to boost engagement.

Scrapping the traditional Thursday vote is one option under consideration as part of the Government’s programme of constitutional renewal, which seeks to forge a new relationship between the citizen and the state.

The consultation debates moving the day of elections for general, local and European elections from Thursdays to the weekend and considers:

* whether changing election day to the weekend, and other measures to increase convenience, encourage non-voters to vote

* the practical issues, including the cost, of a move to weekend voting

* religious concerns

* whether the change of day would affect the security of elections

* the relationship between postal and online voting and turnout

* whether other ways of voting (e.g. remote, postal, internet and advance voting) are acceptable where weekend voting is difficult for religious or other reasons

* the benefits and drawbacks of online voting

* other ways of increasing the legitimacy of elections.

The election day consultation will run for 12 weeks. Responses will lead to a citizens’ summit later this year, at which people will be invited to consider the issue and make a recommendation to the Government on whether election day should be moved. The Government will then consider the summit’s recommendation along with the evidence gathered from the written consultation.

David Hanson said:

“I would welcome feedback on this proposal. We all want to see a greater turnout at elections and this is just one of a number of proposals being considered to help boost participation.

“I will feed people’s comments into the consultation. Please contact me in the usual ways. Write to David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA, email:hansond(at)parliament.uk or phone: 01352 763159.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. The election day consultation paper can be seen at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/cp1308.htm.

2. The Written Ministerial Statement can be seen at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/announcement240608a.htm.

3. The Governance of Britain Green Paper, published in July 2007, can be seen at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/governanceofbritain

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Local MP David Hanson, several local councillors and the residents of Abbey Court, Greenfield enjoyed a summer tea party hosted by Bramall Construction Ltd and Flintshire County Council.  The tea party had been organised to celebrate the end of the renovations, which involved external refurbishment works to 42 households.

The residents of Abbey Court kindly gave up their communal room “The Meeting Place” for the duration of the project, which the Bramall team used as a site office.  As a thank you, Bramall have presented the residents with a donation to help with their planned refurbishment of the room.

Councillor Sheena Wallbanks, resident of Abbey Court said ‘At last the tired Abbey Court has had its well deserved facelift and everyone here has now got their pride back. Thanks to everyone concerned with the works, we are all over the moon.  A big thank you to John Rees Williams (Bramall Site Manager) and the site team for all their hard work – they were a delight to have here and we will miss them.’

Bramall Site Manager John Rees Williams said, “I would like to thank all the residents for their total co-operation in the successful early completion of this project.”

Councillor Helen Yale, Flintshire County Council’s Executive member for Estate Management said: “Flintshire County Council has invested £400,000 in this scheme to re-furbish Abbey Court and we are pleased the tenants are very satisfied with the end result which has seen major component replacement including, re-roofing, replacing windows, repairing and re-furbishing the garages and other environmental improvements.  The overall transformation is quite amazing and it has lifted the area adding value and a sense of pride within the community”

David Hanson MP for Delyn said:

“This refurbishment is extremely welcome and credit must go to those that have worked so hard to make it happen. Having campaigned for these changes on behalf of local residents I know that will make a real difference to people living in Abbey Court.”

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In response to a report by CORGI, the UK’s gas safety watchdog, which revealed the Wales is one of the worst places in the UK to be affected by carbon monoxide poisoning, David Hanson said:

“This research reveals an alarming lack of knowledge about carbon monoxide across Wales, which is putting lives at risk. I urge all my constituents to fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm and have their gas appliances checked annually by a CORGI registered installer to prevent any further tragedies.”

Wales experienced three carbon monoxide poisoning incidents during the reporting period. These incidents resulted in three deaths and left 10 people injured. The main cause of all carbon monoxide incidents came down to a lack of servicing and maintenance of gas appliances (52%).

The report showed that although the vast majority of people (80%) in Wales believe that they know about carbon monoxide poisoning, when questioned further approximately 10% of people who said they has a good knowledge could not correctly identify the symptoms.

The report also revealed that the appliance that is most responsible for incidents is gas boilers. This is followed closely by gas fires.

ENDS

  1. CORGI is the body charged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to maintain a register of competent gas installers in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
  2. The hotspot regions for carbon monoxide poisonings, in order, are: London, Yorkshire, the Midlands and Wales.
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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the latest employment figures which show that employment remains high at over 29.5 million, up 446,000 compared to a year ago as more people continue to take up opportunities to work.

 

The number of job vacancies remains at a near record high with over 678,000 jobs available, up 35,000 compared to a year ago.

 

The figures also show that more people are looking to get back into work, with the number of people judged economically inactive down 23,000 over the quarter.

 

Welcoming the news David Hanson said:

 

“Unemployment across Flintshire remains low as the Government’s welfare reforms are providing more people with greater opportunities to get in to work to help lift them and their children out of poverty.

 

“I will continue to work to ensure that people are given the skills and the opportunity to make the most of the jobs that are available.”