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Delyn MP David Hanson is backing the Summer Reading Challenge, which aims to keep 650,000 young people across the UK active and reading throughout the summer holidays. After attending a House of Commons reception he visited Flint library to donate a number of children’s books and to promote the reading challenge across Flintshire.

The Summer Reading Challenge to children is simple – read six books through your local library this summer. Children are given a special pack and a set of incentives to collect as they read, with a certificate or medal for those that successfully complete the Challenge, which has a different theme each year. This year’s Challenge has a sporting theme and is called Team Read, with a programme of activities, incentives and an interactive website.

David Hanson said:

“I was pleased to attend the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge which is supported by libraries in Delyn each summer. I am delighted by this year’s sporting theme, and hope it will encourage more children than ever to join in.

“The challenge should keep the children of Delyn active and interested throughout the long summer holidays, and could help develop a positive attitude towards leisure time which they will take with them into adult life.”

The Summer Reading Challenge is 10 years old this year. It is created and run by The Reading Agency, the independent charity working to get people reading more, in partnership with the UK library network and supported by children’s book publishers.

Research shows how central reading for pleasure is for children’s life chances, and the Summer Reading Challenge is shown to improve children’s reading range, confidence and enjoyment. Schools say that this contributes to their overall confidence and reading achievement, with potentially life-changing results.


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Please find enclosed photographs of David Hanson MP and Kate Leonard, Community Librarian

·        Founded in 2002, The Reading Agency is an independent charity and reading development agency. For more general information, please

  • Research shows that when public library and school staff work together, children’s reading enjoyment and skills can improve dramatically. Recent national initiatives and government policies have focused on different sectors working together to achieve shared objectives, and Every Child Matters in particular creates a crucial new partnership framework. Libraries have a unique role in this process, because they can link formal and informal learning experiences.
    • Importance of reading for pleasure for children’s life chances:Reading For Change, OECD, 2002. This showed that students who were more enthusiastic about and engaged in reading performed better in tests, and that being a frequent reader was more of an advantage, on its own, than wealth or social status.
    • Summer Reading Challenge research: Inspiring Children: The Impact of the Summer Reading Challenge, 2003, and Summer Reading Challenge 2006: Impact Research (both available to download from show how libraries can inspire children’s love of reading, widen their reading horizons and build their creativity.
    • The 2008 National Year of Reading is a year-long celebration of reading in all its forms. It aims to build a greater national passion for reading – for children, families and adult learners alike. The Year will encourage people to read in businesses, homes and communities around the country, providing new opportunities to read and helping people to access help and support through schools and libraries. To get involved and sign up to Year of Reading activities in your area, log on to:
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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed an enormous boost to service personnel and their families.

The Service Personnel Command Paper – “The Nation’s Commitment: Cross-Government Support to our Armed Forces, their Families and Veterans” introduces a wide range of measures to make practical differences every day lives of members of the Armed Forces and their families.

Measures include:

o     The top level tariffs in the Armed Forces Compensation scheme will be doubled

o     Priority access to adapted social housing for our most seriously injured people;

o     Free additional education up to first degree level for service leavers after six years of service;

o     Ensuring that our people and their families retain their places on NHS waiting lists when they move;

o     Closing gaps in childcare provision; and

o     Ending disadvantage in accessing schools places for service children.

David Hanson said

“Our armed forces are the best in the world. Every day they are risking their lives while their families are at home coping with the pressures of every day life alone

“As a government, have a fundamental duty to look after them and their families. In the last two years there have been improvements in the level the support and welfare available– but there is always more that we can do.

“The Command Paper brings together proposals from across government to support our armed forces, their families and veterans. Two fundamental principles underpin it.

First, we must end the disadvantage created by military lifestyle – where for example being ordered to move you and your family could mean losing your place on a waiting list. And secondly, we must recognise that at times it is right and necessary to give special treatment either to remove disadvantage that might have build up over decades, or to recognise sacrifice, for example those seriously injured.

“I welcome these proposals and I will be working to ensure they are implemented.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson dropped in to the European Twenty 20 cricket tournament in Carmel on Friday.

The invitational Twenty20 tournament was organised after Carmel & District Cricket Club became the first village cricket team in Wales to play cricket against national cricket teams in the summer of 2007. Carmel faced national teams from Estonia, Russia and Latvia and also became the first touring side to win the Helsinki International Sixes competition in the nine-year history of the event.

After deciding to put on a tournament in Flintshire, the Carmel Invitational EuroTwenty20 tournament was born.

National teams representing Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Russia and Slovakia were invited, and agreed to take part in, the competition which took place from July 13 – 20, and resulted in narrow victory for Estonia on Sunday.

David Hanson said:

“This is a great initiative which has bought together players from Wales and all over Eastern Europe.

“We have seen an increase in economic migrants here in North Wales and these types of cultural and sporting events play an important role in helping us to find common ground and break down barriers. It is also great entertainment for those that had the opportunity to come along.

“I will be supporting Carmel Cricket Club in their bids to attract sponsorship and investment into the tournament and I hope it will become a regular feature for years to come.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the latest crime figures across England and Wales which show that recorded crime has come down by nine per cent.

The risk of being a victim of crime has fallen from 24 to 22 per cent, the lowest level ever recorded since the BCS (British Crime Survey) began in 1981.

All BCS crime is down by ten per cent compared with 2006/07 and police recorded crime by nine per cent. Decreases were recorded in nearly every crime type, including:

* Violent crime down by 12 per cent according to the BCS;

* Police recorded sex offences down seven per cent;

* Vandalism down ten per cent according to the BCS;

* Police recorded violence against the person down eight per cent;

* Vehicle related theft down 11 per cent according to the BCS;

* Domestic burglary reported to the police down four per cent; and

* Perceptions of anti-social behaviour down two percentage points to 16 per cent.

David Hanson said:

“This figures show that the risk of being a victim of crime is at the lowest since records began 27 years ago. They build on historic reductions in crime over recent years. Since 1997, crime measured by the BCS has fallen by 39 per cent with violence down by 40 per cent and burglary down by over half (55 per cent).

“Community policing and tough new enforcement powers are making a difference here in North Wales and across the country.

“Despite the fall in violent crime there is always more that can be done. This week the Government’ published the Youth Crime Action Plan, which represents part of a wider package of enforcement and preventative measures being brought forward to tackle violent crime.”