Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s robust response to the weekend’s terrorist incidents.
David Hanson said:
“The top priority always has to be the safety of the British public and Ministers right across Government are working together to deliver a package of measures to tackle the terrorist threat.
“Since Friday morning, the Government have held four meetings of COBR, chaired by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary and attended by Ministers from key government departments and the police and intelligence agencies. The priority has been to coordinate the necessary responses to protect the public.
The police have substantially stepped up protective security measures including:
· high visibility patrols, including armed response vehicles;
· increased use of stop and search powers for vehicles and pedestrians;
· increased physical protection around airport terminal buildings, including tighter controls on access roads and installation of new barriers, in conjunction with airport operators and the Department for Transport.
“This Government has doubled expenditure on counter terrorism since September 2001 and has now started a full consultative review of counter terrorism legislation with a view to a Bill later this year.
“The Home office has been refocused and the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism has been developed. There is also now an established a weekly security board, chaired by the Home Secretary.
“I am delighted that so many community leaders have come out over the last few days to condemn these attacks. These are criminal acts, whose victims come from all walks of life and we need to ensure that their message of hate is rejected within our communities.”
Delyn MP David Hanson is asking the people of Delyn for their thoughts on whether moving General Elections from a Thursday to the weekend would make them more likely to vote.
David Hanson said:
“The Government is considering measures to make voting more convenient and is examining the case for moving voting to the weekend for both general and potentially local elections.
“Holding general elections on a working weekday puts the UK in a minority among Western democracies as most other European countries hold elections at the weekend or on a public holiday.
“Every general election in England since 1945 has taken place on a Thursday but the only requirement currently is that it must be held on a weekday. Before 1945 elections took place on a variety of days and the last general election to be held at the weekend was in 1918.
“I want to know whether you think moving elections to the weekend would make the system more convenient and potentially raise turnout.”
A new community centre which will be officially launched this week has already proved to be a major success with many local groups who use it on a regular basis.
Delyn Assembly Member Sandy Mewies with MP David Hanson will officially open Talacre Community Centre on Friday. Funding of £375,000 came from the Welsh Assembly Government through Article 33, BHP Billiton, a local business and Flintshire County Council.
The attractive centre is already widely used by local groups of all ages and offers a meeting place as well as central point of contact for residents.
Mrs Mewies said: “This is a fine example of local people, the Talacre Community Centre Trust working with others in the private and public sectors working together to provide an excellent facility. I am delighted to be have been invited to co-open the centre”.
Mr David Hanson MP said:
“It is good to see this brand new resource is already proving to be popular with the local community. The facility offers a real focal point for the town of Talacre
“It is a great privilege to officially open the centre with Sandy and I look forward to meeting some of the people that have worked so hard to get it up and running.”
Delyn MP David Hanson has slammed the Government’s economic policies as unemployment rises again.
David Hanson said:
“Yet again here in Delyn we had some grim news today, as we found out that five people are chasing every job and long term youth unemployment is up 13% since the start of the year. The over 50s are suffering too with 25% more people on benefits for over six months since January.
“The result is now a soaring welfare bill that is creating an almighty hangover for Britain to deal with.
“The Government is now set to borrow £158 billion more than planned – more than £6,500 for every household in the country. This isn’t borrowing to support the economy through difficult times, it’s a huge new bill for failure.
“In the last quarter for every 13 jobs lost in the public sector, just one was created in the private sector. Quite simply we’re losing jobs faster than we’re creating them. Eighteen months after they were elected the Government’s complacency is staggering. Their economic policies are failing and Britain desperately needs a plan that works.
“Labour’s five point plan for jobs and growth shows a different way. Getting people back to work is the safest, surest way to get the deficit down and put Britain on the right course for the future.”