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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 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:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/index.htm

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.

 

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that fewer pubs and off-licences are persistently selling alcohol to children thanks to strict penalties, tough enforcement and positive efforts by the industry.  

The results of the national Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol Campaign (TUSAC), during which 2,683 premises were targeted by police and trading standards officers during a 10-week campaign between 4 May and 13 July 2007, show that in nearly 9,000 test purchase operations children were only able to obtain alcohol in 14.7 per cent of cases.

Only 22 premises (0.8 per cent of premises targeted) sold alcohol to children on three separate occasions.

The figures signal a further improvement in the test purchase failure rate since national enforcement campaigns began three years ago.

In 2004, the overall test purchase failure rate was 50 per cent. In 2006, it had dropped to 20 per cent. In this latest and more targeted campaign it now stands below 15 per cent overall.

Whereas earlier enforcement campaigns were conducted on a random sample of premises, good and bad, this campaign targeted premises known to be problematic. A further reduction in the failure rate is therefore particularly encouraging.

David Hanson said:

“These figures are very encouraging and show that the Government’s efforts, working alongside its enforcement partners, are making a positive difference. The efforts of industry must also be recognised as they have made strong attempts over recent years to educate staff on the front line and strengthen procedures.

“The ‘Challenge 21’ policy is now established as standard practice across the industry. However, there is still room for improvement and we must work hard to make sure the sales stop, full stop.

“The Government’s new alcohol strategy campaign, released this summer, outlined how the new laws and licensing powers will be used to bear down on irresponsibly-managed bars, pubs and off-licenses, at the same time as giving everyone the information they need to drink safely and responsibly.”