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Lab3seats north-west February 2015: Lancashire coast challenge

This weekend we will be joined by MPs Lucy Powell, Stephen Twigg and John Woodcock and North West MEP Theresa Griffin as we embark on the next #Lab3seats challenge. 91 more words

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Letter from Westminster 28th November 2011

Paul Maynard MP

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.


Dear resident,

Saturday morning was a curious combination spent in Sainsburys on Red Bank Road. I did a bit of a ‘Fareshare’ food drive, and a bit of a mini-surgery. 931 more words

Letter from Westminster 21 November 2011

Readers of certain tabloid newspapers may have been under the impression I was ‘on holiday’ last week. Far from it. Although Parliament was not sitting on Wednesday and Thursday, MPs were still out and about doing their jobs. 738 more words

What Would John Howard Do?

One of the problems of having a researcher called Boon is that I am always sending emails to Bono. Mistyped, I doubt he ever gets them, and I doubt he would like them if he did. 1,416 more words

Making the world a better place

It is very rare as a Member of Parliament to feel that you have individually made the world a better place. So when it happened this week, I felt entitled to a slight degree of pleasure. 578 more words

Social Tourism not about holidays for the poor, but about early intervention and imagination

Twelve months ago I had never heard of ‘social tourism’. Now, I can’t seem to get it out of my head. Readers may well wonder what the hell I am on about – let me point them towards the All-Party Parliamentary Group I chair on the topic which has just published its report, available at… 1,129 more words

The power of images can be misleading?

What makes something iconic? I was struck by the sight – my first sight – of what was supposedly Thomas Hoeppker’s iconic image of a group of New Yorkers seemingly relaxing as the Twin Towers burned on 9/11. 782 more words