Thursday, April 28
Early Day Motions are very good ways of raising issues in parliament, which may not get debated in normal sittings of parliament.
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Early day motion 1741: BBC Radio Leicester
That this House celebrates the work of BBC Radio Leicester, the UK's first local radio station, in serving the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland; recognises that 172,000 people tune into it each week; values its unique role in covering events in city and county, including the upcoming Leicester Mayor debate, which is a vital aspect of local democracy; notes that following the recent merger of Leicester Sound it is now the only station for Leicester and Leicestershire and the only regional journalism based station; appreciates its role in providing specific programming for Leicester's Black and Asian residents and in starting the Asian Network; is concerned that the BBC is considering reducing local radio output; believes that this would be a huge disservice to Leicester's communities; and calls on the BBC to maintain the current level of output from Radio Leicester.
Primary sponsor: Vaz, Keith, Date tabled: 26.04.2011
Early day motion 1764: BBC Radio Manchester
That this House believes that BBC Radio Manchester is a much loved and valuable institution throughout the North West; celebrates its unique role in providing news and information across Greater Manchester; is deeply concerned that the BBC is considering reducing local radio output; further believes that such a move would undermine local radio stations as a whole and that if it were to happen it would be a huge disservice to communities in the North West and to the millions of visitors to the region who rely on the service; and calls on the BBC to maintain the current level of output from Radio Manchester.
Primary sponsor: John Leech, Date tabled: 27.04.2011
Early day motion 1761: Workers' Memorial Day
That this House welcomes the fact that Workers' Memorial Day on 28 April is an internationally recognised day which commemorates those who have died, been seriously injured, or made seriously ill by their work; notes with regret that according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last year 1.3 million people suffered from a long-standing or new illness caused by or made worse by their work, 152 workers were killed at work and thousands of people died of mesothelioma and occupational cancers and lung diseases; recognises that the real figures are likely to be much higher as many work-related incidents are not included in the HSE's headline statistics; deeply laments that people are still dying, being seriously injured or made ill simply as a result of carrying out their day-to-day job often as a result of health and safety failingsby employers; further notes the estimated cost of around 30 billion per year to the economy of poor workplace health and safety and that this burden is borne heavily by workers and their families; expresses concern at the budget cuts faced by the HSE of around 35 per cent. and the Government's proposals contained in Common Safety - progress report; reaffirms the right of all workers to work in a safe and healthy workplace; and therefore calls on the Government to make Workers' Memorial Day a public holiday and to ensure that the HSE is adequately resourced in order to stop more people dying or receiving injuries or being made ill unnecessarily.
Primary sponsor: John McDonnell,Date tabled: 27.04.2011
Thursday, April 21
Jonathan Lovett, FOC at the North London and Herts division of Tindle newspapers in Enfield, attended the meeting and reported that they were on the first day of strike action. Tindle newspapers now own a number of papers formerly owned by Trinity Mirror. It is a paternalistic company and early signs were hopeful but standards have fallen as staff who leave are not being replaced. It has now reached breaking point as the work of 7 reporters and 2 news editors is being done by 3 reporters and I news editor. The papers are reliant on the efforts of unpaid young people on work experience and after a year of negotiation members have not received the assurances they need. Jonathan Lovett said that they were heartened by public support for their campaign. There will be a three day strike and further action is planned.
It was agreed that that a donation of £400 be made to the chapel hardship fund and that the branch have contingency plans to make further donations of £50 per week.
Proposed Barbara Goulden, Seconded Chris Youett
Cheque for £400.00 was presented to North London and Herts Reps at meeting
New NUJ President
The branch welcomed the news that Michelle Stanistreet is the new President of the NUJ. She will take up post on July 1st. As a result there is a vacancy for the post of NUJ Deputy General Secretary. Applications' closing date is 30th June.
Christine Buckley editor to the Journalist is to attend the June branch meeting
Charles Atangana has won his appeal against Home Office plans to deport him to Cameroon.
Friday, April 15
Tuesday 19th April 2011
Meet 6:00 pm for 6:30 start
Old Windmill pub
Light refreshments will be served
1) Introduction by chair/those attending
2) Minutes of March meeting
3) Secretary/Treasurers reports
4) Branch reports
5) Report back from National Delegate Meeting
6) NUJ Deputy General Secretary to be elected, do you want to stand?
6) Any other business
The NUJ has elected its first ever woman General Secretary. Michelle Stanistreet, the current Deputy General Secretary, will take up the role from 1 July.
NUJ member Charles Atangana has won his appeal against Home Office plans to deport him to his native Cameroon, where he had been imprisoned and tortured and faces possible death in retaliation for his journalistic exposes of corruption.
North London journalists to strike as Tindle lets papers dwindle
Journalists at Sir Ray Tindle's North London and Herts Newspapers group are to strike from next Tuesday April 19 in defence of jobs and quality local journalism. They will return to work on Tuesday May 3.
Nearly 80 journalists in the North of England are to vote on industrial action to stop plans by Newsquest to axe 14 jobs in Darlington and York.
Wednesday, April 13
Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, has today Wednesday 13th April 2011, published his annual report on Human Rights
The personal security of journalists has become a serious concern. The politicised penalisation of the journalist Eynullah Fatullayev in Azerbaijan is one illustration. In the Russian Federation several journalists have been assaulted, some of them killed, by forces which have obviously wanted to silence them. It is crucial that such cases are thoroughly investigated and that the attackers - and those behind them - are brought to justice.
2.6 Freedom of expression and the media
The promotion and protection of freedom of expression and freedom of the media has been part of the Commissioner's work since he took up office. During country visits and continuous dialogue with national authorities, media professionals and civil society, the Commissioner gathers information, identifies shortcomings and provides advice on ways to ensure the enjoyment of freedom of expression and of the media.
Full text of the report can be found here . . . .
Tuesday, April 12
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Thursday, April 7
Wednesday, April 6
Even before the government’s Health and Social Care Bill has passed through the House of Commons, private healthcare companies are increasing their influence within the NHS. Pulse magazine reported last week that private company bosses are set to be handed seats on the new NHS Commissioning Board, which, come June, will oversee commissioning of all primary care services and allocate budgets to GP consortia. The magazine also reported that 10% of GPs on the boards of the already established consortia also hold an executive-level position with the same private companies that will be bidding to be commissioned by them.
That this House congratulates BBC Radio Cornwall for its work providing news and entertainment to over 140,000 loyal listeners across the Duchy, equivalent to 32 per cent. of the local population; notes that the quality of its programming gives it one of the highest average hours per listener ratings in the whole country, 15.44 hours per week; commends the valuable role it plays in maintaining Cornwall's character and community identity; acknowledges the help and information it provides to the millions of residents and tourists; believes that a functioning democracy needs an effective and objective local broadcast media; further acknowledges that BBC Radio Cornwall provides excellent value for money and is the brand leader in terms of cost per listening hour; but remains deeply concerned by proposals to end daytime programming; and calls on the BBC to make a commitment to fund Radio Cornwall to at least maintain thecurrent level and quality of output.
Primary sponsor: Andrew George, Date tabled: 05.04.2011
Early day motion 1720: BBC Radio Sussex
That this House notes BBC Radio Sussex is a much loved and valuable institution throughout the South of England; celebrates its unique role in providing news and information; is deeply concerned that the BBC is considering reducing local radio output; believes that such a move would undermine local radio stations as a whole and if it were to happen would be a huge disservice to communities in the South of England and to the millions of visitors to the region who rely on the service; and calls on the BBC to maintain the current level of output from Radio Sussex.
Primary sponsor: Caroline Lucas, Date tabled: 05.04.2011
Early day motion 1724: Employment law and tribunal rights
That this House supports the aspiration, contained in the consultation paper, Resolving Workplace Disputes, to deal with individual employment disputes efficiently; wishes to reaffirm its belief that access to employment tribunals, which enable individuals to enforce essential employment rights, isa fundamental pillar of workplace justice; fears that the proposals, as written, will significantly worsen the ability of people to enforce their rights and will encourage poor employment practice; condemns the proposal to increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal to two years as this would further restrictrights not to be unfairly dismissed from a significant proportion of the working population; further condemns the proposal to remove the rights of employees to have their claims for unfair dismissal heard by tribunal members with extensive practical workplace experience, leaving them to be decided by judges alone; rejects the proposals to introduce a fee to file a claim in the Employment Tribunal which would inevitably deter lower paid and vulnerable members of the community from seeking to secure their rights; and therefore calls on the Government to withdraw its proposed reforms.
Primary sponsor: Kelvin Hopkins, Date tabled: 05.04.2011
Friday, April 1
That this House believes BBC Radio Solent is a much loved and valuable institution throughout the South of England; celebrates its unique role in providing news and information across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isleof Wight; is deeply concerned that the BBC is considering reducing local radio output; further believes that such a move would undermine local radio stations as a whole and if it were to happen would be a huge disservice to communities in the South of England and to the millions of visitors to the region who rely on the service; and calls on the BBC to maintain the current level of output from Radio Solent.
Primary sponsor: Mike Hancock, Date tabled: 31.03.2011
Early day motion 1694: TUC March for the alternative
That this House congratulates Brendan Barber and the TUC for their role in organising the momentous March for the Alternative on Saturday 26 March attended by 500,000 people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races from all over the UK; believes this march will go down in the history of the trade union movement as the day the people said no to the unnecessary ideological spending cuts; recognises that these spending cuts will hit the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest and will destroy the crucial services that communities depend on; and calls on the Government to start listening to the people of Britain and to recognise that there is an alternative.
Primary sponsor: Ian Lavery, Date tabled: 31.03.2011