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LETTER: Abolish law and protect press freedom

I strongly object to the threat to press freedom contained in section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act.

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LETTER: Where’s the proof foxes are a health risk to humans?

LETTER: Where’s the proof foxes are a health risk to humans?

I have been reading an article about foxes posing a health risk to humans, where is the proof?

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LETTER: How will history view the changes?

LETTER: How will history view the changes?

In the year 2066, 50 years after the referendum which resulted in Britain exiting from the EU, people looked back and thanked their lucky stars that this decision had been taken to escape from the political nightmare that this organisation had become.

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LETTER: Leave voters should help remainers out of depression

LETTER: Leave voters should help remainers out of depression

Alan Craw wrote a lengthy and original plea for help for those emotionally scarred by the Brexit vote (Referendums, Chad December 28).

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LETTER: Democracy is disappearing

LETTER: Democracy is disappearing

For some time now it has been obvious to me that the majority of MPs are totally out of touch with the British electorate and the higher they climb, the more out of touch they become.

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LETTER: Harsher action on mobile using drivers

LETTER: Harsher action on mobile using drivers

In response to the recent rail strike, Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling quoted “no increased risk” from the Rail Safety and Standards Board, and has threatened to ban rail strikes. He also, said: “if I had the power to end it, I would.”

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LETTER: How will history look back on 2016?

LETTER: How will history look back on 2016?

In the year 2066, 50 years hence, the history books of England might read something like this:

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LETTER: Andy Murray does have personality

With regard to the recent letter on Andy Murray and his suitability to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

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LETTER: Sort us out before sending tax payers’ money overseas

So the government has given the green light to local authorities to put rates to pay for social care, i.e. disabled and people who are in care homes.

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LETTER: Respect shop workers during festive season

I would like to wish your readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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LETTER: Remember the animals of war

As Remembrance Day approaches, it is important to remember war is not just a human catastrophe.

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LETTER: Compulsory dental care for refugees could be seen as punishment

LETTER: Compulsory dental care for refugees could be seen as punishment

I was surprised by Tory MP David Davies’ sudden interest in the dental care of the few young refugees who are at last being allowed to enter the UK from the Calais “Jungle”.

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Mansfield Market Place.

LETTER: Where have market stalls gone?

I would like to ask what has happened to Mansfield market?

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LETTER: Money is driving factor behind fracking

LETTER: Money is driving factor behind fracking

We are being bombarded with the issue of fracking. 
Is it right or wrong, good or bad for the people who live in areas where fracking will take place?

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The by-election has been called after the death of Councillor Peter Crawford.

LETTER: It’s time for a second referendum

Now that everyone has experienced the minor economic and political upheaval caused by Brexit, perhaps it is time for a second referendum.

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LETTER: HS2 plan will take a destructive path

LETTER: HS2 plan will take a destructive path

Erewash Green Party would like to respond to the views expressed by Erewash MP, Maggie Throup in the Advertiser recently. 
Erewash Green Party opposes the plans for bringing HS2 through Long Eaton but also opposes the HS2 ‘vanity’ project as a whole throughout the country. 
We are not just supporting the campaign started by the local community group Stop HS2 Erewash to stop HS2 in Erewash, but the Green Party nationally is campaigning against HS2 everywhere. 
The Green Party is the only party that is in full and total opposition to HS2. The Green Party supports high speed rail in principle because it should improve Britain’s transport system and reduce road and air traffic and help to cut carbon emissions.
But in our view the HS2 project will do too much damage to local communities and to the environment and is just a high-cost vanity project. 
The enormous sums involved, that apparently can still be found even though we are supposed to be in a climate of austerity and not spending beyond our means as a country, could be better spent on improving transport for everybody, not just for wealthy business people who will be the only ones able to afford to actually use the HS2. 
The money needs to be spent instead on increasing rail capacity by adding more track to existing routes and by upgrading freight-only routes for passenger use, and the Green Party is firmly behind a policy of re-nationalising the railways, taking them away from private operators which have, in our opinion, prioritised shareholders’ dividends over a properly-maintained network that should be well-run for the benefit of all. 
Erewash Greens are fully behind the local residents of Long Eaton who have got together and worked hard to raise awareness and spread the message about the disruption that HS2 will bring to Erewash, and who have now formed a really strong Stop HS2 Erewash community group. The participation of our MP in the local group Scrub The Hub that was set up to oppose HS2 going through the village of Breaston a few years ago, when she was then the prospective parliamentary candidate, cannot fail to be noted, and the group’s campaign was reported by the Advertiser, and yet, after these Breaston plans were eventually dropped, she now appears to be in favour of HS2 going through Long Eaton, part of her constituency in her role now as the town’s MP.
The Stop HS2 Erewash stall at the Long Eaton Canal Festival was inundated with local people signing the petition and picking up information. The letter that the group recently sent to all Erewash councillors and to the Erewash MP is fully backed and supported by the Erewash Green Party, and strongly takes apart all the arguments expressed by our MP in her Ilkeston Advertiser article.
Erewash Green Party will be supporting the Stop HS2 Erewash community group’s event coming up in September where group supporters will be showing the public the destructive path that HS2 will be taking right through Long Eaton. 
They will be leading the family-friendly walk to raise awareness of the potential route of HS2 through Long Eaton and everyone is welcome to the free event. 
It has asked people to come brightly dressed and help to raise awareness within the wider community of the impact that this white elephant project will have upon our local community. The Stop HS2 Erewash Route Walk is on Sunday September 18th, 12 midday to 4pm and the group has set up a Facebook event with details at this link https://www.facebook.com/events/1750676861866767/alph Herons Erewash Green Party Media Liaison Officer

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LETTER: Meeting shows politics can change

LETTER: Meeting shows politics can change

I was pleased to attend the Erewash Constituency Labour Party recently and to participate in the nomination, discussion and ballot regarding the Labour leadership challenge by Owen Smith.


I was not happy that there were two external speakers as ‘experts’ about the candidates and not happy that the members were not informed as to how these speakers were selected. 


I voiced my opinion at the beginning of the night, forfeiting my allowed question, as I felt the Labour voters attending their own meeting as Erewash members would have their own opinions they would wish to express and that they were perfectly capable of doing so.


Luckily the chairman, Catherine Atkinson, allowed people who were actually from Erewash to speak, ask questions and put their point of view across. 


I felt that the night was for the members which is the new politics that Jeremy Corbyn represents rather than an exercise designed to glorify individuals for their own career purposes. 


There were many people attending of all ages and walks of life. I feel this was more than likely an accurate sample of the whole Constituency Labour Party membership.


My Constituency Labour Party voted to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as the next Labour leader in a 60 per cent majority in a fair, non-bullying and democratic way.


The only thing that was a little upsetting was that there were some members who had recently joined the party and were now not allowed to vote.

Even this issue was politely addressed and the members voted to continue with the nomination.


I am pleased that the new style of politics that Jeremy Corbyn is promoting is gradually filtering down to local Labour constituencies and long standing Labour Party members. I hope it is allowed to develop and thrive because this example will change the face for British politics for the better.

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LETTER: Has your care been up to scratch?

In the face of deep cuts to social care funding, we feel many disabled and older people are being denied the care and support they need to live independently and with dignity.

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Gloria De Piero MP

LETTER: MP is backing Owen Smith

I would like the roughly 70 per cent of Ashfield voters who voted ‘leave’ in the referendum to be aware that Gloria de Piero is backing Owen Smith for the Labour leadership.

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LETTER: Brexit decision has been made - get over it

So Owen Smith claims that he is going to keep Britain in the EU by potentially blocking Brexit in Parliament if he gets to be leader of the Labour Party.
There is no need for a vote by MPs in Parliament because the public has already made that decision. 
Does he think by saying that he will be elected as leader of the Labour? He must be out of touch with the Labour voters because I believe it was they who swung the vote to leave the EU.
Just look at the last Welsh leader of the Labour Party, Neil Kinnock. Making silly remarks like that Mr Smith, you will be finished in British politics like Neil Kinnock.
You people need to realise that the decision has been made to leave the EU and there is nothing you can do about it, so get over it. There’s probably some good causes in Wales that could keep you occupied.

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