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MP Update – 26th March

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Sunday 26th March 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) This week’s brutal attack in Westminster, with dozens injured and four killed, was a shocking reminder of the dangers posed by crazed radicalisation and the violence and terror it can create. The death of PC Keith Palmer who sought to protect the gates
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MP Update – 19th March

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Sunday 19th March 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) I’ve never seen a Budget u-turn quite like the rapid decision this week by Chancellor Philip Hammond and Theresa May to rip up their core proposal on National Insurance. On Wednesday, as I thought might be the case (but perhaps not quite so
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MP Update – 11th March

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Saturday 11th March 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) Philip Hammond’s first full Budget didn’t quite go as well as he planned… Breaking his 2015 manifesto promise not to increase National Insurance contributions – in this case on the self-employed – has stunned many in the media and even on the Conservative
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MP Update – 4th March

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Saturday 4th March 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) With the steadily growing pressures on the Queen’s Medical Centre emergency department in recent years – a facility that now sees around 550 patients per day when it was designed for a maximum of 350 – it’s obvious that we need a step
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MP Update – 25th February

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Saturday 25th February 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) While the news headlines about Brexit, Trump and UK political parties are dominant, they mask some very important issues that aren’t getting much attention. It’s not just the creaking pressures on our NHS that aren’t receiving sufficient scrutiny. Just look at how little
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MP Update – 10th February

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Friday 10th February 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) Parliament has been dominated by the Brexit ‘Article 50’ legislation this week – and I tried hard to amend the Bill in order to restrain Theresa May’s headlong rush towards the ‘hard Brexit’ cliff-edge. Unfortunately there weren’t enough Conservative moderate MPs willing to
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MP Update – 5th February

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Sunday 5th February 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) If you’re getting the impression that ‘Brexit’ is dominating the news agenda, I’m afraid this is going to go on for quite a while longer! After the start of the legislative process to send in the UK’s notice of withdrawing from the EU
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MP Update – 29th January

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Sunday 29th January 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) The Supreme Court’s judgement this week means the Government cannot trigger Article 50 – to start the process of leaving the EU – without an Act of Parliament giving it authorisation to do so. In our system of representative democracy, elected MPs must
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MP Update – 20th January

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Friday 20th January 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) It still seems strange to write the words, but we now must get used to the reality of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. In his inauguration speech this afternoon, Trump re-emphasised his protectionist ‘America First’ message, putting the
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MP Update – 13th January

NEWS AND COMMENT FROM CHRIS LESLIE MP – Friday 13th January 2017 (for more news also see my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chrislesliemp) Happy New Year! Parliament got back to business this week and the spotlight fell quickly on the crisis in the NHS, where performance standards have been under real strain. One in four patients at Nottingham’s QMC Emergency Department – that’s over 3500 residents
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