Hebden Bridge GPs are reviewing urgent appointments process

The Hebden Bridge Group Practice manager has replied to patients who recently wrote to the practice manager and GPs with a complaint  that the only way to get an urgent GP appointment is to call 111.  After asking the 20 or so questions on their script, NHS 111 then sends a report to the GP surgery, which then decides if a doctor will call the patient or see them. Continue reading

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Craig Whittaker MP must represent the 30K Calder Valley progressive voters who oppose the DUP

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If you are one of the 29,798 people who voted for a progressive Parliamentary candidate on June 8th – and even if you’re not but live in the Calder Valley constituency – please consider signing this letter to Craig Whittaker MP. 

Please note that on Monday June 12th I collected the signatures and sent off the letter with the signatures. Continue reading

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Save lives #slow down!

The Upper Calder Valley Renaissance Sustainable Transport Group supported the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week (8-14 May), which called for slower traffic speeds to save lives. Members of the group were joined in marking “Slow Down Day” by Councillors Dave Young (Calder Ward) and Jane Scullion (Luddendenfoot Ward).

The group has recently carried out traffic speed monitoring in a number of locations in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, in both 30mph and 20mph areas. The worst examples on non-compliance were found in some 20mph areas. At the bottom of Cragg Road in Mytholmroyd, near the entrance to Elphaborough Court, and at Machpelah and in Commercial Street, Hebden Bridge, more than 90% of vehicles were found to be exceeding the 20mph limits. Continue reading

Barclays to stop financing the #Ryedale fracking company, Third Energy

Sometimes we win battles!

Frack Free Calderdale is pleased that last week at their Annual General Meeting, Barclays’ Chairman John McFarlane told their shareholders that the bank would be withdrawing their financing of Third Energy – the company they own 97% of and that is licensed to frack in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. This could be a huge win for the anti-fracking and climate justice movement in the UK and one we should celebrate! Continue reading

NHS privatisation in Calderdale is almost twice the national average

Four years ago, Craig Whittaker assured me there would be no privatisation of the NHS.

In 2015-16 Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group spent 13% of its £267,919,000 budget on non-NHS (ie private sector) providers.

This is not counting what it spends on social care, which is mostly privatised, and on voluntary sector organisations, which is “soft” privatisation.

When you count those in, 21% (£56,510,000) of the Clinical Commissioning Group’s budget goes on non-NHS providers. Continue reading

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#GE2017 Education Question Time hustings in Brighouse and Halifax

Calderdale NUT are hosting two Education Question Time events in the Halifax and Calder Valley constituencies in the run up to the general election. They are free events, but tickets must be booked in advance at http://ticketsource.co.uk/calderdalenut and are limited to two tickets per booking.

All declared candidates have been invited. Currently this is James Baker LIB, Holly Lynch LAB, Chris Pearson CON for Halifax, and Janet Battye LIB, Josh Fenton-Glynn LAB,  and Rob Holden IND Craig Whittaker CON, Kieran Turner GREEN for Calder Valley. Continue reading

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

West Yorkshire Police say “no offences were committed” by Calderdale Conservatives in relation to 2015 General Election expenses

Calder Valley constituents have been trying to find out about progress with the West Yorkshire Police criminal investigation into an allegation of financial irregularity on the part of Calderdale Conservatives Association. The investigation, which related to Craig Whittaker’s 2015 General Election expenses, was launched a year ago in May 2016. Continue reading

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.

Todmorden Weir Minerals to ask Weir Head Office about fossil fuel divestment plans

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going into Weir_loresFollowing an unannounced visit by Climate Crime Unit Investigators on April 6th, the managing director of Weir Minerals in Todmorden has agreed to ask Weir Head Office whether the company warns shareholders of the risk attached to the Weir’s substantial investments in the fossil fuel industry, and if they have any plans for divesting from fossil fuels. Continue reading