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LETTER: Abortion law change may ‘open floodgates’

Campaigners’ fears that moves to decriminalise the killing of unborn babies in England and Wales will open the floodgates to abortion on demand are well founded.

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LETTER: Heroic coalminer is focus of new play

LETTER: Heroic coalminer is focus of new play

I am a professional playwright and I am writing to ask for your help in gathering information for my next play which will be based on the life of John Marshall, an Alfreton coalminer, who was became something of a hero during the first ever national coal strike in 1912.

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LETTER: Tougher stance on Brexit is needed

If I was a member of any club, say a golf club or miners’ welfare, which I am not, and I decided to leave I would go to whoever the right person was and say something along the lines of: “I am leaving today and you will get no more subs and your agreements and rules will no longer be accepted by me. You can like it or lump it.”

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LETTER: Protect wildlife, not vermin

LETTER: Protect wildlife, not vermin

A reader’s letter earlier this year gave the impression that grey squirrels are cuddly, friendly and do nothing wrong.

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LETTER: Foreign aid doesn’t reach those who need it

LETTER: Foreign aid doesn’t reach those who need it

In a recent letter, Susan Tansley makes the point about our foreign aid and children. Read Susan’s letter here.

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LETTER: No child should go hungry in the UK

LETTER: No child should go hungry in the UK

No child should be going hungry in the United Kingdom these days.
It’s a disgrace that we are more concerned about sending aid to other countries yet don’t have a solution to assure we feed our own first.

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LETTER: System to punish the disadvantaged?

LETTER: System to punish the disadvantaged?

The General Election beckons soon. Are we right to believe government figures on the economy, employment and unemployment?

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LETTER: Voters need to keep an eye on politicians

I voted ‘leave’ in the EU referendum because many poorer people thought it would benefit them.
Those who live longer will see if it does.
That said, I am truly sick of the word ‘Brexit.’ Should not national broadcasters be persuaded to have ‘Brexit-free days’?
We must keep tabs on Theresa May in case she does a clever U-turn during the negotiations.
In my view, politics is, by definition, a devious business, especially at the top. We must not blame the poor dears who chose the profession.
But voters must keep an eye on them. Don’t get caught as they slip slide away from their non-sacred promises.

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LETTER: MPs should do the best for the country

LETTER: MPs should do the best for the country

The recent Radio Four Today interview of the Prime Minister by Nick Robinson says it all in my opinion.
Rather than opening with a question to explain the background to her decision to call a snap General Election, Robinson’s first challenge (oft repeated) was of the Prime Minister having performed a ‘U-turn’.
In the months since the UK’s EU referendum in my view he, his BBC colleagues and many re-moaners have grumbled that she has no personal mandate from the electorate, having never fought an election over Brexit.
Now that she is doing just that it seems to be the golden opportunity, for him/them, to do their own U-turn and criticise her for requesting such a mandate.
Robinson also asserted during this interview that it is the role of opposition parties to oppose the government. 
No Mr Robinson, it is not. It is the role of all members of Parliament and indeed all elected representatives in local government to do what is right and in the best interests of the country, including all people irrespective of how they individually voted. This might include opposition, where necessary.

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LETTER: Reunion to welcome former school pupils

LETTER: Reunion to welcome former school pupils

I have organised a ten year school reunion for Mill Hill students that graduated in 2007.

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YOUR VIEW: Is it not better to invest in renewable energy instead of fracking?

YOUR VIEW: Is it not better to invest in renewable energy instead of fracking?

There seems to be an erroneous belief that wind and solar energy cannot be stored. This is not true.

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LETTER: Protect cyclists not diesel drivers

LETTER: Protect cyclists not diesel drivers

I’m pleased to see that Theresa May has pledged to protect diesel-car owners, but I’d much more prefer she pledged to protect cyclists.

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LETTER: Diabetics must take care with chocolate

LETTER: Diabetics must take care with chocolate

Easter is a time for family, friends and, of course, chocolate…

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LETTER: Judge’s domestic violence comments were appalling

LETTER: Judge’s domestic violence comments were appalling

I was appalled when I read that a judge did not jail a man who poured bleach down his wife’s throat and beat her with a cricket bat because she was “not vulnerable.”

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LETTER: If you care about animals, don’t bet on famous race

LETTER: If you care about animals, don’t bet on famous race

Four horses were killed as a result of racing at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, yet there was scarcely any public discussion of the deaths, and the little that did occur was prompted by Animal Aid’s vigilance and energetic briefing of the media.

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LETTER: Cutbacks are piling pressure on carers

LETTER: Cutbacks are piling pressure on carers

There is no such thing as retirement for older carers, so says a report from the Carers Trust.

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GP services may be affected over the Easter weekend

LETTER: European doctors are vital to the NHS

Having triggered Article 50, Prime Minster Theresa May must now do everything in her power to control the impact of Brexit on the NHS and protect patient care across the country by granting permanent residence to EEA nationals working in the UK.

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LETTER: Be strong against terrorist threat

LETTER: Be strong against terrorist threat

Wednesdays events in London were shocking but not unexpected.

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LETTER: Brexit judges were just doing their job

LETTER: Brexit judges were just doing their job

The House of Lords may well be long overdue for reform, but I wish to point out to A. Warner (Your Letters March 9) that by proposing amendments to the Government’s policy on Brexit, it is actually carrying out its constitutional function.

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LETTER: Street lights backlog ‘is now being cleared’

LETTER: Street lights backlog ‘is now being cleared’

In response to Councillor Simon Spencer’s letter in the March 2 edition of the Belper News:-
Our apologies that at present we have not been able to provide the level of service you would normally expect.
Older style orange lights need changing regularly, usually every three or four years. As a result we used to change all the lights in an area in one go before they started to fail in large numbers, but due to budget cuts we can no longer afford to do this. When lights go out we now only replace them when a number in the same area need replacing as we simply cannot afford to send maintenance workers to change one light at a time.
Reduced budgets mean we only have a small team of electricians to cover the whole county and it is taking longer than we would normally expect to attend to the repairs in each area.
We appreciate the inconvenience and annoyance caused when street lights fail and we hope you can understand that with limited resources, we have to prioritise how the council’s money is spent. We are, however, pleased to be able to tell you that additional electricians have been appointed and are now working to clear the backlog.
If you notice any faulty lights these can be reported through the Derbyshire County Council website @ http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/

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