Pensions Cold Call Scammers Banned

Over the years I have met a good many elderly people who have been stripped of all or part of their hard-earned pensions by cold calling fraudsters.

Outstanding Essex Children's Services

Great news from Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Cllr Dick Madden, this week following an inspection by Ofsted of the council's services for children:

Winter Pressures

A very happy new year to you all. The new year has been embodied for me by the series of remarkable images beamed back from the deepest reaches of our solar system, some billion miles beyond Pluto.

Rebuilding Children's Lives

As the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences I am all too well aware of how problems in the early years of a child’s life can have a profound effect for years to come.

Recycling Christmas

If you look around your home this week, there is a good chance your gaze will fall on recycling bags stuffed to the gunnels with screwed up wrapping paper, cardboard and plastic packaging and, in a moment, possibly this newspaper.

Your Words Can Make A Difference

Some of my most precious possessions are letters. Adolescent letters from school friends (pre-email gossip). Letters from friends living in exotic locations (including one from a friend in India in which a tiger appeared in front of him whilst he was writing to me).

Don't be Quiet About Libraries

Libraries have quietly undergone huge changes since I used to visit my local library as a child to get my weekly fix of the adventures of Noggin the Nog.

Alex Burghart MP Welcomes New Rail Ombudsman Service

Complaints about rails services are a regular feature of my inbox so I know many constituents will be pleased to learn about a new impartial and independent Ombudsman for the railway which will enhance the industry’s complaints process, and help rail customers.