Statement on Rookery Pit
Posted Friday, 30 May 2014 at 13:05
The new proposal to build a gas-fired power station in Rookery Pit will receive the same scrutiny and analysis as did Covanta and, quite possibly, the same opposition.
The plans have not yet been submitted to Central Bedfordshire Council. The press release today is just an expression of intent and they haven’t yet held any of the public exhibitions. I will make sure that local people know about these exhibitions and can go along to investigate the plans for themselves.
It is not for me to decide on planning matters as that is the responsibility of the council. But it is my responsibility to represent local people and if those affected by the plans ask me to oppose them then I will do so, with the same degree of vigorous opposition I have deployed in the past against Covanta, NIRAH, the shambolic Eco town proposal and every other inappropriate planning development suggested for the area - all of which ignored in a spectacular manner the needs, wishes or environmental considerations of local people.
Bring Back our Girls
Posted Wednesday, 14 May 2014 at 10:10
Having already signed the appropriate Early Day Motions, it was an honour yesterday to join with other British female MPs from all parties to show our support for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.
Every female MP serving in a free democracy anywhere in the world has a moral obligation to speak out on behalf of the kidnapped schoolgirls.
News and developments are moving fast - it falls upon all of us to pray for a safe and happy ending.
Posted Tuesday, 6 May 2014 at 09:22
This morning I shall lead a debate on cyberstalking in Westminster Hall. Cyberstalking occurs when someone becomes obsessively fixated with another and pursues them using electronic means that cause distress or fear in the victim.
As we have moved into an age of electronic information and communication, stalkers have found new, more effective and efficient means to perpetrate their malicious acts. A report last year of victims that had contacted the National Stalking Helpline found that some form of technology was used by their stalker in over 70% of cases.
Perceived anonymity is one factor that can lead to toxic disinhibition, by removing a capable guardian, accountability and shame. Threats conducted under the shroud of anonymity can lead to increased fear in the victim.
We need to ensure that there are sufficient education and training programmes around the issue of cyberstalking. People at all levels and all areas of the justice system must be aware about just how skilful these cyberstalkers can be, and how far and significant the impact can be. This is not a simple undertaking, but it is very important.
It is also important people become aware that, due to legislative changes that received royal ascent last year, there is help available to the victims of cyberstalking in the form of legal action and prosecution. The only way cyberstalking can be reduced is if victims make use of the legislative changes available and effective prosecutions occur. Only then will we see bullies, faced with a deterrent, think twice about their pervasive behaviour.
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