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LETTER: Abortion law could ‘open floodgates’

Campaigners fear 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: Disappointed Mr Bingham refused to take part in husting

LETTER: Disappointed Mr Bingham refused to take part in husting

During the 2015 election, I decided to attend one of the many hustings where all the candidates state their case to their potential voters.

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LETTER: HGV parking - what exactly do people want?

LETTER: HGV parking - what exactly do people want?

People are objecting to HGV parking on Tongue Lane industrial estate.

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LETTER: Local elections - Progressive alliance needed

LETTER: Local elections - Progressive alliance needed

A quick look at the results of the Derbyshire County Council election, in which the Conservatives gained 17 seats, 15 from Labour and two from Lib Dems, showed that 11 of those seats would not have been lost if the Labour, Lib Dem and Green candidates had not been competing for the non-Tory votes, i.e. if there had been a ‘progressive alliance’ agreed.

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LETTER: Young Voters need to register and have a voice

LETTER: Young Voters need to register and have a voice

I’m writing to urge young people to register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before May 23.

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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: 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: Contribution is appreciated at Stepping Hill Hospital

LETTER: Contribution is appreciated at Stepping Hill Hospital

“Think of what Jeremy Hunt’s doing to the NHS” said the nurse as she strapped the apparatus round my upper arm and prepared to take a reading.

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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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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: 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: Brexit - we are making a historic mistake

LETTER: Brexit - we are making a historic mistake

I was amused recently to be accused by a neighbour, who regularly reads my letters to the Advertiser, of believing I was right and everyone else was wrong. 
He was of course referring to Brexit.
I do not suppose that this gentleman reads the Observer, but for his benefit and for others who do not read the Observer, I quote from a recent edition of that newspaper:
“Like sheep, the British people, regardless of whether they support Brexit, are being herded off a cliff, duped and misled by the most 
irresponsible, least trustworthy Government in living memory. The moment when article 50 is triggered, signalling Britain’s irreversible to quit the EU, approaches inexorably. This week, on Black Wednesday, the UK will throw into jeopardy the achievements of 60 years of unparalleled European peace, security and prosperity from which it has greatly benefited. It is a national catastrophe by any measure. 
It is a historic error. It is a reckless, foolhardy leap into the unknown, a fall from grace in every conceivable sense.”
The whole article, from which I have quoted, should be read by all who voted for Brexit. 
I have yet to hear a persuasive argument from any Brexiteers so perhaps your correspondence page will contain something of this nature in future weeks. 
Hopefully, such correspondents will not merely parrot the vicious world view of the Daily Mail and Daily Express but give hard facts on how the UK will benefit from being outside Europe.

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LETTER: Funding needed to manage trees at High Path

LETTER: Funding needed to manage trees at High Path

Having noticed the work being done for some time on the retaining wall along the High Path, Bakewell Road. 
I was pleased to see someone working there today, so walked along and had a word with him. 
He is Bernard Titterton, a stonemason and dry stone waller from Leek, who has taken on the responsibility for maintenance of the wall and wood. 
As I am a councillor for Buxton central, the ward which includes this path, I am especially happy that this work is being undertaken, as it has been a matter of discontent among townspeople ever since the land above it was sold by Derbyshire County Council. It has changed hands a number of times, but seems to be in safer hands now.
Of course, the wood itself is in dire need of management, especially, as he pointed out to me, a good percentage of trees appear to be dead or covered in constricting ivy. 
Obviously, the kind of management required is extremely expensive, so he would like to find some help with funding. If anyone can suggest a suitable source, please get in touch with Bernard on btitterton@yahoo.co.uk or me on jean.todd@highpeak.gov.uk .

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