You only have to look at the current situation on Saddleworth Moor to realise what an important role our Army provides in times of crisis

Dear Editor, Tomorrow (Sat) sees the annual Armed Forces Day and it is right that their essential work is highlighted, particularly when they are under attack themselves financially. Events will be going on in various locations reminding us of their role in safeguarding our national security – and it is a role that grows ever […]

Benefits of Brexit

I’ve recently been challenged by a constituent to name one clear, tangible benefit to local people of leaving the European Union. It reminded me of the need to write this article: to talk not just about implementing the referendum result, or sovereignty, or democracy – but also about practical benefits to local people and businesses. I’ve […]

The internet isn’t ‘owned’ by any government, but a tool which we can all use for whatever lawful means we wish.

Being in my late thirties, I’m part of the neither-here-nor-there generation: as a young child, the ‘internet’ was just a word to me – something vague, nothing I understood or knew anything about. As a teenager, the door to a whole new world was opened up to me. For that reason, I grew to value […]

As a former teacher I support suggestions by the Culture Secretary that mobile phones should be banned in classrooms.

Dear Editor, As a former teacher I support suggestions by the Culture Secretary that mobile phones should be banned in classrooms. Some head teachers have wisely already introduced such a ban, and there’s substantial evidence that others should follow that lead in the interests of their pupils. A 2015 study by the London School of […]

The European Union seems to take umbrage whenever anyone dares to suggest that the UK shouldn’t simply accept the EU’s opening negotiating position on every issue

Dear Editor, The European Union seems to take umbrage whenever anyone dares to suggest that the UK shouldn’t simply accept the EU’s opening negotiating position on every issue.   Michel Barnier’s latest complaint concerns defence and security. Our Armed Forces are a key cornerstone of NATO’s defence of Europe and UK policing, security and intelligence (on a […]

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