Remember the current war victims

9:00am Thursday 13th November 2008

On Remembrance Sunday we shall all pause to reflect on those who have laid down their lives for their country. This year, there will be an extra poignancy. There have been 35 deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan since the beginning of the year, and it is only right that our thoughts should be with their families.

Time to act together

12:08pm Tuesday 11th November 2008

With the markets around the world in turmoil these are times of great instability and anxiety. Everyone is concerned and affected by the financial crisis. Families are worried about their income and savings and employees about the affect on their pensions.

Fighting for the best deal

12:05pm Tuesday 11th November 2008

The Government has announced a £50bn part-nationalisation scheme. As someone who has been calling for the nationalisation of the banking sector since this crisis began, I should be satisfied.

Happy to serve volunteers

12:03pm Tuesday 11th November 2008

On Monday afternoon, David Cameron asked me to be the new Shadow Minister for Charities and the Voluntary Sector.

An election for change

10:33am Thursday 18th September 2008

This summer has been truly rotten. From the appalling weather to the rising food and fuel prices there has been very little room for cheer. In the wider world, Russia flexed her muscles in an international incident in the Caucasus and the worldwide economy suffered a series of shocks, including the collapse of US mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The UK’s own rate of inflation rose to 4.7 per cent in August, the highest since records began in 1997. Millions around the UK are feeling the impact of the economic crisis.

Getting on with the job

10:31am Thursday 18th September 2008

The world’s financial markets are in crisis. Energy, fuel and food price rises are hitting people hard and there is an attempted political coup against the Prime Minister.

Solveig served us well

10:29am Thursday 18th September 2008

It is hard to remember a time when the public held their elected politicians in lower esteem. Surveys show that only journalists and estate agents come close to our profession in terms of public contempt. Sometimes it is not hard to understand why.

Liberties lost at our peril

Hillingdon Times: John Randall MP.

3:58pm Friday 18th July 2008

Last week in Prime Minister's Questions, I queried why the Government is trying to exempt London from new air quality controls, when it claimed that there would be no further expansion of Heathrow unless proposals met strict environmental limits. As usual, I was unable to get a straight answer, but I am not alone in finding this.

Working to keep the carnival

Hillingdon Times: John McDonnell: "The council is cutting back on library services and undermining one of the most successful public services in our community."

3:57pm Friday 18th July 2008

On Saturday, July 12, the community of Hayes and Harlington stood up to be counted and we won. Despite all the attempts by Hillingdon Council to kill off the Hayes carnival, large numbers of local people and local community groups came together and made this year's carnival a success.

Positive green incentives needed

Hillingdon Times: Nick Hurd: Clampers charge too much.

3:50pm Friday 18th July 2008

Because I have four children, I have no choice but to drive a people carrier. When I bought it three years ago, I went for diesel as I thought it would be cheaper and better for the environment.

Paying for Labour mistakes

Hillingdon Times: John Randall MP.

11:17am Thursday 5th June 2008

It seems as if everyone is talking about the rising price of fuel in recent weeks. With petrol prices now over £1.15 per litre, and diesel even higher, the cost of filling up the family car has rocketed.

We must fight on

Hillingdon Times: John McDonnell: "The council is cutting back on library services and undermining one of the most successful public services in our community."

11:16am Thursday 5th June 2008

This month I am using my column to congratulate and thank all those who attended and helped organise the demonstration against the expansion of Heathrow Airport on Saturday. It was a fantastic turnout that demonstrated the strength of feeling against Heathrow expansion.

Local voices must be paramount

Hillingdon Times: Nick Hurd: Clampers charge too much.

11:14am Thursday 5th June 2008

As I write this we are debating the Government's latest changes to the planning system. Its aim is to speed up approval of key infrastructure projects that are considered to be in the national interest.

Time for the PM to listen

Hillingdon Times: John Randall MP.

9:59am Friday 9th May 2008

With all the excitement about elections last week, it would be understandable if you missed that another damaging blow was struck last week to the Governments' case for expansion at Heathrow Airport.

Join me on the march

Hillingdon Times: John McDonnell: "The council is cutting back on library services and undermining one of the most successful public services in our community."

9:56am Friday 9th May 2008

I am writing this month to urge all local residents to join the demonstration on May 31 against proposals for the third runway and sixth terminal at Heathrow.

The fight for Mount Vernon

Hillingdon Times: Nick Hurd: Clampers charge too much.

9:52am Friday 9th May 2008

Few things matter more to my constituents than the state of local health services. There have been grounds for concern over the last few years. We have had to deal with uncertainty about the future of much-loved specialist hospitals at Harefield and Mount Vernon.

Chance to vote for change

Hillingdon Times: John Randall MP.

10:20am Thursday 10th April 2008

This month there are so many issues that I would like to write about, I really have to ration myself. So I have chosen just three that are top of my postbag at the moment.

Consultation must be questioned

Hillingdon Times: John McDonnell: "The council is cutting back on library services and undermining one of the most successful public services in our community."

10:18am Thursday 10th April 2008

Last week in Parliament I tabled an Early Day Motion calling for an independent, public inquiry into the Government's consultation on the proposal for a third runway and sixth terminal at Heathrow.

Protecting heart of the community

Hillingdon Times: Nick Hurd: Clampers charge too much.

10:15am Thursday 10th April 2008

Since being elected in 2005 there have been many issues that have caused my post bag to swell but the response to the post office consultation, which aims to close High Street, Northwood and Ickenham Road, Ruislip branches has been tremendous.

Pressure must be maintained

Hillingdon Times: Mr Randall: "I believe this is emotional blackmail of the worst kind."

10:11am Thursday 6th March 2008

THERE was a very vocal and overwhelming message sent from the anti-Heathrow expansion rally in Central Hall, Westminster, last week.

Battle for the planet

Hillingdon Times: John McDonnell: "The council is cutting back on library services and undermining one of the most successful public services in our community."

10:10am Thursday 6th March 2008

THE iconic battleground on which the struggle for the future of our planet will be fought is at Heathrow airport. The Government's consultation on whether to allow Heathrow to virtually double in size by constructing a third runway and sixth terminal ended on February 27.

Engaging people in politics

Hillingdon Times: Nick Hurd: Clampers charge too much.

10:07am Thursday 6th March 2008

I CAN'T think of a time when the stock of politicians has fallen so low in this country. Of course, the newspapers are feasting on the question of MPs expenses and I both understand that and fully support the need for much greater transparency and accountability for how public money is spent. I am confident that we are now on a journey that will get our house in order.

Heathrow: your last chance

Hillingdon Times: Mr Randall: "I believe this is emotional blackmail of the worst kind."

10:28am Friday 8th February 2008

"AS pensioners, the security of our pensions depends directly on the long-term success of British Airways, and that... depends on the success of Heathrow."

Opportunity for fairness lost

Hillingdon Times: John McDonnell: "The council is cutting back on library services and undermining one of the most successful public services in our community."

10:26am Friday 8th February 2008

ON Thursday, January 31, Parliament debated the Government's National Insurance Bill, which will set the earnings limits for paying National Insurance contributions. Sounds like a dry bureaucratic issue but actually this is a key decision on whether the Government is serious about tackling poverty and inequality in today's Britain.

Heathrow: duty to speak up

Hillingdon Times: Nick Hurd: Clampers charge too much.

10:23am Friday 8th February 2008

ON Thursday, January 31, I attended a public meeting to protest against the planned third runway at Heathrow. The evidence produced by council officers and campaigners was devastating in terms of the impact that this will have on quality of life in Hillingdon.

Let professionals work in peace

Hillingdon Times: Mr Randall: "I believe this is emotional blackmail of the worst kind."

2:05pm Thursday 10th January 2008

A HAPPY 2008 to all Hillingdon Times readers and their families, and I hope that it is not just happy but healthy too.

A year for campaigning

Hillingdon Times: John McDonnell: "The council is cutting back on library services and undermining one of the most successful public services in our community."

2:03pm Thursday 10th January 2008

I'M back into Parliament with a bang this week after a great Christmas break with my family. Last week I listened to Gordon Brown's new year message with a lot of concern.

Keeping cancer care local

Hillingdon Times: Nick Hurd: Clampers charge too much.

2:00pm Thursday 10th January 2008

THANK you to supporters of Mount Vernon Before Christmas, I met with a minister at the Department of Health to deliver a simple message: the community I represents wants to keep cancer services at Mount Vernon, and not see them moved into Hertfordshire.

Lost trust and broken promises

Hillingdon Times: Mr Randall: "I believe this is emotional blackmail of the worst kind."

3:00pm Thursday 6th December 2007

IT almost seems that the Monty Python team are in charge at Westminster. Not only has HM Revenue and Customs lost discs containing millions of people's personal data and bank details, including my wife's, we now find that the Government may never be repaid in full for the £24billion that it lent to Northern Rock.

Penalised for prudent spending?

Hillingdon Times: Mr Randall: "I believe this is emotional blackmail of the worst kind."

6:06pm Monday 12th November 2007

WHEN I first heard Gordon Brown's latest plan to claw back money from those schools which had saved some of their annual budget, I had to check my calendar to see if it was April Fool's Day.

Conference for the community

Hillingdon Times: John McDonnell: "The council is cutting back on library services and undermining one of the most successful public services in our community."

6:03pm Monday 12th November 2007

LAST Saturday I convened a community conference to hear about the history of Hayes town centre, to examine the current state of the centre and then to launch a campaign for a new Hayes town centre.

The problem with planning

Hillingdon Times: Nick Hurd: Clampers charge too much.

6:00pm Monday 12th November 2007

MY postbag tells me that more people are getting increasingly fed up with the way that decisions are taken that affect our community.

A return to thrift

Hillingdon Times: Mr Randall: "I believe this is emotional blackmail of the worst kind."

5:19pm Friday 5th October 2007

WHEN I was a boy, I had a money box. Along the spine there was the word "thrift" and an embossed design of the plant of the same name.

Fighting for the elderly

Hillingdon Times: John McDonnell: "The council is cutting back on library services and undermining one of the most successful public services in our community."

5:17pm Friday 5th October 2007

PARLIAMENT returns next week after the recess. By the time you read this Gordon Brown may have called a general election and Parliament will be suspended until the election is over.

A mayor for all Londoners

Hillingdon Times: Nick Hurd: Clampers charge too much.

5:13pm Friday 5th October 2007

I AM writing this in Blackpool during the middle of a media frenzy about a general election. I suspect most of my constituents are less enthusiastic at the prospect.

Summer of sad memories

Hillingdon Times: Mr Randall: "I believe this is emotional blackmail of the worst kind."

11:04am Friday 7th September 2007

THERE is nothing quite as unpredictable as an English summer and this year we have had one to remember for all the wrong reasons: record rainfall and some pretty unimpressive levels of sunshine.

Getting rid of guns

Hillingdon Times: John McDonnell: "The council is cutting back on library services and undermining one of the most successful public services in our community."

11:02am Friday 7th September 2007

GETTING rid of the guns begins at home with Britain's arms industry.

The youth of today

Hillingdon Times: Nick Hurd: Clampers charge too much.

10:29am Friday 7th September 2007

I AM sure that most constituents shared my horror at the murder of young Rhys Jones.

The years fly by

Hillingdon Times: Mr Randall: "I believe this is emotional blackmail of the worst kind."

11:56am Friday 17th August 2007

ANYONE who has passed their 30th birthday will tell you that the years seem to come and go more quickly in direct relationship to the number of candles on the birthday cake.

Runway promises broken

Hillingdon Times: John McDonnell: "The council is cutting back on library services and undermining one of the most successful public services in our community."

11:53am Friday 17th August 2007

I HAVE just come back from a visit to the Climate Change Camp site in Sipson.

Salvation for local hospitals

Hillingdon Times: Nick Hurd: Clampers charge too much.

11:47am Friday 17th August 2007

ONE of the Prime Minister's new ministerial appointments may be good news for Hillingdon.

Prejudice is not the way

Hillingdon Times: John Randall MP.

5:18pm Friday 6th July 2007

John Randall, Conservative MP for Uxbridge, stresses the need to remain calm in the face of terrorist threats.

Camping out for the environment

Hillingdon Times: John McDonnell: "The council is cutting back on library services and undermining one of the most successful public services in our community."

5:15pm Friday 6th July 2007

John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes & Harlington, welcomes the Camp for Climate Action campaign, due to take place in August.

Lucky for the time being

Hillingdon Times: Nick Hurd MP.

5:00pm Friday 6th July 2007

Nick Hurd, Conservative MP for Ruislip/Northwood, ponders the implications of terror attacks in London and Glasgow.

Weather fails to dampen Asbo louts

Hillingdon Times: John Randall MP

1:49pm Thursday 7th June 2007

Hasn't it been great to see the sun after a rather wet and disappointing May?

Why I didn't run for PM

Hillingdon Times:

1:46pm Thursday 7th June 2007

Last month I tried to stand for election as leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister, but failed to secure sufficient support from Labour MPs to allow my name to be on the ballot paper.

Changing nature of the health landscape

Hillingdon Times:

1:40pm Thursday 7th June 2007

I know that many constituents are concerned about the changing nature of the health landscape in Hillingdon.






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