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Published: Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:04:45 +0000

Last Build Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:04:45 +0000


Gala set to celebrate its 50th anniversary

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:30:34 +0100

DARWEN Gala will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, August 15.

Jack Straw column: Today is my last sitting day as your MP - and I’ve been incredibly lucky

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:35:09 +0000

I’M SO glad I was a teenager in the sixties. The music, the fun, (and everything else) have never been surpassed.

Jack Straw column: Motor insurance hikes due to new ‘industry’ of trade in personal data

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:50:00 +0000

“WHY has my motor insurance gone up so much when I’ve got a perfect driving record, my car is the same, and haven’t moved house?”

Jack Straw column: Plain packaging for cigarettes is logical next step in smoking policy

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:04:12 +0000

What’s changed most about the House of Commons since I was a new MP for Blackburn in 1979?

Jack Straw column: Iran will have signed up to no new obligations

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:20:00 +0000

After twelve years of on-off negotiations, there is now a possibility of a ground-breaking deal between the international community and Iran on its nuclear programme.

Jack Straw column: My loyalty to East Lancashire is as strong as ever

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:14:49 +0000

IF you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.

Jack Straw column: Who is your neighbour?

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:30:00 +0000

I must have heard hundreds of church sermons over the years.

Jack Straw: Islamic Madrassa play a vital role in instilling British values into Islam

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:50:00 +0000

ONE of the joys of my thirty-six years as Blackburn’s MP is suddenly discovering some gems which I had not known about before.

Jack Straw: The outcome will be achieved by replacing the battery pack

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:43:20 +0000

THERE are some extraordinary heroes in East Lancashire, from many walks of life.

Jack Straw: In the last few months too many sittings have ‘collapsed’

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:10:00 +0000

WHEN Betty Boothroyd became the first-ever woman Speaker of the House of Commons in 1992, it was a foolish MP who tried to cross her.

Jack Straw column: Those who twist messages of religions must be exposed as liars

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:50:54 +0000

WHEN atrocities as terrible as last week’s shootings in Paris occur, the search is on for explanations for how some people can commit such unspeakable crimes, and in the name of a religion: Islam.

Jack Straw: Let's hope Pakistan can fight for a better future

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:41:55 +0000

SOMETIMES it is possible to get inside the minds of those who have carried out terrorist acts, and comprehend what the terrorists have aimed to achieve.

Jack Straw: I’m in little doubt that e-cigarettes are much more for the good than the bad.

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:30:00 +0000

AH, the fags behind the bike sheds. It was almost a rite of passage when I was a youngster. I didn’t know anyone at school who had not smoked at least a few cigarettes. Many were then hooked – for life.

Jack Straw: Mega internet corporations are set for a mighty fall one day

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:54:07 +0000

In the Old Testament, Proverbs teaches that ‘Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall’.

Jack Straw: Young people have a greater stake in the future of our country

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:22:52 +0000

IN the election for Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner fewer than one in six of adults cast their vote.

Jack Straw: We need to get on track and campaign for extra rail links

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:57:45 +0000

THERE is less traffic on the roads today than there was eight years ago.

Jack Straw: Bringing people back to face justice was right step

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:02:59 +0000

IN July 1995 a gas bottle exploded at a Paris Metro station, killing eight and wounding 80.

Jack Straw: Close protection officers do a near impossible job

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:50:00 +0000

Straight after the 2010 General Election I had to go on a big adventure. Buy a mobile ‘phone.

Jack Straw: Workload has risen but our stock has plummeted

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:20:41 +0100

THAT’S outrageous” claimed a North-West MP.

Jack Straw: It is time the international community did not just mouth words

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:20:00 +0100

There was an historic vote in the House of Commons on Monday.

Jack Straw: Ransoms not the answer in battle on terrorism

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 12:43:16 +0100

Of all the difficult issues I had to deal with as a Minister, the kidnapping of British citizens abroad was one of the toughest.

Jack Straw: Whirlwind of change since first conference

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:57:28 +0100

THIS week’s Labour Party Conference in Manchester was the fortieth I’ve attended. It will be my last as an elected MP.

Jack Straw: Unique way to tackle crime is paying off

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:30:00 +0100

Hello, Mr Straw, I’ve met you before,” said a prisoner in Garth Prison, in 2008. “In Brixton Prison, in 1998”.

JACK STRAW: Scots could end up with less control

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:21:43 +0100

MY close friend, Alistair Darling, leader of the “Better Together” campaign, has been telling anyone who would listen for the past three years that opinion polls on Scottish separation from the UK would always tighten as polling day approached, just as they did when Quebec had a separation referendum in 1995.

Jack Straw: They have lost the argument

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:45:28 +0100

THE parents of an eight-year-old girl who travelled to America to undergo life-saving treatment for a rare form of cancer say it should be available in the UK.

JACK STRAW: Why try to shrink your country, Mr Salmond?

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:20:18 +0100

Shouting at the telly. I know it’s the third sign of madness, but I still do it.

JACK STRAW: We must help defeat the ‘Islamic state’ barbarians

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:58:01 +0100

IT’S the strange thing about August. It’s supposed to be a quiet month, when folk take a holiday and get a rest.

Jack Straw: Don’t believe the jibes about lazy MPs: we’re workaholics

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:45:02 +0100

With Parliament stopping for its six-week summer break next week, I guarantee the usual rash of headlines about “Britain’s lazy MPs”.

Jack Straw: Gandhi’s statue deserves place next to Mandela and Churchill

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:12:58 +0100

How the world changes. Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress was, said Margaret Thatcher, a “typical terrorist organisation”.

Jack Straw: Keep it local in full veil dispute, don’t look to EU judgement

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:01:37 +0100

The full veil is a barrier to communication. It is a visible statement of separation and difference. It makes better, more positive relations between individuals and communities more difficult.

Jack Straw: Map of North West has Burnley there – but not Blackburn...

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:30:00 +0100

‘Pardon. The BBC has removed Blackburn from the weather map, and put Burnley on the map instead?

Jack Straw: My nerves are in shreds over advice on chicken wash

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:12:59 +0100

DO you wash your chicken? I’ve never washed a chicken in my life. Nor did my Mum.

Jack Straw: Thank God the plan worked – in the end

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:55:02 +0100

The Normandy Landings, the 70th anniversary of which falls tomorrow, will go down in history as one of the most extraordinary military operations.

Jack Straw: EU is definitely in need of tweaking

Thu, 29 May 2014 13:20:02 +0100

Three-quarters of Britain’s electors took part in the 1979 General Election, when Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister.

Jack Straw: The system has helped to keep the peace

Thu, 22 May 2014 11:24:46 +0100

Thirty nations would be nuclear armed by now – that was the prediction in the 1960s.

Jack Straw: This time enough was enough

Thu, 15 May 2014 14:40:00 +0100

I will not be alone in welcoming the decision of Judge Richard Chalkley in the Upper Tribunal of the immigration courts that Mahmoud Jabber, a convicted drug dealer living in Accrington should be deported back to his country of origin, Palestine.

Jack Straw: An ethical conundrum over pensions

Thu, 08 May 2014 13:50:22 +0100

I t’s a tricky one, I’d say. £68million of Lancashire local authorities’ pension funds invested in tobacco companies; £78million in drinks, and liquor companies, like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Pernod Ricard, and Heineken.

Jack Straw: The road back to prosperity? We’re on the right lines

Thu, 01 May 2014 13:31:11 +0100

I spent a happy morning last Friday with my daughter and her son (our first grandson) going round the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester. Bright though he is, I’m not sure that young Jarvis — seven months — took much in, but my daughter and I had a great time.

Jack Straw: Genuinely – well done Burnley for great effort

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:56:37 +0100

“You can’t say that. You’ll be lynched if you do, Jack.”

Jack Straw: We must break spiral of decline in bus services

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:35:38 +0100

‘THE Single Fare is not the Standard Fare.” Pardon? “The Standard Fare for any journey at any time on any Transdev Lancashire United bus is £20.”

Jack Straw: Times have changed... now party faithful can Google us!

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:41:33 +0100

‘In Blackburn, we don’t like career women who use their maiden name,” a young Barbara Betts was told by the local Labour Party agent, minutes after she was chosen to fight the forthcoming 1945 General Election for Labour.

Jack Straw: You just can’t win in the worst job in politics

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:10:00 +0000

The bear garden of Prime Minister’s Questions may tell you otherwise, but there are a lot of friendships across the party divide.

Jack Straw: Quick trawl through stats shows we are lazier...

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:34:38 +0000

Are there really three kinds of lies: “lies, damned lies, and statistics”? No.

Jack Straw: This train switch plan strikes me as just plain loco

Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:50:00 +0000

It’s not often that my jaw drops when I read a press release on the computer. This week it did.

Jack Straw: Confidential research has saved lives over decades

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:51:33 +0000

So my mum used to tell me, it was a bad dose of the measles that did it. Aged four, I got asthma. I’ve had it ever since. So have around 10,000 others in Blackburn alone.

JACK STRAW: Parliament should not intefere with people’s freedoms

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:33:00 +0000

ONE of the trickiest Cabinet Committees I ever chaired was about bans on smoking, in pubs, restaurants, and all other enclosed public spaces.

Jack Straw: Fracking will be as big for East Lancs as the M65

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:31:58 +0000

They were so determined to stop construction work that they had rigged up a network and walkways and hammocks in the tree tops, thirty feet above ground.

Jack Straw: How we can close the gap on London after report

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:30:03 +0000

Is London taking our jobs? That’s a question raised this week by a major report on Britain’s cities. This new research shows what a gap there is between London and elsewhere.

Column: Spare a thought for benighted German rail passengers

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:32:44 +0000

NEW, wider tube trains to provide more sitting space for passengers. Lovely, but whoever ordered them didn’t check whether they would fit safely through the tunnels.

Jack Straw column: Fracking gas worth a fortune for East Lancashire

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:41:03 +0000

I f the neighbours are going six-bells at each other, you’ll notice. If they are living harmoniously you’ll be unlikely to hear a thing.