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MP Metcalfe Seeks Air Strike Assurance

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Tory MP Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock) stood before Parliament this week to seek assurances from the Government over the contribution that the UK is making towards the international effort against ISIL and safety of air strikes with regard to potential civilian casualties. Addressing Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, Stephen said: “I accept that there are no guarantees, but will ... Read More »

Nuclear Test Veterans at PMQs

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John Baron MP raises nuclear test veterans’ campaign for a Charitable Fund at PMQs.  Today at PMQs, John Baron, the MP for Basildon and Billericay, asked the Prime Minister about the British nuclear test veterans. John and the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association (BNTVA) have been campaigning for official recognition for the test veterans’ service, and for a Government ex gratia payment of ... Read More »

True Blue John Baron Goes Pink

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John Baron, the Tory MP for Basildon and Billericay, goes pink for breast cancer awareness and stresses the importance of earlier diagnosis  John Baron MP is supporting Breast Cancer Campaign’s flagship fundraiser, ‘Wear it Pink’ day. This year’s theme is ‘look good, do good’ in support of breast cancer research. On Friday 24th October, people all across the country will ... Read More »

Cinderella – Panto at Basildon’s Towngate

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Enchanted pumpkins, sparkling glass slippers, a pair of ugly sisters and a handsome prince can only mean one thing! As time is against her, will or won’t Cinderella make it to the ball in time? “Oh yes she will —- Oh no she won’t” and with a slap of my thigh the magic starts once more at Basildon’s Towngate Theatre: ... Read More »

Police Seek A127 Crash Witnesses

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a five-vehicle road crash on the A127 at about 6.35am on Monday, October 20 on the London-bound carriageway near the junction with the A176. One of the drivers, a man in his 50s from Leigh, was initially trapped in one of the coaches and received serious leg and neck injuries. The carriageway was fully closed while ... Read More »

Basildon Hospital’s Excellent Stroke Care

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Photo (L-R): Dr Ravi Rangasamy, clinical lead for stroke medicine at Basildon University Hospital; Patricia Barnes; Jacqueline Lim, senior ward sister Basildon University Hospital‟s Hyper Acute Stroke Unit is among the best performing in the East of England according to official statistics released this week. The Royal College of Physicians data shows that patients treated for stroke at Basildon Hospital, receive rapid access ... Read More »

Nuclear Test Veterans’ Health Anguish

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John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay, is Patron of the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association (BNTVA) and actively campaigning with them on behalf of those veterans who took part in our nuclear tests in the 1950s and 1960s in Australia and the South Pacific. As part of the campaign, the BNTVA has very recently conducted a fresh study of ... Read More »

YIPPEEEEEEE! THE KING’S EXPANDING HEAD

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A short story from Mr Yippeeeeeee, story-teller extraordinaire and Yvonne’s guest on Good Afternoon “STOP, ” roared the King “You, you hopeless buffoon. I don’t keep you in silk slippers just for you to stretch my neck every single night. If this carries on I will have a neck like a giraffe and people will think I’ve escaped from the ... Read More »

Essex Poetry Festival: 16th Sep – 21st Oct

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Click image to expand, Image Source: http://www.essex-poetry-festival.co.uk It’s the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, a season of ‘winnowing wind’ and ‘gathering swallows’… John Keats enshrined autumn with these words. As soon as the leaves start to look a little coppery and the air feel a bit nippier, I can’t help but recite my favourite lines from his poem ‘To ... Read More »

Free Business Workshop

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Basildon Council is running a free business workshop on time management.It’s at the Basildon Centre, Room 2, St Martin’s Square, Basildon, on Thursday 25 September  from 9am to 12.30pm and run by Essex-based Pro-actions. This free business workshop helps you organise your productive time to yield time for leisure too. Have you ever wondered how some people manage to hold down senior positions, carry out voluntary ... Read More »