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John Hemming
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Parliamentary Candidate for Birmingham Yardley
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John in the News - 2008

John Hemming is regularly in the national and local news.
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- December -
24/12/2008: British social services tried to kidnap my son

Social services maintained that the boy, who has to be known as Boy L to protect his identity, had been in danger of "emotional harm" after witnessing his father's alcoholic rages against his mother, and had to be removed from her care...

John Hemming, Lib-Dem MP for Birmingham Yardley, who has long campaigned for greater transparency in the working of the family courts, agrees. He told me: "If social services had the best interest of Boy L at heart, they would let him stay with his mother. She poses no threat to him at all ...

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20/12/2008: Family courts give up their secrets

Mr Straw has indicated that media reporting will now be permitted provided it does not compromise the identities of the children involved ...

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15/12/2008: Global oil supply will peak in 2020, says energy agency

Global oil production will peak much earlier than expected amid a collapse in petroleum investment due to the credit crunch, one of the world's foremost experts has revealed ...

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5/12/2008: MP John Hemming calls for warnings instead of fines for speeding drivers

John Hemming (Lib Dem Yardley) has launched a campaign calling for the removal of speed cameras, to be replaced by electronic warning signs instead...

Under his proposals, some traditional speed cameras would still exist - with motorists facing a fine if they were caught breaking the limit.

But many more would be replaced by electronic warnings which simply told drivers to slow down.

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5/12/2008: Jacqui Smith confirmed she approved bringing in police to investigate leaks from the Home Office

... Ms Smith was challenged by Birmingham MP John Hemming (Lib Dem Yardley), who said the Home Office had a legal duty under the Freedom of Information Act to supply the information which had been “leaked”...

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- November -
15/11/2008: Child protection system needs to be improved for children and parents

The case of Baby P has captured more public and political attention than any since the murder of Victoria Climbie in 2000, yet such cases are far from rare...

The campaigner and MP John Hemming has said that the inquiry ordered by the Government in the wake of the Baby P case should look not only at "false negatives", ... ... but also "false positives", where blameless parents lose their children to council care.

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12/11/2008: John Hemming threatens legal action over plans to shut down city fire stations

[He] fears his Yardley constituency would be the worst hit if proposals to close two stations in Sheldon and Hay Mills go ahead.

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6/11/2008: Pensioner wins immigration battle

American born Eugene Sands’ solicitors have confirmed he has been taken off the deportation list after they appealed against the decision on grounds of compassion.

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5/11/2008: City MP Scents Success

A midland MP’s campaign to end secrecy in family law courts appears set for victory. ...Jack Straw, Justice Secretary, is to announce a change of policy, allowing press and broadcasters to report on hearings which decide whether children should be taken into care.

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- October -
22/10/2008: John Hemming Close to Family Law Ruling Victory

It has emerged that Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, is to announce a change of policy next month, allowing press and broadcasters to report on hearings which decide whether children should be taken into care.

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14/10/2008: Yardley Fire Stations Face Closure

John Hemming has spoken out today in opposition to the announced proposals to close three local fire stations covering the Yardley Constituency.

He commented "The case for this reorganisation has not been made and we are, therefore, opposing it."

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Page last updated: 24 December 2008