We need our ambulance crews to stay

John Mann is celebrating 10 years as an MP (w110610-3b)
John Mann is celebrating 10 years as an MP (w110610-3b)

So far 18,866 people have already signed the ambulance petition. Thank you and well done.

I now hope that the East Midlands ambulance service will hear the unequivocal voice of Bassetlaw people: Keep our ambulance stations open.

On Sunday night volunteer First Responders were being desperately rung round in order to provide cover, including some without access to basic equipment.

I am all for volunteers, the more the better, but their role is to support the professional ambulance staff not to substitute for them.

I have good news and bad news for retired miners.

The bad news is that the Court action on industrial disease and knee injuries did not succeed.

The good news is that Neil Greatrex of the UDM is being forced to pay back over £200,000 to miners charities.

I supported the Proceeds of Crime Act in Parliament and argued for it, and it is good to see it working properly.

Criminals need to be aware that their assets are now vulnerable if they are convicted.

There is quite a kerfuffle going on in Westminster about Plebgate and the Government Chief Whip who swore at the Downing Street police, with an arrest and suggestions that the story had been spiced up.

However if it has, the fact remains that a man leading the country , part of the Cabinet, swore at police officers doing their duty.

I know what my father would have said if I had sworn at the police and in my view any politician who abuses the police with foul mouthed language is not fit to be a Government Minister.

I will be joining my extended family for the festive season and I am on Christmas Dinner duty so it will be turkey with all the trimmings.

I trust that all Worksop Guardian readers will enjoy a relaxing extended weekend this Christmas and that those who have to work will still get some time to enjoy the festive spirit.

As ever we remain grateful as a community to the emergency services, the hospital staff and others at work or on call who continue to serve us all whilst we celebrate.

A particular mention has to go this year to our ambulance crews. Can you imagine what it would be like to have to drive to Mansfield on Christmas Day , to pick up an ambulance and then to go and wait at a stand-by point during the day?

That is why we in Bassetlaw are standing alongside our ambulance crews in keeping our services local.

I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.