John Leech MP backs ivory surrender to save elephants
Withington MP John Leech has shown his support for elephants by
backing the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)’s ivory
John attended IFAW’s campaign launch at the House of Commons and
posed with huge elephant tusks. He is calling on members of the
public to send in any unwanted items of ivory they may have to IFAW
to ensure they do not end up back on the commercial market, and to
highlight the illegal ivory trade.
John Leech MP said:- “I am pleased to be backing the ivory
surrender, and urge my constituents to send in unwanted items of
ivory to IFAW and back their campaign for greater protection for
Shockingly, new Ipsos MORI polling shows that more than 40% of
adults in the North West are unaware that elephants have to die
before their ivory can be obtained, while almost 4 million British
residents are owners of ivory.
Robbie Marsland, Director of IFAW UK, said:- “Every piece of
ivory represents a dead elephant. We are therefore very grateful to
John Leech for showing his commitment to elephant protection. That
is why we are holding a UK-wide ivory surrender to help raise
awareness of the threats facing elephants and to encourage the UK
Government to push its pledge to press for a ban of ivory sales
The global illegal trade in wildlife is estimated to be worth £12
billion annually, second only to the illicit trade in drugs and
arms. Ivory forms a significant part of this. Seizures of illegal
ivory are skyrocketing and recent stockpile sales to Japan and China
sent a signal to poachers that it is open season on elephants.
Anyone who would like to donate ivory to the surrender can
or call:- 020 7587 6709. Further information about the campaign can
Letter to the Editor:-
"For nearly thirty years now I’ve been collecting Vespa
motor-scooters and the associated memorabilia. Needless to say, the
little Vespa was a huge part of life in the 1950s and 1960s when the
majority of such vehicles were made.
My modest collection has been a regular feature at classic vehicle
shows up and down the country, however, I am shortly to open a
1950s-style café which is to incorporate a Vespa/scooter theme, with
badges, banners, pennants, etc. lining the walls. I am particularly
interested in un-earthing more Vespa Club of Britain ‘cog’ badges
(approximately 3.5 inches in the shape of a gear cog) which were
issued to branch members locally, and to commemorate rallies and
meetings. If any of your readers have such treasures gathering dust,
and would be interested in seeing them appreciated by a wider
audience, and/or have photos/stories that they wish to share, could
they please contact me by
Additionally, anyone wishing to keep abreast of progress regarding
the opening of the café, feel free to drop me a line." Peter Selley.
PUBLIC SAY RESOUNDING NO TO BLOOD MONEY
have voted - it’s time for the Government to back off
from their ill-conceived plans to sell-off parts of the NHS Blood
and Transplant service” said UNISON chief Dave Prentis.
The call comes in the wake of a YouGov poll that shows an
overwhelming 72% of the public who expressed an opinion would oppose
the use of private companies running parts of the NHS Blood and
Transplant Service. Given freely’ is the ethical principle upon
which the entire blood and organ donation service is built. It is
unique and a principle which has sustained the lifeblood of the
Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, said:- “The public
have said a very resounding NO to blood money. The Blood and
Transplant service is an inspirational service with millions of
people willing to give their blood freely with no money exchanging
Letting private companies move in breaks that link and taints the
whole service with the profit motive. There are also very real
dangers to the safety of the blood supply if the smooth path from
donors to patients is broken.
Is nothing precious to this Con Dem Government – the NHS Blood and
Transplant service is not for sale and UNISON will fight to make
sure that it stays that way.”
Bev Easton, UNISON’s Northern Blood Centre, Branch Secretary and a
donor carer supervisor, said:- “We’re fighting to stop the
blood and organ donation service being sold off because we believe
that private companies should not make a profit from
blood and organs donated free by the public. This would undermine
the very fabric of the NHS with potentially devastating consequences
Armed robbery at Aldi
store in Ormskirk
appealing for information following an armed robbery at a
supermarket in Ormskirk. It is reported that around 8pm
on Friday, 25 March 2011, two masked men forced their way
into the Aldi store at Two Saints Place just after staff had locked
up for the night.
Once inside, the men, one armed with a machete and the other with a
claw hammer, split up and approached two members of staff.
They forced them towards the manager’s office and demanded money
from the safe. The employees told them they didn’t have the keys at
which point they began to steal money from a cupboard in the office.
One of the assistants managed to push the panic alarm prompting the
offenders to run off and make off from the scene in a silver
coloured estate car, getting away with a small quantity of money.
DC Paul Mulrooney said:- “I would like to speak to anybody who
may have witnessed these two men in the area, possibly surveying the
store, prior to the robbery, or perhaps as they made their getaway.
Any amount of information not matter how small could be crucial to
this investigation.” A Nissan Primera Estate, which is believed to have been used in the
robbery, was later found abandoned on Chaucer Road in St Helens.
It was found to have been stolen from Linkstar Road in Liverpool two
days before the robbery.
DC Mulrooney added:- “Given the location of where the car was
found abandoned, and where it was earlier stolen from, we believe to
two men have connections to the Merseyside area and would ask anyone
who has any information about any of these incidents to contact
police.” Anybody with any information is asked to contact
Lancashire Police on:- 08451 25
35 45 or call Crimestoppers enormously on:- 0800 555 111.