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ISHERWOOD: PEOPLE WORKING ABROAD CAN NOT VOTE IN FORTHCOMING ASSEMBLY REFERENDUM AND ELECTION PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:12
 A NORTH Wales Assembly Member has called for a Welsh Government statement on the fact that people normally residing in Wales who are working abroad and registered as overseas electors are not entitled to vote in the forthcoming referendum on changes to law-making powers for the Assembly or the Assembly elections.Welsh Conservative, Mark Isherwood, raised the matter in this week’s Business Statement after he was approached by concerned constituents living in North Wales.

Addressing the Minister for Business and Budget, Jane Hutt, he said: “They revealed something that you are probably well aware of, but I admit that I was not, namely that whereas people normally domiciled in Wales who intend to return to Wales in the future, but who are currently working abroad and are registered as overseas electors, are entitled to vote in UK general elections, and, presumably, in UK referenda, they are not entitled to vote in Assembly general elections or referenda, including the March referendum relating to Assembly powers.

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ISHERWOOD: AM CALLS ON FIRST MINISTER TO SUPPORT DENBIGHSHIRE BIDS FOR SCHOOLS PROGRAMME PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:11
 A NORTH Wales politician yesterday spoke in the Assembly of the great improvements at several Denbighshire schools and called on the Fist Minister to support the bids that the county council will now be submitting for the schools programme.Mark Isherwood spoke of four very positive Estyn reports in the county since September, of excellent mock GCSE results and of Rhyl High School, which is now out of special measures. He congratulated teachers, governors, pupils, parents and Denbighshire County Council, which has been working on a coalition, cross-party basis, for their roles in achieving this.

He said: “I understand that four school inspections since September, under the new Estyn framework, have been very positive. You mentioned Rhyl High School, which is now out of special measures, and Denbighshire's prospects for GCSE results, based on mock examination results in January, are excellent. There are also very good reports for the autistic spectrum disorder schools—Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn, and its residential facility, Gerddi Glasfryn.

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ISHERWOOD: AM SETS RECORD STRAIGHT OVER FORTHCOMING REFERENDUM PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:11
 A NORTH Wales Assembly Member is keen to set the record straight over what a ‘yes’ vote in next month’s referendum on changes to law-making powers for the Assembly will actually mean for Wales.

Mark Isherwood, has hit back at those councillors in Wrexham who claimed this week that it could subject residents to poor laws that have not faced proper scrutiny and could be damaging to the economy.

 
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ISHERWOOD: FUTURE OF POST OFFICES SAFEGUARDED PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:10
 Responding to claims by Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami that UK Government proposals to sell off Royal Mail will lead to the closure of post offices, a North Wales AM has praised UK Government action which will safeguard the future of post offices.

Welsh Conservative, Mark Isherwood, who has long championed the crucial role that post offices play in providing community-based services, has welcomed the UK coalition Government’s decision not to close any additional post offices and the fact that the Postal Services Bill strengthens the one-price-goes-everywhere universal service.

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ISHERWOOD: AM DESPAIRS AT SERIES OF GRIM EDUCATION REPORTS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:09
A NORTH Wales Assembly Member, who has been highlighting the growing England-Wales schools spending gap for at least a decade, has spoken this week of his despair at “the series of grim reports confirming the systemic failure of educational policy in Wales.”

Speaking in an Assembly debate on education, Welsh Conservative, Mark Isherwood, stated “Wales suffers a double whammy—in addition to the funding gap with England, the gap in per-pupil budgets delegated to schools in Wales by local authority areas is £824, again with Flintshire at the bottom. Also the total gap in education expenditure per pupil within Wales is a staggering £1,339, with the Vale of Glamorgan at the bottom.” (See below for North Wales figures).

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