Guest columnist Gloria De Piero MP says politics belongs to the people

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Westminster can feel a million miles from the real world, so I love it when people from Ashfield come down.

A few weeks ago it was local firefighters, last week it was pupils from Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School.

Opening up Parliament to everyone is crucial—it doesn’t belong to politicians, it belongs to the people. I think politicians have got to reach out to rebuild trust with voters. It’s about door-knocking all year round and not just at election time. It’s also about appearing on TV programmes that people actually watch rather than just the specialist political programmes that few do. So there was no way I was going to turn down being a guest on Loose Women last week.

I know it was the right thing to do because so many of you have told me that you saw me on it—but for those that missed it, I can tell you that Ruth, Coleen, Jamelia and Janet are no pushovers!

If you’ve got a son or daughter, aged 12 or over, who loves the outdoors and is looking for a new hobby then local man Andrew Farquhar may be the answer to your prayers.

Starting in May, Andrew will be helping to run weekly fishing sessions at Brierley Pond with qualified coaches who have been funded by Sport England.

The sessions will take place every Tuesday, 4pm to 6pm.

After three weeks of coaching, new recruits will be able to join regular sessions with club members. After ten weeks they’ll become full members and can take part in more activities and competitions.

The sessions are priced at £3 a week and that includes the bait.

To find out more call Andy on 07841 488060. It could be the start of a hobby that lasts a lifetime.

Having spoken to so many people over these last few years, I know that lots of you are worried about what the future holds for your children and grandchildren.

Something has to change, which is why I’m proud to back Labour’s plans to cut university fees from £9,000 a year to £6,000 a year.

It won’t be like one of those Nick Clegg ‘tuition fee promises’. What we will do is tackle spiralling debt and provide extra grants for students from low and middle-income backgrounds.

These changes will be funded by restricting pension tax relief for those on the highest incomes and by asking the highest earning graduates to contribute a bit more.

Its right to ask those at the top to forego some tax breaks to stop young people who want to go to university drowning in debt.