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COLUMN: Suicide prevention is a matter for us all

It has recently been World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10).

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COLUMN: What to do if someone has a fever

COLUMN: What to do if someone has a fever

This week we offer advice on treating a fever . A fever is when a person has a persistent high temperature above 37°C (98.6°F).

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COLUMN: Work to do to reduce local homelessness

COLUMN: Work to do to reduce local homelessness

There has been some welcome discussion of homelessness and rough sleeping in Mansfield recently. Most of us have witnessed the visible rise in rough sleeping in the district, and people are rightly concerned.

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COLUMN: September is a time of new beginnings

COLUMN: September is a time of new beginnings

From early childhood, September marks a time of new school uniform and new school shoes.

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Ben Bradley, MP.

COLUMN: Key week for Brexit

This week sees Parliament debate the EU Withdrawal Bill — and vote on proposals to take us forward.

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Tour Of Britain 2017

COLUMN: Tour visit was a fantastic day for the county

What a day it was. Nottinghamshire witnessed a major international sporting event, broadcast live to millions of viewers, with a thrilling finale and I was delighted to have been part of it.

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COLUMN: Baby joy for the Royal Family

COLUMN: Baby joy for the Royal Family

The world seemed to be taken by surprise last week when it was announced from Kensington Palace that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby – the couple’s third.

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COLUMN: Memories of winter in Mansfield

COLUMN: Memories of winter in Mansfield

Living to the north west of Mansfield as a child and close to open country, always seemed to make the winters colder.

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What the RSCPA say you should do if you spot a hedgehog in your garden

What the RSCPA say you should do if you spot a hedgehog in your garden

I hate to be the one to bring this up, but we only have a few weeks left of summer. And what a disappointing summer weather-wise it has been.

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COLUMN: Community hubs are working well

COLUMN: Community hubs are working well

It’s safe to say policing has endured its fair share of change over the years. Latterly, much of the change has been driven by restrictions in public funds and while these have been critical to protect the frontline, in many cases they’ve done the wonderful job of actually improving services for local people.

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Ben Bradley, MP.

COLUMN: There has to be a vision for Mansfield and Warsop

This week I visited Spencer’s Hardware in Warsop, which is due to close this month after more than 100 years in business.

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Mary and Leonard Moore from Forest Town have been told they can no longer have their regular home carer.

Couple’s woe as care ends

A housebound elderly couple in Mansfield have been left distraught after the nurse who “saved” one of their lives is taken away from them.

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COLUMN: Eating disorders don’t discriminate

COLUMN: Eating disorders don’t discriminate

Historically eating disorders have mainly been synonymous with women, you only need to look at the research and statistics to see this.

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Celebrity tattoo legend ‘fixes it’ for Mansfield inker

Celebrity tattoo legend ‘fixes it’ for Mansfield inker

A Mansfield tattoo artist who has only inked professionally for two years has so impressed a celebrity TV ‘fixer’ that he’s been invited to do guest spots in his top London parlour.

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COLUMN: Facts, fiction and the NHS

In this world of ‘post truth’, the new ‘age of un-enlightenment’, where policy appears to be driven by falsehoods rather than facts, it came as no surprise in 2016 when Michael Gove stated 
“we have had enough of experts.”

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COLUMN: Plenty of options for youngsters after results

COLUMN: Plenty of options for youngsters after results

Many students, and indeed parents, will now be feeling a sense of relief following receipt of A-level and GCSE exam results in the last couple of weeks.

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Angela Mogridge.

COMMENT: Don’t give up if GCSE results let you down

Not made the grade?

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COLUMN: How to treat burns

COLUMN: How to treat burns

St John Ambulance in the East Region has some simple but lifesaving first aid tips.

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COLUMN: Mum wouldn’t allow a ‘sicky’ unless you were on your deathbed

COLUMN: Mum wouldn’t allow a ‘sicky’ unless you were on your deathbed

Many will recall, as I do, the daily journey to school in the 1950s and 60s.

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COLUMN: Tackling homelessness a top priority

COLUMN: Tackling homelessness a top priority

Since becoming the Member of Parliament for Mansfield just over two months ago, I have made the issue of homelessness one of my priorities. 
We do have an issue with homelessness in Mansfield and I believe that we need to work together to make sure we can improve the lives of the people who want to be helped. 
I have taken the time over recess to meet with Framework, representatives from The Hall, Nottingham Community Housing Association and also with officers of the council. 
This is so I can start to really understand the issues we have. 
In the coming weeks, I will continue to meet with other groups so that I can see the full picture before we can plan how best we are able to tackle it. 
In the coming months, I will also be holding homelessness forums. 
These will be for local charities, for businesses and also for local religious groups.
The aim of this is to make sure we have a long-term plan for the homeless and the vulnerable. 
There are many different reasons why people become homeless and it can’t be a one size fits all approach to helping them. 
What need to do is be compassionate and find the real reasons people are in this position and why people are sleeping on the streets in 2017.
The people and volunteers working on the ground do a really great job with limited resources. 
They provide a comprehensive range of help and support for the most vulnerable people.
But what we need is a real long-term solution and support for people by providing day-to-day assistance to support reintegration into the community. 
By getting everyone sat around the same table to talk about the issues we face, together we can ensure that these people aren’t forgotten.

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