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COLUMN: Psychological effects of chronic illness are often underestimated

Chronic illness is at times understated and perhaps not given the attention it warrants.

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COLUMN: Vaccinate kids against flu

COLUMN: Vaccinate kids against flu

As the colder weather starts to bite and temperatures plummet, I’d like to remind parents of young children to make sure their child is protected from flu this winter by getting the free nasal spray vaccination.

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Ben Bradley, MP.

MP’S COLUMN: Aspiration is the key to moving Mansfield forward

You may have seen this week the news that Mansfield, and the surrounding areas, appeared right at the very bottom of the national data for social mobility in a report highlighted by the BBC.

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COLUMN: Helping improve access to university

COLUMN: Helping improve access to university

Pupils from low income backgrounds are much less likely to go to university than their more affluent peers, and over six times less likely to go to Russell Group and other top universities.

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COLUMN: Owning a pet can help with loneliness

COLUMN: Owning a pet can help with loneliness

Last month, the Royal College of Practitioners revealed the shocking statistic that 1.1 million people in the UK are chronically lonely, with 17 per cent of older people having human contact less than once a week.

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COLUMN: Remarkable year for cricket team

COLUMN: Remarkable year for cricket team

With the Ashes now underway and cricket in the limelight, it is a good time to reflect on what a remarkable year 2017 has been for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club (NCCC).

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Road sign

SEEING RED: A sign of the times on our roads

So that’s Road Safety Week over for another year. What? You missed it? Seriously?

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COLUMN: Fire service cut plans extremely concerning

COLUMN: Fire service cut plans extremely concerning

Proposals from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) to save £1million a year would put public safety at risk, says the Fire Brigades Union.

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COLUMN: Funding cuts, affordable homes and fairer pay

COLUMN: Funding cuts, affordable homes and fairer pay

November has been a very busy month for the Labour group here in Mansfield.

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COLUMN: Discover the best of the UK’s nature

Now that the leaves have turned, the temperature has dropped and much-loved programmes such as Autumnwatch and Blue Planet II have returned to our screens - the nation’s love for wildlife has been rekindled and there has never been a better time to get out 
and explore nature at its very 
best.

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COLUMN: Signs to look for and how to treat shock

COLUMN: Signs to look for and how to treat shock

Shock – not to be confused with emotional shock - is a life-threatening condition which happens when the body isn’t getting enough oxygen to the vital organs.

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COLUMN: The education system needs to do more to support boys

COLUMN: The education system needs to do more to support boys

We held our awards evening and as girl after girl was called up to collect their prizes, you may have wondered if we had any male students at all.

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Ben Bradley, MP.

COLUMN: Songs for Elsie was an inspirational local event

I recently attended a very special event in Mansfield, and I wanted to let everyone know about it.

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COLUMN: Does Christmas get earlier every year?

I remember as a kid hearing the grown ups say ‘Christmas gets earlier every year’ and thinking how it really doesn’t and seems to take ages to arrive.

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COLUMN: Helping students overcome exam pressure

COLUMN: Helping students overcome exam pressure

A-level results have been a hot topic in the news this year, with the ‘class of 2017’ the first to sit exams under the revised system following wide-ranging national reforms.

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Food waste

SEEING RED: We all have a duty to stop wasting food

Food, glorious food, so the song goes.

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COLUMN: Apply for primary school places now

It’s time to think about making an application if your child is due to start school for the first time next September.

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COLUMN: Tough luck if you lived near mountain of manure

COLUMN: Tough luck if you lived near mountain of manure

I was lucky, I suppose, living on the Orlit estate at the top of Westfield Lane, as we had decent-sized gardens mostly.

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Fireworks.

SEEING RED: It’s time to stop selling fireworks to the public

So that’s Bonfire Night over with for another year.

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COLUMN: Rhubarb Farm is great for those in need

COLUMN: Rhubarb Farm is great for those in need

This week I had a really interesting visit with the managing director of Rhubarb Farm at Langwith, Jenny Street (pictured).
I also met the staff and volunteers to hear more about this great social enterprise, which supports people with issues like addiction or learning difficulties to gain confidence, new skills, and very often employment.

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