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Thursday 26th January 2012 - 17:48 Support for Coryton Refinery
Support for Coryton Refinery Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) has welcomed the news that Leyton and Wanstead Member of Parliament John Cryer is supporting the campaign to keep the Coryton Refinery open.

Essex FSB Chairman, Iain Wicks, said:

"The Coryton Refinery is one of the most modern plants in Europe supplying around a sixth of the fuel supplies for London and the South East so Essex FSB is very keen to see it remain open.

"There are many small businesses along the Thames Gateway corridor and beyond which are part of the supply chain for the Coryton Refinery so we are hoping that the administrators will find an appropriate buyer in the near future so normal business can resume removing the worry that is hovering over the area.

"Essex FSB contacted all Members of Parliament in the area and we are pleased that Leyton and Wanstead MP, John Cryer, responded swiftly to our letter promising to give assistance."

Leyton and Wanstead MP, John Cryer, said:

"While there may not be many local residents work at the Coryton Refinery if it were to close we would see the impact in this part of London as it could lead to increased fuel prices which in turn affect local residents and local businesses.

"In the current economic climate we cannot afford to lose such a facility with its 1,000 jobs on site and many others in the supply chain so I am pleased to offer whatever support I can give to this campaign."

The FSB represents more than 200,000 business people across the United Kingdom and is the largest single organisation representing business interests in the country.

The Essex Region of the FSB represents small businesses in the areas covered by Essex County Council and the London Boroughs of Havering and Redbridge.
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Monday 23rd January 2012 - 15:40 Close Romney's Tax Haven
Close Romney's Tax Haven Frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination Mitt Romney has been under fire over in the United States for not being entirely open about his tax arrangements - and it is clear why.

It is claimed by the leftfootforward blog that the former Massachusetts Governor stashes an awful lot of his wealth and income away from the American Treasury and in the Cayman Islands - international tax haven and overseas British territory, or in old-fashioned language, a colony of the British Empire.

The Early Day Motion has been proposed by former treasury select committee member John Cryer, Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead.

John Cryer MP said:

"As a former member of the Treasury select committee, I think it is a disgrace that the Cayman Islands, a tax haven, can enable wealthy corporations and individuals such as Mitt Romney and others in the wealthiest 1% to avoid tax and still be cloaked in secrecy.

"Meanwhile all across the western world, including in my own constituency, hard-working people are seeing their living standards and take-home pay stagnate or reduced. It reminds me of President Kennedy's comment in his inaugural speech, 'pay any price, bear any burden'. Except it's hard-working, modestly paid majority who are bearing that burden."
Monday 23rd January 2012 - 13:35 John Visits Local School to hear Holocaust Survivor
John Visits Local School to hear Holocaust Survivor John Cryer will be visiting Leytonstone School (25 January 2012 at 10.30 - 13.00) to hear testimony from Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Holocaust Memorial Day (Friday January 27th) commemorates the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, to remember those who suffered and were persecuted at the hands of the Nazis and in more recent genocides. This year's theme for Holocaust Memorial Day is 'Speak Up, Speak Out', encouraging people to actively oppose racism and prejudice today. Hearing in person from a Holocaust survivor gives young people the opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust and what can happen if racism is allowed to gain a foothold in society.

Zigi's testimony was followed by a question and answer session, to enable pupils to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit is part of the Holocaust Educational Trust's extensive all year round Outreach Programme, available to schools across the UK.

John Cryer MP said:

"Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau - and is an important opportunity to both remember the victims of genocide.

"The innovative approach to teaching and learning at Leytonstone School will enable students to hear and reflect on the powerful personal testimony from one who survived the events of the Holocaust.

The lessons the students will learn from this will undoubtedly enable them to be better citizens both now and in the future. I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to commit to 'speaking up and speaking out' against prejudice today."

David Marshall, Assistant Headteacher at Leytonstone School said:

"It is a privilege for us to welcome Zigi Shipper to our school and [his/her] testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to John Cryer for his support and the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Zigi's testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives."

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added:

"This year's theme for Holocaust Memorial Day, 'Speak Up, Speak Out', highlights the huge value of students hearing first hand-testimony from a Holocaust survivor. Zigi's story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing him speak, Leytonstone School students will have the opportunity to learn where hate and racism can ultimately lead. We are proud that John Cryer MP is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day this year"
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Wednesday 18th January 2012 - 11:48 Cryer's lobbyist's Bill has Centre Stage
Cryer's lobbyist's Bill has Centre Stage John Cryer's Registration of Commercial Lobbyists Bill has its 2nd Reading on Friday 20 January. The Bill is demanding a statutory register of commercial lobbyists with access to Parliament.

John Cryer MP said:

"Parliament is at the centre of a multi-billion pound lobbying industry. These issues of influence have been with us for centuries."

"The question is why is it legal to bribe an MP? If people for Leyton and Wanstead decided to bribe a local councillor or officer, for instance, to influence a planning decision, that would be a criminal offence. Or if you tried to pay a police officer to influence the local policing policy, the same would apply. But that does not apply to MPs. Not all Members of Parliament have outside financial interests but many do.

"There is nothing wrong with lobbyists offering advice, and meeting MPs who are interested about a particular issue. But for too long, parliament has been too close to the industry, it is time to let some greater light and transparency into this area."