Your Letters

You made our campaign worthwhile

Letter of the Week: Tim Wood, Royal British Legion, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

Well done and thank you to The Press newspaper for highlighting our Royal British Legion’s 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme pin lapel badges.

Our phone never stopped ringing from all over the area where The Press is distributed.

Most purchasers had a history and a story to tell for the reason why the badges were so important to them.

One school in Batley, St Mary’s, purchased an impressive amount for their pupils.

It is without any doubt that as many badges would not have been sold without your kind help.

The Royal British Legion fundraising continues on a 24/7 basis.

I was recently at the Tetley’s Stadium with a few colleagues collecting for the RBL, and the result was amazing.

This Sunday, July 17, from 2pm at Clayton West Cricket Ground  (just over the hill from Thornhill), a charity cricket match is being held for the Mayor of Kirklees’ charity, RBL, between the stars of Emmerdale Select XI and the Mayor’s Select XI.

We shall be there with our trusty buckets, collecting for the Royal British Legion.

We hope you can join us for a great afternoon out with the stars.

Thanks once again to The Press and its readership for making our Somme Pin Campaign so worthwhile, I’ve not got many badges left.



Link road plans doomed 

From: Lisa Fieldhouse, Chickenley

Dear Sir,

I hope to god that the plans for a new link road from the M1 near me and the M62 never see the light of day.

What a joke. Especially as there are already plans for another massive road down near the Peak District.

It would mean years of disruption on a scale that other areas would see for the new HS2 rail line, with debates, consultations, arguments with landowners, compulsory purchases, protests, demonstrations, scandals, cost over-runs and missed deadlines.

I hope and pray that this silly idea never gets off the drawing board – or that the new Prime Minister cancels it immediately.


New PM is no different

From: John Appleyard, Liversedge

Dear Sir,

Theresa May went missing during the European referendum and left the fight for in and out to David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage.

The out vote has left these three men finished in politics, whilst 199 Tory MPs seem to think that they have the right to crown Theresa May as the new Prime Minister.

The size of her vote pales into insignificance at the hundreds of thousands that voted for Jeremy Corbyn to be Leader of the Opposition.

Theresa May is no different than any other member of the current government.

She has voted for cuts in services and austerity budgets which have incurred poverty on many people.

She voted against curbing payday loans and against banking reform.

In the past she has voted to increase VAT and against curbing energy prices in 2013.

She voted against building 100,000 affordable homes in 2013.

As Home Secretary for the past six years police have seen their funding cut by £2.3 billion, with the loss of 18,000 officers and 5,000 community support officers.

Working people can expect nothing more than the same old Tory policies.


A decision not to be repeated

From: Kamran Hussain, chairman of Yorkshire and Humber Liberal Democrats Policy Group

Dear Sir,

In 2003, the Liberal Democrats led by Charles Kennedy joined thousands of others in opposing the war in Iraq.

Tony Blair and the Labour Government ignored the concerns raised at the time.

Thirteen years later, The Chilcot Report shows that Tony Blair was fixated in joining George Bush in going to war in Iraq, regardless of the evidence, the legality or the serious potential consequences.

That fateful decision cost hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives, as well as the lives of 179 members of the British Armed Forces.

The Chilcot Report lays bare the complete lack of planning for the aftermath of the invasion.

That failure caused many more years of bloodshed and instability in the Middle East and led to the rise of Daesh.

In 2003, quite a number criticised Charles Kennedy’s judgement and leadership on the Iraq War and our party’s position.

I hope those in the Labour and Conservative parties who were so forceful in their criticism at the time are equally forceful in their acknowledgements today that he was right.

I sincerely hope that lessons are learnt from the Iraq War and such a dreadful decision is never repeated.


Having a laugh at our expense

From: Ian Donald, Upper Batley

Dear Sir,

I thought I had gone into hibernation and woken up on April 1 when I saw the front of The Press last Friday.

Who honestly thinks that this link road is a good idea?

It’s a road to nowhere in my opinion, and the last thing that this area needs.

Fair enough we can cope with a bypass around Ravensthorpe and Mirfield, but all the way across from the M62 to the M1? Someone’s having a laugh, at our expense.

It would cost millions, if not hundreds of millions of pounds and achieve precisely nothing.

It would be full up the same as the other routes within months and acres of our precious rural land will have been wasted for nothing.


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