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Thanks for tributes to MP Jo

Letter of the Week:  Family of the late Jo Cox MP

Dear Sir,

We are writing to express our heartfelt thanks for the support and kindness that has been shown to us during recent weeks, in the aftermath of Jo’s murder.

The outpouring of love and good wishes has been truly overwhelming, and has provided us with great comfort at such a difficult time.

We are gradually working our way through the thousands of cards and letters we have received from all over the constituency, country, and indeed the world, and it would be impossible to thank people individually, hence our letter.

Quite simply, Jo loved her job as the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, and she loved the people of Batley and Spen.

As such, we would like to thank you all for the love and support you showed to her during her life, and also the love and support you have shown to us as a family since her death.

We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to everybody who helped us to organise Jo’s funeral, including the police, local authority, funeral director, venue and florist. Despite the circumstances, we were able to have a positive and uplifting day celebrating Jo’s amazing life and wonderful achievements.

We would now ask, if we may, that as a community we consolidate Jo’s work and keep her memory alive by continuing to make Batley and Spen a cohesive, integrated and vibrant place to live and work, in peace and harmony, and to strive for a better future together.

With much love and gratitude.

Questions over Clayborn plan

From: AR and JE Gilpin, Liversedge

Dear Sir,

Re: New road from Hightown Road to Liversedge Football Club, Clayborn Playing Fields

I was surprised to read about the access road proposals to Liversedge FC’s Clayborn ground (“Homes Plan could save Clayborn”, Press 22 July).

The current outline Kirklees Council Draft Local Plan for a development of over 300 homes near Laverhills contains no mention of a road linking that development and the Quaker Lane area.

Proposals similar to the current one now suggested in the article have already been rejected by Kirklees Council as far back as 2010, and nothing has happened since then to change that.

We fully support the development of improved sporting facilities for this area which reach a broader range of users.

But the picture emerging from the club itself is that the Clayborn site has extensive problems, and that it is in a wholly inappropriate location for a modern and inclusive sports facility.

Could the club rethink its proposals and try to build greater local community involvement so that a viable long term solution to their difficulties might be found?


Parking fine was so petty

From: Name & address supplied, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

Having read the article in a recent  Press newspaper about parking ticket warnings, I thought I would like to say I know how Mr Dacre feels about being fined for parking marginally outside a parking bay.

Myself, along with my husband, have spent many hours shopping in the past at Brighouse.

We have had lots of good trips to the shops and cafes, and usually parked in the same car park near the church.

One day I got back to the car to find a parking ticket on the windscreen; the reason given that one of my tyres was touching the inner line of the crisscross yellow round edge of the parking bay!

My husband and I both have a blue badge; we are careful where we leave our car, in fact many cars we see are parked on corners or double parked and so on, and that’s on the roads, not car parks, and no fines on windows!

I was, and still am, annoyed; £50 fine, or if paid within 14 days £25. I paid up, I had to get it off my mind.

We have not shopped in Brighouse since, so our regular visits, and the money spent in the shops there has ended.

Since that day, which is now two or three years back, I have spoken to quite a lot of people who have stopped their visits and gone elsewhere.


Cameron and cronies stink

From: John Appleyard, Liversedge

Dear Sir,

So Mr Austerity, better known as former Prime Minister David Cameron, has given out knighthoods and honours to his mates and £283,000 golden goodbyes to each of his 20 special advisers.

A petition to honour the man who put his life on the line in assisting Jo Cox on the day she was brutally murdered was rejected on the grounds that we mere mortals can’t make nominations.

Meanwhile workers in Britain have seen their wages fall 10.4% between 2007 and 2015.

Cameron and his former sidekick George Osborne said ‘we are all in it together’ when clearly we aren’t.

Public libraries are closing or having their hours reduced and Leeds City Council, like other local authorities, is facing up to 2000 job losses.

If Prime Minister Theresa May is offering anything different she would reject Cameron’s cronyism and the austerity that has been the Tory Party’s economic policy for the past 6 years.


New MP has a tough job on

From: Pat Crisp, Batley

Dear Sir,

I read with interest your article on the people who wish to be our new MP.

Firstly they didn’t light my candle, but it’s going to be very hard to follow Jo Cox, who we all loved.

I hope before the election they will be going out to work with the community groups so we can see what they are about, like Jo did.

If not they need to forget about standing now, because our community will not be interested.

We do need a local person, male or female, who knows what we need and will work with everybody.

I know our community all stands together on this.

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