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John Mann: Exam results are something that we should all be very proud about

Bassetlaw Games awards night.  Pictured is MP John Mann (w121008-7r)

Bassetlaw Games awards night. Pictured is MP John Mann (w121008-7r)

Well done to pupils and schools in Worksop for their excellent A-level and GCSE results.

Nationally, 50 per cent of young people go to University and 50 per cent choose to do an apprenticeship or go straight into work.

Whatever your personal choice I wish you the very best of luck.

Congratulations also Worksop Town Football Club who beat Liversedge last week in a dramatic game.

Almost as impressive was the superb support given to the team by the people of Worksop, with nearly 500 local people turning out to support the Tigers.

After a difficult summer off-field for the club, the support of local people and a strong campaign has meant that Worksop Town has a bright future.

The Premier League kicked off last weekend with all the gossip of high-value transfers and contract negotiations.

But as local supporters will know it is vital that more is done to support non-League football.

When Parliament returns from recess I will therefore be taking part in a debate on the future of non-League football and how teams like Worksop Town should be given more support.

I will report back on how the debate goes.

The Government appears to be committed to its plan to sell off our personal data currently held by HMRC.

If the plans go ahead, all our anonymous data would be sold to companies and other third-party organisations.

I have been contacted by many constituents regarding this issue and I share their concerns about the potential problems that it could cause.

In our computer age, a single mistake could make the personal tax information of millions of people available to anyone with a computer and access to the internet.

That is simply too big a risk to take.

HMRC’s track record is littered with mistakes when handling our personal information and I will continue to oppose these plans.

Many bankers have appeared as witnesses before the Treasury Select Committee that I sit on and have said ‘sorry’ knowing that this is all they have to say.

Many of them know they will never have to pay back a penny of the money they paid themselves for taking reckless decisions that resulted in us, the taxpayers, having to bail them out.

I have repeatedly called for bankers to be held to account for their actions.

I therefore welcome the plans announced by the Bank of England and Financial Conduct Authority which would see banks and bankers held to proper standards.

The plans would also see bonus payments deferred for up to seven years, with the aim of preventing bankers from chasing a fast buck today with no regard for tomorrow.

Had these rules been in place back in 2008 we could have clawed back the pensions of Fred Goodwin, Tom McKillop, Andy Hornby and the other bankers who got huge pay-offs, despite crashing our economy.

 

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