Article 50 – Daisy’s reaction

Responding to the triggering of Article 50, Daisy Cooper, St Albans Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate said:

“Local people and businesses are telling me that BREXIT will have a huge impact and will damage the character and fabric of our city.

“Many independent shops and businesses are run by EU nationals who have made St Albans their home but the Conservative BREXIT government has refused to guarantee their right to stay; at the same time major employers are concerned about the rising cost of goods due to inflation and the future supply of workers.

“The Prime Minister wrongly said today that there’s no going back but democracy didn’t die on 23rd June and it didn’t die today. The fact is that the final deal must be signed off by someone and given the choice between the Prime Minister, MPs, or the people, only the Liberal Democrats are fighting to make sure the people can have their say over what comes next.”

Swine flu update: note from District Council

Swine Flu Vaccination programme

A national public information campaign is planned for November onwards to explain to patients in the priority groups (see my update of last week) the importance of having the vaccination.

Hertfordshire

The PCT is seeing similar numbers of people collecting antivirals as last week – under 100 across the county per day. Nationally we know there has been a significant jump in the numbers of people using the flu service over the past week, but this increase is not currently being felt in Hertfordshire.

A number of further pharmacies have joined the expanding antiviral collection point (ACP) network, bringing the total number of ACPs in Hertfordshire to eleven. The local ACPs are at:

Hatfield – Asda Pharmacy (8am to 10pm, Mon to Sat; 10am to 4pm, Sunday)

Hemel Hempstead – Lloyds Pharmacy (8.30am to 9pm, Mon to Fri 9am to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday)

Rickmansworth – Delite Chemist (10am to 6pm, Mon to Fri; 10am to 3pm, Saturday; Closed, Sunday)

Stevenage – Asda Pharmacy (9am to 10pm, Monday; 8am to 10pm, Tues to Fr; 8am to 9pm Saturday; 10am to 4pm, Sunday)

Watford – Boots – Waterfields Retail Park, (8am to midnight, Mon to Sat; 11am to 5pm, Sunday)

The NHS in Hertfordshire, along with all other areas of the country, has agreed plans with the Department of Health to double critical care capacity, should it be required at the height of the next pandemic wave.

The Council continues to assess the position on an on-going basis, and weekly at the Chief Executive’s Board meeting.

Court appearance for former UKIP MEP for St Albans

From the BBC:

A British member of the European Parliament has been charged with false accounting and money laundering.

Tom Wise, 60, from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, was elected for UKIP in 2004 but is now sitting as an Independent MEP for East Anglia.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the UK police inquiry followed a news report in 2005 concerning Mr Wise’s use of allowances.

The MEP has been charged along with his then researcher Lindsay Jenkins.

News article

Both are accused of one count of false accounting and one count of money laundering.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between October 2004 and September 2005.

Derek Frame, from the CPS, said: “Following the publication of a news article in October 2005 relating to Mr Wise and Ms Jenkins, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) began an investigation into Mr Wise’s use of allowances.

“OLAF subsequently passed the investigation to Bedfordshire Police Economic Crime Unit for investigation. ”

Mr Wise, who represents Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, is one of seven MEPs who cover the eastern region.

He was unavailable to comment on the matter.

Mr Wise and Ms Jenkins are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 27 April.