Paul Hodgkinson

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Council approves new ways to grow local apprenticeships

by Paul Hodgkinson on 13 July, 2015

County Councillors have approved a report that proposes how best to promote and grow apprenticeships across Gloucestershire. At a full council meeting council members unanimously agreed recommendations put forward by the Cllr Pau Hodgkinson and the ‘ Apprenticeship task group’. The proposals include doing more to put apprenticeships at the forefront of people’s minds earlier in […]

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Campaign video launched

by Paul Hodgkinson on 2 April, 2015

A prospective MP has been first out of the traps in Gloucestershire to launch a 3 minute campaign video. The video, filmed on the streets of Cirencester, Tetbury, Northleach, Bourton and other iconic villages, vox pops local residents. In a series of personal endorsements people interviewed give their view of Mr Hodgkinson and his track […]

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Air Balloon cash in Autumn Statement?

by Paul Hodgkinson on 2 November, 2014

Momentum appears to be building behind a bid to solve the A417 ‘Missing Link’ near the Air Balloon roundabout. Rumours are circulating that the Coalition Government will announce funding for the scheme in the Autumn Statement due early next month. The Chancellor of the Exchequer will set out his spending plans on December 3 and […]

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Call for County Council to boost apprenticeships

by Paul Hodgkinson on 22 June, 2014

On the back of a record number of apprenticeships across Gloucestershire, the County Council is being urged to go one step further. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (LD, Bourton and Northleach) is recommending that the Council should create a cross-party task force, which would work with businesses in the county encouraging them to recruit more apprentices. The […]

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Royal Mail says no to war hero tribute

by Paul Hodgkinson on 28 March, 2014

There’s disappointment in Bourton on the Water after Royal Mail bosses refused to commemorate a war hero. John Cork, chairman of Bourton Royal British Legion, wanted greater recognition for Major General Dudley Johnson, who was born in the village and was one of only three men in Gloucestershire to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Major […]

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MP challenged to go full-time

by Paul Hodgkinson on 19 February, 2014

The Conservative MP for the Cotswolds has faced a call to give up his earnings outside Parliament. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, has challenged Geoffrey Clifton-Brown to put an end to his substantial second income after it was revealed that the MP has earned an average of £860 per hour from his second […]

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Councillor Paul Hodgkinson, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for the Cotswolds, has arranged an urgent meeting with Gloucestershire Police Commissioner Martin Surl over criticism of the force in the Operation Juggler report. The two-year review by an outside team from The City of London Police into allegations of fraud and corruption in the Cotswold Water Park […]

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Lib Dems choose Cotswold Leader to be prospective MP

by Paul Hodgkinson on 9 September, 2013

Cotswold Liberal Democrats have selected their high profile leader on Cotswold District Council as their new Parliamentary Candidate. Cllr Paul Hodgkinson’s selection comes just four months after he stunned the Conservatives by becoming the first Lib Dem to win the so-called ‘true blue’ seat of Bourton and Northleach in this May’s county council elections. The […]

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Dismay at A&E closure

by Paul Hodgkinson on 29 July, 2013

A decision to close Cheltenham’s A&E unit to emergency cases overnight has led to dismay in the Cotswolds. At a meeting held last week at the NHS Foundation Trust in Brockworth, the clinical commissioning group governing body voted to restrict the hospital’s A&E admissions between the hours of 8pm and 8am. From August, patients with a […]

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Cotswold District Council is under pressure to enforce a £19,000 money-back guarantee by motivational magician Shay McConnon following a surge in staff sickness rates. The demand was made today by Liberal Democrat opposition leader, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, in reaction to new figures showing that, on average, officers are now taking more than nine days off […]

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