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As I am sure you are aware, on 23rd of June there will be a referendum to decide whether Britain should remain in the European Union.

It has been over 40 years since we last held a vote like this and it could be a once in a lifetime chance to shape the future of our country and decide Britain’s place in the world.

I want as many Bolton residents as possible to engage with the debate and make their decision, and the first step is registering to vote.

If you aren’t already on the electoral register, you have until 7th June to sign up for the referendum.

It’s a quick and simple process. Just go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and it will take around 2 minutes of your time. You’ll need to know your national insurance number.

I know that this decision will play a much bigger role in the lives of my children and their children than it will for my generation. So it worries me that around one in four (1.5 million) 18-24 year olds have still not signed up to vote.

Don’t leave it to the over 50s to shape your future. Register to vote today and make your voice heard on 23rd June.

Please help to share this information and make sure as many people as possible take part in the referendum this summer.

www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Have your say in the referendum - Register to vote

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Last month the Government introduced a higher version of the minimum wage for those over 25, known as the National Living Wage.

While not inclusive of all workers and still far short of an actual Living Wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation, it was a positive step for the Government to concede to pressure and boost the incomes of those on low wages.

Unfortunately there have been a number of cases reported in the national press of employers attempting to get around the wage increase by cutting overtime and bonuses or by reducing pay for those employees under 25. I have also heard examples of some people being left worse off following the pay rise because of changes to in-work benefits.

I’ve yet to hear any complaints from my own constituents in the last few weeks, which could be a positive sign, but I know that most people wouldn’t think to contact the local MP just because their overtime had been adjusted.

What has your experience been? Have you benefited from the National Living Wage? Has your employer done anything to undermine the rise you should have received?

Your examples are the best way for me to hold the Government to account for the effects of their policies and help to improve the lives of working people.

As always, you can contact me via email at david.crausby.mp@parliament.uk

The National Living Wage and your working conditions

  Last month the Government introduced a higher version of the minimum wage for those over 25, known as the National Living Wage.While not inclusive of all workers and still...

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You may have heard that Chorley A&E has recently been forced to close unexpectedly. Chorley Hospital can now only treat minor injuries and illnesses but not life threatening conditions. The hospital claim they have been unable to recruit enough staff to run the service and there is no clear timescale for it to re-open. 

This raises a number of concerns about Accident and Emergency care around the region. Patients from Chorley and surrounding areas still need to go somewhere and this will undoubtedly have an impact on some combination of Preston, Wigan, Blackburn and Bolton Hospitals.

Last year the Royal Bolton Hospital was forced to declare a “major incident”, diverting people away from the Hospital due to the huge demands on A&E. This year we have seen several reports of patients left waiting over 8 hours for treatment. If their service is already struggling at times of high demand it is worrying that there could be even more pressure put on local services.

I have written to the Chief Executive of the Royal Bolton Hospital to ask what measures are being taken to ensure that our A&E can cope with any overflow from Chorley and I shall be working closely with other Labour MPs to monitor the situation across the region.

Chorley A&E Closure

You may have heard that Chorley A&E has recently been forced to close unexpectedly. Chorley Hospital can now only treat minor injuries and illnesses but not life threatening conditions. The...

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