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Nottinghamshire County Council today made a formal apology to Bassetlaw man Terry Lodge, who was forced to work as a child slave after being taken into foster care. 

The apology to Mr Lodge, who told authorities about the abuse but was ignored, is the first of its kind.

Terry Lodge was first made to work on a farm when he was 8 and then in a foundry at the age of 11. As a result Mr Lodge is unable to read. He was beaten and sometimes starved while in the hands of his foster parents.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann has highlighted his case in Parliament and today welcomed the apology:

“For too long people like Mr Lodge were not believed when they brought forward their allegations.”

“It is right that Nottinghamshire County Council has now formally apologised and I pay tribute to the bravery of Terry Lodge in bringing this to light.”

"The whole issue of children being sold on to farms as slave labour is a scandal yet to fully emerge in this country.

"It shows the level of depravity that was there - but also the collusion."

Nottinghamshire County Council make formal apology to Bassetlaw child abuse victim

Nottinghamshire County Council today made a formal apology to Bassetlaw man Terry Lodge, who was forced to work as a child slave after being taken into foster care. 

Bassetlaw MP John Mann today welcomed the news that HMP Ranby will be a ‘Reform Prison’ but warned that more needs to be done to tackle the overwhelming problem of so-called legal highs getting into the prison.

 

Mann commented: “The Government’s announcement is welcome. I am today calling on the Governor to be immediately given the finances he needs to build a secure perimeter and to totally overhaul drug treatment. Ranby is currently overwhelmed by legal highs and the changes will only be a success if the drug problem is dealt with.”

 

“Funding is needed for a higher perimeter fence and for trees down one side of prison to be cut be cut down. This would make it substantially harder for those outside of the prison to get drugs in.”

 

“I also back the proposals for coherent vocational training for prisoners to be introduced. We have to reduce reoffending and good practical skills ready for the world outside will help bring down numbers.”

 

“I will continue to challenge the Government if Ranby is not immediately given the tools it needs to combat the drug problems”

John Mann MP welcomes Ranby Prison announcement but warns: drugs problem must be sorted

Bassetlaw MP John Mann today welcomed the news that HMP Ranby will be a ‘Reform Prison’ but warned that more needs to be done to tackle the overwhelming problem of...

Today in Parliament the Secretary of State for Health admitted to John Mann MP that the Government has “not got our act together” in addressing the huge discrepancy in health costs paid by the UK to other European countries.

A Parliamentary Question from the Bassetlaw MP in March revealed that the UK paid out £674 million to European countries for their health costs last year – but received only £49 million in return. 

John Mann MP commented: “My campaign to ensure that we get a fair deal from other European countries on health costs is basic common sense. At the moment we are not claiming back the money we are owed and it is the NHS which suffers.”

“Sorting this scandal out in itself would transform the financial situation of the NHS.”

 “This is money that should be going directly back into our health system and it would make a huge annual difference to its finances.” 

“It is staggering that the Secretary of State for Health can stand in the House of Commons and shamelessly admit that his Government has failed to get its act together.” 

 #ENDS#

John Mann MP’s question and the Secretary of State’s response can be viewed here: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/fbd45ac2-43c6-41c0-b2d0-48a9f49b3b0b?in=10:29:00&out=10:40:00

The huge European health cost discrepancy was revealed in a Department for Health response to the Bassetlaw MP. Notable figures include:

 UK pays France: £147,685,772 France pays UK: £6,730,292
UK pays Germany: £25,873,954 Germany pays UK: £2,189,664

UK pays Italy: £7,304,484 Italy pays UK £1,510,850

UK pays Spain: £223,290,021 Spain pays UK £3,412,338

UK pays Ireland £215,313,962 Ireland pays UK £19,214,031

 

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