MP pledges to fight fuel price rises and illiteracy in 2013

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Robert Halfon MP Robert Halfon MP

LOW fuel prices and improving literacy will be priorities for MP Robert Halfon in 2013, he has said.

The MP for Hastingwood, the Matchings, Nazeing and Roydon has pledged in a New Year message to push the Office of Fair Trading to hold an inquiry into the role of oil companies in influencing fuel prices.

He added: “In 2013, I would like to do more work on literacy and for this reason I have been elected chairman of the all-party literacy group in Parliament.

“I do a special Reading with Rob around schools, reading to children and talking to them about books, especially The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, my favourite childhood book.

“I want to do a lot more Reading with Rob activities.”

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6:18am Tue 1 Jan 13

Shirley Burnham says...

As the new chair of the All Party Literacy Group, Robert Halfon MP's focus must be on the how the current hollowing-out and dismemberment of the statutory public library service - and the closure of School Libraries - will impact on the nation's literacy. A 2012 report by the World Literacy Foundation estimated that the cost of illiteracy to the UK is approximately $127 billion a year (£81 billion). His *reading to children* is commendable and gives the man's aspirations some credibility. He must grasp the nettle.
As the new chair of the All Party Literacy Group, Robert Halfon MP's focus must be on the how the current hollowing-out and dismemberment of the statutory public library service - and the closure of School Libraries - will impact on the nation's literacy. A 2012 report by the World Literacy Foundation estimated that the cost of illiteracy to the UK is approximately $127 billion a year (£81 billion). His *reading to children* is commendable and gives the man's aspirations some credibility. He must grasp the nettle. Shirley Burnham
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