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Blair urged to intervene in care homes crisis

A care homes crisis has prompted the Bolton Evening News to write an open letter to Tony Blair, asking the PM to intervene. Two private care homes are to close in the town, leaving an uncertain future for the elderly

Citizen writes to PM asking for minister for elderly

The editor of The Citizen has written to the Prime Minister asking him to appoint a minister for the elderly. The move comes as part of the Gloucester paper’s campaign for better rights for pensioners after the death of 88-year-old

Mail pressure helps secure £800m deal

An £800m deal at BAE Systems in Brough has signalled victory for the Hull Daily Mail’s campaign to keep the plant open. The paper has kept the issue in the spotlight with its Sign it Now campaign, calling on the

Progress on guns:Diary of a press campaign

The Evening Gazette’s Ban Young Guns is continuing at the highest level – despite major steps forward in the past 12 months. The Teesside paper has helped secure legislation to take lethal air rifles out of the hands of young

Chronicle and partners are doing the business

What began as a business each day for a year campaign is now hoping to undergo a transformation into a two businesses-a-day success. And it’s all down to the impressive accomplishment of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle ‘business-a-day campaign’ reaching the

Praise for Echo as plans bring light at the end of the tunnel

The Northern Echo has come in for praise from the Prime Minister for its campaign over the safety of railway bridges. The Government has announced plans which will address the issue of who is responsible for repairs on railway bridges,

A business a day from the Chronicle

Tony Blair has backed the Newcastle Evening Chronicle’s campaign to create a business every day for a year. The Newcastle paper has launched the drive to boost the north east economy by highlighting 365 start-ups between now and next January.

Gazette claims victory in airgun fight

The Middlesbrough Evening Gazette is claiming victory for its Ban Young Guns campaign after tough new restrictions on air weapons were announced by the Government. The paper has been campaigning since June for a higher minimum age for gun owners

Town centre monument marks campaign success

Personal messages from Tony Blair and the Duke of York were read out during a special service on Sunday to unveil the Colin Grazier Memorial. The event went ahead in Tamworth despite atrocious weather conditions and guests included relatives of

Gazette's exclusive gun interview with minister

The Evening Gazette, Middlesbrough, has gained an exclusive interview Home Office minister Bob Ainsworth as part of its Ban Young Guns campaign. The Evening Gazette has been campaigning since June in a bid to stop the rising number of air

Blair responds to editor's call for action

The Prime Minister has sent a personal reply to an open letter from the editor of the Evening Gazette, Middlesbrough, which called for a change in the law under the paper’s Ban Young Guns campaign. In his letter to Stephen

Editor calls for action

The editor of the Evening Gazette, Middlesbrough, has called for Tony Blair to ban under-18s from owning airguns. In an open letter, Stephen Dyson has demanded that the Prime Minister acts, that airguns are licensed and stricter controls are introduced

Special edition marks three-year push

The South Wales Argus marked the third anniversary of the launch of its Justice for Miners campaign with a special edition. The campaign began after the Argus revealed how a Government compensation scheme set up to help former miners crippled

Gazette issues challenge to the PM

An Essex newspaper has challenged the Prime Minister to defend plans for a youth jail in the area. The Brentwood Gazette has written to Tony Blair asking him to explain the decision to locate a secure training centre for persistent

PM to "personally intervene" in bridge row

A campaign to improve railway bridge crash barriers by The Northern Echo has resulted in a personal intervention by the Prime Minister. Tony Blair has promised to resolve the dispute between Railtrack, local authorities and the Highways Agency over who

Reporter visits Malawi for North East famine launch

An appeal launched by The Journal, Newcastle, to help the victims of Africa’s famine has received the personal backing of Tony Blair. Responding to calls for help from North East aid workers, feature writer Anna Ralph went to Malawi and