MPs deserve a second chance

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OUR MPs are probably perceived by the general electorate as money-grabbing, self-aggrandising and untrustworthy individuals working at the expense of the public purse performing duties that should really be seen as a privilege rather than a job of work.

Their reputations are at the lowest point they have been following the scandal and ongoing rumblings of deceipt surrounding their expenses claims.

There is a common saying that you reap what you sow and many MPs have the reputation they deserve.

However, maybe it is time to look more closely at the value they bring and the work they carry out.

Today, we shine the spotlight on Angela Smith, a hard-working constituency MP, who was elected because she wanted to progress the cause of the city and the people living within it and to make the country a better place in which to live.

She is not alone. There are many good MPs, who work hours we would baulk at to try to help their constituents with problems, injustices and issues that otherwise could not be solved.

If we continue to vilify our MPs without recognising their value, we will lose our best as well as the worst public servants.

Proud to support Macmillan group

THE Macmillan Cancer Support Organisation has thousands of admirers. Sadly almost all of them learn of the group in their darkest hours, when they or a loved one are stricken by cancer.

However, in the organisation’s centenary year we are delighted to throw the spotlight on Macmillan Cancer Support.

On this occasion we focus on the information service which is provided by Macmillan Cancer Support - a team who educate, inform and reassure cancer patients and their families throughout their battle with the disease.

Keep the hallmark

THERE is some good news on the horizon for the hallmarking system, which is the backbone of Sheffield’s much-prized assay office.

The Government’s Red Tape Challenge has presented a threat to the service as it attempts to modernise various services in the country. But to apply this challenge to the hallmarking system would be a grave mistaken.

And it seems we are not alone in believing this. For government minister Baroness Wilcox has told the House of Lords that there is a ‘misapprehension’ over a perceived threat to the service.

We hope this means that the service will be spared the Red Tape Challenge, as it is vital in confirming the quality of precious metals.

And it is also an important part of Sheffield’s industrial heritage offering a tangible link to our support for standards in life and work.