Review of 2013: September

The city’s MP Anne Main missed out on an important vote on whether Britain should take military action in Syria because she was on a family holiday. MP's were asked to return to Westminster early after being recalled to vote on a motion, however Mrs Main said: “I chose to abstain and not to cut short my holiday with my family despite plans to do so.”

Partially sighted woman, Emma Handford, was left disgusted after her guide dog Odene was refused entry in to the Bread Shop in the Maltings. Ms Handford said: “I was upset and uncomfortable. “I had become so angry I was shaking.”

Later on shop owner Deniz Gul apologised to Ms Handford offering her a free hamper and Odene a dog goodie bag.

St Albans MP Anne Main was made the Review’s headlines again when The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority released figures to show taxpayers money had helped Mrs Main to pay off her mortgage to the tune of more than £7,500 over the course of this Parliament. 

Meanwhile a coroner ruled the former vicar of St Peter’s Church, David Brentnall, had taken his own life when he jumped in front of a train at Harpenden railway station.

St Albans residents were warned they could be armed with speed guns and high visibility jackets to police their own roads, as part of a scheme introduced by Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.

Batchwood councillor, Roma Mills, said: “The police should be enforcing the limit and prosecuting offenders.”


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