Author: Grahame Morris

Member of Parliament for Easington

Red Book: The commercialisation of public services

A foreword by Shibley – This, I believe, is a beautiful piece of writing by @GrahameMorris, MP for Easington. I not only believe that the economic arguments are cogent, accurate and compelling, but I also feel that it sets out the case accurately for this major flaw in policy which the Conservatives and Labour have…
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August 28, 2012 0

Labour MP calls for a Real Alternative as UK plunges further into the red.

Labour MP Grahame Morris has called on the Government to end austerity following shock figures showing increased borrowing for July. Government borrowing was £600m in July, despite forecasts predicting a surplus of £2.5bn. Government debt now stands above £1 trillion, compared to £940bn last year, which represents 65.7% of the UK’s GDP, up from 61.8%…
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August 23, 2012 0

More than 75,000 people sign the Royal College of Midwives’ epetition for 5,000 More Midwives

More than 75,000 people have signed the Royal College of Midwives’ epetition for 5,000 more midwives and have called on the Government to take action to recruit more midwives. The petition closed today (Aug 22nd) at 11:53 a.m. and although it did not receive the 100,000 signatures needed to secure a parliamentary debate, it did…
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August 22, 2012 0

Local MP demands an urgent review of school travel guidelines

Easington MP Grahame Morris is calling on Education Ministers to carry out an urgent review of the current Home to School Transport guidelines in order to protect children. With the new school term approaching many parents in County Durham are being informed their children will no longer be eligible for free school transport as a…
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August 22, 2012 0

Tyne Tees Digital Switchover – Are you ready?

Five years ago television history was made in Whitehaven, Cumbria when the first analogue signal for BBC2 was switched off – starting the UK’s Digital Switch. The Tyne Tees/North East region is the last region in England to go through the switchover process and every household in the region should have received a guide to…
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August 21, 2012 0

The best values of the North East

This week many young people across the region will be celebrating their A Level results. A Levels are the result of years of hard work and self discipline, with students learning an important lesson that by putting something in, you can get something worthwhile in return. I don’t envy the task facing young people today,…
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August 16, 2012 0

Osbornomics Discredited: Time for a Plan B for Jobs & Growth

This week we heard the news that the UK economy shrank by 0.7% in the last quarter extinguishing any hope of a quick recovery from the latest downturn. The extent of the contraction shocked even the most pessimistic and is clear evidence of a deepening of the double-dip recession created in Downing Street. Construction has…
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July 26, 2012 0

MPs criticise drinks industry role in government health policy

The cross-party Health Select Committee has urged the government to rethink its alcohol strategy.  In particular the committee questioned the role of the drinks industry in determining health policy. In its Report, Government’s Alcohol Strategy, MPs recommended a possible tightening of alcohol advertising rules and a ban on drinks companies sponsoring sporting events. There are…
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July 19, 2012 0

Greedy Bankers

Republican Party Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will be attending a lavish London fundraiser on the eve of the Olympics. The fundraiser was to be hosted by disgraced former Barclays boss Bob Diamond, who withdrew following the Libor scandal. According to reports, tickets for the dinner are being sold at between $25,000 and $75,000 to raise…
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July 18, 2012 0

Government’s flawed Further Education Loans system will hurt the UK Economy

On the eve of summer recess, Parliament had its first opportunity to scrutinise the Government’s flawed plans to introduce a loan system for mature students studying Further Educations courses. Currently many students in further education pay 50 per cent of their tuition costs, with the Government paying the rest. However, from 2013/14, the Government will…
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July 18, 2012 0