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Member of Parliament for Easington

How has your local police force changed since 2010?

In the past seven years England and Wales have lost over 45,000 police officers and staff – a 19% drop in the workforce. You can see the figures for your local police force using UNISON’s new interactive map here. Using data published by the Home Office, the map details the changes to local police workforces…
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April 10, 2018 0

UK Road and Rail Infrastructure Failing North East Business

Over a third of businesses don’t believe that the UK’s road and rail networks are meeting their needs, according to new research by the British Chambers of Commerce. The results, based on a survey, by the British Chamber of Commerce, of over 1,100 business across the UK, found that 39% of firms don’t believe that…
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April 6, 2018 0

Government undermines UK manufacturing in passport farce

I share the dismay of all those who have contacted me about the government’s decision to award the manufacture of the UK’s passport to French-Dutch firm Gemalto rather than British based De La Rue. The decision compromises security as well as risking jobs at places such as De La Rue’s Gateshead factory. To many, this…
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March 27, 2018 0

Why I’m Backing the NHS Takeback Pledge

  The NHS Takeback Pledge has currently been signed by 80 MPs including myself and it is more relevant than ever in a time when the NHS appears to be drifting from many of its original principles. The pledge includes five sections pledging to make the NHS more accountable, to keep healthcare within the public sector…
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March 6, 2018 0

The Government Needs to Keep Childcare Vouchers Open

Last week I signed the Childcare Voucher Providers Association’s Letter to the Government calling on them to keep the voucher scheme open. The scheme to replace Childcare Vouchers, Tax-Free Childcare, disproportionately benefits the better off and makes no economic sense. It will leave an average income family hundreds of pounds worse off than under the…
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March 5, 2018 0

Police cuts undermine community safety

Thank you to everyone who contacted me over the violent attack on a taxi driver in Peterlee on New Year’s Eve. I share your concerns about the increases in violent crime and the extreme cuts to police resources which has allowed lawlessness on our streets and lead to crimes not being investigated. In October, the…
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January 7, 2018 0

Walkers Crisp Factory Closure a sad day for East Durham.

I am so, so sorry for the 350 long serving loyal Walkers employees and their families who have lost their jobs with the last shift and the closure of the Peterlee factory this week. It’s a real blow to Peterlee and the surrounding communities. It is also hugely disappointing that a deal could not be…
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December 22, 2017 0

National Energy Action’s Warm Homes Campaign

Across the UK this winter millions of people will be facing the reality that heating their home could mean sacrificing other necessities such as food. In my constituency of Easington, 13% of households are in fuel poverty – compared to a national average of 11%. We are facing a crisis of stagnant incomes, rising inflation,…
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December 6, 2017 0

NEA Launch new report into Carbon Monoxide poisoning and fuel poverty

I was pleased to chair a meeting of the APPG on Fuel Poverty launching a report from the NEA. Their research investigated the relationship between fuel poverty and carbon monoxide (CO) risk in households on low incomes and in vulnerable situations. Over the course of two heating seasons (October to April) in 2015/16 and 2016/17…
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December 4, 2017 0

Local MP shines a light on radiotherapy, the unsung hero of cancer treatment

Grahame Morris, MP for Easington met with NHS providers and patients at a briefing held in Parliament to learn about radiotherapy and the benefits it can bring to cancer patients. Radiotherapy is a cost-effective and cutting-edge treatment that forms a core part of the health care regime for many cancer patients. Last year, more than…
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November 22, 2017 0