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Save Our Pubs

Grahamemorris BPW3Easington MP Grahame Morris is calling on the Chancellor to save our pubs on the eve of the budget.

The newly elected Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group has called on the Government to cancel the 2% above inflation tax rise on beer in the budget, which would result in a 5-10p hike on the price of a pint in the pub.

Speaking on the eve of the budget, Grahame Morris MP said:

“In the North East pubs are closing at an alarming rate of one every fortnight. Rural pubs, those at the heart of our communities, are being hardest hit closing at a rate of six a week.

Good pubs are essential for healthy communities; they allow people of all ages to socialise in a safe and relaxed environment. They are a social hub especially for smaller more isolated communities”

CAMRA, Campaign For Real Ale, are calling on the Government to take action following research showing that 16 pubs now close across the country on a weekly basis.

In just six years there has been a 30% collapse in the volume of beer sold in pubs as more than 7,000 pubs have closed, with off-sales about to overtake beer sale in pubs for the first time ever.

The UK now has the second highest duty on beer in the European Union, paying on average over £1 in beer duty and VAT for every single pint you buy in the pub.

Mr Morris added:

“High beer taxes are forcing people out of pubs into drinking at home. This is not good for the community as we see more alcohol on our streets.

Supermarkets continue to undermine beer sales in community pubs offering alcohol for as little as 50p a pint. This cannot continue if we are to save our Great British pub.

I ask the Chancellor not to price pubs out of the market – give beer a break and cancel the beer duty rise”

Grahame Morris MP joins The Big Switch to cut energy bills

Easington MP Grahame Morris has backed ‘The Big Switch’ campaign for consumers to get a cheaper deal on their energy bills.

The Big Switch, launched last month by consumer champion Which? and 38 Degrees, is a new way for people to buy their energy. This will be the first time in the UK that a very large number of people will join together as a group to negotiate a deal with energy companies.

Grahame Morris is urging constituents to join the more than 200,000-strong group who have already signed up to The Big Switch, and to use their collective power to try to cut their energy bills and help shake up the market.

Which? has invited all energy companies to take part and will be negotiating with them to secure the cheapest deal. Energy companies will be asked to submit a market leading deal and take part in a reverse auction. If a deal is secured, Which? will contact everyone who signed up with a personalised savings estimate. Which? will handle the switching process, making it as quick and easy as possible.

Grahame Morris, says:

“Soaring energy bills are driving up inflation and contributing to the cost of living crisis afflicting tens of thousands of families across the North East. Labour believes that community action, including collective purchasing, is essential to reforming our energy market, and I am pleased to support the Big Switch campaign.”

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: 

“We know people are really struggling with their bills as household incomes are squeezed so it is encouraging that over 200,000 people are taking action to get a better deal on their energy bills.

“There is still time for people to join The Big Switch to get a cheaper deal so spread the word to your friends and family.”

Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint said:

“Collective switching is a simple but potentially trailblazing way to give people more control over their energy bills. When people come together, they will have more power to negotiate cheaper energy bills with the big energy companies.”

“It sets an exciting precedent which organisations such as local authorities and housing associations could take up to negotiate better energy deals on behalf of their residents. Our energy market needs reform – and people power is the first step.”

Grahame Morris MP shows his support for Water Works Campaign

Easington MP Grahame Morris has pledged his support to WaterAid’s Water Works campaign to bring safe water and sanitation to the world’s poorest people.

Mr Morris made his pledge at a House of Commons event hosted by Northumbrian Water for WaterAid on the day that the United Nations announced that the Millennium Development Goal on water has been reached.  An additional 2 billion people have accessed clean water within the last 20 years.

Mr Morris said:

“It is great news that we have met the Millennium Development Goal on water – this shows that aid is working and that we are making steps forward to eradicating poverty.” He continued, “there is still much work to be done however, as 783 million people still don’t have safe water to drink, and around 2.5 billion are lacking adequate sanitation.  Not having these essential services traps people in poverty. The UK has a lead role to play along with other countries to concentrate our efforts on bringing water and sanitation to all.”

Preventable diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation are the biggest killer of children in Africa, and illness and hours spent collecting water from distant sources keep children out of school and prevent adults from earning a living.

Safe water and sanitation transform lives, improving health and lifting communities out of poverty. As world leaders prepare to meet in Washington next month for a crucial meeting on water and sanitation, WaterAid is encouraging the public to support its Water Works campaign, which aims to highlight the importance of these basic necessities in tackling poverty. 

“We want everyone to back the Water Works campaign and we are extremely grateful for Mr Morris’ support.  WaterAid will do all we can to reach some of the most marginalised communities in developing countries. However this world crisis in sanitation and water coverage will only be addressed if governments show leadership. Progress is far too slow and it will currently take around 350 years for everyone in Africa to have access to something as basic as adequate sanitation. This just isn’t acceptable, and we want the public to also say this loud and clear.” said WaterAid Chief Executive Barbara Frost.

WaterAid was established with the support of Northumbrian Water and the UK water industry in 1981. The company remains a very active supporter of its adopted international charity. Employees run a regional committee in the North East of England and, together with other partners in the region, organise fundraising events, support the charity’s campaigns and raise awareness of the charity.

WaterAid now works in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region, improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Since WaterAid was founded 30 years ago, it has reached nearly 16 million people with safe water and 11 million with sanitation.

To show your support for the campaign please visit: www.waterworks.me