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Member of Parliament for Easington

Macmillan Joining the Dots

Around 3,000 people in County Durham are diagnosed with cancer every year and an estimated 15,000 people in Durham are currently living with the disease – a figure which is expected to rise to 28,000 by 2030. Officially launched at the beginning of the year by the council and Macmillan Cancer Support, Joining the Dots…
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April 16, 2019 0

Austerity’s Victims ♿️

Those who share my beliefs about social justice, and in particular the cruel treatment of people with disabilities by this government, may be interested in a book, ‘Austerity’s Victims’, by Neil Carpenter which has recently been published. The case studies come from Neil’s work as a volunteer advocate for Cornwall Advocacy but it could just…
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April 15, 2019 0

Trophy Hunting EDM #1829

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me about trophy hunting. I believe the importation of hunting trophies is wrong and requires firmer action. The UK must tackle the illegal wildlife trade and work to end trophy hunting. Killing endangered wildlife is pushing them further towards extinction. We must protect these wild animals by supporting…
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April 14, 2019 0

Loan Charge Review

Thank you to everyone who has recently contacted me about the 2019 loan charge. Disguised remuneration schemes are tax avoidance arrangements that cost the Exchequer hundreds of millions of pounds each year. In 2016, the Government announced that it would introduce legislation to counter the use of disguised remuneration schemes, including a new charge on…
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April 11, 2019 0

Centrepoint’s 50th Anniversary

Today I joined fellow MP’s in signing EDM 2260 celebrating CenterPoint’s 50th anniversary and highlighting the grave extent of youth homelessness and calling for greater support for young people ready to move on from hostel accommodation. What are the barriers young people face when they’re ready to move on? A severe lack of affordable housing…
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April 11, 2019 0

Rebuilding Social Security

Easington MP Grahame Morris is asking local residents to participate in Labour’s consultation on the future of social security in the UK. Labour has vowed to completely overhaul the social security system and rebuild the principles on which it was founded so that people are supported rather than punished. The roll-out of Universal Credit, the…
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April 9, 2019 0

FBU Parliamentary group

On Tuesday the 2nd April, I chaired the FBU Parliamentary group, where MPs covered several important issues for the union. On 4 March, fire and rescue service employers wrote to the FBU with a pay and conditions offer. This arose from negotiations at the National Joint Council (NJC), the UK-wide collective bargaining body for firefighters…
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April 8, 2019 0