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Member of Parliament for Easington

A different approach to drugs policy

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn (David Hanson) on securing this important debate. In the short time that I have, I want to make a particular appeal to the Minister. The approach to these new psychoactive substances unfortunately is repeating…
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May 24, 2018 0

Protecting East Durham’s historic church buildings and settings

Grahame Morris (Easington) To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent discussions the Church of England has had with local authorities on protecting historic church buildings and settings. St Mary’s the Virgin – www.spiritinstone.co.uk/st-mary-the-virgin If you would like to comment on the planning application affecting St Mary’s the Virgin…
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April 26, 2018 0

MPs and Peers write to the Prime Minister to call for an end to to TB

TB is the world’s deadliest infectious disease, killing 1.7 million people a year – more than HIV and Malaria combined.  The UK remains a TB hotspot in Europe, with over 5,000 cases last year.  Rapidly spreading drug-resistant strains of the disease increase the risk. I am delighted to join over 75 MPs and Peers  in…
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April 25, 2018 0

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