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Member of Parliament for Easington

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

Universal Credit: New Help to Claim Service

Help to Claim can support you in the early stages of your Universal Credit claim, from the online application, through to support with your application before your first full payment. It’s a free, independent, confidential and impartial service provided by trained advisers from Citizens Advice. They can help with things like how to gather evidence…
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April 4, 2019 0

FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL DAY (4 MAY 2019)

Grahame Morris MP (Primary Sponsor) That this House joins with firefighters across the United Kingdom on Firefighters Memorial Day in remembering the bravery and sacrifice of over 2,300 firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty; extends its sympathies especially on this memorial day to all the bereaved families of fallen firefighters;…
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April 4, 2019 0

Tories slash Council funding in East Durham by £512.93 per household since 2010

Labour’s Council Cuts Calculator highlights the real cost of Tory austerity for people in County Durham. A staggering £512.93 per household has been cut from Durham County Council’s budget since 2010, undermining vital public services. Durham County Council’s funding from central government has been slashed in half since 2010. Easington MP Grahame Morris said: “I…
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April 2, 2019 0

Time For Better Pay Campaign

Easington MP Grahame Morris is backing Usdaw’s Time For Better Pay campaign, looking to strengthen workers’ rights and tackle the continued growth of in-work poverty. The campaign aims to secure 100,000 signatures on an e-petition in an effort to secure a parliamentary debate. To support the campaign petition, please visit: Time For Better Pay petition.…
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April 1, 2019 0

Joint Letter: Prescription Price Hike

Dear Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, RE: Prescription Price Hike We are dismayed that today (1 April) prescriptions in England rise to a new high of £9 per item, a 26% rise when compared with wages that have risen 16% since 2010. This move by the government means that the millions of…
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April 1, 2019 0

Successful Grant Bid for Crimdon Coastal Hub

Easington MP Grahame Morris has congratulated Durham Heritage Coast Partnership on their successful funding bid for the Crimdon Coastal hub. Durham Heritage Coast Partnership secured a grant of £1.3 million towards a new Crimdon Coastal visitor and events hub. The £2.2 million scheme will act as a coastal volunteer, health, educations and information hub for…
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March 26, 2019 0

Period Dignity: Joint letter to the Chancellor

Dear Chancellor, We are relieved at the long overdue acknowledgment by the Government that it must take action to end period poverty. However we urge you to take a human rights approach to this issue and ensure universal free access to menstruating products in England, not just children at secondary schools and colleges. UNICEF says…
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March 19, 2019 0

Brexit

Tony Benn in his diaries, More Time for Politics, gave a timely warning relevant to Brexit: “I have been disappointed and worried by a dangerous cynicism about parliamentary government; a cynicism strengthened by the suspicion that Britain [is] being managed and not represented and that voters could never be sure that they are being told…
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March 12, 2019 0