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Member of Parliament for Easington

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

East Durham Trust: The People’s Takeaway

  On Thursday I raised The East Durham Trust’s initiative, ‘The People’s takeaway’ to the leader of the house who commended there work. She refused however to state what the Government will do to help the EDT and my constituents. I will not stop raising this issue as I believe it is important to look out…
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October 23, 2017 0

Grahame Morris MP leads hunt for charity champion

As #givingtuesday – the world’s biggest day for charitable giving – draws closer, local MP Grahame Morris is calling on people in Easington to help choose the UK’s ultimate charity campion. The campaign is searching for someone who has shown an extraordinary commitment to charity and who has the potential to be the UK’s face of the global #givingtuesday…
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October 17, 2017 0

Scrap car parking charges at Peterlee Community Hospital

On Tuesday in Health Questions I raised the outrageous car parking charges at Peterlee hospital and asked the Secretary of State for health if he would consider abolishing them. They area tax on illness and Labour has promised to scrap hospital car park charges to relieve families of a horrible burden. Labour would spend £190…
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October 11, 2017 0