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Member of Parliament for Easington

Venezuelans show the Way: There is an Alternative to Austerity

As a mark of respect in light of the passing of Hugo Chavez the architect of the Bolivian revolution I am reposting an article I first published from Caracas following the Venezuelan Presidential Election last year.  Venezuelans show the Way : There is an Alternative to Austerity Hat tip to the Venezuelan Electoral Commission for demonstrating…
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March 6, 2013 0

Act now to defeat NHS privatisation

Parliament’s health select committee, of which I am a member, is to launch an investigation into the government’s back-door privatisation of our National Health Service. I have campaigned long and hard for this. The committee will hold a special session on Tuesday March 19 to look specifically at Statutory Instrument 257 under Section 75 of…
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March 4, 2013 0

North East leading charge for the next generation of low carbon vehicles.

During the Parliamentary break I visited Nissan in Sunderland to see firsthand how they are gearing up to commence production of the first mass-produced zero emissions car – the Nissan Leaf. Nissan have a proven record of success in the North East. Since 1984 they have invested £3.5 billion in the UK, and produced more…
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March 1, 2013 0

Chancellor fails his own economic test

Easington MP Grahame Morris has called for the Chancellor to step aside after the loss of Britain’s triple A credit rating. The Chancellor was summoned to Parliament yesterday to answer urgent questions about Britain’s credit rating downgrade by ratings agency Moody’s. The downgrade was the first since modern national debt rating began in 1978. The…
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February 27, 2013 0

Health Committee to investigate Government’s NHS privatisation plans

I am delighted that the Health Select Committee, of which I am a member, is to launch an investiation into the Government’s back-door privatisation of our National Health Service. I have campaigned long and hard for this to take place, and as a result the Committee will hold a special session on Tuesday 19th March. It will be looking specifically at…
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February 26, 2013 0

“We’re needed more than ever before” says under-threat charity in pleas for funding

Government spending cuts are putting increasing numbers of people at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the president of a charity that is itself facing closure unless new sources of funding are found. Lynn Griffiths, President of Carbon Monoxide Awareness, the charity that established Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and made it a key feature…
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February 25, 2013 0

Easington MP condemns Government back-door privatisation of the NHS.

Easington MP Grahame Morris has called for the Health Select Committee to undertake an urgent inquiry into the privatisation of the NHS. New regulations published by the Government’s, using Statutory Instrument 257 under Section 75 of the Health & Social Care Act 2012, would introduce competitive tendering for health service and bring the NHS under…
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February 25, 2013 0

Emergency Services For Sale

The Fire service is the latest public service to be put up for sale, with the FBU warning the plans will “sacrifice lives on the altar of profit”. Fire Minister Brandon Lewis has written to the Regulatory Reform Committee at Westminster seeking views on new laws to “enable fire and rescue authorities in England to…
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February 21, 2013 0

Celebrating the achievements of Ecuador’s Citizens Revolution

Ecuadorians go to the polls to elect their President on 17 February 2013. Ecuador is today being transformed by radical social and economic reforms known as the Citizens Revolution. Led by President Rafael Correa this process is tackling the deep crisis caused by years of extreme neo-liberal policies forced on Ecuador under the Washington Consensus.…
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February 17, 2013 0

End the “Shrewsbury 24” Cover-Up

This week marks the fortieth anniversary of the arrest of the ‘Shrewsbury 24’ – five months after they had been involved in picketing local building firms in pursuit of decent wages and working conditions.  The National building strike in which they played such a prominent role was hugely successful, in that unionised workers not only…
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February 16, 2013 0