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Member of Parliament for Easington

UK MAP OF BLACKLISTED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

  More than 3,000 names appear on an illegal blacklist used by companies in the construction industry. The map, above, was made by GMB to show how many people in each area of the UK were on the blacklist of 3,213 workers. The blacklist first came to light in 2009 when the Information Commissioner’s Office…
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January 30, 2013 0

Challenge Japan to END Taiji Dolphin Hunt for Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid

This is Japan’s 5th Olympic bid, since their 1964 Olympics. They are very eager to be selected as Host City again, to boost their economy after the devastating tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster.  By challenging Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic bid, it’s a demonstration that the world is condemning the actions of this hunt and offers support…
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January 29, 2013 0

Ronseal Relaunch Fails To Gloss Over Government Cracks

David Cameron and Nick Clegg marked the return of Parliament by undertaking another Government relaunch with the publication of the Coalition’s Mid-Term Review. The love-in of the Rose Garden two years ago, when the Coalition first came together, has faded but in a business like fashion the Prime Minister dismissed any suggestion that the Tory-Lib…
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January 24, 2013 0

My New Year’s Message to David Cameron

 As I listened to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, giving his New Year message, back at home in Easington I began to wonder what planet he is now on. Having recently had the opportunity to take my boys to see the Hobbit at the cinema during the Christmas break I thought perhaps he inhabits ‘Middle Earth’ with…
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January 17, 2013 0

Durham Miners Gala Needs You

Durham Miners Association is appealing for help to safeguard the future of the Miners’ Gala. The Gala was first held 142 years ago and is now the biggest labour and trade union meeting in Europe, attracting tens of thousands of people from across the country. The Big Meeting is a popular family event and is…
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January 17, 2013 0

A new and fairer deal – The January Declaration

In January 2012 The Webb Memorial Trust launched a North East based campaign calling for a new and fairer deal for our region. The campaign started with a letter to the Journal published on 11th January 2012 and signed by a number of prominent local North East people (including individuals from all the major political…
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January 15, 2013 0

Making this year Labour’s year

This is the year when Ed Miliband, the Labour Party and the wider labour movement must translate a consistently respectable opinion-poll lead into a solid, unassailable lead – the sort of lead that will drive this Con-Dem coalition into the sea at the general election. On face value Miliband and the Labour Party have everything…
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January 15, 2013 0

Toxic Tories Cut Support To Working Families

We are now more than half way through the Coalition Government’s term in office, with yet another relaunch last week yesterday, though not quite the love in of the rose garden in 2010. The Prime Minister promised us a “better future”, making sure “no-one is left behind” and that he would “protect the poorest and…
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January 14, 2013 0

Credit Unions Helping To Counter Payday Loan Sharks

My first official duty of the New Year was to launch a new initiative to help counter legal loan sharking in our area supported by the County Durham Credit Unit, East Durham Homes and East Durham Partnership.  Under the Pilot Scheme, The County Durham Credit Union, which I have been a member and supporter of…
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January 10, 2013 0