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Member of Parliament for Easington

Enhancing democracy and the reputation of Parliament

When I entered the House of Commons in 2010, the reputation of Parliament had been tarnished by the expenses scandal. I was one of 233 new Members of Parliament in 2010, the largest new intake since Labour’s 1945 landslide. A recent report by the Hansard Society has indicated a public confidence boost in Parliament with…
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February 14, 2013 0

An Urgent Appeal Durham Miners’ Gala Needs Friends

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February 11, 2013 0

Time to shine a light on shady deals

Over recent months there have been many campaigns to save our NHS, but never has there been a more important time than now to do just that. The Department of Health have announced the formation of a new expert panel advising the Government on “Strengthening the NHS Constitution”. The purpose of the panel is to…
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February 7, 2013 0

Cull or Cure: Wales leads the way on Bovine TB

THE FIRST year of the Welsh Government’s badger vaccination programme is a significant, science-led step forward in the complex long-term battle to combat bovine TB, says the Badger Trust. “In England the Coalition had a choice: cull or cure. In the face of overwhelming public and independent scientific opposition, it chose cull and confrontation and…
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February 1, 2013 0

Energy Policy is a Failure at Every Level

In recent weeks a dramatic drop in temperature and heavy snowfalls has triggered this year’s first Cold Weather Payment in the Easington constituency. These payments are issued when the average temperature is zero or below for seven consecutive days, helping those most vulnerable to the cold. However, over the last two years, all households are…
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January 31, 2013 0

24 Hours to Ban Bee Killers

Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But in 24 hours the European Union could move to ban the most poisonous pesticides, and pave the way to a global ban that would save bees from extinction. Four EU countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already…
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January 30, 2013 0


  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