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Member of Parliament for Easington

A Sensible and Considered Approach to Gun Controls

This week I held a debate in the House of Commons about the tragic shootings that shocked the Horden community almost a year ago. Unfortunately, the Government has made slow progress listening to the calls for a more efficient and effective gun licensing regime. While I welcome the Home Office Minister’s sympathetic tone to the…
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November 8, 2012 0

Grahame Morris MP Congratulates Newcastle City Council on Becoming a Living Wage Employer

Grahame Morris, MP for Easington, has marked the start of Living Wage Week by congratulating local council leaders for becoming an officially accredited living wage employer. Beginning on 4th November, Living Wage Week is the first ever UK-wide celebration of the Living Wage & Living Wage Employers. It aims to raise awareness and encourage firms…
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November 6, 2012 0

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections on 15th November

The Tory-led Government’s 20 per cent cuts to policing mean at least 15,000 officers will be lost by 2015 and despite promises that their cuts would not impact on the frontline there are already 6,800 fewer frontline officers. David Cameron showed what the Tories really think of our police when he tried desperately to defend…
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November 2, 2012 0

Government needs to get a grip on energy bills – and stop people being ripped off

Labour’s campaign to help families struggling with soaring energy bills is gathering momentum. We have launched our SwitchTogether campaign to help families get a better deal. If you’re interested in signing up and  seeing if you can get a better deal through collective switching, visit  www.switchtogether.org.uk. We’re also upping the pressure on this shambolic Government…
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November 2, 2012 0

Government Deserve Gold Medal for Cheek

The latest GDP figures have shown the UK economy is officially out of recession growing by 1% in the last quarter. At Business Questions in the House of Commons this news was met with triumphal statements by Conservative MPs declaring there is no need for an alternative, and the economic recovery was now on track.…
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November 1, 2012 0

British Pub Week 2012

British Pub Week is an initiative, borne of the Save the Great British Pub campaign, which celebrates everything that is great about the British pub! The event, from 26th October to 4th November, aims to get people back into pubs by promoting their positive impact on society through a packed series of events. Pubs are…
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November 1, 2012 0

Plan & Resources Needed to Tackle Higher North East Cancer Death Rates

A recent report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a clear North/South divide with health inequalities widening. Death rates in the North East are the highest in the UK with cancer being our biggest killer. Since the Coalition Government took office they have been undermining and fragmenting our National Health Service.  Opponents to…
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October 31, 2012 0

IWF Champion

I have recently become an IWF Champion which means I fully support the important work the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) does to remove child sexual abuse images on the internet.  The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report criminal…
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October 25, 2012 0

POSTPONEMENT GIVES A PAUSE FOR THOUGHT

The statement by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirming the postponement of the proposed badger cull contained a shameful series of evasions and errors in seeking to justify the killing of badgers and the impractical methods the Coalition proposes to use.  Nevertheless, the Badger Trust still hopes the Government…
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October 24, 2012 0

Join Labour’s Switch Together Scheme to Save on Your Energy Bills

Energy bills are now one of the biggest costs facing households – but only 20% of people are currently on the cheapest deal. In the last few days more energy companies have announced another round of price hikes this winter. Hard-pressed families and businesses need more transparency on costs, pricing and profits to know whether…
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October 23, 2012 0