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Member of Parliament for Easington

Follow the public pound

The longer David Cameron spends in power, the more he blushes over the U-turns he has made since assuming the mantle of prime ministerial office. In opposition, here is what the then prime minister-in-waiting had to say about extending the Freedom of Information Act: “We will expand the scope of the Freedom of Information Act…
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December 11, 2012 0

To Save Lives The Government Must Prepare For More Extreme Weather

This week has been a stark reminder of the havoc and chaos that can be caused by the elements, with the North East hit for a second time this year by major flooding. The Emergency Services, and particularly the Fire and Rescue Service in Durham, have done a remarkable job, at a time when budget…
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December 6, 2012 0

Care of The Frail Elderly: Tackling The Funding Crisis in Social Care

The funding of health and social care services has been intensely debated in this Parliament. Set against a background of increasing demands on the NHS from a growing elderly population, pressure on funding due to a costly reorganisation and the requirement from Government to make annual four percent efficiency savings over the next four years,…
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November 29, 2012 0


The NHS is an incredible British institution and I am proud to belong to a party that values and prioritises our national health service. But the NHS needs to be able to adapt to new challenges and priorities, one of which is mental health. This week I opened Mental Health North East’s Making it Happen…
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November 15, 2012 0

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 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