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Member of Parliament for Easington

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


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

Cameron’s “Bedroom Tax” will hit over 1300 East Durham Families.

Labour Party Conference has been an opportunity to focus on the challenges we face to rebuild Britain and our economy so it supports working people and not just a few at the top. I have been speaking and debating at fringe meetings during Conference about the living wage, and the need to tackle health inequalities,…
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October 11, 2012 0


The national charity for raising awareness of Carbon Monoxide poisoning is calling out for your support Carbon Monoxide Awareness is a registered national charity based in the North West.  They actively support the victims of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and also successfully raise awareness of this deadly gas, known as the “silent killer”. The charity…
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October 10, 2012 0

One Nation Labour

Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour Party Annual Conference 2012 Britain faces big challenges. From one million young people out of work, to stagnating wages and rising prices. We are two nations, with an economy that works for a few at the top, but not for working people. Ed Miliband has set out One Nation, Labour’s…
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October 10, 2012 0

Venezuelans Show The Way: There is an Alternative to Austerity

I would like to congratulate the Venezuelan Electoral Commission for demonstrating beyond doubt that their electronic voting system worked perfectly, and in the process, giving a lesson in democracy in action to many advanced societies. The CNE delivered a free, fair and completely transparent election. I was privileged to join politicians from a wide political…
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October 9, 2012 0

The Price of Democracy in Venezuela is Eternal Vigilance

I  am sending my report from the Caracas where I have been observing the election campaign and seeing the preparations for Sunday’s vote for the Presidency which undoubtedly will be the most important in Venezuela’s history. The integrity of the electoral process is taken very seriously in Venezuela. The National Electoral Commission which is similar…
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October 7, 2012 0