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Member of Parliament for Easington

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

Public access to defibrillators

They often go unnoticed but at home, school, and in the workplace we are surrounded numerous safety precautions. Sprinkler systems and extinguishers protect us against fire, most homes have carbon monoxide and fire alarms, and cars are fitted with a plethora of safety devices from seat belts, airbags to crumple zones. However, we have no…
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October 7, 2012 0

Tackling Health Inequalities Improves Life Chances

Unfortunately, the official opening of the new Seaham Primary Care Centre was postponed this week due to adverse weather conditions. I hope it will go on to be as successful as other organisations in the constituency such as the excellent Healthworks in Easington which I have recently took the opportunity to make a further visit,…
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October 4, 2012 0

Time for a Rethink on Austerity Jobs & Growth

Employment in East Durham suffered another setback with the announcement of job losses at Caterpillar’s Peterlee truck plant. While the Business Secretary Vince Cable was marking the start of construction of the replacement Rolls Royce factory in Tyne and Wear, 300 workers in East Durham were finishing their final shift. I am disappointed that while…
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September 27, 2012 0

Hire And Fire Culture Won’t Create The New Jobs We Need

When this Coalition Government came to power it promised a revolution in welfare and employment. It promised to introduce a comprehensive work programme to support people back into work and a universal credit system that would ensure work paid. Finally they promised to bring welfare spending under control in order to tackle the deficit and…
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September 21, 2012 0

Can the Cull

Yesterday, the Tory-led Government issued the first licence to allow the shooting of badgers in England. Labour believes that decision is bad for farmers, bad for taxpayers and bad for wildlife. Bad for farmers, as the cull will cost them more than it saves; Bad for taxpayers as we will be picking up the policing…
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September 19, 2012 0

Red Book: The commercialisation of public services

A foreword by Shibley – This, I believe, is a beautiful piece of writing by @GrahameMorris, MP for Easington. I not only believe that the economic arguments are cogent, accurate and compelling, but I also feel that it sets out the case accurately for this major flaw in policy which the Conservatives and Labour have…
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August 28, 2012 0

Tyne Tees Digital Switchover – Are you ready?

Five years ago television history was made in Whitehaven, Cumbria when the first analogue signal for BBC2 was switched off – starting the UK’s Digital Switch. The Tyne Tees/North East region is the last region in England to go through the switchover process and every household in the region should have received a guide to…
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August 21, 2012 0