Category: Press Releases

Member of Parliament for Easington

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme

Easington MP Grahame Morris has backed calls for a fair deal for former mineworkers. In a cross-party letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Morris calls on Philip Hammond to revise the Surplus Sharing arrangments to give former miners, and their families improved pensions for their decades of hard work. Under the current arrangements…
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April 19, 2019 0

Grahame Morris champions those affected by bowel cancer in Easington this Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Grahame Morris, MP for Easington is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign #thisisbowelcancer, to shine a light on the varied and many people affected by bowel cancer as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April. Every 15 minutes in the UK somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it affects…
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April 16, 2019 0

Civil service union launch strike ballot of 120,000 members over pay

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) have launched a strike ballot of 120,000 members working in key UK government departments over pay. Ministers have refused to lift the de-facto pay cap for civil servants last year despite giving other public sector workers a pay rise. Since 2010 civil service pay has fallen by comparison…
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April 11, 2019 0

Grahame Morris MP backs Labour’s call to declare an environment and climate emergency

• Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman has challenged the Government to declare an environment and climate emergency. • Announcement follows wave of similar council motions and youth climate school strikes nationwide. • Michael Gove refused to join Labour’s call. • Labour says our natural world is in “deep crisis” Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary declared a…
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April 1, 2019 0


On 11 October 2018, it was announced that 74 Crown post offices would be privatised to WHSmith. This is just one of several announcements over the years to close and privatise our post offices and the Communication Workers Union believes it amounts to a determined effort to end our post office network. In response to…
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March 13, 2019 0

Period Dignity: Easington MP welcomes pre-Spring Statement announcement

Easington MP Grahame Morris has welcomed a pre-Spring Statement announcement to provide free sanitary products in English secondary schools. Mr Morris is a supporter of Unite the Unions Period Dignity campaign. The campaign calls for changes in our workplaces, our places of education, and in society to make sanitary products freely accessible to women and…
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March 12, 2019 0

Labour commits to indefinite tenancies for private renters

Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey has pledged that the next Labour Government will protect private renters in England from eviction with new ‘indefinite’ tenancies, based on rules currently in place in Germany. The change would revolutionise the private rental market. German tenancies last, on average, 11 years, compared to around 4 years in England.…
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March 9, 2019 0

New figures show library book issues have plummeted since 2011

New data reveals that the number of books issued from public libraries in the North East have fallen by 49% since 2011. The number of books borrowed in the North East has decreased from 13.5 million in 2011 to 6.9 million in 2018. The research, commissioned from the House of Commons Library by the Shadow…
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March 7, 2019 0

Grahame Morris MP Welcomes Local Charity Funding Boost

Grahame Morris, MP for Easington, has welcomed the news that two local charities have received funding from trusts funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. East Durham Partnership has received £20,000 of funding from the People’s Postcode Trust for their project Enterprise for Employment. The funding will provide vulnerable unemployed clients obtain training and support…
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February 19, 2019 0

Thousands of local pensioners set to lose their free TV Licence

Millions of older people across the country are set to lose their TV licence in 2020 despite the Conservatives promising in their 2017 general election manifesto to protect free TV licences until 2022. As part of the last BBC charter the Government devolved responsibility for the free TV licence policy, and the cost, to the…
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February 8, 2019 0