Category: Speeches

Member of Parliament for Easington

College Funding (Westminster Hall)

I thank the Petitions Committee for facilitating this important debate and thank my hon. Friend Daniel Zeichner for introducing it. I apologise for my intermittent coughing; I am afraid I have Brexit fever—it has affected us all in different ways. I shall persevere and press on regardless. I will highlight some particular points that apply…
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January 22, 2019 0

Transport in the North

  I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson) on securing this debate, which is really important and timely, and thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting it. The A19 is one of the principal economic drivers—no pun intended—in my constituency. It is vital for the export-focused manufacturing businesses…
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November 7, 2017 0

Opposition day: Armed Forces Pay

My speech on Armed Forces Pay: 1/11/17

November 1, 2017 0

Scrap car parking charges at Peterlee Community Hospital

On Tuesday in Health Questions I raised the outrageous car parking charges at Peterlee hospital and asked the Secretary of State for health if he would consider abolishing them. They area tax on illness and Labour has promised to scrap hospital car park charges to relieve families of a horrible burden. Labour would spend £190…
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October 11, 2017 0

Armed Forces Day

It is an honour to speak here today as the duly elected Member of Parliament for Easington and I am delighted to declare my support for our Forces, serving personnel and veterans and their families on Armed Forces Day. It is wonderful that we have a day that recognises the hard work, bravery and commitment…
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June 27, 2017 0

Seaton Holme

I am delighted to have been invited to say a few words and to congratulate Eileen Hopper on the completion of her third book – this is a wonderful history of East Durham, Easington and Seaton Holme. I think we should also take the opportunity to thank Eileen for her services to the local community. I…
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November 28, 2016 0

Seaham High School – Memorial Dedication to the men of Seaham Colliery who gave their lives in the service of our country

I was honoured to be asked to speak at a very moving memorial dedication at the new Seaham High School built on the site of Seaham Colliery. The inscription reads: “Dedicated to the men of Seaham Colliery who made the ultimate sacrifice in work and in conflict, at the going down of the sun and…
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November 11, 2016 0

Supported Housing Debate

Opposition Day Debate – Supported Housing Wednesday 21 July Grahame M. Morris (Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) Before I move the motion, I take the opportunity to welcome the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and members of his team to their posts. I beg to move, That this House notes…
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July 21, 2016 0

Pubs Code and the Adjudicator

Due to time constrains I had to shorten my comments, below is the full speech I had hoped to make during the debate. I must start by commending the hard work and dedication of campaigners which make up the British Pub Confederation. We have had years of consultations, investigations and inquiries. However, without your efforts I…
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April 15, 2016 0

Future Funding for Supported Housing

Due to time constrains I had to shorten my comments, below is the full speech I had hoped to make during the debate. I would like to thank North Star Housing Group and their Chief Executive Angela Lockwood who provide specialist and supported housing within my constituency. They have underlined the difficulty they and other…
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April 13, 2016 0