North East Of England Combined Authority Deal

The North East of England is being offered 2 Combined Authority deals – One for Tees Valley comprising 5 Local Authority areas and one for the remaining 7 Local Authority Areas known as the North East Combined Authority area (NECA). The model for the deals comes with Elected Mayors for both areas (Not negotiable). The […]

ETC Training Centre Visit

I was delighted to be invited to visit the ETC Training Centre, Scotswood Road, formerly the training centre for Rolls Royce. Following a discussion which mainly focused on the changing face of apprenticeships, and imminent skills shortage in the engineering section, I was then kindly shown around the facility where they train hundreds of apprentices […]

Gateshead PSA Rally

I was asked to speak at the Gateshead PSA rally, and I was delighted to see so many people turn out to march against the cuts the Tories are making to our public services. We assembled at West Street and made our way to the Civic Centre for the rally, where we heard from people […]

North East Ambulance Service

I have been in discussions regarding the North East Ambulance Service. If you have any stories or problems relating to the NE Ambulance Service, I would very interested in hearing from you. You can get in touch either by emailing me at or by telephoning my office on 0191 4770651. Thank you very much. […]

Regional Mayor & Devolution Deal

On March 5th I attended a public meeting to campaign against an elected mayor for the North East. I am very angry about the deal which is on offer, and about the lack of ambition that some of this region’s leaders have demonstrated. From my perspective it is very clear that we need to fight against […]