Over the weekend I have received dozens of emails from constituents asking me to continue to support Jeremy Corbyn as the Leader of the Labour Party. At this time of uncertainty, with the country factionalising and a rising sense of uncertainty, now is the time for the Labour Party to stand calm and united. Labour […]
I apologise for being late, Sir David. I have been chairing the Backbench Business Committee. The 2% rise for social care will raise about £1.4 million in my authority, yet of the £300 million cuts mitigation fund that the Secretary of State established, £300,000 is going to the north-east of England, all of which is […]
I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. There are many different facets to the differential funding around the country, and one of them is the historical choices of the relevant local authority. We used to have what was called the standard spending assessment, and some authorities chose to spend above the standard level. They funded […]
The chief inspector said he looked forward to a more diverse system, but how will changing all schools to the same system, as in the Secretary of State’s vision, make things more diverse? How will killing off the alternatives—our local education authorities, which are being denied the funds to provide the services that have improved […]
Clearly we all want as many people as possible to take up the franchise and vote. The news that more than 4 million people registered for the referendum in the spring is not a shock, because we raised that possibility with the Leader of the House and others in the aftermath of debates on the […]
I thank the Leader of the House for the business statement and for the news that there will be a Backbench business day on Thursday 30 June. I also particularly welcome the half-day debate, on the previous day, Wednesday 29 June, on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. I shall travel to […]
With only two days to go until the EU referendum the polls are still worryingly neck and neck. Over 20,000 leaflets have gone out in Gateshead urging people to vote to remain in Europe, and I wholeheartedly support that point of view. No one is claiming that Europe is perfect, but it is most definitely better […]
I was very happy to attend the launch of Unite the Union’s Food, Drink and Agriculture Strategy. The Strategy will focus on continuing to organise on equality issues, taking action against the widening equality gap, opposing worker exploitation and campaigning for decent minimum standards, amongst much more.
I spoke at a very well attended meeting at the Royal Station Hotel regarding devolution. I’ve spoken about it before at this meeting, but I would like to reiterate once again that I, and many of my colleagues, are not at all against the principle of devolution. In fact, we welcome it. However, we are […]
As Patron of Gateshead Local History Society I attended this year’s Perambulation. It was a long 13 mile walk of the old Gateshead boundaries, but we were lucky in getting a beautiful day and I thoroughly enjoyed it.