Article 50 Vote

As many of you will know, I campaigned for the UK to remain in the European Union prior to the referendum on the 23rd June 2016. I believed that remaining in the EU would give Gateshead and the North East the best opportunity to play a major role in the national economy, and provide secure, skilled employment and training across the region.

However the people of Gateshead voted 57% to 43% to leave the EU. Whilst this was not the outcome I campaigned for, I utterly respect the wishes of the majority of those who voted in Gateshead and across the country. It was my intention to vote in line with the position of the Labour Party last night, and vote for the motion to allow the Prime Minister to trigger Article 50. Unfortunately, I suffered a significant recurrence of a long standing back problem, which has resulted in a suspected prolapsed disc in my back. This has rendered me in some pain and mainly immobile and sadly unable to take part in any parliamentary business this week. Whilst I hope to be well enough to travel down to Westminster next week to take part in the debates and votes surrounding the amendments to the motion, at this stage it is looking highly unlikely that I will be able to make it.

It is imperative that the rights of ordinary working people across Gateshead and the North East are protected during the upcoming negotiations with the EU. It is clear that over the last 7 years of Conservative government, they have no interest in investing in or protecting the North East and its people.

12 thoughts on “Article 50 Vote

  1. Barbara Bone February 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Tony and I send you best wishes for a good recovery.
    Tony is feeling under the weather with a bad cold.


  2. Denise Robson February 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Get well soon, Ian. At least we have a human being as our parliamentary representative.


  3. Michael Smith February 2, 2017 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Regardless of your excuses.Probably the most important vote in your career/life you didn’t represent the population of Gateshead. You let the people down Ian. What will Jeremy do about the MPs that went against the people. You have given a lot of people a tough decision come the next elections

  4. Marion Williams February 2, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Good call, respect your position.

    Hope the back doesn’t give you too much gip. Rest up and recover.

  5. Pattie February 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Know how you feel..had same! Take it easy 😊

  6. Neil Waite February 3, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Get well soon marra

  7. Martin Levy February 3, 2017 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Get well soon, Ian

  8. Steve Reilly February 6, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Having had 2 disc stenosis myself,I appreciate the pain and lack of mobility you are going through Ian and I wish you a speedy recovery.

    Hopefully it’s not a prolapse and you will recover sufficiently after some rest.

    Best regards

  9. Brenda mcardle February 7, 2017 at 1:02 am - Reply

    I think the MPs who did not attend the vote were all pre-planned to go sick that day and proves that they only care about their own opinions and views and only want what they want not helping their constituents in what they decided proves that they get paid from the taxpayers to only decide if it suits them

  10. Craig Gallagher February 7, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    The European union is a beaucratic monster which is collapsing! Brexit days was an historic day and now our economy is booming and countries such as Japan want to set up more businesses in uk (mainly northeast). What about all our people left homeless and hungry Ian?!?! Did the European union help them!? NOOOO! They made Britain bail all other countries out of money troubles. Charity starts at home!

  11. D. Jennings February 9, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Yes, because doing what you know in your heart to be best for the country – voting against this Tory led free for all version of Brexit, is trumped by your desire to hang onto your job. Best of luck explaining your supine behaviour to your constituents when it all goes wrong.

  12. Shakhawan Ali February 10, 2017 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Hope you get well very soon Ian

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