Guide Dog Stand

It was a pleasure to visit the Guide Dog stand at conference. We discussed how audio visual (AV) announcements are essential to allow people with sight loss to use busses safely and independently. Without AV announcements, many blind and partially sighted people do not feel comfortable using busses, which has a knock-on effect on their […]

Sunday Politics Show

I appeared on the Sunday Politics Show yesterday to discuss Labour’s new policies, as well as the reintroduction of grammar schools. You can watch the entire programme here.

Championing Futures

It was a great pleasure and a real honour to be at the Foundation Futures annual dinner, a not for profit organisation which works with the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and at risk young people in the North East.

EU Referendum

I am, as I’m sure many of you are, extremely saddened by the outcome of the EU referendum vote, and sincerely don’t want to see the UK leave the EU. It was always apparent that the Leave campaign were setting unrealistic goals, and in some cases just blatantly lying to the electorate. That has become […]

I support Jeremy Corbyn

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 […]

EU Referendum

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 […]

Food, Drink and Agriculture Strategy

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.

Regional Devolution

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 […]