Blaydon Quarry Tip Update

Blaydon Quarry Tip Update:

Today I have again called on the Environment Agency for the closure of the Blaydon Quarry tip due to the ongoing and persistent breeches of their permit.

Over the last two days I have received further complaints about odour and concerns about the perceived lack of correct coverage of the site waste.

I have also raised concerns about the impact of the flooding and subsequent closure of Liddle Fell Road and pressed for an urgent drainage solution to ensure this doesn’t happen again in the bad weather.

The Environment Agency has stated that they are now involving additional officers to cover incidents at the weekend, however this only seeks to manage the problems rather than prevent them.

Again, if you experience any odour or have other concerns please report them to the Environment Agency complaint hotline on 0800807060 as the number of complaints dictates the level of action.

I will continue to fight to prevent the detrimental impact this is having on our local communities and press for early closure of the site.


Meetings for 1950’s-born women

Are you, or is someone you know, a 1950’s-born woman?

If you or someone in your household were born in the 1950s, you may be affected by the increase in the pension age under the Conservative government.

The increase in retirement age from 60 to beyond 65 has hit hundreds of thousands of women born on or after 6th April 1951 particularly hard. Many feel they have been treated unfairly and unequally just because of the date on which they were born.

Many women are suffering financial hardship due to the way the reforms were rolled out, with many receiving no notification of the changes and not enough time to re-plan for retirement.

I will be hosting two public meetings for women born in the 1950’s, regarding the changes to pensions entitlements.

I will be joined by Christine Smith, Woman Against State Pension Inequality, Newcastle Wear and Tees WASPI Group (Women Against the State Pension Increase) and Pat Heron from UNISON Northern Region who I have been working with on this issue in Parliament. The meetings will give us an opportunity to look at progress so far and to look at how we can make sure that state pension inequality remains a high profile issue which the Government must address.

The meetings will take place at the following locations:

  • Friday 13 September at 6.30pm – Birtley Methodist Church, Station Lane, Birtley, DH3 1DG
  • Saturday 14 September at 11.00am – St Joseph’s Church Hall, Shibdon Road, Blaydon, NE21 5AE

If you would like to join me at one of these meetings, or if you would like further information about the issues affecting 1950’s born women, please let me know, either by emailing me on or by phoning my office on 0191 414 2488.

Liz questions Foreign Secretary on climate change


This afternoon Liz asked the Foreign Secretary what progress has been made through international cooperation on tackling climate change, as this issue becomes increasingly important.

His answer was not reassuring. It is clear that climate change is not a priority for this government. It was recently revealed that the government is set to woefully miss its climate targets by almost 50 years. If progress continues at its current rate, the government target of reaching “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050 will not be met until 2099. The government need to do more to tackle climate change, and they need to do it soon.

No surgeries in August

My casework team has plenty of appointments available at the moment. As there will be no surgeries in the month of August, please do get in touch with my office if you need support or advice – there is no need to wait until September.

If you require support or advice, you can contact my office by telephone on 0191 414 2488 to make an appointment.

Award winning developer starts on new Gateshead regeneration project-Draft

Keepmoat Homes, an award-winning partnership home builder, has started work on 183 new homes in Blaydon.

The redevelopment of the former Bleach Green estate is another significant step forward in the improvement of Blaydon. This is an ideal site for a mix of new family homes to buy and rent and the development will bring new construction jobs and families to the area which will support the shopping centre. I’m delighted to see that work is finally under way.

The site was granted planning permission in December 2018 and the first residents are expected to be able to move into their new homes in March 2020. For more information about the development visit