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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.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/blaydon-quarry-landfill-newcastle-upon-tyne/blaydon-quarry-landfill-newcastle-upon-tyne?fbclid=IwAR0Tf5u77mP2A8K6BUE3q40rgMzw5I1LRxVWnAqrf-clik97-rHgL6PV5Ag

 

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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 liz.twist.mp@parliament.uk or by phoning my office on 0191 414 2488.

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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.

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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.

https://liztwist.co.uk/surgeries/

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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 www.keepmoat.com

 

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MP’s call on Theresa May to leave ‘parting gift’ for children’s services

A letter signed by sixty five MPs and councillors from across England has been hand-delivered to Downing Street expressing the need for urgent investment in young people.

The letter is explicit in explaining the idea that those from disadvantaged backgrounds in particular were paying a heavy price for austerity and demands that Theresa May uses her last weeks in office to save children’s services. Hundreds of Libraries and youth centres which once thrived, have closed as a result of severe cuts to local government from central government over the last nine years.

The letter comes in response to wider pressure that central government is putting on local councils to deliver these vital services without the adequate funding as a result of cuts.

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Westminster hosts a reception for Acquired Brain Injury survivors

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I was honoured to speak at an APPG on Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) event yesterday, which brought together survivors of ABI at a reception in Westminster.

The group has done a great job of raising awareness of ABI and the need to improve neurorehabilitation services across the UK.

ABI is a hidden epidemic with life-long consequences. Neurorehabilitation is a vital part of the brain injury care pathway that ensures the best possible recovery for survivors – it is one of the most cost-effective treatments in the NHS. But neurorehabilitation services are variable and difficult to access, in-patient beds are lacking, community services are poor, and there is a lack of skilled personnel.

That’s why our group recently published a report on ABI – ‘Time for Change’ – which gives some key recommendations to the Government.

You can read our group’s report here: https://www.ukabif.org.uk/campaigns/appg-report/

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Liz speaks on Animal Rights

 

I recently spoke in a debate on the nationwide ban of the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

It’s about time we moved on from this archaic practice and realise that our entertainment comes at a price. I’m therefore glad that this ban will be introduced – but it is long overdue.

It is frustrating that we are way behind the times in this country, as many countries across the globe have already implemented similar bans. It is simply unacceptable that the UK is left lagging behind other countries with regards to animal welfare standards. And while this legislation is welcome, it does not go far enough to protect animal rights. We want to see more animals protected under legislation.

This is an issue I know is of great concern to my constituents, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to put these points to the Government.

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Liz joins Primary Futures programme to raise the aspirations of local children

On 14 May, Liz attended the launch of the Primary Futures Parliamentary Champion programme, a major cross-party initiative that aims to raise the aspirations and broaden the horizons of primary school children.

Primary Futures is an exciting initiative pioneered by the charity Education and Employers and the National Association of Headteachers. The programme helps inspire children by connecting primary schools with local role models through an innovative online service. Volunteers from apprentices to CEOs, architects to zoologists, then give an hour a year to go into schools and chat informally to children about their work.

Children can only dream about what they know. Primary Futures shows pupils exciting futures and helps them understand that by aiming high and working hard, they can realise their dreams. In focussing on young children, the initiative can have a markedly positive effect on attainment. It is also underpinned by technology that gives schools more control over the type of event they believe would be most valuable for their pupils.

Liz commented: “Children’s career aspirations are formed at a young age and influenced overwhelmingly by who they know. All children should have an equal opportunity for a fulfilling career that is not limited by their background. I’m going to be championing Primary Futures in Blaydon as it will help open the eyes of local children to what’s possible and what they could achieve.

“I will be writing to regional business, charity, and public-sector leaders, encouraging them to volunteer and spread the word about Primary Futures in their professional networks, as a growing number of volunteers is essential to boosting these careers events. I will also be registering as a Primary Futures volunteer to share the exciting work of politics with local children.”

Nick Chambers, CEO of Education and Employers, added: “I’m delighted that Liz is supporting Primary Futures and I have no doubt that her involvement will go a long way to raising the aspirations of children in Blaydon.”

 

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Liz leads cross-party letter to BioMarin

This afternoon I sent a cross-party letter to BioMarin, calling on them to make Kuvan more affordable so PKU patients in the UK are able to access it. It is about time BioMarin put patients before profits.

This follows the petition handed in to BioMarin’s London HQ last month, signed by more than 16,000 people, which asked that BioMarin make Kuvan affordable to the NHS. With BBC Newsnight recently covering the problems those with PKU face, we believe this issue is starting to get the attention it deserves.

You can read more about the campaign here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48218737