Constituency Christmas Card competition

Constituency Christmas Card competition

  I'm delighted to announce that the winners of this year's Christmas Card competition is St Joseph's Primary School. The winning cards by St Joseph's are held by Mary Foy (centre), Chair of the Gateshead Council Fairtrade Steering Group, and Jo Lambert (right),...

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Remembrance Day services in Blaydon

Remembrance Day services in Blaydon

Over last weekend, I attended some moving Remembrance Day services across the Blaydon constituency, to remember those killed and wounded in conflict, as we marked 100 years since Armistice Day. On Friday morning, pupils from Crookhill school joined residents and local...

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A response to the 2018 Budget

In politics words matter a lot. Less than a month ago Theresa May delivered her leaders’ address to Tory party conference, in which she proclaimed, “A decade after the financial crash, people need to know that the austerity it led to is over and that their hard work...

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Liz discusses the World Transplant Games in Parliament

Liz discusses the World Transplant Games in Parliament

  The World Transplant Games is due to take place in Newcastle and Gateshead in 2019. The highly emotive games are a celebration of a second chance of living life to the full. The Games demonstrate the success of transplant surgery and promote the...

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Liz chairs the latest APPCOG meeting

Liz chairs the latest APPCOG meeting

  Last week I had the pleasure of chairing the latest meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG). We looked at recent research, which found that those living in fuel poor and vulnerable households are more likely to be victims of carbon...

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Liz questions cuts to Northumbria Police

Liz questions cuts to Northumbria Police

  Yesterday I asked the Home Sectretary about the cuts to Northumbria Police. Since 2010, Northumbria Police have had funding cuts of £140m and lost 1000 jobs. They now face an additional cost of £11m. I therefore asked if the Home Sectretary if he...

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Third meeting of the APPG on PKU

Third meeting of the APPG on PKU

This afternoon we had the third meeting of the APPG on Phenylketonuria (PKU). It was great to discuss the updates in both NICE and NHS England's appraisal of PKU drug Kuvan, which is still not available on the NHS. We also discussed the problems many PKU patients are...

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Big Lottery Fund drop-in – Birtley

Big Lottery Fund drop-in – Birtley

We had an excellent drop-in session with the Big Lottery Fund last Friday in Birtley. The fund have been keen to inform local organisations in the constituency of the funding opportunities available to them. It was an excellent to see so many interested constituents...

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APPG on Acquired Brain Injury report launch

APPG on Acquired Brain Injury report launch

  I was delighted to be involved with the launch of a report on Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Neurorehabilitation yesterday. I have recently been working to raise awareness of the invisible epidemic that is ABI, and to raise further awareness of the...

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning

We had a great turnout for the Macmillan Coffee morning in Whickham Library last Friday. I was pleased to see so many friends there for such an important cause. We had array of homemade cakes for sale, made by myself and my staff, as well as a raffle at the end - with...

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