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Ringing endorsement for Liz

28 Apr 2017
Dave has issued a ringing endorsement of the new Labour candidate for the Blaydon constituency.
Liz Twist has been selected to fight the seat for Labour after Dave decided not to stand again in the June general election for family and health reasons.

Labour stands against discrimination

12 Apr 2017
Dave has responded to a letter in The Journal that claimed the Labour was anti-Semitic.
He says the letter's writer has no proof that anti-Semitism permeates the Labour Party and goes on to point out that the party's track record of standing against discrimination is second to none.

Free school meals for all primary school children

11 Apr 2017
Dave has welcomed the policy announcement that a Labour government would provide free school meals for primary school children. School meals Labour will fund the policy by introducing VAT on private school fees. Labour's policy will benefit the educational attainment and health of all children while ending a subsidy to the privileged few and this could benefit an additional 113,984 children in the North East.

Schools face crisis as cuts bite deeper

31 Mar 2017
Dave has said that schools are facing a financial crisis. Dave and other MPs meeting with North-East Heasteachers He met Gateshead primary and secondary Head Teachers about school funding cuts this week with Labour colleagues Ian Mearns MP and Emma Lewell Buck MP.

Martin McGuinness - a unique journey

21 Mar 2017
Dave has expressed his condolences to the loved ones of Martin McGuinness. Martin McGuinness Involved in the politics of Northern Ireland for many years and now Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, Dave describes the life of Martin McGuinness as a 'unique journey'.

23 Mar 2017 Update Response to Norman Tebbit

Disappointment at Scottish vote plan

13 Mar 2017
Dave has expressed his 'incredible disappointment' at the Scottish First Minister's referendum plans.
Nicola Sturgeon has announced she plans to seek a second independence referendum after the autumn on 2018 when the Brexit terms are clearer.

Labour must rebuild trust

25 Feb 2017
Dave has been addressing the Scottish Labour Party Conference. Dave addressing the Scottish Labour Conference As Shadow Scottish Secretary he had a message for Scottish Labour but for the whole Labour Party too.

'I have nothing more to say'

24 Apr 2017
These were Dave's last words at the end of a long and complex debate on Northern Ireland.
They are likely to be his last words in the House as an MP, and during the debate, many MPs from all sides of the House paid tribute to Dave's work in Parliament and beyond and regrets were expressed that he had decided not to stand again in the June election.
Dave speaking in the House (library image)

Dave to step down

20 Apr 2017
Dave has announced that he will not be standing as a Labour candidate in the forthcoming General Election.
In a statement issued today, he says that for heath, age and family reasons, he cannot commit to another five years as an MP but will campaign hard for Labour in the coming election.

The Cuts that never heal

11 Apr 2017
Writing in The Journal, Dave savages the government's real terms cuts in education.

He says that Gateshead will be particularly badly hit as school face a cash crisis, a point made to Dave when he met head teachers recently. He fears mass teacher losses as school struggle to balance the books with the resulting decline in education standards.
Dave meets local head teachers recently
Dave meets local head teachers recently

Politicians must get their act together on Northern Ireland

28 Mar 2017
Dave has called on all parties to work for a resolution of the political problems on Northern Ireland.
Failure to act, he says, is fraught with danger and a political vacuum could let in those who prefer the bullet to the ballot which could be disastrous for the Brexit negotiations which have an especial significance for Northern Ireland with its land border with the rest of the EU.
With Sen. George Mitchell recently, a key architect of the Good Friday Agreement & peace in Northern Ireland.
With Sen. George Mitchell recently, a key architect of the Good Friday Agreement & peace in Northern Ireland.

Remembering a North-East superstar of yesteryear

21 Mar 2017
Dave thinks it's time for Edward "Ned" Corvan (1827-1865), the first North East singer/songwriting superstar to take a bow!
Mr Corvan's Music Hall is touring the region in May/June, and it has its world premiere at Durham Gala Theatre on May 25, 26 and 27 (evening and matinee) before touring the region. See image below for venues and dates.

Dave backs WASPI campaign

16 Mar 2017
Nothing to do with insects, but the serious issue of state pension inequality suffered by women.
Dave attended a parliamentary drop in session recently in support of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign. He is calling for the government to implement fair transitional arrangements for WASPI women affected by the State Pension Age changes.
Dave signs the WASPI pledge

School cuts damaging local pupils

11 Mar 2017
Dave is urging local people to take action over school cuts.
He says that pupils in the constituency are being hammered by cuts to education spending which will mean that in real terms school will lose £3 billion every year by 2020.
School cuts

Join the Great Get Together

7 Mar 2017
As the anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP nears, Dave is urging people to reflect and remember.
Brendan Cox is asking people to hold events such as street parties across the UK to celebrate her legacy of true British values - of openness, diversity, respect, social justice and care for our neighbour - wherever they come from.
Jo Cox MP

Pragmatism needed on immigration

9 Mar 2017
Speaking in a debate on Scottish immigration, Dave has called for realism, pragmatism and good old-fashioned common sense.
He emphasised the importance of EU labour to the economy , not just of Scotland, but the whole EU, citing examples of Walkers Biscuits in Scotland and agricultural workers in East Anglia.

Stop Driver-Only operated trains

15 Feb 2017
Dave is urging people to sign a petition against driver only trains.
Northern Rail is now being run by Arriva, owned by Deutsche Bahn, the German State owned railway, and they are seeking to cut costs by having only drivers on their trains.
Northern Rail Pacer unit

Families with problem debt should be given breathing space

8 Feb 2017
A new scheme to help thousands of families regain control of their finances has received Dave's backing.
In Blaydon alone, an estimated 2890 families with children are living with problem debt and Dave has joined calls in parliament to introduce a 'Breathing Space' scheme that would offer people seeking debt advice a 12-month legal protection from mounting interest, charges and enforcement action.
Ten pound notes

'It's our health service'

2 Feb 2017
Dave spoke at a Newcastle rally on Saturday. Dave speaking at the rally The march started from Framlington Place at 11:45 on 4 Feb to Grey's Monument where from 1 p.m. speakers, including Dave, will spoke on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, and North Durham which could mean our NHS losing £641m in that area on the next four years.

Stop the State Visit

2 Feb 2017
Dave is backing calls for the withdrawal of the invitation for a State Visit to President Trump.
Almost 2 million people have signed a Parliamentary petition demanding this invitation be withdrawn.

NHS in crisis as Trump's friends loom

31 Jan 2017
Dave has written in the local press a defence of our NHS.
He says the government is intent on fragmenting and privatising our NHS, and warns of trade deals with Trump's USA that allows in the circling American health companies.
GP with patient

MPs demand Brexit jobs guarantee

24 Jan 2017
Dave and other northern Labour MPs have written to the Prime Minister about her stance on Brexit.
Twenty four MPs have signed the letter which calls for the government to modify its hard Brexit attitude to negotiations.


Dave will vote to leave

Dave has said he will vote in favour of triggering Article 50.
This follows the Supreme Court ruling that it is Parliament and not the Prime Minister alone that has the power to change the law that makes the UK an EU member.

Union Flag and EU flag

MP welcomes £50,000 grant to develop NEFirst Credit Union

19 Jan 2017
Dave has welcomed a grant to a North East co-operative offering affordable finance.
NEFirst Credit Union has today been awarded a £50,000 grant by Lloyds Banking Group to enable it to lend more to its members. NEFirst Credit Union offers safe savings accounts and affordable loans to anyone who lives or works in the North East, including County Durham, Northumberland and all of the boroughs that make up Tyne and Wear. The money will allow the credit union to provide more services to their members and increase their outreach activities.
Money, ten pound notes

No direct rule in Northern Ireland

17 Jan 2017
Dave has called on the government to work closely with all parties in Northern Ireland.
He says that politicians in the province should recognise that the Assembly is the only viable way forward and that direct rule from London should be avoided in the run up to the election

More local jobs under threat at NOV

11 Jan 2017
Dave is due to meet unions this week after yet another blow to local jobs
National Oilwell Varco (NOV) on Team Valley have announced manufacturing at their plant will cease.
NOV logo

Backing for government on Northern Ireland

10 Jan 2017
Dave has called on the government to convene round table discussions of Northern Ireland following the resignation of Martin McGuinness.
He said that Labour would support the government in efforts to ensure long-term stability in Northern Ireland.

Anger at AEI closure

3 Jan 2017
Dave has expressed his anger at the owners of the AEI cable plant in Birtley.
Ducab, the Dubai based company is closing the plant with the loss of 200 jobs, and is exploiting a loophole to avoid paying redundancy money to its sacked workers.
Instead, the taxpayer will have to pay out but Dave suspects that this multi-national company is using this safety net to avoid its responsibilities.
AEI Cables plant at Birtley

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