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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.

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.

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.

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.

'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Almost 2 million people have signed a Parliamentary petition demanding this invitation be withdrawn.

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

Have your say on your NHS

6 Jan 2017
Dave is urging local people to have their say on plans for your NHS in Gateshead and Newcastle. NHS logo The Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning group is holding local meetings to consult the public on the draft sustainability and transformation plans for Northumberland, Tyne, Wear and North Durham.


Martin McGuinness - a unique journey

21 Mar 2017
Dave has expressed his condolences to the loved ones of 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
Martin McGuinness

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

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.
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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.

Update

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

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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