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28/04/17 Ringing endorsement for Liz
12/04/17 Labour stands against discrimination
31/03/17 Schools face crisis as cuts bite deeper
21/03/17 Martin McGuinness - a unique journey
21/03/17 Remembering a North-East superstar of yesteryear
16/03/17 Dave backs WASPI campaign
13/03/17 Disappointment at Scottish vote plan
11/03/17 School cuts damaging local pupils
25/02/17 Labour must rebuild trust
15/02/17 Stop Driver-Only operated trains
05/02/17 'It's our health service'
02/02/17 Stop the State Visit
02/02/17 Dave to speak at NHS rally
25/01/17 Dave will vote to leave
24/01/17 MPs demand Brexit jobs guarantee
11/01/17 More local jobs under threat at NOV
06/01/17 Have your say on your NHS
03/01/17 Anger at AEI closure

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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.

Dave said,

"I'm delighted that Liz Twist, with whom I've worked closely for 20 years, has been chosen as our Labour candidate in Blaydon. She is well known and widely respected across our constituency as a genuine hard working councillor and trade union representative.

"She was a key member of my constituency office staff team for many years and she brings that vital experience to the role of MP for Blaydon. I'm sure she will serve our people with commitment and dedication for years to come."

Liz lives locally, in Ryton, and is a councillor for the Ryton Crookhill and Stella area and so is ono stranger to the issues facing people in the constituency,

Liz said,

"This is my home and I am so pleased to have been selected as Labour's candidate for Blaydon. Dave has been a fantastic MP for Blaydon and has big shoes to fill.

"I am looking forward to campaigning and making the case for a Labour Party that stands up for the people of Blaydon rather than a Conservative Party that only looks after the privileged few."

At the moment, Liz is UNISONís regional head of health


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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.

Dave's letter in The Journal reads:

There is absolutely no proof in D Ratliff's wild assertion that anti-Semitism permeates the whole of the Labour Party. Such overblown hyperbole does nothing to address an issue that my colleagues and I take very seriously. My party has a track record of standing against discrimination of all kinds that no one else in this country can touch.
Dave Anderson MP


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Schools face crisis as cuts bite deeper

Dave and other MPs meeting with North-East Heasteachers 31 Mar 2017

Dave has said that schools are facing a financial crisis.

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.

Dave said,

"Schools are at a financial tipping point, teachers pushed to their limits and pupils are undervalued by this government"

The government claims it is putting more money into education, but this is not keeping pace with the rise in pupils numbers which means that school have far less to spend per pupil than before.

Head teachers across the North-East are urging parents to protest to protect schools' budgets. The National Audit Office has predicted that schools will need an extra £3 billion just to maintain the current level of service.


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Martin McGuinness - a unique journey

Martin McGuinness 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'.

Dave said,

"On behalf of myself and my colleagues I would like to extend condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Martin McGuinness on his sad passing today.

"His political journey was as unique as Northern Ireland's itself and demonstrates the great change seen throughout the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

"Whilst our politics may not have been the same it is clear to all that Martin McGuinness played a key role in helping to bring forward the peace we see in Northern Ireland today and for that we should all show our gratitude."

23 Mar 2017 Update Response to Norman Tebbit

Dave has responded to Norman Tebbit's comments that he hopes Martin McGuinness is "parked in a particularly hot and unpleasant corner of hell".

Dave said,

"I can understand where Norman Tebbit is coming from. He can't forgive him and I don't think I could if my wife had been paralysed in that way. It's an understandable human reaction.

"Like I can't forgive what Norman Tebbit and Margaret Thatcher did to the pit communities, but I moved on. And for all the wrong he did, he took a huge risk with the peace process."

"Mr McGuinness was one of many people who played a huge part in the peace process like Mo Mowlam, Tony Blair, Ian Paisley and John Major who, like Mr McGuinness, moved from a position which they said they would never move from in order to gain peace."

"For many years people said the situation was too complicated and let the two sides get on with it. If people like Martin McGuinness hadn't done what they did, they could still be killing now.

"Whilst our politics may not have been the same, it is clear to all that he played a key role in helping to bring forward the peace we see in Northern Ireland today and for that we should all show our gratitude."


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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.

List of dates - poster Wisecrack Productions says:

It's the most eagerly awaited new writing in the region this year, a play with great music. We've brought in Benny Graham (Pitman Poets) and Johnny Handle (folk superstar) to help with Ned's brilliant songs.

We have two of the top actors in the North East - Jamie Brown and Chris Connel - and the former Bellowhead violinist, Rachael McShane, as the cast.

Anti-establishment to the core, Ned was a great favourite in the Durham and Northumberland coalfields. He dedicated his first book of songs to "keelmen, colliers and working men in general".

A virtuoso violinist, singer/songwriter, comedian and artist, Ned's story is funny and tragic, and inspirational.

We've pegged the tickets at £15 to make this accessible. It's about our North East heritage.

A fortnight ago we - Wisecrack Productions - stormed the Theatre Royal, Newcastle (standing ovations) with Hadaway Harry (about Harry Clasper). See quotes below. The week before Hadaway Harry played to full houses and standing ovations in Putney, London.

Details at https://www.mrcorvansmusichall.co.uk New window


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Dave backs WASPI campaign

Dave signs the WASPI pledge 16 Mar2017

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.

Dave is calling for the government to implement fair transitional arrangements for WASPI women affected by the State Pension Age changes.

On Wednesday (8 March 2017), he was delighted to show his support for a mass lobby of Parliament organised by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI New window) campaign and supported by UNISON New window.

Dave was proud to sign a pledge to call on the government to implement fair transitional arrangements for WASPI women affected by the State Pension Age changes. MPs from most political parties signed this pledge, representing the widespread concern of parliamentarians of this issue.

The campaign is fighting for compensation for women born on or after 6 April 1951 who are facing hardship in retirement as a result of the government's changes to their state pension age.

Dave said,

"The 1995 Pensions Act increased women's state pension age to 65, the same as men's. At the time, many organisations recommended that the government should ensure that the women affected were given fair notice of the changes.

"But these recommendations were ignored by the government and as a result hundreds of thousands of women have had no time to make alternative arrangements and their plans for retirement have been shattered.

"It is totally unacceptable that these women are heading for financial hardship in old age because the government failed to communicate the changes with them effectively. "The government must reconsider their stance on this important issue and implement fair transitional State Pension arrangements so that these women get the retirement they deserve."


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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.

Dave said,

"I'm incredibly disappointed that Nicola Sturgeon has decided to ignore the decisive view expressed by the majority of Scotland in 2014."

"Scotland voted to remain within the UK in 2014, but Nicola Sturgeon is not interested in listening to the wishes of the Scottish people as it is in contradiction to her views.

"Scotland is an equal, valued member of the UK and we must fight tooth and nail to ensure that remains the case. It is not in the best interests of Scotland, or indeed the rest of the UK, to continue along this divisive route.

"As a result of Brexit, the UK is divided enough without adding fuel to the fire, and it is time that the SNP stopped playing these constitutional games.

"I'm convinced that it is in the interests of us all to stay together and to work together to deliver a better future."

He is backing the view of Labour's Scottish leader, Kezia Dugdale, that another vote now would create even more division in an already divided nation.


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School cuts damaging local pupils

School cuts 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.

Dave says people should go to http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/ New window to see how the cuts are affecting their local schools.

The government claims it is putting more money into schools, but this is at a time of rising pupil numbers so there will a be a lot less to spend per pupil in the future unless the real terms cuts can be reversed.


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Labour must rebuild trust

Dave addressing the Scottish Labour Conference 25 Feb 2017

Dave has been addressing the Scottish Labour Party Conference.

As Shadow Scottish Secretary he had a message for Scottish Labour but for the whole Labour Party too.

The main theme of his speech was unity and solidarity.

"We'll win by rooting ourselves in communities and rebuilding trust. We're putting forward plans to invest in forgotten communities."

Dave went to say the Labour Party was about socialism, solidarity and collectivism.

Dave got a standing ovation for his speech.


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Stop Driver-Only operated trains

Northern Rail Pacer unit 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.

The petition explains that currently trains operating on the Northern franchise require a minimum of two safety-trained members of staff: the driver and the conductor. Driver Only Operation will mean the downgrading of the conductor to a ticket vendor, and in some cases there might not even be a ticket vendor on board. A second safety-trained crew member will always be safer than having only the one. This will allow Arriva / Deutsche Bahn to maximise profit by paying their staff less.

The petition can be signed at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/175682 New window


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'It's our health service'

Dave speaking at the rally 5 Feb 2017

Dave spoke at a Newcastle rally on Saturday.

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.

Dave commented,

"A brilliant NHS rally today in Newcastle. It's our health service - we own it and it'll take all of us to stand up and protect it. Let's fight to keep our NHS in public hands, properly funded and free at the point of need!"

This STP is just one of forty-four across the country. The march and rally is being organised by the Keep Our NHS Public North East group, who argue the plans will see huge cuts in our NHS.


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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.

Dave tweeted,

"Alongside 1.8 million people, we are clear: Theresa May must withdraw Trump's state visit invitation."

He quoted Jeremy Corbyn's comment ,

"Donald Trump should not be welcomed to Britain while he abuses are shared values with his shameful Muslim ban and attacks on refugees' and women's rights."

Dave's twitter feed


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Dave to speak at NHS rally

NHS logo 2 Feb 2017

Dave will be speaking at a Newcastle rally on Saturday.

The march, starting from Framlington Place at 11:45 on 4 Feb will go to Grey's Monument where from 1 p.m. speakers, including Dave, will speak 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.

This STP is just one of forty-four across the country. The march and rally is being organised by the Keep Our NHS Public North East group, who argue the plans will see huge cuts in our NHS.


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Dave will vote to leave

25 Jan 2017

Dave has said he will vote in favour of triggering Article 50.

This follows yesterday's 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.

Dave said,

"I will be voting in line with the party policy to support the triggering of Article 50. That's in line with the view if the majority in both my constituency and the nation. We will of course be trying to limit that damage that the extremes of the Tory party will be pushing in negotiations."


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MPs demand Brexit jobs guarantee

Union Flag and EU flag 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.

The letter makes special reference to Nissan at Sunderland,

"Nissan's investment in Sunderland was secured last year on a promise to maintain the status quo and is now jeopardised by your embrace of a hard Brexit."

Last week Nissan's chief executive Carlos Ghosn said company would have to re-evaluate its position after the Brexit, raising fears about the future of the plant and its 6,700 jobs, with many more dependent on it.

The letter refers to the government's assurances given last year,

"Nissan's investment in Sunderland was secured last year on a promise to maintain the status quo and is now jeopardised by your embrace of a hard Brexit."

Mrs May is accused of ignoring industry and

"siding instead with the political fantasies of a section of your party."

The letter states,

"We of course accept the result of the referendum, we just reject your interpretation of what it means and want to protect jobs and industry."


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More local jobs under threat at NOV

NOV logo 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.

The American owners of NOV said that there was a falling demand for the products which serve the oil and gas industry, but there are reports that manufacturing will be moved to other factories the company has around the world.

Dave said,

"This is another blow to the high-skilled manufacturing sector in our region and further pain for the people of Blaydon constituency, following the decision to make over 180 staff at this plant redundant in November and the announcement last week of job losses along the road at AEI Cables.

"It demonstrates the real impact of the downturn in the oil industry, where nationally 80,000 jobs have been lost and it's now hitting us closer to home.

"I will work with all parties to do what we can to help NOV on the Team Valley and I will be meeting with union representatives later this week, to see what more can be done to support the staff during this difficult period."


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Have your say on your NHS

NHS logo 6 Jan 2017

Dave is urging local people to have their say on plans for your NHS in Gateshead and Newcastle.

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.

Dave says,

"If you are able to, please attend the Newcastle & Gateshead STP consultation events next week."

These are on Monday 9th January - Royal Station Hotel Newcastle 6-8pm and Wednesday 11th January - St. Mary's Heritage Centre, Gateshead 6 - 8pm.

Health and social care organisations across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, and North Durham have developed a draft plan which they say will improve the health and well being of the 1.7m people living in the area.

Full details and links to register your interest are here.

http://www.newcastlegatesheadccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/stp/ New window


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Anger at AEI closure

AEI Cables plant at Birtley 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.

Dave said,

"The company has gone into a CVA, which transfers the responsibility for paying redundancies from the company to the taxpayer. I've no problem with the taxpayer helping people to stay in work or to pay redundancies if a business has genuinely failed, but if this is a ruse for a multi-national company to avoid those costs, that's not right."

Dave had tried to enlist the help of Business Secretary Greg Clark to keep the factory open, but he said that the company had not co-operated in efforts to save the plant and the jobs.

Dave added,

"I am not hugely surprised by this debacle. I am very concerned the responsibility of redundancies is being taken from the employer and passed on to the taxpayer.

"I have no problem with using the public purse strings to support people, but it should be avoided if it is because of liabilities of a company."

"The union had expressed grave concerns over the financial situation and the approach to the consultations.

"These are the best cables in the world - it is a sad day. I just feel for the workers - I have been there myself and it is a horrible situation. It is almost a certainty that the sales jobs will not be based in Birtley."

The company said the plant was not profitable and had to close, but some workers suspect that Ducab will simply transfer work to plants in the Middle East.


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