Here’s my recent News Guardian column reporting back to my constituents about my support for the Investigatory Powers Bill. I want to make clear my strong view – based on my experience as a former Home Office Minister – that sharing information and cooperating with our allies in the European Union are crucial in the fight against terrorism, child abuse and serious crime. I am also clear that the European Arrest warrant is a critical tool in tackling crime and criminals.
The first responsibility of government is to safeguard the security of its citizens. The Investigatory Powers Bill currently before parliament is an important of achieving that. The Bill seeks to update the powers available to the police and security services to tackle terrorism, child sexual abuse and online serious crime. Gathering and sharing information between forces and our European allies is key to successful policing and security in a modern age. There have been huge changes in technology and modern technology is often available to those who would do us harm as well as those who keep us safe. On one side our human rights legislation dates from a time when the biggest threat was to individuals from an overpowering and intrusive state; on the other the biggest threat now is from crazed and criminal individuals seeking to harm the state and community. A balance needs to be struck with powers that work but also safeguard people going about their lawful business such as journalists and trade unionists. The Investigatory Powers Bill needed to create laws which give greater transparency and are more clearly defined and proportionate. Because the Government and Opposition worked hard together to find common ground and address concerns, the Bill now does that and I was pleased to support it. Those changes, along with vital tools like the European Arrest Warrant, mean that those who work to keep us safe can get on with their job.
Here’s my recent News Guardian column reporting back to my constituents about my support for the Investigatory Powers Bill. I want to make clear my strong view – based on...
On Wednesday the House of Commons debated an Opposition motion on the economy and the EU.
Britain is a proud trading nation and the EU, taken as a whole, is the UK’s major trading partner, accounting for 44% of exports and 53% of imports of goods and services last year. The EU is a major source of inward investment into the UK. In 2014, EU countries accounted for £496 billion of the stock of inward Foreign Direct Investment, 48% of the total.
The motion which noted the framework the EU provides for trade, manufacturing, employment rights and cooperation and the billions of pounds-worth of investment and millions of jobs linked to the UK’s membership of the EU, which is the biggest market in the world.
Here in the North East remaining members of the EU is important for our regional economy:
Creates jobs and growth:
The EU single market helps North East businesses to trade and grow, allowing North East businesses to reach 500 million potential customers. If we left the EU growth could be at risk and businesses such as Hitachi and Nissan have said they would have to rethink their investment plans. Up to 160,000 jobs in the region rely on trade with the EU.
Invests in our region
The EU invests million in major projects across the North East. Pound for pound we get more back from the EU in regional funding than we pay in - for every £1 we put it we get £10 back. Lots of projects rely on EU funding such as business and industrial sites and coastal regeneration.
Protecting our rights
Remaining members of the EU will protect your rights at work including paid holidays and maternity leave and protects consumers with cheaper flights and mobile phone bills.
On Wednesday the House of Commons debated an Opposition motion on the economy and the EU. Britain is a proud trading nation and the EU, taken as a whole,...
Local MP Alan Campbell has officially opened a Pocket Park on Weyhill Avenue on the Meadow Well Estate. The park was built by volunteers from Cedarwood and the wider community with help from Newcastle University, TyneMet College and North Tyneside Council.
The park will encourage local children to find out more about nature and a range of activities will be coordinated by play champions.
Alan Campbell said "It is an honour to officially open the Weyhill Pocket Park. Thanks to Leyton and Leon for showing me round and congratulations to everyone involved."
Local MP Alan Campbell has officially opened a Pocket Park on Weyhill Avenue on the Meadow Well Estate. The park was built by volunteers from Cedarwood and the wider community...