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In November, Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell nominated John Calton of the Staith House on the Fish Quay for Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year.

 

John, made the finals and is in London at a cook off today.

 

Alan Campbell MP said "I was delighted to nominate John Calton of the Staith House for this award and pleased he made the finals today.  Good luck!”

Staith House reaches finals!

In November, Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell nominated John Calton of the Staith House on the Fish Quay for Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year.   John, made the finals and...

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Local MP Alan Campbell today met with representatives from the NUS at an event in Parliament to campaign against plans to scrap maintenance grants.

 

The Government plans to scrap maintenance grants for students from poorer backgrounds, replacing them with additional loans.

 

This will mean that the poorest 40% of students going to university in England will graduate with debts of up to £53,000 from a three-year course. It will impact on students studying at further education colleges, and will especially affect those from BME and Muslim backgrounds, disabled learners, female students and older people.

Alan Campbell MP said “The Government attempted to force through the sweeping changes – which were not in the Conservative election manifesto - last week in committee, hidden away from public scrutiny, rather than on the floor of the House of Commons.

 

The Government should be doing all it can to ensure that those from the poorest backgrounds reach their full potential. This change would do the opposite, and could make poorer students think twice about going into higher education due to the considerable debts they will acquire in the process.

 

I voted for an Opposition motion, which called on the Government to abandon its policy on replacing maintenance grants with loans for lower income students, and I voted for a subsequent motion to annul the statutory instrument in which these changes are contained, but the Government opposed the motions and they were defeated.”

Debate on Student Maintenance Grants

Local MP Alan Campbell today met with representatives from the NUS at an event in Parliament to campaign against plans to scrap maintenance grants.   The Government plans to scrap...

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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is supporting a campaign to end fuel poverty and excess winter deaths.

 

Shocking figures released by the Office of National Statistics predict that the number of people dying prematurely in winter 2014-15 are two and half times higher than in the previous winter. In Tynemouth constituency the reported number of excess deaths has averaged 46 over the past 5 years. However since the total for England and Wales has leapt from 17,460 to 43,900 it is almost certain that Tynemouth will see a worrying growth in local figures.

The number of excess winter deaths (EWD) are defined as the difference between the number of deaths which occurred in the winter months of December to March and the average number of deaths which occurred in the rest of the year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that between 30 and 50% of EWDs are caused by poorly insulated cold homes.

 

The ONS figures show that fatalities in women have more than doubled with people aged over 75 worst affected.

 

Alan Campbell MP said “The average number of excess winter deaths was already cause for concern, these new figures show that government cuts are really hurting our most vulnerable neighbours.  These figures are truly shocking.”

End Fuel Poverty

  Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is supporting a campaign to end fuel poverty and excess winter deaths.   Shocking figures released by the Office of National Statistics predict that the...


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