New Customer Service Point opened at North Shields Royal Mail site
29th July 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has officially opened the new customer service point at the Royal Mail sorting office in North Shields. The new open plan facility will make the collecting of undelivered letters and parcels a much more pleasant experience.
Alan Campbell said, "It's a pleasure to open the new customer service point, to meet staff and to hear about investment which is making postal services more efficient. Postal staff do a fantastic job in our community and investment which makes their jobs and the service they provide more secure is very welcome."
MP meets CCG to discuss health plans and performance
29th July 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has joined North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon and Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn at an important meeting with the local Clinical Commissioning Group to hear about performance to date and plans for the future.
Alan Campbell said, "It was useful to hear about the CCG's performance to date and the stresses and strains on health budgets. We discussed a number of issues including pressure on primary care and access to GP's. I'll be following up some of those concerns with Ministers."
SWAN Street Party braves the rain
19th July 2014
Despite a wet start to the day local residents came out to support the SWAN Street Party organised by Fr. Tony Curtis. SWAN is an innovative project seeking to bring closer together the communities of Shiremoor, West Allotment and Northumberland Park. Local MP Alan Campbell went along to show his support.
Alan Campbell said, "It was food to meet so many local people and to be at the official opening of new facilities at the Adventure Playground. I want to commend the efforts of everyone involved in bringing our communities together."
Dance Kaleidoscope given great send off on European tour
19th July 2014
Whitley Bay Dance Group Dance Kaleidoscope have given a send off performance to launch their 50th European Tour. The group will give a series of performances at festivals, events and theatres in a number of European countries.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell, a patron of the group watched the performance and wished the group well on their travels.
Alan Campbell said, "It is remarkable that Dance Kaleidoscope is celebrating its 50th year. That is an enormous achievement mainly down to the inspirational teaching and leadership of Gillian Quinn".
MP launches Shoreland Access training centre
18th July 2014
Alan Campbell has officially opened a new training facility in North Shields to upskill people working in engineering offshore and onshore.
Alan Campbell said "I want to congratulate Shoreland Access on bringing this facility to our area. It's a state of the art facility and will be part of an important group of companies playing a key role in the Offshore Sector."
Official Opening of Tynemouth World War One exhibition
12th July 2014
Alan Campbell has visited the TWW1 Project Exhibition in North Shields Library. The exhibition brings together photos, art and items telling the story of the experiences of Tynemouth men and women in WW1.
Alan Campbell said, "The TWW1 Project is hugely impressive and this exhibition is a fitting part of telling the Tynemouth story".
Local MP opens MissionAid 2014
5th July 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has officially opened Mission Aid 2014. The event held on the Western Quay in North Shields raises money for the Fisherman's Mission.
Alan Campbell said "The Fishermen's Mission does a great job supporting local fishermen and their families but also those who visit our port from elsewhere. It's an honour to officially open this years’ Mission Aid."
Shiremoor Treat attracts big crowds
5th July 2014
Local MP Alan Campbell has joined hundreds of local residents at the traditional Shiremoor Treat. Crowds watched sport and music events and stalls showed off school children's art and local heritage displays.
Alan Campbell said "The Treat is an important part of our heritage and community. Long may it continue."
MP backs Tesco food collection
4th July 2014
Alan Campbell has visited the Tesco store in North Shields to show support for the Tesco National Food Collection. The collection supports Fare Share and the Trussell Trust providing thousands of meals for local people.
Alan Campbell said "I'm delighted to support Tesco's campaign to support Food banks and want to thank customers for their generosity".
Local MP supports forces charity fundraising football tournament
29th June 2014
Alan Campbell has supported and presented medals at a football tournament organised by Forward Assist Veterans Charity. Teams competed in a football tournament, won by Newcastle United Foundation with Everton runners up.
Alan Campbell MP said, "It's an honour to be asked to present winners with their medals. Forward Assist does a fantastic job supporting former servicemen and women."
Local MP opens Pearey House Annual Fete
28th June 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has officially opened the Pearey House Annual Summer Fete. Pearey House is owned by Tynemouth Blind Welfare Society and the summer fete is an important fund raising event. Alan Campbell officially opened the summer fete and met residents and supporters at an event in the grounds of Pearey House.
Alan Campbell said, "Tynemouth Blind Welfare Society has been supporting blind and visually impaired people for more than 140 years. It was great to meet so many friends and supporters at the annual fete."
MP supports Woodlawn Summer Fayre
28th June 2014
Local MP Alan Campbell called into Woodlawn School's Summer Fayre to meet staff and parents seeking to raise funds for the school.
Alan Campbell said, "I'm a big supporter of the work Woodlawn does. It was great to see so many parents and friends supporting the work of the school."
Local MP pops in to support charity fundraising efforts
28th June 2014
Alan Campbell popped in to a 4Tea fundraiser seeking to raise funds for United Response a charity supporting young people and adults with a range of disabilities.
Alan Campbell MP said, "I was delighted to pop in to support Callum and Lee's fundraiser, to meet their families and the people who are supporting their efforts to live in the community."
Tynemouth Roll of Honour database launched
28th June 2014
The Tynemouth Roll of Honour Interactive Database has been launched on the anniversary of the start of World War One. The database has been put together by the Tynemouth World War One Project and the database was launched at an event in North Shields library.
Alan Campbell MP spoke at the launch saying the contribution made by local men and women had been enormous. He said, "The Northumberland Fusiliers raised 55 battalions, the Durham Light Infantry raised 43 battalions. Our area paid a huge price in World War One. It is an honour to be part of the commemorations which pays tribute to the ultimate sacrifice made by so many local families."
Tynemouth MP praises Tynemouth World War One Project in parliamentary debate
26th June 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has praised the Tynemouth World War One Project in a debate held to mark the start of the First World War. The project is based at the Linskill Centre in North Shields and has researched the contribution made by men from Tynemouth Borough in the First World War.
Alan Campbell said, "The Tynemouth World War One Project is leading the way in marking the anniversary of the First World War. The project sponsored by the Heritage Lottery shows the importance of the contribution made by individual soldiers, sailors and airmen. More than two thousand local men and women paid the ultimate price and the Tynemouth WW1 project has led the way in showing the effect on and contribution made by local people."
MP joins Veterans on Armed Forces Day event
23rd June 2014
Alan Campbell MP has joined veterans from across North Tyneside at an event to mark Armed Forces day. The event was held at the White Swan Centre beginning with a fog rIsing event led by North Tyneside Mayor Norma Redfearn.
Alan Campbell MP said, "It is an honour to stand alongside Veterans and serving armed forces personnel to pay our respects to the enormous contribution made by our armed forces personnel. The North East has a strong tradition of recruitment and service. It is an honour to stand alongside veterans and servicemen and women to show our respect for the contribution they have made and are continuing to make".
Local MP attends Armed Forces Day ceremony
23rd June 2014
Alan Campbell MP attended a flag raising ceremony at the Jigsaw Memorial at the White Swan Centre as part of North Tyneside's Armed Forces Day.
Alan Campbell said, "It is an honour to stand alongside our armed forces and Veterans to show our respect to the men and women of our armed forces as they serve our country."
Tynemouth addresses Props AGM
20th June 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has spoken at the Annual General Meeting of PROPS a charity based in the Linskill Centre supporting families affected by issues with alcohol and drug abuse.
Alan Campbell praised the work of the charity saying they had a crucial role in supporting families finding it hard to cope with alcohol and drug use. He spoke of his time as the Home Office Minister with responsibility for drugs policy and said the voluntary sector was key to helping to tackle the harm drugs do.
Alan Campbell also presented certificates to volunteers and staff.
Tynemouth MP backs tough line on knife crime
17th June 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has voted for an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill which would see mandatory sentences for anyone caught carrying a knife for a second time.
Alan Campbell said “We need to do more to educate young people about the damage knives do not only to the victim but to the life of the person carrying the knife. This change to the law sends out a strong message that anyone carrying a knife can expect a mandatory sentence.”
Local MP attends rededication of war memorial
14th June 2014
Ninety three years to the day after the first war memorial was created outside St George’s Church in Cullercoats, local church, civic and community representatives met to rededicate a new one. Thieves stole the metal plaque several years ago and now a new one- with the same names on – has replaced it.
Alan Campbell said “I am delighted to have been at the rededication. When you read the list of names you see the high price local communities like Cullercoats paid in the First World War.”
Northumbria Youth Action
13th June 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has attended a meeting of the advisory board of Northumbria Youth Action, an organisation in North Shields which delivers training programmes to young people from the age of 14 upwards, particularly through working with motor vehicles. The group helps develops the attitudes, skills and capabilities that young people will need to continue into further education, training or working life.
Alan Campbell said “I am delighted to join the advisory board for Northumbria Youth Action. The project has a long and successful record of working with young people in our area and I’m keen to do anything to help secure the scheme for the future.”
Delays at passport offices
12th June 2014
Delays at passport offices have left tens of thousands of people waiting for their applications to be processed and some are having to cancel their holidays. It has also meant that some people have had to pay extra for fast-track services or have had to travel to across the country to pick up their passport. The delays have been even longer for British people living abroad.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell spoke of his concern saying “I know that many constituents and people across the country are worried about the delays that are taking place at the Passport Office, where there is currently a backlog of some 500,000 cases. The Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Home Secretary both pressed the Government on this in the House of Commons this week.”
He continued to say “This has been a shambles and I thought the Home Secretary’s answers in the House of Commons were complacent given the scale of the backlog and the problems people are experiencing. The Government now need to get on top of these delays and tell families waiting for their passports when the backlog will be cleared.”
Local MP joins Twitter
10th June 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has joined Twitter. Constituents can now follow him at @alancampbellmp
9th June 2014
This week is Carer’s Week which is aiming to reach out to the thousands of carers in the UK missing out on support and services. The Carer’s Week Quest is an exciting new initiative to encourage improved collaborative working in local communities to reach out to carers. Organisations involved in pledging their support include Skills for Carers, Age UK and Carers Trust.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell said “One in eight of my constituents is a carer. This week will help educate people about the need for services and support as well as ensure that carers are given the right advice. These organisations do a fantastic job in understanding, recognising and supporting carers ”
Fears over Independent Supported Living
6th June 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell met parents and carers to discuss their concerns about the introduction of Independent Supported Living. The Cornerstone group meets in Whitley Bay and has been advising the local authority on changes to the way people are supported in the community.
Alan Campbell said "I am concerned about the fears some parents have about the changes. It is important even against a background of huge government cuts that the council listen to and work with people like the Cornerstone Group. I will be urging the council for assurance about the introduction of ISL.
The Queen’s Speech
3rd June 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has called the Queen’s Speech a missed opportunity to address the real problems facing local families and communities. He said the speech showed the Government has run out of ideas and said he was concerned that having targeted the North East for cuts the Government policies fell well short of the actions needed.
Alan Campbell said “Many of my constituents are concerned about job insecurity and that their hard work is not being rewarded. It is shocking that for the first time on record most of the people living in poverty in Britain today are people in work, not people out of work”
Alan Campbell called for alternative measures to be brought forward. He said “We need a Make Work Pay Bill to reward hard work, to end zero hours and to stop immigration being used to undercut work and pay. We need a Banking Bill to support small businesses and a Consumers Bill to freeze energy bills. This Government policies have caused a cost of living crisis which requires legislation to tackle it. But it goes beyond that to the kind of economy we want to build when recovery comes. It is clear, however, that this Queen’s Speech shows this Government is not up to that task.”
Local MP joins Mayor to formally open refurbished Sailing Club
30th May 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell joined North Tyneside Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn to officially open the newly refurbished Tynemouth Sailing Club clubhouse. The facilities at The Haven, Tynemouth have been improved with grants from the SITA Trust and Sport England and will enhance the sailing experience for members and visitors. The Club has been at the Haven for more than 100 years and is near the site of the original lifeboat station.
Alan Campbell said, "I want to congratulate everyone involved in the refurbishment. Tynemouth Sailing Club is nationally recognised for their commitment to sailing and involving the local community. I am delighted to officially open the new facilities which will improve the sailing experience far into the future"
Alan Campbell presents Point of Light Award to charity champion
23rd May 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has presented Point Of Light Award on behalf of Prime Minister David Cameron to Ivan Hollingsworth.
Point of Light Awards, similar to a scheme introduced by American Presidents, are presented daily to volunteers who make a big contribution to their local community.
Ivan Hollingsworth has raised thousands of pounds for the Child Heart Unit charity, CHUF. After Ivan's son Seb needed life saving treatment at the Freeman Hospital, Ivan and his wife Nadine decided to raise funds for the heart unit and the profile of the vital work being done there. Now CHUF is a major charity holding events across the region and raising lots of money for equipment and support.
Alan Campbell said, "I know no more worthy winner of this prestigious award than Ivan. He has campaigned and fundraiser tirelessly on behalf of others and this is a timely and excellent way to show our thanks to him."
National Dementia Awareness Week
19th May 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has called for more to be done to help dementia sufferers at the start of national Dementia Awareness Week. There are 670,000 people with dementia across England and many families are affected by it. Yet too few people have a diagnosis and post diagnosis care varies from area to area.
Alan Campbell praised the work of the Alzheimer's Society in raising awareness and backed calls to make every community more dementia friendly.
Alan Campbell said, "National Dementia Awareness Week is an opportunity to draw attention to this issue but it's something which is with us, in families, in our local communities all year round. I'm backing calls for local authorities, the NHS and Government to do more to support people with dementia to be able to live independently."
For further details or to find out about support the Alzheimer's Society has a national dementia helpline on 0300 222 1122.
Street Pastors sworn in at major church service
18th May 2014
Local MP Alan Campbell has attended a special church service held at Cullercoats Methodist Church to commission new Street Pastors in Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. The Street Pastors scheme sees teams of people out at busy times in the evening economy making sure people are safe and handing out water, foil blankets and flip flops when needed. The Street Pastors scheme is now a well established part of managing the evening economy alongside the police, local authority and bar and door staff. The newly commissioned street pastors, drawn from across local churches will take up their role immediately.
Alan Campbell said, "The Street Pastors scheme is proving a big success and a huge asset for the local police and others who work to keep our streets safe. The evening economy in places like Tynemouth and Whitley Bay can be a great place to meet and have fun but too much alcohol can put, particularly young, people at risk. There are many young people and parents across our community who have a lot to to thank the Street Pastors for."
Inspirational project aimed at turning lives round
16th May 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met volunteers of Tyne Gateway project to talk about their vital work with some of the most troubled families in the community. The volunteers will soon work with families with a variety of problems such as domestic violence, bereavement and mental health issues. Mr Campbell met the volunteers and community entrepreneurs at an event in Queen Alexandra College in North Shields where also presented volunteers with certificates after completing the course.
Alan Campbell MP said “This is a fantastic project and the individuals involved are inspirational. Many have seen these problems at first hand and are able to draw on local experience. By supporting families they will be able to help to turn individual’s lives round, helping the wider family and our local community”
Relief as work begins on flood alleviation scheme
9th May 2014
Work is due to start on a major flood alleviation scheme around Shiremoor where a number of properties have been flooded over a nine year period. Workmen will begin work on the old colliery site as the first phase of the major flood relief project.
Local MP Alan Campbell met with officials from North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Water at the Shiremoor Centre to discuss how work is planned over the next few months. Local residents from the local Flood Forum heard how the scheme will ensure water is diverted from properties avoiding the flooding of recent years.
Alan Campbell said, "The residents I spoke to are relieved to hear that work is about to begin. There's a lot of interest in this scheme and Councillor Brian Burdis and I have been working closely with residents to ensure the scheme goes ahead. Potentially hundreds of properties should escape future flooding and I want to be assured that the scheme remains on track."
Alan Campbell MP expresses concern threat from over Scottish Independence
9th May 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has expressed his concern over a recent survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) of North East companies which showed that 12% are putting off investment ahead of the Scottish Independence referendum.
The independent survey of North East Chamber of Commerce of 2,400 businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland examined the impacts, opportunities and risks perceived by businesses in the rest of the UK.
Alan Campbell MP said “This is more evidence of the destabilising effect of the Scottish referendum. 14% of firms forecast that independence could have a negative impact on sales and orders, with 9% concerned that would also have an adverse effect on recruitment.”
MP backs compulsory smoke alarms in rented properties
8th May 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has backed a move to make smoke alarms compulsory in rented properties. The House of Commons backed the introduction by former Housing Minister Nick Raynsford of Bill which he claimed would save lives.
Supporting the Bill Alan Campbell said, "There has been a great deal of progress to date on reducing fire deaths. This Bill would be a further important step forward. Landlords have a responsibility to keep tenants safe and smoke alarms should always be fitted."
He added, "I hope either this Bill is given an opportunity in the next parliamentary session or the Government takes up the cause. It is disappointing that a number of Conservatives opposed the Bill which is all about public safety. That should not prevent a future Government from taking this forward."
Local MP welcomes new IT prospect in North Tyneside School
2nd May 2014
Alan Campbell MP has visited Whitley Bay High School to see its newly awarded Microsoft Youth Hub status. The school, which is now part of a UK-wide network of 65 hubs, now has access to the latest ICT equipment as well as training for youth leaders who will aid students in getting the most out of the technology.
Alan Campbell said “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to understand and develop their skills in a growing job market. With getting employment becoming more difficult this excellent prospect will enhance student’s skills in technology that give them better chance of getting employed over candidates that lack such knowledge.”
MP speaks out for Young People with Type 1 Diabetes
30th April 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell says more needs to be done to support Young People with Type 1 Diabetes. Speaking in the House of Commons Alan Campbell called for changes to the way in which young people receive services and called on the Government to look again at more funding for research. He also praised the work being done at North Tyneside General Hospital but said there must be clear national guidelines for all healthcare and education workers.
Alan Campbell said, “There are around 35,000 young people under the age of 19 who are diabetic and 90% of them are Type One. Childhood diabetes can be diagnosed at anytime and the treatment of diabetes has improved. I welcome the introduction of the best practice tariff but the arbitrary move from paediatric diabetes care to adult care can lead to a fall off in take up with dangerous consequences further down the line. I am calling on the Government to raise the tariff to 25 and allow a more flexible transition on clinical rather than age grounds.”
“Young people can access advice on diet, get regular eye and feet checks which are all important. But I would like to see access to psychological help available given that depression levels are twice as high amongst diabetes sufferers compared with the general population.”
“Paediatric diabetes is a growing problem and I welcome the progress which has been made in managing and treating the condition, but much more needs to be done.”
MP backs police in violent crime ads row
29th April 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has backed the police in a major row over a campaign to tackle alcohol related violence. A number of candidates in the forthcoming local elections have called cuts to a major crime fighting campaign on the Metro. The campaign warns of the effect of alcohol related violence and the potential cost to both the victim and perpetrators.
Alan Campbell said, “Public information campaigns can be a key part of tackling crime and reassuring victims. I am frankly astonished that any candidates, but particularly councillors seeking re-election, would not back the police in their campaign. Tackling alcohol related violence is a major priority for my constituents particularly around the night time economy. Police officers offer not only protection but are too often the victims. The critics should back the police instead of undermining them.”
Local MP attends St George's Day service with scouts
25th April 2014
Local MP Alan Campbell has attended the annual St George's Day service organised by Tynemouth Scouts. Hundreds of scouts and cubs paraded in Christ Church North Shields watched by parents, friends and supporters.
Alan Campbell said, "I was delighted to attend the parade to show my support for the scouts and the excellent work they do. Despite the awful weather there was a good turnout acknowledging again the appreciation across our community for the contribution the scouts make. I particularly want to thank Julia Stenhouse not just for organising the parade but as she steps down from her six years as leader, for the massive contribution she has made."
Local MP supports 10k runners
20th April 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell was on hand to congratulate North Tyneside 10K road race runners as they crossed the finishing line on Easter Sunday. More than 200 runners took part in the race along the coast from the Parks Centre in North Shields to St Mary's Lighthouse. Alan Campbell presented the winning runners with their prizes including the race winner Carl Smith who completed the course in 32 mins 7 seconds.
Alan Campbell said “I want to congratulate everyone who took part in this 10th anniversary race. Hundreds of people turned out to support the runners along the course which has seen a huge amount of regeneration. I was delighted to join our new Labour Mayor Norma Redfearn at the event, which again puts North Tyneside on the map.”
Euro Election campaign takes to streets of Tynemouth
19th April 2014
Local MP Alan Campbell has taken to the streets of Tynemouth to deliver Labour's message in the European Election campaign. Labour Party members delivered Labour's message in Preston as the race for the three Northumbria seats in the European Parliament in May's election hots up.
Alan Campbell said, "This election is the chance for voters to send a message to the Tory led government that they should put hardworking people first and take urgent action to tackle the cost of living crisis that families are facing".
Local MP attends traditional Good Friday Service
18th April 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has joined worshippers at the traditional Churches Together Good Friday service held in Northumberland Square in North Shields. Hundreds of local worshippers attended the service before a procession around the town centre.
Speaking at the event Alan Campbell praised church members across the community who were volunteering at Foodbanks, supporting Fishermen's families and working with refugees fleeing persecution.
Alan Campbell said, "The Easter message is about hope, sacrifice and serving others. Across our community people are feeding those who would otherwise go hungry, giving shelter to those without homes, supporting Fishermen's families and helping refugees fleeing persecution and violence. We should be proud of those people serving our community day in, day out."
MP pounds streets of Whitley Bay to spread the message
16th April 2014
Local MP Alan Campbell has been pounding the streets of Whitley Bay to deliver his latest Westminster Report updating constituents on his work over the past few weeks. Alan Campbell's Spring Edition of his Westminster Report is available by email. If you would like to receive a copy please email Alan Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tynemouth MP visits new Critical Care Hospital site
15th April 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has visited the new Northumbria Healthcare Trust Critical Care Hospital being built near the A19 in South East Northumberland. The local MP saw the construction work to date and discussed how the new hospital will operate.
Alan Campbell said, "This is a very exciting development. The new hospital has attracted huge attention from the rest of the country. It will provide healthcare of a new type in a building of the latest design."
He added, "Hundreds of local people have been employed in the construction. The Trust gave stuck to their word to, wherever possible, use local workers and local companies. Ironically the new hospital has proved a massive public sector investment at a time of economic downturn which has cushioned the difficult economic difficulties and may well have provided an impetus to economic recovery. The key thing now is how to ensure the highest of healthcare standards which will make the investment worth while."
Local MP officially opens latest stage in regeneration.
7th April 2014
Local MP Alan Campbell has officially opened the new Plaza, the latest stage in the regeneration of Whitley Bay. The Plaza provides a link between the beach area and the Spanish City. It not only improves the promenade it provides a space for public performances.
Alan Campbell said, “It is an honour to be asked to officially open the new Plaza. It is an important step forward for regeneration and I hope it will attract more visitors but also be used by local residents."
He added, "The next challenge is the completion of the Dome regeneration. I believe the pace of regeneration is stepping up and that can only help the local economy. I would like to pay tribute to the commitment to regeneration shown by our new Labour mayor Norma Redfearn".
Local MP supports Treat Easter Fayre
5th April 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell went along to an Easter Fayre at the Shiremoor Centre to support fundraising efforts for the Shiremoor Treat.
Alan Campbell said, “The Treat is an important date in the diary but it needs funding. I was delighted to go along to the Easter Fayre at the Shiremoor Centre to support fundraising efforts. It was great to see Jill Green and others giving their time to support the Treat."
Shiremoor Flood Risk Reduction Scheme
4th April 2014
Alan Campbell MP and local ward councillor Brian Burdis have been on site in Shiremoor to see the plans for a £900,000 flood risk reduction scheme. The scheme will help mitigate the severe flooding which has occurred in Shiremoor since 2005. The scheme has been welcomed by the Shiremoor Flood Action Group.
Alan Campbell said, “This is good news for Shiremoor residents. I have worked with the Flood Action Group and with Councillor Burdis to resolve what has been a dreadful situation for householders.”
Work has begun on surveys and culvert repairs. Flood storage construction work is estimated to start in late summer.
Local MP speaks out about Bedroom Tax
4th April 2014
This week marks the 1st Anniversary of the Bedroom Tax.
Alan Campbell MP said, “As evidence grows of the failure of the Tory bedroom tax, it becomes clear that we’re all paying the price. Households hit by the tax are on average £720 a year worse off with disabled people and carers amongst the hardest hit. Just 1 in 20 have been able to downsize because of a shortage of alternative accommodation.”
He continued to say “I have been campaigning to get rid of the bedroom tax which is affecting many families here in Tynemouth and I’m pleased that Labour has pledged to abolish the bedroom tax”
MP hails upgrade as super-fast fibre broadband goes live in North Shields
4th April 2014
More than 1,000 homes and businesses in the town now have access to the high-speed technology – and this figure will increase to more than 19,000 as Openreach engineers complete the local upgrade in the weeks ahead.
Alan Campbell said: “Super-fast fibre broadband in North Shields offers huge benefits to local residents and businesses and will help our local economy to flourish. Better, faster communications help businesses to grow and stimulate job creation. At home, local people can do more online at faster speeds and on multiple devices. This is great news for North Shields and I look forward to fibre broadband being rolled out across the rest of my constituency.”
Tynemouth MP praises Labour Leader's work with SSE to freeze energy prices
2nd April 2014
Alan Campbell MP has shown his support for SSE price freeze for energy until 2016. He said “ Due to labour’s work , Ed Miliband has brought our campaign to the country. This comes after the ‘big six’ increased their tariffs at the end of last year. If Labour are elected into government next year we will promise to keep prices at the same level for 20 months, which is a change that I welcome.”
School students visit Local MP at House of Commons
1st April 2014
Twenty A-level Economics students from Whitley Bay High School have paid a visit to the House of Commons where they were met by MP Alan Campbell. They watched questions in the House and met both Shadow Chief Secretary of the Treasury Chris Leslie MP and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP where they discussed the recent budget and the current economic situation.
Alan Campbell said “I hope the students enjoyed their visit and I’m grateful to Mr Kelly and Mr Cox for organising the trip. I am also pleased that Ed Balls MP and Chris Leslie MP were able to find time to spend with students on what was a very busy parliamentary day.”
Local MP does Diabetes test to raise awareness
31st March 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has taken part in a blood testing event to raise awareness for Diabetes. Mr Campbell said “Getting tested for Diabetes is more important than ever. The number of people in the country diagnosed with diabetes has risen to 3.2 million and it is one of the top five killers in the UK. Doing this simple test will go on to determine if you have diabetes, what type you have and what medication you require. Ignorance towards the disease could go on to cause serious damage.” For more information contact your local GP or visit www.diabetes.org.uk.
Coffee Plus celebrates 3rd anniversary
28th March 2014
Local MP Alan Campbell has joined the celebrations to mark the third anniversary of Coffee Plus in Northumberland Park. The Coffee shop is a community meeting place, as well as serving excellent coffee, set up by St Mark's Church to bring the communities in Shiremoor, West Allotment and Northumberland together.
Alan Campbell joined Fr Tony Curtis and local Councillor Brian Burdis to meet staff and customers.
Alan Campbell said, "I'd like to congratulate everyone involved with Coffee Plus. It serves as a valued meeting place for local people and I wish them every success in their endeavours to bring our local communities together."
MP sees EE work at first hand
28th March 2014
Alan Campbell MP has visited EE on Cobalt Business Park to see at first hand the work the company is doing. He was briefed about the work of the customer service business as well as discussing the future technological advances of the phone and internet sector.
Alan Campbell said, "EE is an important employer both locally and nationally. It was a pleasure to meet some of the apprentices who were clearly keen to build a successful career in the industry."
Local MP meets Tyne Gateway Trust leaders to discuss work
28th March 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met with Pauline Wonders CEO of Tyne Gateway Trust along with Jon Vincent, Principal of Tyne Met College to discuss the work of the Trust. The Tyne Gateway Trust has a network of volunteers working with hard to reach families to support them and get them on the right track. The Trust does work on behalf on North and South Tyneside Councils and is working with families in a number of local communities.
Alan Campbell MP said, "Tyne Gateway Trust is working with some of the hardest to reach families, trying to support them to turn round their lives. The real strength is that the volunteered come from within the local communities themselves. Turning round troubled families can be not just the right thing to do but ultimately save public services the high cost of intervention further down the line."
MP gets update on Fire Brigade cuts
26th March 2014
Alan Campbell MP has met with The Fire Brigades Union at Westminster to get an update about the ongoing issues for firefighters and the fire and rescue service. Speaking on the matter Mr Campbell said “Government cuts have reduced the numbers of firefighters across the country. Since 2010 there are 4,000 less firefighter jobs. I’m concerned about the effect on resilience at a time of great challenge including the recent floods.”
He added “The Government’s new pension scheme means firefighters work longer, pay more and receive less. They will also be forced to work until they are 60 years old which seems unrealistic because 85% will not be fit enough to work at that age. The Government really needs to re-think this strategy.”
Local MP attends Sixth Form Q+A
21st March 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell visited Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College to speak to students about his political role and current political issues. Mr Campbell said “It was great to see students so interested in both local and general politics. Talking about their concerns with the education system such as the change to A-level exams, cuts to school funding and the rise in University fees, have re-assured me that this current Government must do more for the younger generation.
Local MP meets businesses to discuss manufacturing
21st March 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has joined Mary Glindon MP at a business breakfast organised by North Tyneside Mayor Norma Redfearn. The event, at Segedunum in Wallsend, brought together manufacturing businesses to discuss better ways of working together to attract jobs.
Alan Campbell said, “Manufacturing is very important to our local economy. We have some excellent companies like Chirton Engineering working had to win orders and take on new staff and apprentices. It is clearly important that we work together to see what more can be done particularly during what is still a difficult time for businesses."
Alan Campbell MP calls on Government to do more to reduce Youth Unemployment
21st March 2014
Recently Alan Campbell MP says he is disappointed at the Government’s complacency towards Youth Unemployment. He said “With over 900,000 young people out of work and the number of young people stuck on the dole for over a year almost doubling under David Cameron, this is too little too late. The number of people working part-time because they can’t find a full-time job has increased by 345,000 and the number of young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than 12 months has almost doubled under David Cameron.”
Alan Campbell then went on to say “What we needed in this Budget was Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee – funded by a tax on bank bonuses – which would ensure there is a paid job for every young person under 25 out of work for over a year – a job they would have to take up or lose benefits.”
Local MP criticises Governments ignorance of Cost of Living
20th March 2014
Alan Campbell has expressed his concern of at the apparent Government’s lack of interest in resolving the standard of living crisis.
“After three damaging years of flat-lining, it's both welcome and long overdue that our economy is growing again. But for millions of people across the country still seeing their living standards fall this is no recovery at all.
David Cameron claimed in 2007 that helping with the cost of living was “what matters most of all”, yet Working people are £1,600 a year worse off on average under David Cameron and analysis of IFS figures show families are on average £891 worse off as a result of tax and benefit changes since 2010.
He also stated “This Government can’t control the cost of welfare because they haven’t focused on the causes of spending – they don’t understand that the cost-of-living crisis is leaving people trapped in low-paid jobs and reliant on tax credits and housing benefits.”
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell says Budget shows Governments broken promises
19th March 2014
Alan Campbell MP has criticized the Chancellors Budget Statement. Mr. Campbell said “In 2010 George Osborne said the economy would have grown by 8.4% by now, but has grown by just 3.8%. This is now the slowest UK economic recovery for over 100 years with the UK economy still 1.4% below its pre-crisis peak.”
He added “By 2015 the Government will have broken its promise to “balance the books” and we will be borrowing £190bn more. According to current forecasts the deficit in 2015-16 is set to be £75 billion, which proves David Cameron and George Osbourne’s pledges mean nothing.”
Local MP urges bid for regeneration cash
17th March 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has urged North Tyneside council to apply for Government cash for seaside regeneration. The Government has invited bids for the Coastal Communities Fund and is particularly keen to help coastal communities affected by flooding.
Alan Campbell has written to North Tyneside Mayor Norma Redfearn urging the council to apply and offering to support the bid to Ministers.
Alan Campbell said, “We have seen some important investment in coastal regeneration in the past and it needs to remain a priority. There is less Government cash than in the past and central Government has cut money to Councils so it is more important than ever that the Council bids for the funding which is there."
Local MP Visits G4S Headquarters in Constituency
14th March 2014
Today Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell visited the G4S office in the Cobalt Business Park, which is the Headquarters for G4S Utility Services in the UK. G4S employ over 280 people from the constituency and 3500 people in the UK. During his visit Alan Campbell MP said ?I have enjoyed learning about what the business does and seeing the training facilities within the office. Tynemouth is the largest office for G4s in the country which is great for employment in our area.?
Debate Day- Motion Regarding the Badger Cull
13th March 2014
Today Alan Campbell MP has attended the debate over the Badger Cull in the House of Commons after pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire to try and reduce Bovine Tuberculosis.
Alan Campbell MP has receive a large number of emails and letters from constituents expressing their distress over the matter.
After the culls failed to be effective Mr Campbell said ?Clearly the culls are a failure. The Government voted to perform these culls as they saw it as the most cost effective, efficient and humane way to reduce the number of badgers. It has been found that 24% of the hunters abandoned the agreed technique of shooting the animals to use cages and traps, which is not cost effective, efficient or humane. This failure has cost the country £4.5 million. The Labour Party stands with the RSPCA, the Badgers Trust and the 300,000 people who have signed the e-petition to end this. We believe we should be focusing on the scientific approach by researching how to vaccinate animals against TB.?
Care Bill Debate
10th March 2014
Hundreds of Tynemouth constituents have contacted Alan Campbell with their concerns over hospital closures. Over the next two days The House of Commons will be debating the ?Hospital Closure Clause? of the Care Bill. The clause will make it easier and quicker for the Government to close local hospitals with little consultation. Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell expressed his concern over the clause saying ?There will be a higher risk of hospitals having facilities closed without any thorough consultation or agreement. Like my constituents I have great unease over this motion?
Local MP attends Fairtrade ?Share Interest Foundation? Coffee Morning
8th March 2014
Today Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell visited a coffee morning at Cullercoats Methodist Church in aid of Shared Interest Foundation. The Foundation encourages people to eat Fairtrade produce promoting better working conditions and fairer terms of trade for farmers and workers. After attending the event Alan Campbell said ?I was extremely pleased to be invited to today?s coffee morning. The Shared Interest Foundation is celebrating its tenth year in providing support to businesses in the developing world. Due to their work in Africa larger numbers of children are now attending school and people can afford meals for their family. I would like to thank Mark Ormston and Margaret Wall for organising the event and for inviting me back again.?
Tynemouth MP sworn in as member of Privy Council
5th March 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has been appointed to Her Majesty?s Most Honourable Privy Council and has today been sworn in as a member of the Privy Council.
Alan Campbell said,? I am delighted to be appointed to the Privy Council. As an assiduous constituency MP inevitably experience draws some MP?s into being Ministers and then in my case Opposition Deputy Chief Whip. Privy Councillorships, often but not exclusively given to senior politicians are a recognition of that service and I am deeply honoured to be chosen for appointment.?
LOCAL MP CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE TO BOOST APPRENTICESHIPS
3rd March 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has today called on the Tory-led Government to do more to increase apprenticeship opportunities for young people.
The latest unemployment statistics show that across the country more than 900,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 are now out of work.
This week is National Apprenticeship Week. Speaking shortly after his visit to Accenture, Alan Campbell said "I would like to see more firms following Accenture?s example. But with over 900,000 young people out of work, the Government needs to do more to help firms create the apprenticeship opportunities young people desperately need. I am also calling on the Government to use the money which it already spends on public procurement to create thousands of new apprenticeship opportunities."
Local MP calls for tough action on diabetes
27th February 2014
Alan Campbell MP has today backed the ExPAND campaign to improve the treatment and care for those with diabetes.
Across the UK, more than 3 million people have diabetes and by 2025, this is projected to rise to five million. Most of these cases will be Type 2 diabetes, because of our ageing population and rapidly rising numbers of overweight and obese people.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell said ?In the UK, diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer put together. In the UK, 10% of the NHS budget is spent on diabetes, or over £27 million pounds a day. Yet action on and funding for diabetes still lags behind other chronic conditions like cancer or cardiovascular disease.
?Even in times of economic pressures, it is vital we take action. We need to make better progress in tackling diabetes risk factors such as diet, exercise, alcohol and smoking. Investment in better diagnosis, care and patient education and self-management for people with diabetes is also vital to keep people with diabetes healthy and well, and curb the exploding costs that the condition poses to our health care systems and society.?
Opposition Day Debate ? Bedroom Tax Loophole
26th February 2014
The Bedroom Tax is a cruel and unfair measure that hits over 400,000 disabled people. For the vast majority of those affected, there is nowhere smaller to move to, hitting vulnerable people through no fault of their own.
Increasingly this hated tax is unravelling as a policy. It has recently been discovered that a loophole in the government?s legislation exempts people who have been claiming housing benefit at the same property continuously since 1996.
Labour is using its Opposition Day debate to prevent the government from closing the recently discovered loophole. Instead of scrambling to close loopholes in its own legislation and bringing more people within reach of the tax, the government should be reversing it.
Alan Campbell MP said ?If this Tory-led government doesn?t repeal the Bedroom Tax, the next Labour government will. Instead of scrambling to close loopholes in its own legislation and bringing more people within reach of the tax, the government should be reversing it.?
Funding for First World War Project
25th February 2014
Alan Campbell MP has congratulated the North Tyneside Voluntary Development Agency on successfully bidding for Heritage Lottery Funding for a youth led project focussing on the personal stories of soldiers throughout the First World War.
The project ?Yours Sincerely? has been awarded £4600 and will also explore the changing role of families during the First World War and will use correspondence between mothers and sons during the war as a theme.
Alan Campbell MP said ?I?d like to congratulate VODA on getting funding for this interesting youth project. I look forward to seeing the results.?
Retail crime on the rise
24th February 2014
Alan Campbell MP has called on the government to do more to prevent the recent increase in shop theft.
British Retail Consortium?s annual crime survey this year shows the highest level of shop theft for nine years, with the average value of theft increasing by 62 per cent in 2012-13.
The direct cost of retail crime was £510m last year, 166 per cent higher than in 2007-08. This is equivalent to 41,511 full-time entry level retail jobs.
The news comes after Mr Campbell warned in a recent parliamentary debate that the government must do more to protect local retailers who are bearing the brunt.
Alan Campbell MP said ?Retail is at the heart of local communities and it is clear that retail crime continues to undermine retailers? growth and profitability. It also impacts directly on communities, doing further damage to our struggling high streets and encouraging wider criminal activity. I?m calling on the government to take more action such as redefining low value shoplifting. Currently, low-value shoplifting is defined as when the value of the stolen goods does not exceed £200. But that?s a lot of money to smaller, independent shops.?
More apprenticeships on offer for local young people
21st February 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today met with Bob Paton the Managing Director of Accenture?s Newcastle Delivery Centre to discuss Accenture?s plan to recruit more local jobs and expand their apprenticeship scheme.
Alan Campbell MP said ?Not only are more jobs always welcome but Accenture is doing some great work around apprenticeships. They are also working with higher and further education to create a clear pathway for employees to go on developing their skills in an increasingly complex workplace and I?m pleased that young people in my constituency will be able to benefit.?
MP gets update on effect of police cuts
20th February 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met with Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim to hear details of the effect of cuts in the police budget.
Alan Campbell said,"My constituents are naturally concerned with the effects of cuts in the police budget. I've made it clear that we would not cut as fast as the current Government but we are where we are. I sought assurances about the future of frontline resources. Residents expect their neighbourhood teams including PCSO's to remain in place and that is clearly the priority of the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird. We were able to discuss the other reorganisations and changes made necessary by the cuts as well as my concerns over the level of crime. I made it clear that there must be an appropriate site to maintain a police presence in Central Whitley Bay before the police station closes. I also pushed the case for local businesses to ensure their concerns are heard."
Tynemouth MP discusses small business priorities
20th February 2014
Alan Campbell MP has met with the Federation of Small Business to discuss the state of the local economies and their priorities and concerns.
Alan Campbell said, "Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and the FSB does a fantastic job in promoting their cause. We discussed a number of issues including business rates and support for small businesses. I'll be raising a number of these concerns with Ministers and with my colleagues."
Local MP meets Gaul families
17th February 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met representatives of the families of local men whose lives were lost when the trawler The Gaul was sunk. 2014 is the 40th anniversary of the tragedy which saw 6 local fishermen lost with many more mainly from Humberside.
Alan Campbell said, "it has been an honour to work with the families trying to find out what really happened to The Gaul. Their bravery has been remarkable over such a long period of time and the 40th anniversary is an important point in the story. I hope we can mark the anniversary during this year and I am grateful to the North Shields Mission Fishermen's Mission for supporting the families."
Plans for housing outlined
14th February 2014
Local MP Alan Campbell has met Council Officers and elected representatives to discuss plans for future housing in the area. Alan Campbell was able to discuss concerns over the local plan out to consultation and said he hoped local people and communities would engage in the consultation and that the facts rather than scare stories were at the forefront of debate.
Alan Campbell said, "I was able to discuss with Cabinet Member John Harrison the concerns of the council over future funding as well as the need for more affordable local housing. It is clear to me that the changes to funding by the central government has made it more difficult for councils but the Council remains committed to tackling the shortage of housing. There are some innovative plans for using existing buildings and sites better but there will inevitably have to be bigger developments in some areas. The reality is the housing shortage cannot be addressed without substantial building but it is important that the Council works with local communities".
Changes to local disability services
14th February 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met with Senior Council officers to discuss concerns over changes to services for people with disabilities. North Tyneside Council is reviewing the way social services supports residents with budgets cut by central government.
Alan Campbell said, "I was able to raise general concerns and a number if individual cases. The Council is working hard with service users but inevitably there are concerns. Was able to raise my concerns about the way in which reviews take place and the way in which the Council is able to support people. It is important that the quality of provision remains high whilst maximising the independence of service users. It is not easy but it is important that the Council listens to concerns."
Alan Campbell urges residents in Tynemouth to protect themselves from carbon monoxide poisoning
13th February 2014
As part of the Carbon Monoxide 'Be alarmed' campaign Alan Campbell MP is reminding people in Tynemouth to install an audible carbon monoxide alarm.
The Department of Health estimates that 40 people are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, and at least 4,000 are treated in hospital in the UK each year. Meanwhile research from the Carbon Monoxide ? Be Alarmed! campaign has found that 35 million households in the UK could be at risk of poisoning as they don?t have an alarm in their home which will warn them of the poisonous gas.
Alan Campbell MP said ?Many people don?t realise that they?re at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning as they have their heating on more often during the cold weather. Carbon monoxide can kill without any warning, but it is very easy to prevent. That?s why I am urging everyone in Tynemouth to make sure they and their loved ones are protected by installing a carbon monoxide alarm.?
Marking the Centenary of World War One in Tynemouth
12th February 2014
To mark the centenary of the start of WW1 the Heritage Lottery Fund is making grants of between £3000 and £100,000 available to community projects to commemorate WW1 and Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is urging local groups thinking about holding an event to apply for a grant.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell said ?The centenary commemorations provide an opportunity to remember and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of those who lost their lives during WW1 and are a chance to reflect on the wider social change that occurred as a result of the war. Here in Tynemouth I know the excellent Tynemouth WW1 Commemoration Project is working hard on their online database but people may not know that groups such as schools, scouts, cadets and churches can also apply.?
For further details visit the HFL website at www.hfl.org.uk/HowToApply.whatwefund/FirstWorldWar
North East Miners Social Welfare Trust Fund
11th February 2014
The North East Area Miners Social Welfare Trust Fund is a registered charity with the objective of ensuring the long term regeneration and development of former mining communities.
The Trust is currently open to requests for financial assistance from mining related groups or individuals who may be able to benefit from the funds.
Alan Campbell MP said ?I understand the Trust will consider grants towards both Community and Personal development including things like further education and convalescent holidays. If any of my constituents know of any group or individual they feel may be able to benefit from the Trust they are welcome to contact my office for further details?.
Plain Packaging for tobacco moves a step closer
10th February 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today voted in favour of a ban on smoking in cars with children under 18 and for the introduction of plain cigarette packaging.
The success of the vote allows the UK to take the next step towards making plain, standardised tobacco packs a reality.
Alan Campbell MP said ?I have been calling for these measures for a number of years. 8 out of 10 smokers start by the age of 19 so it is essential that steps are taken to make smoking less attractive to young people. In North Tyneside not only is the death rate from smoking higher than the rest of the country but smoking related illness also costs the local NHS nearly £11 million per year.
I am pleased that today MPs have helped to give a clear signal to the tobacco industry that the UK is putting the health of children above their profits.?
North East loses out on Enterprise Zone Funding
5th February 2014
It has just been announced that the North East Enterprise Zone has not received any of the ?Building Foundations for Growth? Capital Grant Fund.
As part of the fund, £100 million was available but the Department for Communities and Local Government announced the North East will not receive any funding.
Alan Campbell MP said ?I am very concerned about this announcement not least because Enterprise Zones are a flagship part of the Government?s economic policy for the recovery. Once again it seems the Government is overlooking the North East in favour of other, more prosperous parts of the country."
Labour announces plans to tackle the cost of living crisis
4th February 2014
Families across Britain are being hit by a cost of living crisis under David Cameron - working people are an average of over £1,600 a year worse off, people at work have been hit by rising insecurity as ministers have made it easier to fire, not easier to hire, by watering down people?s rights at work and compounding the cost of living crisis.
There has been a marked rise in the number of employees on zero-hours contracts since 2010, with some estimates that there could be as many as 1 million employees on them. The number of people working part time who want to work full time has risen by more than 350,000 since the Tory-led government took office to over 1.4 million.
Alan Campbell MP said ?Labour has announced plans to ban zero-hours contracts where they exploit people, to end the scandal of false self-employment, to strengthen the National Minimum Wage and its enforcement and incentivise employers to pay a Living Wage through ?make work pay? contracts.
?The way we tackle the cost of living crisis and rising insecurity at work is by building an economy that works for working people. We need to see growth which is better balanced across regions and sectors and which creates high-skilled, better paid jobs so we can earn our way out of the cost of living crisis. Britain will succeed in the 21st Century with a race to the top, not a race to the bottom. ?
MP opens NTDF Annual Variety Show
1st February 2014
Local MP Alan Campbell went along to the Whitley Bay Playhouse to support North Tyneside Disability Forum?s Annual Variety Show. Hundreds of friends, family and supporters saw singers, dancers and poets perform to raise money for the Forum.
Officially opening the show Alan Campbell praised the work of the Forum which works for and with disabled people across North Tyneside. Alan Campbell said ?I?m delighted to support the work of the North Tyneside Disability Forum and want to congratulate all the performers and indeed everyone associated with the show.?
Local MP discusses health issues with local decision makers
1st February 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell, along with Mary Glindon MP and Mayor Norma Redfearn, met the board of the Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss developments in local health care. They discussed the budgetary situation and the way in which change is being handled locally.
Alan Campbell said, ?As ever health care is changing in the way in which services are being delivered. The CCG have a key role to play in commissioning services and therefore facilitating change and it is crucial that they work closely with the public. I am concerned that changes to funding will hit our area hard. It may be a relief that the £12 million shortfall won?t all go at once but being taken over the next few years means some tough decisions are needed. It also nails the lie that health spending will continue to increase in real terms, certainly not in our area.?
Sainsbury?s Active Kids 2014
30th January 2014
As part of Sainsbury?s Active Kids scheme, this year the supermarket will be concentrating on healthy eating and nurseries, schools, Scout and Guide groups will be able to benefit from cooking equipment, including electrical appliances and tools for creative cooking. The scheme, developed in collaboration with the British Nutritional Foundation, will equip school children with the materials, ingredients and knowledge to learn the skills to lead healthier lives.
Alan Campbell MP said ?Thanks to the support of local people, Sainsbury?s have donated £407817.00 worth of Active Kids equipment and experiences to organisations in our area. I trust that local people will continue to support the scheme.?
Stepping up to support customers
29th January 2014
Northumbrian Water and StepChange Debt Charity are launching a new partnership to help support customers who may be facing financial difficulties.
The partnership, which is an industry first, will help customers access free, confidential debt advice and solutions and starts during National Debt Awareness Week
In teaming up with the UK?s largest debt charity the water supplier recognises that water arrears may be a sign of a wider problem that StepChange Debt Charity will be able to help with.
In making a referral to the charity, Northumbrian Water is committed to understanding the customer?s whole situation and will give time for the customer to work with StepChange to achieve an action plan and debt solution.
Alan Campbell MP said ?With many people struggling with the rising cost of living, this is good news for local customers. By working with an independent charity that are experts about debt matters, the water company is taking a very positive step forward in supporting customers who may be facing financial difficulties.?
New specialist jobs for region
28th January 2014
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced that they are to open a new Digital Centre at their offices in Longbenton, Newcastle, and will be initially recruiting for around 50 new specialist jobs.
Responding to the news Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell said ?HMRC have chosen this area as they are confident that they can find the skills they are looking for in the North East. Importantly, these are skilled, specialist jobs and hopefully there will be further opportunities in the future.?
Local MP ?takes a step? against prejudice by signing Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment
27th January 2014
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, local MP Alan Campbell signed the Holocaust Educational Trust?s Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, honouring those who died during the Holocaust as well as honouring the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured.
Today marks the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell said
?Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau ? and is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to join members of my community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.?
MP backs local pubs
21st January 2014
Alan Campbell MP today joined Labour colleagues in Parliament in backing local pubs across Britain by voting to introduce a new code to support small landlords and give consumers greater choice.
An estimated 26 pubs are closing each week in Britain and the large chains of pub companies (PubCos) have been accused of giving landlords a raw deal, with many paying over the odds for their alcoholic products.
Labour today dragged ministers to the House of Commons in an Opposition Day debate to demand that the Government introduces legislation in this year?s Queen?s Speech to support local pubs.
Alan Campbell MP said ?Pubs are vital hubs for communities in Tynemouth and are valued strongly by local people, but due to the Tory-led government?s inaction and broken promises on backing small landlords, they are closing at an ever-increasing rate.
?This costs jobs, especially for young people, and hits the local economy by an average of £80,000 each time a pub shuts.
?We need to back our local pubs. That?s why, a year after ministers promised action on this issue which still hasn?t materialised, I voted again for a statutory code to be put in place, including a non-tied option for publicans.
?It?s time for the Tories to take real action to support small landlords otherwise our area risks losing more pubs, and more jobs.?
Calls for Boulmer rethink after fishing rescue
21st January 2014
Alan Campbell MP is among a group of Northern MP?s who has called on the government to rethink plans to axe Sea Kings at RAF Boulmer and transfer their duties to bases further away in light of a dramatic rescue.
The rescue took place 30 miles off Tynemouth and four fishermen were winched to safety after their boat began to sink.
Alan Campbell MP said ?This incident underlines just how dangerous fishing as an occupation can be. But there is often a risk to many coastal activities even people who use the sea for leisure interests. I hate to imagine what might have happened if it hadn?t been for the expertise of the RAF rescue crew and the bravery of Tynemouth Lifeboats.
It?s yet further evidence of the need to retain a fully operational service at Boulmer by the RAF, who, after all, are the experts.?
Labour Leader sets out firm plans for Banking Reform
17th January 2014
Labour Leader Ed Miliband today set out firm plans for banking reform.
In a keynote speech at the University of London Mr Miliband highlighted that in the worst cost of living crisis in a generation, David Cameron continues to demonstrate how out of touch he is with the struggles millions are facing and is determined to operate our economy as business as usual.
Alan Campbell MP said ?Britain?s banking system is dominated by just four banks that control 85 per cent of small business lending. This lack of competition is a root cause of poor service, a breakdown of trust and a massive drop of £56bn in lending to business since May 2010.
Part of the reason we rely too much on low paid, insecure work is that the small firms that could create the good, high paying jobs of the future can?t get the finance they need to grow both themselves and our economy.
That?s why the next Labour Government will bring in a legal threshold to ensure no bank can get too big and that the market remains competitive for the long-term. We will improve the amount of lending to small businesses, improve the service to all customers and create new banks that will work for the communities they serve.
Under a Labour Government, small businesses will have a better chance of getting the support they need to grow, employ more people at decent wages and help Britain earn its way to better living standards for everyone.?
Parliament debates nuisance calls
16th January 2014
Alan Campbell MP was today present at a timely parliamentary debate on nuisance calls.
The debate came amidst increasing concerns that Ofcom needs to do more to tackle cold calling.
Alan Campbell MP said ?I know from my constituency postbag that this is a serious concern to many local people. Local people I have spoken to have been woken in the middle of the night by unsolicited calls which, in many cases can cause unnecessary worry. I?m calling on the government to give Ofcom further powers to deal with nuisance calls?
Opposition Day Debate on Banking
15th January 2014
On Wednesday the House of Commons debated an Opposition motion on reform of the banking system and bankers? bonuses and Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has expressed his disappointment that lack of government support meant the motion was defeated.
Alan Campbell MP said ?We need banks that work for the whole economy including individuals, small and large businesses if Britain is to earn our way out of the cost of living crisis. Banks want to go back to business as usual and have indicated they are about to pay huge bonuses to traders for performance in 2013. At a time when families face a cost-of-living crisis and lending to business is falling, it cannot be right for the Chancellor to approve a doubling of the bank bonus cap.?
Coalition votes to sell off probation service without parliamentary approval
14th January 2014
Local MP Alan Campbell has criticised the government after Tory and Lib Dem MP?s voted to sell off or restructure the probation service without any parliamentary approval.
As part of the Offender Rehabilitation Bill currently going through parliament the Government is proposing to sell off over 70% of the probation service. Today?s vote means that this can happen without any input from MP?s.
Alan Campbell MP said ?I am extremely concerned about the government?s plans to privatise the probation service. Changes on this scale should be subject to detailed parliamentary scrutiny and that is why I am so concerned that Tory and Lib Dem MP?s have today voted to take away that right?.
MP?s call for end to North-South arts cash divide
12th January 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has welcomed the news that a select committee is set to launch an investigation into arts funding bias which they believe is starving the North of vital investment.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport Committee is carrying out an investigation following the publication of a recent report which showed a massive North-South funding divide. The report highlighted how London received 73% of available arts and culture grants, working out at £69 per head compared with £4.60 per head in the rest of the country.
Alan Campbell MP said ?This investigation is very important as much of the regeneration in the region is based on arts and culture. In the past our area has benefitted from DCMS money such as the Sea Change Fund which was vital to complete the restoration of Tynemouth Station. It is now important that we continue to urge the government to address this imbalance and ensure that we get our fair share of investment cash in the future.?
MP opens new MRI scanner at Rake Lane hospital
10th January 2014
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today officially opened a new £1million MRI scanner at North Tyneside General Hospital.
The new state of the art MRI facility, which is the first of its kind in the region, provides the latest technology available anywhere in the world. The high quality 3D imaging and fast scanning rate means around 7000 North East patients a year will be diagnosed and treated much quicker.
Alan Campbell MP said ?I was honoured to open to the MRI centre and I am delighted that North Tyneside is receiving such investment.
It?s great news to have such a facility in our area which will enable residents to have their scan locally, seven days a week. The fact that the new scanner will make people?s experience even better is excellent news?.
Local MP calls for better access to transport for disabled people
9th January 2014
Ahead of a debate in parliament on access to transport for disabled people, Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has criticised the Government for rejecting many of the sensible recommendations for improving access to transport made by the Transport Select Committee.
Alan Campbell MP said ?11.5 million people, or 19% of the population, are currently classified as disabled in the UK and the majority of people will experience disability at some point in their lifetime. It?s a disgrace that fewer than a fifth of rail stations have full step-free access via lifts or ramps and that the Government is refusing to consult with national disability charities on which stations should be prioritised for access improvements.
It is now clear that the Government?s rhetoric is not matching its substance. While it is telling disabled people to get back into work, the Government and transport providers are failing to provide accessible transport and infrastructure.?
Labour announce plans to regulate spread of betting shops
8th January 2014
Labour today used an Opposition Day Debate to announce key policies on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and Betting Shop Clustering.
As part of the plans, Labour would legislate to give local authorities further planning powers to establish a separate planning class for betting shops, so that councils can use planning powers to control the number opening in their area.
Alan Campbell MP said ?I know that many people are concerned about the number of betting shops opening on our high streets. Currently local council?s do not have the power to prevent this. Labour?s new policy would mean that local councils are empowered to take action in response to local concerns.?
Opposition Day Debate on Housing Crisis
8th January 2014
Alan Campbell MP has called on the Government to take action to make home ownership a realistic aspiration for working people and rents more affordable by building much needed homes.
According to independent experts, under the current Government we are building less than half the homes a year we need to meet demand. The gap between the number of homes we build each year and what we need is unprecedented at over 100,000 each year.
A housing shortage, combined with the cost of living crisis ? with falling wages and rising bills ? is making rents increasingly expensive and putting homeownership out of reach for millions of working people.
Back in 1997 it took an average family just three years to save for a proper deposit on a home but today it takes 22 years. Private sector rents are now at the highest level ever recorded.
Alan Campbell MP said ?David Cameron failed to tackle the housing shortage which is central to his cost of living crisis.
The housing market isn't working because there simply aren't enough homes around for young people and families that want to buy but are forced to rent. The Tory-led Government has done next to nothing to increase housing supply and is presiding over the lowest levels of housebuilding in peacetime since the 1920s.?
Labour will tackle the housing crisis by increasing the number of new homes built to at least 200,000 a year by 2020 and we?ll scrap the cruel bedroom tax which is driving so many families into rent arrears and puts them at risk of homelessness.?
Labour Amendment to Mesothelioma Bill fails
7th January 2014
Alan Campbell MP has expressed his disappointment that the Government did not accept Labour?s amendments to the Mesothelioma Bill at Report Stage and Third Reading in parliament today.
Alan Campbell MP said ?I know that organisations such as the Asbestos Victims Support Group and those who have been affected by Mesothelioma have serious concerns about the Bill in its current form, particularly over the proposals for compensation. This is another example of a wasted opportunity by a Government that does not listen.?
Changes to health funding means North East set to lose out
6th January 2014
Changes to the way health funding is calculated will mean the North East and in particularly Tynemouth Constituency is set to lose out.
Traditionally health funding has used economic deprivation and life expectancy as a measure of how to allocate resources where they are needed. But the changes mean these factors have now been downgraded and Mr Campbell recently wrote to the Health Secretary to raise concerns.
Alan Campbell MP said ?I remain very concerned about the changes and am certainly not reassured by the Minister?s response. The North East remains one of the regions with some the lowest life expectancy and the highest levels of deprivation which obviously lead to greater challenges within the health service. It can?t be right that money is being transferred from an area of need to more affluent areas in the south. This is another example of this Government?s astonishing lack of awareness of the issues facing our area.?
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