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.”
24th December 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has wished everyone in Tynemouth constituency a Merry Christmas.
Alan Campbell MP said “It has been a privilege to be involved in so many community events in the run up to Christmas and I want to put on record my thanks and appreciation to all those whose service to the public demand that they give up their holiday to look after us – the volunteers, church and charity workers but also public servants including police officers, doctors, nurses, fire-fighters and council workers who work hard to keep us safe.
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
Lobbying the Lobbying Bill
23rd December 2013
Alan Campbell MP was today lobbied by local residents concerned about the Government’s ‘Gagging Bill’. The residents presented the petition at the MP’s office in North Shields.
The local MP said “I fully share the concerns of local people and was pleased to receive the petition. It is clear that the government has not listened to the wide range of campaigners who have warned that this Bill could have a chilling effect on our national debate.”
Health Through Warmth
23rd December 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today visited a local resident to see at firsthand how NPower’s Health Through Warmth Scheme is helping local people this winter.
The MP met Patricia Dunn who recently received funding for a new boiler through the scheme.
Alan Campbell MP said “It was lovely to meet Patricia and to see the real help that projects such as Warm Zone can offer.”
Boxing Day Pudding Fun Run
22nd December 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is urging local people to support this year’s Boxing Day Pudding Fun Run.
The annual Fun Run is jointly organised by Woodlawn School Parents & Friends Association and North Shields Polytechnic Running Club to raise money for Woodlawn School.
Alan Campbell MP said “I will be starting the run again this year and I urge local people to come along to show their support. It is a great community event and a great opportunity to run off the excesses of Christmas Day!”
Opposition Day debate on Food banks
18th December 2013
Labour today used an Opposition Day Debate to highlight the growing number of people in Britain relying on food banks.
Alan Campbell MP said “The recent growth in the number of people in Britain that are visiting food banks and facing hunger on a daily basis is shocking and that it highlights the urgent need for the Government to address this. In the debate on Wednesday many members were shocked by the response from the Government front bench, the minister’s discourtesy in leaving without listening properly to the debate and the uncaring attitude demonstrated by most but not all on the government benches.
It is now vital that the Government take urgent action to address the alarming growth in the number of people who are relying on food banks and to tackle the cost of living crisis that is affecting so many households across our constituency and the country.”
John Spence visit Parliament
17th December 2013
Alan Campbell MP today met with students from John Spence who were visiting Parliament as part of a Show Racism the Red Card event.
The groups of students were shown around by Mr Campbell before making a presentation as part of the event.
MP urges local groups to apply as National Lottery Funding hits milestone
16th December 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has urged local groups to apply for National Lottery Funding after the organisation announced its 420,000th grant.
Alan Campbell MP said “The Lottery has now awarded funding to 49 groups in Tynemouth constituency of more than £2million. If any local groups think they could benefit from funding they should get some more information at www.lottery.goodcauses.org.uk
Victorian Christmas Market
14th December 2013
In what has become an Christmas tradition, Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell went along to the opening of the Victorian Christmas Market in North Shields Town Centre.
Alan Campbell MP said ‘For me the Christmas market heralds the beginning of the festive period and I was pleased to be invited again this year. With more stalls than ever the event really does go from strength.’
MP meets local Firefighters
13th December 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell today went along to Tynemouth Fire Station to meet with local Firefighters concerned about the future of the service.
The MP said “Government cuts mean the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is having to make over £8 million of savings. Although we’re lucky that Tynemouth Fire Station will stay the loss of Wallsend will have a knock on effect on our area and firefighters told me that it will lead to loss of life. I’m urging the Government to look again at what clearly are dangerous plans for our area”.
Local MP speaks out for local Fishermen
12th December 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today spoke in a Fisheries Debate in Parliament.
Alan Campbell MP said “I have been in regular contact with local fishermen and I was glad of the opportunity to raise their concerns. “
You can read the full speech online at;
MP urges Equitable pensioners to apply for their compensation
10th December 2013
Alan Campbell MP is calling on any constituents who had pensions with Equitable Life to make sure they get the compensation promised to them by the government before it is too late.
The Equitable Life Payments Scheme was set up in 2011 to pay up to £1.5 billion to victims of the Equitable Life scandal and £600 million has already been paid out. But many people have moved without giving their new address and an alarming number seem to be unaware that they are entitled to a payment. The Treasury is planning to shut down the scheme in 2015, with many pensioners at risk of remaining unpaid.
Alan Campbell MP said "Although 450,000 people have now received a compensation cheque, about 20% remain untraced. Although Labour is calling on the Government to extend the scheme, if people don't get their claim in soon they may miss out".
Potentially there are more than 400 people in Tynemouth constituency alone missing out on thousands of pounds in compensation. Nationally the figure is close to 200,000.
If you think you have an eligible policy but have not yet heard from the Scheme, you can first confirm that your policy is eligible for the Scheme by telephoning the Scheme's ‘Policychecker’ service on 0300 0200 150. Or write to Equitable Life Payment Scheme, PO Box 4110, Glasgow G58 1EL quoting your full name, address and your Equitable Life policy number in all correspondence.
11,000 homes in Tynemouth eligible for home heating assistance
9th December 2013
As British households prepare to face the cold winter, new research reveals 11,000 households in Tynemouth constituency are eligible for assistance from their energy supplier with heating their homes. The findings from Home Heat Helpline show that a total of 3.6 million households across Great Britain qualify for help.
12% of homes in Tynemouth constituency are entitled to relief from energy companies this year. Households that qualify include low income pensioners, disadvantaged families with children or those with a disability, or any household that lives in one of the most deprived areas in the country.
Alan Campbell MP said “Forecasters are predicting a cold winter ahead, and many people who are elderly or on low incomes may not know where to turn for help and advice on keeping their homes warm.”
“Constituents preparing for what could be a cold winter should call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to see if they’re eligible for assistance.”
Small Business Saturday
6th December 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today met with local traders ahead of the UK’s first ever Small Business Saturday Saturday 7th December 2013.
Small Business Saturday is a grass roots campaign that encourages people to shop locally and support small and independent businesses in our local community.
Alan Campbell MP said “I know how much local people care about our town and the small businesses which are the backbone of our local economy and I was pleased to support the North Shields Chamber of Trade ahead of Small Business Saturday. I am encouraging local people to shop locally on what is a key day in the run up to Christmas.”
Carols at Christ Church
6th December 2011
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today attended a carol service at Christ Church in North Shields which was organised by North Tyneside Learning Disabilities Federation. Mr Campbell read one of the lessons as part of the service.
Alan Campbell MP “I really enjoyed the service which for me really marks the start of the festive season.”
Linskill wins Community Fund Award
4th December 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell today congratulated Linskill Community Centre on receiving a £3000 Community Fund Award.
Earlier this year employees at Lloyds Banking Group nominated over 4,600 local good causes and worked together to create the shortlist of over 1,500 organisations in nearly 400 communities.
The shortlist was put to a public vote in Lloyds branches across the area and online. Linskill Community Centre received the most public votes in the area.
Alan Campbell MP congratulated the Linskill and said “It just goes to show what a community asset the Linskill Centre is and I’m glad that local people have got behind them”
MP warns of deadly Carbon Monoxide risk
3rd December 2013
Alan Campbell MP has urged his constituents to protect themselves against the deadly threat of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. New research from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign has found that 35 million households in the UK could be at risk of poisoning they don’t have an alarm in their home which will warn them of the poisonous gas.
As carbon monoxide has no smell, colour or taste, installing an audible alarm that sounds when the gas is present is the only way to make sure you are protected. It can be produced by any fuel-burning appliance – such as a boiler, cooker or fire – which is faulty or doesn’t have adequate ventilation.
Alan Campbell MP said “Carbon Monoxide is a deadly gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Too many people are dying or suffering needlessly from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. That’s why I am urging every resident in [place] to make sure they and their loved ones are protected by installing an audible carbon monoxide alarm.”
Mesothelioma Bill in Parliament
2nd December 2013
The Mesothelioma Bill receives its 2nd Reading in Parliament later today but although Labour welcomes the Bill Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has raised concerns that the Bill does not go far enough.
Alan Campbell MP said “I’m proud that Labour has been responsible for leading on almost every major piece of legislation protecting the rights of Mesothelioma victims in the UK but this Bill does not go far enough. We intend to table amendments in Committee to raise compensation levels from 75% of the average compensation of claimants to at least 90% and to ensure the maximum possible compensation is secured for sufferers of Mesothelioma”
Retailers and the High Street Debate
28th November 2013
Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth today spoke in a debate in parliament to raise the concerns of local retailers.
Alan Campbell MP said “I recently met with local retailers who came to lobby me in parliament. The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill is currently going through parliament and is a chance to put in place measures to protect small businesses on our high streets. The Bill could address concerns about the definition of low-value shoplifting. Currently, the Bill defines low-value shoplifting as when the value of the stolen goods does not exceed £200. But that’s a lot of money to smaller, independent shops and I’m urging the government to listen to the concerns of retailers and make the threshold lower.”
Labour Opposition Day Debate on the cost of living
27th November 2013
Labour MP Alan Campbell today supported a Labour Motion that calls on the government to take urgent action to tackle the cost of living crisis.
For 41 of the 42 weeks David Cameron has been in office prices have risen faster than wages. Since the General Election, energy bills are up by £300 because the Government has failed to stand up to the Big Six energy companies who are ripping off customers.
Labour is clear that if we win the next election we’ll freeze bills until 2017 saving households £120 and businesses £1800.
Labour pledges to tackle Cost of Childcare Crisis for working families
26th November 2013
Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth has backed Labour’s plans to help working families cope with the rising cost of childcare.
Alan Campbell MP has slammed the government for not doing enough to help hard-working families and has backed Labour’s plans to guarantee wrap around childcare before and after school for primary school-aged children and extend free nursery hours to 3 and 4 year olds for working families.
Alan Campbell MP said “I know childcare is a huge expense for working parents, with families in Tynemouth paying up to £100 per week for childcare. For some families this can be as much as having a second mortgage and can be a major barrier to getting into work and making ends meet.
“Childcare is a key cause of the cost of living crisis for working parents and I’m pleased Labour has pledged to introduce these bold policies to make a difference to hard pressed mums and dads. A Primary guarantee will make arranging quality before and after school care easier, and extending the free childcare offer from 15 to 25 hours will be worth over £1500 for parents of three and four year olds to help them pay their childcare bills.”
Opening of Whitley Bay Islamic Community Centre
24th November 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP today officially opened the Whitley Bay Islamic Community Centre in Hillheads.
The local community centre celebrated its opening at a Fun Day held for the local community this Sunday.
Alan Campbell MP said “The centre looks great after extensive refurbishment and I want to congratulate all those involved but particularly Mr Hannan for their hard work in getting to this stage. The new facility is a fantastic community asset and an important part of the wider community.
Tynemouth MP supports Legion cause
20th November 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has met with regional representatives of the British Legion in Parliament to discuss the work of the Legion in the North East.
Alan Campbell MP said, “The British Legion’s work is so important to my constituents. I was interested to hear of their plans for the future and to congratulate and thank them for the work they do.”
MP lobbied about independent retailers concerns
19th November 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell met local Whitley Bay retailer Kieran MCDonnell at an event in Parliament to hear the concerns of independent retailers. The National Federation of Retail Newsagents has launched their 2014 Agenda setting out the concerns of 16,000 independent retailers.
Alan Campbell said, “I am grateful for the update about the concerns of independent retailers. They are in many areas the backbone of our local community and government, at local and national level, should listen to what they have to say.”
Local MP attends new church launch
17th November 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has attended a church service to mark the setting up of a new church in his constituency. The Filipino International Congregation has been attending the Whitley Bay Baptist Church for around ten years. Now they have become the Filipino International Church in their own right and will meet as their own church, using the Whitley Bay Baptist Church building.
Alan Campbell said, “I was delighted to attend the service and to welcome the new church. I was also pleased to see so many local people from not only the Baptist Church but other churches who came along to welcome the new church. The Filipino community has brought so much to our wider community including in the work they do and I wanted to thank them for that.”.
Constituency matters under discussion with new Mayor
15th November 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met North Tyneside Mayor Norma Redfearn to discuss a number of council matters affecting his constituency. Part of a series of regular meetings, the MP and Mayor discussed better ways in which they can work together to the benefit of Tynemouth residents.
Alan Campbell said, “We discussed a range of issues including the forthcoming review of school places and ongoing regeneration issues. I made clear my view that the regeneration priority must be the completion of the Spanish City and the Mayor was able to update me on her plans.”
MP visits impressive local charity
15th November 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has visited PROPS a local charity based at the Linskill Centre in North Shields to see at first hand the work being done to support the families of alcohol and drug abusers. The local MP spoke to service users and staff about their concerns and discussed the involvement of other agencies.
Alan Campbell said, “ PROPS is a huge support for families affected by alcohol and drug abuse and PROPS work is, I believe, invaluable. The women family members I spoke to were hugely impressive in what can clearly be very difficult circumstances. I would urge constituents with their own concerns to contact PROPS to see in what ways they can offer support.”
Tynemouth MP urges Council to do more over flooding
14th November 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has joined Shiremoor residents at a meeting with North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Water to see what more can be done to address the issue of flooding in the village. Residents were told of the investigative work being done to find out why dozens of houses have been flooded on numerous occasions in the last few years.
Alan Campbell said, “I asked for the meeting on behalf of residents who are clearly frustrated by the time it is taking to address this matter. We agreed on ways this can be taken forward including ensuring that the resources are there. We will be meeting officers again soon to see what is being done and what more needs to be done. The residents and I will not rest until we have some answers and some effective action.”
Alan Campbell supports Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project
13th November 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has attended a lecture at Northumbria University as part of the Tynemouth World War One Project. Professor Martin Pugh, Emeritus Professor of History at Newcastle University spoke about Women and the First World War as part of a series of lectures.
Alan Campbell proposed the vote of thanks to Professor Pugh and praised not only the lecture but the Tynemouth Project.
Alan Campbell said ”The Tynemouth World war One Project has gone from strength to strength. The number of people attending lectures indicates the way in which the project has reached out beyond Tynemouth. It is even more remarkable given that the project depends upon volunteers, people like Alan Fidler and Dr Dan Jackson who give their time and energy to a project close to their heart. I thank them and people like Professor Pugh for their hard work.”
Labour Opposition Day Debate on the ‘Bedroom Tax’
12th November 2013
Alan Campbell MP today voted to abolish the unjust and unworkable bedroom tax being imposed by this Tory-led government, saying that the people affected by this tax simply can’t wait until 2015 for this to be repealed.
The Bedroom Tax hits over 400,000 disabled people nationwide and around 50,000 people in the North East. For the vast majority of those affected, there is nowhere smaller to move to, hitting vulnerable people with an average bill of £720 a year through no fault of their own. Instead of reducing the housing benefit bill, there is now a real risk the Bedroom Tax will cost more than it saves.
Alan Campbell MP said “The Bedroom Tax is leaving families up and down this country with nowhere to go and on the edge of spiralling debt. These people simply can’t wait until the next Labour government in 2015 for it to be repealed. They need it repealed now.
“The people of Tynemouth can see what this Tory-led government’s policy is doing; and it’s doing it to the wrong group of people. Instead of providing tax cuts for hedge funds, they are penalising disabled people and their loved ones that work so hard caring for them.
“The Labour Party’s policy to repeal this tax isn’t only fair but makes sense. The Tory-led government should follow our lead.”
The next Labour Government will repeal the Bedroom Tax without extra borrowing. To cover the £470m cost of repealing the Bedroom Tax, funds have been earmarked from:
• reversing George Osborne’s recent tax cut for hedge funds announced in Budget 2013;
• reversing George Osborne’s shares for rights scheme which has been rejected by businesses, has opened up a tax loophole and will lead to £1bn being lost to the Exchequer according to the Office for Budget Responsibility; and tackling disguised employment in the construction industry.
Paying the living wage in the North East could mean a £139 million boost to public finances
12th November 2013
New figures published by the Northern TUC show big savings – £139m – could be made by the public purse if the North East’s 213,000 low-paid workers received a pay rise and were paid the living wage.
Economic modelling carried out for the national TUC by Howard Reed of Landman Economics suggests that the Treasury would receive an extra £92.4m from the increased tax and national insurance contributions (NIC) that would result from a North East-wide living wage boost.
Alan Campbell MP said “Around 213,000 workers across the North East are being paid less than the living wage so it’s not hard to see why so many families are struggling to make household budgets stretch to cover the cost of everyday essentials.
Of course not every employer can afford to pay their staff the living wage, but many more can. Increasing the number of people across the North East who are paid at least the living wage would mean huge savings for the public purse in extra taxes paid and fewer benefits claimed.”
Tynemouth MP slams dangers of Tory EU games
11th November 2013
Alan Campbell MP has warned that the Tory EU Referendum Bill puts at risk thousands of jobs in the North East. On the day that James Wharton's Private Members Bill returns to the House of Commons the Head of Nissan warned that Britain's leaving the EU would mean Nissan relocating elsewhere.
Alan Campbell said, "The Tories are playing a very cynical game. The uncertainty posed by the EU Referendum Bill puts at risk further investment in the UK and in the North East in particular. Nissan has made clear it's position. Hitachi Europe he also expressed concern. All Government's like to take credit for what happens at Nissan. The reality is the company invests in the plant at Sunderland. Thousands of workers, including some in my constituency, draw a pay packet each week as a result of that investment. We have to take seriously any concerns which put investment at risk. The Tory Party is cynically using the EU Referendum Bill as glue to keep their party together. The price of the uncertainty caused may be paid by tens if not thousands of workers across our region."
Local MP joins constituents at Remembrance services
10th November 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has joined hundreds of constituents at Remembrance services cross the constituency. He took part in a service at Hawkeys Lane in North Shields in the morning and at Whitley Bay in the afternoon.
Alan Campbell said, "The crowds this year seemed bigger than ever. Regular soldiers stood alongside Territorials who in turn stood alongside cadets and air training corps members. I want to thank and pay tribute to the Royal British Legion for organising the services and for all those who took part. The bands of the Salvation Army did us proud at both events. My constituents have never been shy in coming forward to serve our country and to pay tribute to the fallen. In the sadness of remembrance there can also be immense pride in the extolling of those values."
Northern Living Wage Summit
7th November 2013
With up to 1 in 3 North East workers paid less than a living wage, the Northern Living Wage Summit being held today aims to help the North East take a leadership role in tackling poverty pay.
Alan Campbell MP said “Low-paid workers risk being left further behind unless the Government increases the National Minimum Wage and ensures that it at least keeps pace with inflation and average earnings growth. With the ongoing cuts to tax-credits and benefits, the incomes of hard-pressed families are being squeezed even tighter. As a result, an increasing number of households are relying upon the minimum wage to make ends meet or are then turning to debt and unscrupulous lenders. I’m sure this event will bring together perspectives from around the region to explore and better support the idea of the Living Wage”.
Shiremoor Treat wins Heritage Lottery Funding
4th November 2013
Alan Campbell MP has welcomed the news that the Shiremoor and District Children’s Treat in partnership with VODA has been awarded £38,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The funding has been awarded for a project that will focus on the cultural tradition of the Shiremoor and District Children’s Treat from its inception 150 years ago to the present day. The project will use archives and collect and interpret the local community’s photographs, stories and memorabilia.
Alan Campbell MP said “I’m delighted that the Treat has received funding for this project. The Treat is an important part of our local cultural heritage and this project will be a great showcase for that. I know that the local people who organise the event put in an enormous effort to keep the tradition alive and I also know firsthand how much local children enjoy the event”.
Alan Campbell MP supports National Radiator Day
1st November 2013
National Radiator Day (1st November) is designed to raise awareness of simple and cheap ways to improve the efficiency of radiators, keeping homes warmer and bills down.
Industry tips include:-
1. Bleed your radiator – air can be trapped at the top of the radiator, which feels cold when the radiator is otherwise hot.
2. Fit thermostats to each radiator – these automatically adjust the heat emitted to individual room temperatures.
3. Get your boiler serviced by an approved installer – efficient boilers save money.
4. Flush the sludge from your radiator – if your radiator is hot at the top and sides, but cold near the middle or bottom, then this might be caused by a build-up of sludge inside. Sludge reduces the efficiency of the radiator and puts extra demands on the boiler, which increases fuel usage and shortens the life of the boiler.
5. Keep the radiator free of dust and blockages – radiators work primarily by convection (movement of hot air) as well as radiation. Dust, dirt and household items block the airflows reducing the amount of heat flowing into the room.
Alan Campbell MP said “I welcome this opportunity to raise awareness of the simple and relatively cheap ways the heating industry believe bills can be kept low and our homes warm. Energy bills worry my constituents so I’m more than happy to highlight ways in which they can be helped.”
“I’ll certainly be bleeding my radiators this weekend using the key that Energy and Utilities Alliance have sent me.”
Chief Executive of EUA, Mike Foster said “It is great to have Alan Campbell MP raising awareness of the ways in which a humble radiator can become more efficient. Community leadership like this matters a great deal to prompt people to take action, especially as it can save considerable sums of money.”
AGE UK Warm Homes Campaign
31st October 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is supporting Age UK’s Warm Home campaign which aims to prevent excess winter deaths through improving the energy efficiency of UK homes.
Every winter, tens of thousands of older people in the UK become seriously ill or even die as a result of the cold. Over the past ten years there have been on average 26,500 ‘excess winter deaths’ in England and Wales with the vast majority (89%) of deaths being older people.
Cold weather also causes a massive spike in associated health problems, particularly heart attacks, strokes and breathing difficulties. Age UK has calculated that the annual cost to the NHS in England of cold homes is £1.36 billion. The personal cost to families affected is incalculable.
Alan Campbell MP said “Improving the energy efficiency of UK homes would help people keep warm and healthy in winter. It would help take the pressure off the NHS struggling with additional demand in winter and would reduce people’s heating bills as less energy is wasted.
I am also concerned that energy bills have increased by an average of £300 and prices have risen faster than wages in 38 out of the last 39 months. The recent announcement that three of the big six energy companies are putting up prices by around 10% this winter serves once again to show that the energy market is simply not working for consumers.”
Supporting the Armed Forces Community
30th October 2013
Defence Discount Service is the official Ministry Of Defence Discount Service and plays a valuable part in the nations’ recognition and appreciation of the Armed Forces. The Defence Discount Service was created on the back of the Armed Forces Community Covenant and provides our Armed Forces and Veterans with discounts both online and on the high street. It is promoted internally by the MoD and Defence Discount Service engages regularly with the Armed Forces Community.
Members of the Defence Discount Service can request a recognition card called the Defence Privilege Card that is then personalised and then sent out to the member after seeing official documentation as proof of qualification for the service. This card, along with the MOD90 (official Armed Forces ID Card), can be shown in high street stores across the UK to obtain a discount.
Alan Campbell MP said “I am happy to be supporting this service. The Defence Discount Service allows companies of all sizes to give discounts to the Armed Forces and Veterans. I have pledged to do what I can to encourage retailers to take part in the project”.
MP’s briefed on Growth Agenda for Region
29th October 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met with local authority leaders and leaders of the Local Enterprise Partnership to discuss the opportunities for economic growth in the North East. Members of the North East Leadership Board met with the region’s MP’s to outline the work of the proposed Combined Authority which will see 7 local authorities working more closely together.
Alan Campbell said, “Working together can only be a good thing making our region more attractive for and effective in getting inward investment. This Government has washed its hands of this region and in an age in which there will be less money around the fortunes of our region lie increasingly in our own hands.”
Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund
29th October 2013
Alan Campbell MP has welcomed the creation of a new Community Fund set up by the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
There is £90,000 available in total and grant of up to £2,000 are available to community and voluntary groups for projects supporting the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.
Alan Campbell MP said “I welcome this fund which means that members of local charities, voluntary, social enterprises and community groups in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear can apply for funding for a range of local projects. It means that for the first time, local communities can have a direct impact on crime issues in their area.
For further information please call 0191 2219800 or log on to www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk
The deadline for applications is the 29th November 2013
National Youth Agency Youth Worker Awards
28th October 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has wished a local youth worker good luck in the National Youth Worker Awards 2013.
Mike Burgess from Phoenix Detached Youth Project is one of four finalists at the Awards being held in London on 30th October.
The Youth Worker awards are part of National Youth Work Week and celebrate the achievements, support and positive impact youth work has on our communities, delivered by exceptional people working on the front line.
Alan Campbell MP said “Having visited the Phoenix Detached Youth Project in the summer I have seen at first hand Mike’s positive work with young people and his impact in the community and youth sector. I wish him the best of luck.”
Lost Seafarers honoured in church service
27th October 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell joined family, friends and colleagues of those lost at sea in a moving memorial service at North Shields Baptist Church. The annual service remembers those who lost their lives at sea including fishermen.
Alan Campbell said, “Fishing is the most dangerous peacetime industry and many local families have lost a loved one in times past. I was particularly honoured to join Bob Costello in laying a wreath at the Howard Street Memorial on behalf of the Merchant Navy Association.”
Local MP opens refurbished horse riding centre
Sunday 27th October 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has cut the ribbon to officially open the refurbished Murton Equestrian Centre. Funding from a Sports Lottery “Inspired Facilities grant” has renewed the arena surface, improved the lighting and added a viewing gallery. There are also plans for a new education facility.
Alan Campbell said, “It is a great pleasure to open the newly refurbished centre and to see at first hand the excellent work being done. Equestrian sports proved very successful for us at the Olympics and it is good to see legacy money reaching my constituency”.
Linskill Centre in successful funding bid
25th October 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has welcomed the news that SITA Trust has awarded the Linskill Centre £60,000 to replace old windows with double glazing as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
Alan Campbell MP said “I’m pleased the Linskill Centre has been successful in gaining funding for this project. The Linskill Centre is a valuable community resource but is certainly in need of modernisation. This funding will not only improve the comfort for the 94,000 visitors per year, it will also improve its carbon footprint.”
Freeze that Bill!
24th October 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP has welcomed Labour’s plan to freeze energy bills until 2017.
Alan Campbell MP said “Under the Tories, Britain’s families are facing a cost of living crisis. Prices have risen faster than wages in 38 of the 39 months that David Cameron has been in Downing Street and energy bills have gone up by almost £300. David Cameron’s failure to tackle rip-off bills has meant that many people are struggling to pay their bills.
“I know how people in Tynemouth are struggling with the rising cost of living. Many of my constituents have written to me worried about their energy bills, and having to make a choice between heating their homes or buying food.
“Ed Miliband says Labour will freeze prices until the start of 2017 if Labour wins the next election. And he says we will break up the big energy companies so that we can all get a fair deal.
“This will save a typical household £120 and an average business £1,800.
“But people round here need help now. So I’m calling on David Cameron to freeze our bills now. And I’m asking local people to sign my petition today so that the voices of Tynemouth are heard loud and clear in Downing Street”
Whitley Bay Post Office closed for modernisation
22nd October 2013
Whitley Bay Post Office on Park Avenue will close today until 7th November for refurbishment. The changes to the branch are part of a three-year investment programme which will see around 6000 Post Offices converting to new style branches.
Alan Campbell MP said “The refurbishment of the branch is very welcome and I’m sure local people will be pleased that on reopening the branch will have longer opening hours including all day opening on Saturday’s.”
From 22nd October until 7th November customers are advised to use either the West Monkseaton or Cullercoats branches.
Local MP supports the UK’s 8th Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week
21st October 2013
Ahead of the UK’s 8th national Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (18th to 22nd November) local MP Alan Campbell is urging local people to make themselves aware of the risks of carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, usually the result of poorly maintained boilers or other domestic appliances, is thought to kill 50 people in Britain every year and death rates are rising. But there are also believed to be many more victims suffering the ongoing effects of CO poisoning who are not accurately diagnosed and as a result are not receiving appropriate medical support and treatment.
Alan Campbell MP said “Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is intended to draw the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning to the public’s attention. I urge all my constituents to take precautions to protect themselves and their families, by making sure that their domestic appliances are maintained and chimneys swept in their homes regularly.”
Local MP supports Usdaw’s Freedom From Fear campaign
18th October 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is supporting Usdaw, the shopworkers’ union in their campaign for greater protection for workers who serve the public.
The Freedom From Fear Campaign seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers and encourage employers, the police and government to work together to better protect all workers.
Alan Campbell MP said “I am concerned about the unacceptable number of assaults that take place against public-facing workers in our shops, petrol stations and restaurants. Indeed, there were 30,000 reported attacks against shop staff last year.
That is why I supported a new clause to the Government's Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill on 15th October 2013 that would have created a specific additional offence of assaulting a worker serving the public and introduced simpler and stiffer sentencing guidelines to deter people from committing these crimes in the first place.
Unfortunately it seems the Government do not believe that this new clause is necessary and that existing legislation and sentencing guidelines are adequate but I hope that the Government will think again.”
Local MP backs campaign to encourage people in Tynemouth to find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes
17th October 2013
Alan Campbell MP has backed a campaign by Diabetes UK in partnership with Tesco to reach the 7 million people in the UK who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes and he is urging people in Tynemouth to have their risk of the condition checked.
The campaign will also raise awareness of the risk factors of the condition – being over 40, being overweight or having a close family member with diabetes – and is urging people to take a risk assessment if any of these risk factors apply to them. People can do this online (www.diabetes.org.uk/riskscore), by visiting a pharmacy or by going to their GP. Those at high risk can then be given information about how to reduce their risk as up to 80 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented through healthy lifestyle changes.
Alan Campbell MP said: “Type 2 diabetes is a very serious condition that can lead to devastating complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke and can have a devastating impact on both the people affected and their families. Yet there are many people in Tynemouth who are at high risk of the condition or already have it but don’t know it. It is important that these people get assessed so that they can get the treatment and support that they need to reduce their risk or manage the condition”.
The risk assessment can be taken online at:
By visiting a pharmacy or by going to the GP. Those at high risk can then be given information about how to reduce their risk. Up to 80 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented through healthy lifestyle changes.
Shiremoor Credit Union receives Awards for All funding
15th October 2013
Alan Campbell MP has welcomed the news that Shiremoor Community Research & Advice working with Shiremoor Credit Union have been awarded funding of £9600 from Awards for All - part of the National Lottery.
Alan Campbell MP said “I’m really please that the Shiremoor Credit Union has been awarded this funding. Thanks must go to all the staff and volunteers at the Shiremoor Credit Union for their tireless work in our community. I know that this funding will enable them to continue their valuable work and I congratulate them on their award.”
Grow Your Tenner!
14th October 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP is supporting LocalGiving’s Grow Your Tenner campaign.
LocalGiving.com is the UK’s primary fundraising website for small, local charities and community groups and will run a match funding initiative turning £500,000 from the Cabinet Office into over £1.2million for grassroots charities across Britain.
Alan Campbell MP said “From 15th October, local charities and community groups can receive double donations thanks to the Grow Your Tenner campaign. If you would like to support a local charity please visit www.localgiving.com”
Next election will be about cost of living MP tells Fabians
11th October 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has told a meeting of the Fabians held at the Park Hotel in Tynemouth that he expects the next General Election campaign will be dominated by cost of living issues.
Alan Campbell told Fabians from across the North East that the Government was out of touch with the experiences of the public many of whom are struggling to make ends meet.
Alan Campbell said, "Energy bills are a major headache for hardworking families. The Government has no answers to the failing energy market. The next labour Government will freeze energy bills and break the dominance of the big energy companies".
High Speed Broadband for North Shields
8th October 2013
BT today announced a further expansion of high-speed fibre broadband in Tynemouth constituency with around 20,000 local homes and businesses in North Shields set to benefit.
The company expects this to be the final community in Tynemouth to be included in its £2.5 billion commercial roll-out of fibre broadband in the UK.
Openreach, BT’s local network business, will carry out work to connect the areas announced today between now and the end of Spring 2014, subject to planning and technical constraints.
Alan Campbell MP said “This further local investment from BT is very welcome. More and more people and enterprises want fibre broadband to help them go about their online activities even faster and better. Greater bandwidth helps us build competitive businesses, efficient public services and stronger communities.”
Concern expressed over Police resources to tackle crime
7th October 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has expressed concern at the effect of cutting police numbers. Figures reveal that 15,000 police officer posts will be gone by 2015 which according to Alan Campbell affects the Police's ability to keep on top of crime. Across the country emergency response times have increased by around a third and the Police are finding it more difficult to get CCTV and to use DNA.
Alan Campbell said, "Overall the police are doing a good job and deserve our full support. But there are increasing concerns over the ability to maintain the fight against crime, particularly acquisitive crimes, when the Government continues to cut officer numbers and to restrict access to vital crime fighting tools such as CCTV and DNA".
Challenge over Government claims on Immigration
4th October 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has called on the Government to come clean over it's claims in immigration. The local MP says Government claims over net immigration fail to properly explain what is actually happening.
Alan Campbell says, "The Governments claims on immigration are not borne out by the facts. Around two thirds of the fall in net immigration is accounted for by the large numbers of British citizens leaving the country and fail to take into account the rise in illegal immigration. The reality is that fewer people are being stopped at the border, more illegal immigrants are absconding and fewer are being deported. The Government may deploy tasteless poster vans with a dubious message but their reality fails to live up to the rhetoric."
Local families feeling pinch says Tynemouth MP
2nd October 2013
Many local families are finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet according to their MP Alan Campbell.
According to research undertaken by Alan Campbell local families are on average £1500 worse off as a result of the cost of living squeeze. For 38 of the last 39 months prices have risen faster than wages leaving hardworking families struggling to pay bills.
A major survey carried out over the summer in Tynemouth Constituency has revealed the depth of public concern with energy bills at the top of the list.
Alan Campbell said, " The big energy companies have increased their profits to £3.3 billion since 2010 leaving my constituents with fuel bills on average £300 higher. The Government is failing to stand up for the interests of hardworking families. We need to stop the inexorable rise in fuel bills and hold the energy companies to account."
He added, " It seems that Conservative Governments put the interest of energy companies before the interests of hardworking families. In 1997 an incoming Labour Government had to stand up to the excessive profits of the energy companies and it looks like the next Labour government will have to do the same."
MP questions Government claims on economic recovery
1st October 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has questioned the Government claims about economic recovery. An investigation by Alan Campbell has revealed that any economic recovery is the slowest in the last 100 years and agrees with the Office for Budget Responsibility when they say that deficit reduction has stalled.
Alan Campbell said, "Tynemouth families struggling to pay the bills will not recognise the rosy picture being painted by the Conservative Government. Not only are they feeling worse off, as responses to our summer survey showed, but it's far from clear that there has been any gain for the pain. The Government is having to borrow £245 billion more than in 2010. Just as with the Conservative Administration in North Tyneside before the recent Mayoral election they have failed to get to grips with borrowing and failed to take effective action to reduce the deficit."
Local MP joins local residents at luncheon club
30th September 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell attended a luncheon club held at the Cedarwood Centre in Meadow Well to meet local residents and hear about their concerns.
Alan Campbell said, "I was delighted to be invited along by residents who asked me about my work and we were able to discuss their concerns about a range of issues. Phil McGrath is doing a fantastic job at Cedarwod particularly and I am pleased to be able to help the centre in any way I can."
MP attends opening of new North Shields Service Centre and Library
26th September 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has joined the Mayor Norma Redfearn and other dignatories and guests at the official opening of the refurbished North Shields Library and new service centre.
Alan Campbell said,"It is good to see my constituents getting access to a newly refurbished library and easier access to council services. I was pleased to meet members of the local business community for whom I hope the new building means more footfall in local shops and students from Norham School who helped in the design of the new library."
Local MP invited to anniversary celebrations of Northumbria Youth Action
20th September 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has joined staff and supporters of the Northumbria Youth Action in North Shields as the project celebrates its 20th anniversary. The project supports young people working on cars, developing new skills sometimes leading to jobs in the motor industry. The project originated in premises at Norham School in the aftermath of the Meadow Well riots and has gone from strength to strength. The project is housed in a purpose built facility in North Shields.
Alan Campbell said, "I want to congratulate everyone involved over the years. The project has important lessons which can be learned in other parts of the country. It has helped to turn around lives in our local community and has a record of which we should be proud."
Fair pay on agenda at regional meeting
17th September 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met with representatives of the regional TUC to discuss issues concerning their members in the region. Issues included fair pay and zero hours contracts.
Alan Campbell said, "I welcome the opportunity to meet with trade union colleagues to discuss how best we can work together and campaign on a range of issues affecting many of my constituents. The economic difficulties our region faces should not be used as a green light to undermine decent employment rights. Building a better regional economy needs the strong voice of business working in partnership with responsible trade unions."
Local MP joins the fight against breast cancer
13th September 2013
Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s biggest (and pinkest) fundraiser, wear it pink day.
Over the last 10 years wear it pink has raised a staggering £23 million and on Friday 25 October 2013 people will come together in schools, colleges and businesses throughout the country to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Campaign’s lifesaving research.
Alan Campbell MP said “Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease. This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts so they can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure. So join me, wear something pink and donate £2, it’s really as simple as that.”
Breast Cancer Campaign vitally needs the money raised from wear it pink for its researchers to have the best possible chance to find the cure.
To register for wear it pink and receive your fundraising pack visit www.wearitpink.orgor call 0800 107 3104.
MP joins the Ramblers to make ‘The Case for Coast’ 10th September 2013
Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth joined the Ramblers for the launch of a new report highlighting the economic, social and health benefits of an England Coast Path. The Case for Coast was launched from an ice-cream van – a much loved seaside icon – outside Westminster, where Ramblers CEO Benedict Southworth handed out copies and appealed to MPs to support their One Coast for All campaign.
Alan Campbell MP went along to lend his support to the Ramblers call for expressed government commitment to the completion of the coast path for the nation, and to ensure that people in Tynemouth will get their stretch coast path too.
Alan Campbell MP said “I share the Ramblers concern that the England Coast Path could be stopped in its tracks if the Government doesn’t recognise its true value. The people of Tynemouth have a right to enjoy the wonderful North East coastline and all the benefits access to our seaside will bring.”
Annual Battle of Britain Service at The Links
8th September 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has attended the annual service to commemorate the Battle of Britain held at the War Memorial on the Links at Whitley Bay.
Alan Campbell said, ‘I want to thank RAFA members for organising this event. It was particularly good to see so many air cadets from the Whitley Bay ATC at the event. We must always remember the debt we owe to those who served and those who gave their lives in the Battle of Britain.”
Churches International Day a huge success
7th September 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has joined hundreds of worshippers from around the world at the second annual International Day organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God Restoration Chapel. Worshippers witnessed presentations from around the world including from Nigeria, the Philippines and Angola.
Alan Campbell said, ‘It is an honour to have been invited to and asked to speak at this International Day. I am delighted that Norham School was chosen as the venue and a delight to see the presentations from around the world.’
Local MP welcomes Blackswan to new Tynemouth home
6th September 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell visited Blackswan to officially welcome the company to their new office in Tynemouth. Blackswan are global leaders in business transformation with offices and staff worldwide. Alan Campbell met Blackswan’s co founders Maurice Duffy and Karen Lee, touring their new office and meeting staff.
Alan Campbell said, ‘I want to warmly welcome Blackswan to their new offices in Tynemouth. It’s always good to see new companies locating here and bringing jobs to our area. ‘
Tynemouth MP sees superfast broadband link up at coast.
6th September 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell met with BT staff to see the link up of thousands of businesses and homes to superfast broadband in Whitley Bay.
Alan Campbell said, ‘Superfast broadband is not just good for residents, it’s good for businesses. I am delighted that Whitley Bay is benefitting and I want to see the rest of my constituency connected too.’
Parliament recalled to allow MP's vote on Syria
28th August 2013
Alan Campbell MP voted for Labour's amendment to lay down strict conditions and a clear process before any military action against the Syrian regime after a chemical attack in the civil war. He then voted against the Government motion because it appeared to put the decision before any clear opportunity to examine the evidence.
Alan Campbell said, "It is right that Parliament had its say, just as it did before military action in Iraq."
Alan Campbell said, "The use of chemical weapons is to be condemned without reservation but it is important to find compelling evidence not simply to show that chemical weapons were used but who used them. I am not against military action though the Prime Minister, following the vote, did appear to rule out British involvement in any action. Now is the time for clear, considered leadership which may yet involve military force but which first demands compelling evidence and ensuring every diplomatic effort has been made."
Local MP congratulates students on excellent exam results
23rd August 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has congratulated local students on their impressive A level and GCSE results. For some local schools the results were a big improvement on last year and helped to move closer to the national average.
Alan Campbell MP said, "I want to congratulate all those students who achieved what they wanted and needed, and their teachers and parents whose support was so important".
MP gets update on crime fight
19th August 2013
Tynemouth MP has met Northumbria Chief Constable Sue Sim for an update on the forces efforts to tackle crime. They discussed the issues of the level of crime in Tynemouth and the resources needed to keep crime down
Alan Campbell said, "Northumbria Police is one of the best forces in the country and I want to reiterate my support for the vital work officers do day in day out to keep my constituents safe. The overall level of crime remains relatively low but we must not be complacent. There are signs of the effect if economic difficulties particularly on acquisitive crime. Retail crime levels are worrying particularly for smaller, independent shops which do not always have the resources of the retail chains. I am also conscious of the threat of burglary levels, a crime which can have a devastating effect on people's lives. I will be watching very carefully over the next few months particularly to ensure that the police have the resources they need to do their job."
MP attends launch of Whitley Bay Film Festival
16th August 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has helped launch the Annual Whitley Bay Film Festival. The launch was held at the Spanish City where film buffs were able to watch the iconic film "Casablanca".
Alan Campbell said, "It is an honour to be asked to the launch of the festival which last year win a prestigious Journal Culture Award. The festival is all the more remarkable because it depends upon the work of volunteers. I want to congratulate and thank everyone involved."
Local teams awarded Football Foundation grants
16th August 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has welcomed the news that two local football teams – Whitley Coast Soccer and Cullercoats Football Club have been awarded £400 and £250 respectively from the Football Foundation. The awards will enable both clubs to purchase new goalposts.
Alan Campbell MP said “It’s good to see local clubs receiving these awards which I know will go some way to help the clubs improve their facilities for local youngsters.”
MP nominates Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service for National Award
25th July 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has nominated Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service for a Diverse Company Award as part of the National Diversity Awards 2013.
The National Diversity Awards are designed to showcase the efforts of those who have demonstrated an ‘outstanding devotion’ to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion within today’s society.
Alan Campbell MP said “I have firsthand knowledge of the excellent work of the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and I was happy to nominate them for this award. I wish them the best of luck!”
North East losing out in school sport funding
24th July 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has criticised the government over its allocation of funding for school sport.
As part of the Olympic legacy, in March the Prime Minister announced a package of £150 million for primary school PE. The funding is intended to go directly to Headteachers and be ring fenced to ensure it is spent directly in schools.
Alan Campbell MP said “Although I welcome new funding for local schools, analysis of the distribution shows that once again the North East is losing out. The average amount per constituency is around £274,200 whilst Tynemouth only gets £228,845. Why is it that once again it appears that Tory areas in the South are getting the best deal from this government?.”
Flood Re – A new understanding for flood insurance
23rd July 2013
Alan Campbell MP has cautiously welcomed a new Memorandum of Understanding MoU developed between the Association of British Insurers and the Government to develop the model of Flood Re, a not-for-profit scheme which would ensure flood insurance remains widely affordable and available.
Alan Campbell MP said “Although I welcome the principles behind the understanding the agreement is still in its early stages. It is important that any final agreement offers the greatest protection to my constituents in light of increasing flood risk in the coming years”.
Call for evidence – Inquiry into nuisance telephone calls
22nd July 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has welcomed the news that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is planning to hold an inquiry into Nuisance Telephone Calls and Text Messages.
Unwanted marketing messages can be received by telephone or text message. Together with abandoned, including silent, telephone calls, these have led to many complaints by constituents to their Members of Parliament.
Alan Campbell MP said “I welcome this inquiry as I know that many of my constituents have complained about nuisance calls and text messages. I have taken this matter up with Ofcom on behalf of my constituents and I am pleased that DCMS have decided to act. The committee has requested written evidence from any interested parties and I would urge any local people with a view to contribute.”
Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office both have regulatory and enforcement responsibilities. The Telephone Preference Service allows individuals to have their telephone number removed from relevant marketing lists.
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has decided to hold an inquiry into nuisance telephone calls and text messages, focusing on the current regulatory system and its enforcement, the effectiveness of the Telephone Preference Service and practical measures by communications service providers to curtail such communications.
The Committee invites written evidence from those who wish to contribute to the inquiry.
How to respond
The Committee requests short written submissions in Word format. A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com should have “Nuisance calls” in the subject line. Submissions should be received by Thursday 15 August 2013.
Visit to Parliament for local students
17th July 2013
Tynemouth MP today met a group of pupils from Norham Community Technology College who were on a visit to parliament to learn more about how politics works.
Alan Campbell MP said “It was great to meet up with the students who had been on a visit and tour around the Palace of Westminster. They told me that they had enjoyed their morning and had learnt a lot about the history of democracy in Britain”.
Dog Awareness Week
19th July 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is supporting a campaign organised by Royal Mail which aims to raise awareness of dog attacks on postal workers.
Since 2011 there have been over 5,500 attacks on Royal Mail postmen and women - some leading to permanent disabling injury and resulting in the loss of 4,100 working hours, costing approximately £400,000.
Alan Campbell MP said “I, like Royal Mail, welcome the government’s commitment to amending the Dangerous Dogs Act as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill but am concerned that there are important omissions to the Bill. The Bill may not protect an individual if attacked by a dog in a communal area of a block of flats and it may also fail to offer any remedy to someone who is bitten when delivering mail through a letterbox. I am calling on the Government to make the changes necessary to ensure these areas are covered as part of the Bill.”
Ofcom advice to using your mobile phone abroad
16th July 2013
With summer holidays just around the corner Ofcom have published advice to how to avoid coming back from holiday to a huge mobile phone bill.
Alan Campbell MP said “If people are travelling abroad many now use their mobile phones and the Ofcom guide gives very useful advice on how to avoid massive bills.”
The guide can be accessed at:
Labour forces government climb-down to save community pubs
15th July 2013
Pressure from the Labour Party has forced the Tory-led government to make a u-turn on their policy and introduce legislation to help protect struggling pubs.
The number of pub closures a week has recently risen from 12 to 18 and over 200 pubs have been converted to convenience stores in the last two years alone.
For some time Labour has been supporting a broad campaign calling for a statutory code to guide and regulate the relationship between large pub companies (Pubcos) – the branded chains of pubs which account for the majority of pubs in the UK – and their tenants and licencees.
Labour used the first Opposition Day Debate of 2013 to call for statutory regulation of the Pubcos. After months of inaction and foot dragging, the government have caved in and are finally accepting what Labour has said all along: that ensuring fairness in the relationship between the big pub companies and their landlords will require a statutory code.
Alan Campbell MP said “Pubs are vital hubs for communities and I know from the many letters and emails I have had that local people feel strongly about this issue.
The Tory-led government’s broken promises failure and to act sooner on backing small landlords means that local pubs are closing at an ever-increasing rate.
Although the reforms aren’t perfect it’s a good start and I am pleased that Labour’s motion has forced the government to act.”
Views needed on improving access to health services for anxiety and depression
15th July 2013
North Tyneside’s new clinical commissioning group is seeking the views of local people on how it can better support people with common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.
As the new commissioners of healthcare and health services for local people, NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking at how to improve access to talking therapies (psychology, counselling, and group work), which support people who experience mental health issues such as anxiety disorders or depression as an alternative to taking medication or sometimes together with medical treatment.
Alan Campbell MP said “This is a really important service for local people – more people are experiencing mental health issues as part of the impact the economic climate has on them personally and it is right that the CCG is seeking the views of local people on how best to make improvements to the service. I’d urge anyone with a view to take part.”
Local people can find a link to the survey on the CCG’s website: www.northtynesideccg.nhs.uk
Alternatively a paper copy can be requested by telephoning: 0191 217 2758.
Government shelves plain packaging for tobacco
12th July 2013
Alan Campbell MP has criticised the government after it shelved proposals to cut tobacco marketing on cigarette packs. The Government’s announcement that it will not introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes and other tobacco products at the current time, but will keep the policy under review, has also been called a “tame surrender” to the tobacco industry, according to the Smokefree Action Coalition, an alliance of more than 150 organisations committed to promoting public health.
Alan Campbell MP said “I am very disappointed that the government has ducked this important decision. Most smokers start as children and evidence clearly shows standardised packs would reduce the appeal of glossy cigarette and tobacco brands to young people. That is why tobacco multinationals have fought so hard to stop it happening. To them profits are more important than people’s lives.”
Ailsa Rutter, Director of Fresh, Some Free North East said “While nothing is done, 9,000 North East children will start smoking each year and tobacco multinationals will be able to attract young people to an addictive, lethal product through glamorous packs, slims and glossy holograms. Do we really want a product that kills half of all long term smokers and contains over 4000 chemicals continued to be gift wrapped like sweets or chocolate?”
Last year more than 13,500 people and 129 organisations in the North East - including every local authority - came out in support of standardised packs during the Department of Health consultation.
Despite reductions in smoking, the North East still has higher than average rates of young people smoking and taking up the addiction, with 9,000 children starting each year, according to figures from Cancer Research UK. The average age that North East smokers started is just 15, with some starting as young as 9 years old.
New era of emergency care
12th July 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP today joined the Duchess of Northumberland at the laying of the foundation stone for the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital with the help of teenagers from North Tyneside and Northumberland.
The new hospital will be the first dedicated emergency care hospital with emergency care specialists working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Specialists in a broad range of conditions will be on call through the night to treat patients referred to them from emergency care.
This is in line with medical evidence that shows getting patients to the right specialist when they are seriously ill can improve outcomes for them.
Alan Campbell MP said “This hospital will be the first of its kind in the country with consultants working seven days a week to provide the best possible care for seriously ill or injured patients. I was pleased to attend the laying the foundation stone that will mark a new era in the delivery of emergency care.”
The new hospital will serve the 500,000 population of North Tyneside and Northumberland and building work will be completed in summer 2015.
Backbench business debate on Syria
11th July 2013
On Thursday there was a debate on Syria in the House of Commons and Alan Campbell MP supported a motion that stated no lethal support should be provided to the Syrian Opposition without explicit prior approval by Parliament.
Mr Campbell said “”I am sure that many constituents share my anger and frustration at the appalling violence and worsening humanitarian crisis that is unfolding in Syria. Indeed, more than 90,000 people have now died in the conflict, 1.7 million Syrians have been made refugees and it is estimated that by the end of the year 10 million people – almost half of the Syrian population – could be in need of assistance.
That is why it is so important that there is a concerted international humanitarian response and a renewed diplomatic initiative – Geneva II – to bring an end the violence and reach an inclusive peace settlement.
I remain sceptical about the merits of sending weapons into a country that is already awash with arms and into a situation where it would be very difficult to restrict the supply of arms to a particular group. I also firmly believe that there needs to be an opportunity for Parliament to discuss and vote on any proposal to arm the Syrian opposition before a decision is taken.”
Tynemouth MP lobbies government over North East Arts funding
8th July 2013
Following recent research which showed the importance of Arts and Creative Industries to the North East economy Tynemouth MP has lobbied the government to rethink cuts to the sector.
The research, commissioned by ERS across 10 cultural venues in the North East proved that for every £1 spend on arts in the region, £4.06 is generated back.
Alan Campbell MP said “The arts and creative industries form an essential part of our community in the North East not just the professional organisations but at all levels, including education and social wellbeing. I have always taken the view that public funding for the arts is not a subsidy but an investment and I’m calling on the government to recognise the importance of the sector in our region”.
A visit to the Shiremoor Treat!
6th July 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell MP today joined the elected Mayor Norma Redfearn at the Annual Shiremoor and District Shiremoor Treat.
Alan Campbell MP said “Although it is always a pleasure to attend the Shiremoor Treat to judge by the crowds the weather made this year extra special, especially after the rain last year. I was pleased to judge the artwork from local schools which of a very high standard. The Treat has now been going for over 100 years and I’d like to thank all those involved for the hard work and organisation throughout the year which keeps this tradition very much alive!”
Alan Campbell MP welcomes potential £65 average saving on energy bills for homes in Tynemouth
2nd July 2013
Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth has welcomed news today that 1,911 households in his constituency are already benefiting from increased control over energy bills through British Gas smart meters, with average annual savings of £65 per household.
Smart meters mean for the first time, households can see how much gas and electricity they are using, as they use it, and how much that costs in pounds and pence. By gaining insight into what they are spending and where, consumers can take control over their energy use and consequently their bills. Smart meters also send meter readings to suppliers automatically, seeing an end to estimated bills.
All energy companies are required to deliver smart meters to every home and business in the country by 2020, with British Gas already installing one million smart meters - around 75% of the total currently installed in Britain today.
Alan Campbell MP said “At a time when many people are struggling to make ends meet, this is good news for the families in our area. Energy bills are a big worry for some households and anything that can provide greater transparency and help people take control of their costs and reduce waste is welcome.
“Every home in Tynemouth will have a smart meter by 2020 and it’s good to see British Gas helping my constituents get the benefits of smart today.”
Local MP urges holidaymakers not to travel uninsured
25th June 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell today warned constituents about the dangers of travelling uninsured. In support of a campaign by ABTA – The Travel Association and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Alan Campbell is urging holidaymakers in Tynemouth to “pack your policy” ahead of the great summer getaway.
According to new research by ABTA – the Travel Association, many UK holidaymakers are unaware of the costs of medical treatment abroad and may be putting themselves at risk of sky high medical bills if something goes wrong. Nearly a quarter (23%) of people in Tynemouth now travel abroad without insurance, despite the need for medical assistance being relatively common especially amongst younger travellers.
Alan Campbell MP said: “When some of my hardworking constituents take a well-deserved summer holiday it’s important that they make sure that they’re covered if something goes wrong.
Many countries do not have national schemes to cover the cost of healthcare and treatment abroad can therefore be very costly. It is just not worth taking the risk. That is why I am very happy to support this campaign. I urge all of my constituents to make sure they “pack your policy” this summer.”
Get involved in Parliament Week: 15 – 21 November 2013
24th June 2013
Alan Campbell MP is calling for local organisations to take part in Parliament Week, an annual programme of events to inspire people across the UK to participate in democratic life.
Parliament Week 2013 begins on 15th November and will see organisations around the country join in a week long programme of activities and events– all designed to inform, inspire and connect people all over the UK with parliamentary democracy.
Part of this year's programme will focus on Women in Democracy – celebrating women’s contribution to UK democratic life and exploring how women’s voices can be better heard.
Parliament Week is looking for organisations around the UK to join its existing 130 partners already taking part in this exciting week.
Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth MP said ‘Parliament Week is a great opportunity for organisations here in North Tyneside to engage their audiences or members in this national programme. There are many ways you can get involved – put on an event such as a debate, exhibition, or lecture or visit the Parliament Week website for more ideas. Become a Parliament Week partner and, along with over 130 other organisations, add your voice to this exciting project.’
MP attends official opening of Station Masters Garden
23rd June 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has attended the official opening of the newly refurbished Station Masters Garden at Whitley Bay Metro Station. The wildlife garden is the result of a superb community effort by local residents. The opening was performed by Bernard Garner the Chief Executive of NEXUS.
Alan Campbell said, “The garden is a great addition to the local community and has involved a massive effort from local residents under the inspirational leadership of Duika Burges Watson. The rain did not mar the excitement of the opening and I wish local residents luck in further developing the project.”
Local MP backs Bee Cause at Medieval Picnic in the park
22nd June 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell joined members of North Tyneside Friends of the Earth in a show of support for the Bee Cause campaign at a Medieval Picnic in Northumberland Park. The campaign raises awareness of the plight of the bee population and included advice on how gardeners can get involved in promoting bee friendly methods.
Alan Campbell said, “Friends of the Earth do a vital job in pointing out the threat to bees and I was pleased to be able to offer my support at this unique event.”
Tynemouth MP joins Pearey House celebrations
22nd June 2013
Alan Campbell joined residents and supporters of Pearey House Home for the visually impaired at a Garden Fete to mark the Society’s 140th Anniversary.
Alan Campbell said, “It is an incredible achievement that Pearey House and the Tynemouth Blind Welfare Society are celebrating their 140th Anniversary, and are still going strong today. I’d like to thank staff and supporters for all their fundraising efforts.”
MP marks National Care Home Open Day with local visit
21st June 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has marked National Care Home Open Day with a visit to Cleveland Park Care Home in North Shields. The home was owned by Southern Cross but is now part of the Larchwood Care Group. Alan met residents and staff on a tour of the home.
Alan Campbell said, “It was a pleasure to meet residents and staff in this important part of our local community. National Care Home Open Day is a valuable way of bringing the local community together.”
MP gives cautious welcome to reform of fisheries policy
17th June 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has given a cautious welcome to the deal agreed amongst EU Member States to reform the Common Fisheries Policy. Provisions have been agreed to eliminate discarding starting in 2015 for pelagic fisheries. The deal also sets out how genuine regional management can happen.
Alan Campbell MP said, “In a perfect world there would not be a Commons Fisheries Policy but we are where we are. There are some important questions about Marine Conservation Zones which are taking a long time to agree. The real test for local fishermen may well be whether the inshore fleet gets greater access to quota. The Minister says quota belongs to the country and promises a register of who buys it but the difference between success and failure for fishermen may be whether they get access to more to catch.”
Local MP visits youth project
14th June 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has visited the Phoenix Detached Youth Project in North Shields to see at first hand the important work the charity does. The Phoenix Project works in Riverside and Chirton and is partly funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
Alan Campbell said, “It was a pleasure to speak to some of the young people and to hear about the excellent work being done at the project.”
MP returns to see vital work of Art Studio.
14th June 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has returned to the North Tyneside Art Studio based at Linskill to learn about the work being done at the project. The studio is partly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and particularly works with people with mental health problems.
Alan Campbell said, “The people I spoke to told me how important it was for them to come to the studio. This is a fantastic project at a centre now firmly part of our local community.”
Tynemouth MP visits domestic violence project.
14th June 2013
Alan Campbell has visited the Acorns project in North Shields. Partly funded by the Big Lottery Fund the project works with people affected by domestic violence and is making a real difference to people’s lives
Alan Campbell said, “The Acorn project is a crucial resource helping to deal with victims of domestic violence. I was pleased to see Big Lottery funding being used in such an important way.”
Latest Health Inequality Data Published
13th June 2013
Alan Campbell MP has reacted to a government statement which calls on local authorities to pick up the tab for reducing health inequality.
The news comes despite the fact that in May 2013, the RCN Northern region highlighted the public health funding disparity between the North and South, with some parts of the region receiving around six times less public health funding per capita, compared with the richest parts of the South East.
Alan Campbell MP said “The Government need to take urgent action to address this appalling inequity, both by introducing robust policies to encourage people to lead more healthy lifestyles, but also by ensuring that health and social care funding settlements do not disadvantage the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. It is simply not acceptable to pass the buck to cash-strapped local authorities and NHS Trusts who are already struggling to deliver services within centrally imposed budget constraints.”
Local MP meets with Port of Tyne to be briefed on progress
12th June 2013
Alan Campbell MP has met with representatives of the Port of Tyne to discuss recent and future developments in the port.
Alan Campbell said,” The Port of Tyne is an important part of our regional economy. I wanted to discuss the prospect for more jobs coming to the area and plans for new routes. The Cruise Ship market is increasingly important and we discussed the opportunities for local businesses in my constituency to benefit from what is already a £50 million plus market.”
Launch of British Nuclear Test Veterans campaign
11th June 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is supporting a campaign by the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association (BNTVA) for official recognition by the nation for the contribution made by veterans of the British nuclear testing programme.
Speaking in Westminster on the day of the launch Alan Campbell MP said “We owe our nuclear test veterans a huge debt of gratitude for their service and this campaign clearly recognises the contribution and suffering of our nuclear test veterans as an issue of national responsibility.”
Tynemouth MP meets new NHS commissioners
8th June 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has met members of the North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss the way health care will be commissioned for constituents. The group has a budget of more than £280 million to commission services for patients and effectively replaces the Primary Care Trust.
Alan Campbell said, “It was useful to meet the GP’s and lay members charged with commissioning services which are vital for my constituents. We discussed how priorities are set, how resources are distributed and how patients can raise concerns and complaints. I look forward to working with the CCG to ensure that health services locally get even better.”
Local MP hears of probation officers concerns
7th June 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met with local probation officer staff to hear their concerns about Government proposals to change offender management. The Government intends to outsource the management of less risky offenders, leaving existing staff to manage more serious offenders.
Alan Campbell said, “I share the concern that these proposals will leave more offenders without the management they require. Northumbria Probation Trust has an exemplary record in managing offenders and reducing offending yet there is a strong view that the Government simply is not listening. I agreed to take up the concerns with Ministers before these ill thought out plans put residents in my constituency at risk.”
National Diabetes Week
7th June 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has welcomed the news that as part of National Diabetes Week Tesco’s have recently announced its commitment to raising £10 million as part of a new charity partnership with Diabetes UK. This is the largest amount ever pledged to Diabetes UK and will help create a healthier future for people affected by diabetes or at risk of developing it.
Alan Campbell MP said “Diabetes is an increasingly urgent public health challenge. 3 million people in the UK, equivalent to 4.6 per cent of the population, have been diagnosed with diabetes and a further 850,000 are thought to be unaware that they are living with the condition. I am pleased that Tesco’s have shown their commitment to tackling this public health risk”.
Bank lending down in North East
6th June 2013
Alan Campbell has responded to new figures published by the Bank of England which set out the performance of the participating banks in delivering lending to the economy.
The figures show that of the major British banks Lloyds and RBS have failed to increase net lending in each of the three quarters since FLS was launched in the summer of last year.
Alan Campbell MP said “I know from local small businesses that bank lending is a major issue, particularly in the North East. These figures show that the government’s banking policy in particular the funding for lending scheme is not working. I’m calling on the government to take action to ensure that small businesses are able to access funding”
Dementia Awareness Week
24th May 2013
As part of Dementia Awareness Week (19th to 25th May) Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is backing an Alzheimer’s Society campaign to support people with dementia to live independently in their communities.
The theme for Dementia Awareness week is “Talk Dementia” and the Alzheimer’s Society is advertising their Dementia Helpline which provides information, support and guidance to other appropriate organisations.
Alan Campbell MP said “I’m happy to support the Alzheimer’s Society in any way I can. I urge anyone worried about dementia to use the Society’s helpline or website”.
The Alzheimer’s Society helpline is 0300 222 1122.
The website address is www.alzheimers.org.uk
MP briefed on regeneration issues in borough
24th May 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has met recently elected Mayor Norma Redfearn to be briefed by senior council staff on regeneration across the borough. They discussed the plans for the North Bank of the Tyne, town centres and Coastal regeneration.
Alan Campbell said, "I am grateful to the new Mayor for briefing me about regeneration plans and potential problems. I look forward to working with her to see these ambitious plans fulfilled. What is clear about the Spanish City and the Enterprise Zones is how much work still needs to be done. It is hard to see what progress has been made in the last few years on the Spanish City. The key now is delivery. The Mayor knows this and recognises the importance of working with local people to make these plans a reality."
Supporting Whitley Bay Food Bank
23rd May 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is supporting Whitley Bay Food Bank by opening a collection point in his constituency office.
Whitley Bay Baptist Church is one of the many churches in Whitley Bay that support The Bay Foodbank which provides emergency food parcels to individuals and families experiencing a financial crisis.
People might be referred by churches, doctors, social services or other agencies because of a low income, bereavement, benefit delay, redundancy, unexpected bill or illness.
Alan Campbell MP said “I am pleased to support the food bank which unfortunately has proved necessary. You can help support the food bank by dropping tinned and dried food into the big plastic box located at my constituency office in Howard Street North Shields”.
Ofcom warns over ‘phone scam
22nd May 2013
Police have warned Ofcom of a phone scam where fraudsters use courier firms to help defraud elderly and vulnerable victims of their life savings.
Over the past two years ‘Courier Fraud’ has claimed 2,229 victims, most of whom were elderly. Police estimate that consumers have been defrauded out of millions of pounds, with one victim alone losing £155,000.
They’re now asking friends and family of the elderly to make them aware of the scam, how it works and what to do if they’re targeted. More detail on the scam can be found here:
Alan Campbell MP said “Scammers are using the economic climate to prey on people who are struggling to find work or battling with money problems. If you have any concerns Ofcom have produced a guide which can be found at;
Last stages of Metro All Change
21st May 2013
As part of the continuing modernisation of the Tyne and Wear £385m Metro: all change modernisation programme Metro has announced further works between Haymarket, Airport and Four Lane Ends.
These works are vital to secure the future of this Metro line and provide big improvements to the passenger experience. They represent substantial inward investment that will benefit our economy now and for decades to come.
To deliver these works in the safest, most cost effective and least disruptive way possible there will be a 27 day Major Line Closure, August 4th to August 30th. When the line closure begins there will be no trains between Airport and Haymarket or Four Lane Ends and Haymarket, a continuous period of 27 days.
Trains between Haymarket, South Shields, and South Hylton will see a slight reduction in frequency, while additional rush hour trains normally running will be cancelled during August, which is the quietest month for overall passenger numbers.
A high-frequency and accessible replacement bus service will run in the areas where Metro trains themselves are not running.
MP discusses support for unemployed people with local provider
17th May 2013
Alan Campbell MP has met with senior representatives of Exchange Group who provide training for unemployed people. The group which has an office in North Shields provides education and training for people in English, Maths and Computer skills. The local MP has worked with Exchange on funding issues and saw at first hand some of the work they do.
Alan Campbell MP said "Exchange does an important job not only in improving skills but giving confidence to people seeking to get into or back into work. I am concerned about the long term funding of this important work. There is a lack of clarity about funding into the future because the Government lacks a clear view of what it wants and keeps moving the goalposts. I will continue to raise these matters with Ministers in the hope that organisations like Exchange can continue their work into the future."
Local MP meets healthcare providers
17th May 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met the Chief Executive and Acting Chair of the Northumberland and Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation to discuss health provision for people with mental health problems. They discussed resources and access to services in the area.
Alan Campbell MP said "I am grateful to all the staff who provide these important services. Mental health is rightly receiving greater attention and is given a higher priority in recent years not least because it affects so many people and their families."
Hitachi to bring more jobs to region
16th May 2013
Alan Campbell MP has welcomed the news that Hitachi Rail Europe has signed the contract with Merchant Place Developments for the construction of its new train manufacturing plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. This contract covers both the construction and fit-out of the rolling stock manufacturing plant.
The contract paves the way for the construction of Hitachi’s first train factory in Europe, which represents an investment of £82 million to create its state-of-the-art manufacturing hub in the North East of England that will employ 730 people and create many more opportunities in the supply chain. Construction will start at the end of 2013, with the factory being operational in 2015.
Alan Campbell MP said “This is wonderful news for our region and local economy and particular thanks should go to Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson who has done so much to help bring the contract to the North East”.
Government reneges on promise to protect NHS budgets for poorest and most vulnerable
15th May 2013
RCN Northern Region analysis of new Government public health funding figures shows that the North East and Cumbria is receiving far lower public health funding per capita settlements, compared to affluent south eastern areas like the City of London and Kensington and Chelsea, despite suffering from some far more challenging health inequalities.
Commenting on the figures Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell said “The size of the disparity in the funding allocations is astounding. Areas like Chelsea and Westminster, and The City of London have some of the lowest incidences of childhood smoking, obesity, diabetes, and lung cancers in the UK, and yet their public health funding allocations are many times higher than the per capita size of allocations for many areas in the North East and Cumbria.
“It is incredibly unfair that North Tyneside, which has some of the worst deprived wards in the country should get almost 25% of what Kensington and Chelsea receives and I am backing the RCN campaign completely”.
North Tyneside living standards squeezed
14th May 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has today urged the government to act after new research showed that the North East and North Tyneside is seeing the one of the biggest declines in living standards in the country.
Following Lord Young’s controversial remarks in The Observer arguing that falling wages are good news for businesses the Northern TUC recently conducted research examining the real-terms squeeze on wages under the Coalition government.
The TUC compared what the wages were in 2012 with what they should have been had they increased at the same rate as inflation (RPI) since 2010. This provided a localised ‘pay gap’ measured weekly and annually. In 10 of the 12 North East local authority areas wages had fallen in real terms under the government.
Alan Campbell MP said “These figures show the real cost of the Coalition on families in North Tyneside. On average the annual wage has fallen by £1196 per year in the North East but by £2652 per year in North Tyneside. The Coalition must stop arguing amongst itself about Europe and provide real growth and jobs in our region”.
Dementia Awareness Week
10th May 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is backing an Alzheimer’s Society campaign to support people with dementia to live in their communities.
As part of Dementia Awareness Week 2013 the Alzheimers’s Society is encouraging local authorities to ensure that communities are ‘dementia friendly’.
Alan Campbell MP said “If our communities are to be dementia friendly local authorities must ensure people with dementia are enabled to live independently for as long as they wish. I’m backing this campaign to help raise awareness of the support available.”
Congratulations to Norma Redfearn
3rd May 2013
Alan Campbell MP has today congratulated Norma Redfearn on becoming the new Mayor of North Tyneside.
Alan Campbell MP said “I was delighted to see Norma Redfearn elected as our next Mayor. I’m sure she'll do an excellent job”.
Visit to TyneMet College
26th April 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell today visited TyneMet to talk to Sixth Form students about his work as an MP followed by a question and answer session.
Alan Campbell MP said “I was pleased to be invited along and was impressed by the diversity of the questions I received.”
Tynemouth MP meets police representatives in Parliament
24th April 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met with representatives of the Northumbria Police Federation at a meeting in Westminster. He heard concerns from officers including low police morale and uncertainty about many of the changes the service is undergoing.
Alan Campbell said, “I am always grateful to hear from Police Federation Representatives about the concerns of their members. They do crucial, work in our local community even if many feel this Government does not appreciate their service.”
MP launches revamped Cedarwood Centre
19th April 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has officially launched a revamped Cedarwood Centre serving the people living on the Meadow well. The MP launched Parenting Plus which will offer support to parents in the area and the new IT centre helping people get into work. He was joined by local councillor Norma Redfearn.
Alan Campbell said, “Cedarwood does a fantastic job supporting people in very difficult times. People want the best for their children and to work hard for their families. Cedarwood is offering them support to help them back into work and to get on with their lives.”
MP meets with small business representatives for update
19th April 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met with representatives from the Federation of Small Businesses to discuss issues affecting businesses in his constituency.
Alan Campbell said, “There are clearly issues about late payment which is putting businesses and jobs at risk. There is particular concern where companies come in to do work carried out on behalf of councils but do not have the same good habit of prompt payment. I will be taking this matter up with Ministers to see what more can be done to support small businesses in the area.”
Tynemouth MP discusses future of IT companies in region
16th April 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has met with representatives of local businesses looking to promote IT companies in the region. They discussed apprentices and how to promote the IT sector in the North East.
Alan Campbell said, “The IT sector in the North East has about 1300 companies and employs around 25,000 people. The IT sector is now a major employer in the region and shows how the regional economy is changing and growing. “
Local MP attends traditional Good Friday march
29th March 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell joined hundreds of church supporters in an open air service in Northumberland Square in North Shields followed by a Procession of Witness through the town.
Alan Campbell said, “It was a pleasure to join local church members on what was a bitterly cold day to uphold the tradition of the Good Friday March.”
Spare Home Subsidy will do little to make homes affordable says local MP
25th March 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has criticised Government plans to subsidise home buyers saying it will do little to help local people get on to the property ladder. The measure introduced in the budget is an attempt to get the property market and house building going again. But Alan Campbell fears it risks creating an artificial housing boom.
Alan Campbell said, “The main effect will be to push up house prices making it more difficult for people to get on the property ladder. What we need is more houses and more affordable homes. But there is a greater risk that the subsidy will be available to those who already own a property and will merely be used to buy another one subsidised by the taxpayer.
Stop the Millionaires Tax Cut
20th March 2013
Ahead of Today’s Budget Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has called on the Chancellor to stop the tax cut for millionaires.
Alan Campbell MP said “It cannot be right that at a time when millions are being forced to pay more for this government’s economic failure - and through cuts to tax credits, child benefit, maternity pay and the bedroom tax - millionaires get an average £100,000 tax cut.”
Fair Fuel Campaign
19th March 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell recently attended a ‘drop in’ session for MP’s in the House of Commons which was organised by the Fair Fuel UK campaign.
Alan Campbell MP said “I appreciate how seriously rising fuel and energy prices are affecting households, particularly in the current economic climate. The previous Government postponed or cancelled planned duty rises on thirteen occasions – including at the height of the global financial crisis.
The current Government do, however, still plan to increase fuel duty by 3p per litre from 1st September 2013 and I appreciate that many people, including Fair Fuel UK, are calling on the Government to cancel this increase. I’m supporting Fair Fuel UK’s campaign to urge the Chancellor to scrap the increase in this week’s budget.”
Time to Stop Squeezing Family Incomes
18th March 2013
Local MP, Alan Campbell MP, has joined forces with Usdaw, the shop workers union, to call on the Coalition Government to stop squeezing family incomes by continuing to cut the help they get through tax credits and other benefits.
Just days before the Budget, at a time when many hard working families are already concerned about how difficult it is to manage their finances, Usdaw arranged to take some of their members, who are being hit the hardest by the Government’s shake up of the welfare state to Parliament, to meet MPs.
Local MP Alan Campbell said, “I was pleased to join members of Usdaw at their recent event at the House of Commons. Trade unions like Usdaw have an important job to do - speaking up for their members”
“More than one in every four children are already growing up in poverty and of those children 62%, has at least one person in their home who is employed.”
Families in Tynemouth and around the country are getting squeezed tighter and tighter – it’s time for the Coalition Government to stop cutting and start listening to hard pressed families.”
National Apprenticeships Week
13th March 2013
This week is National Apprenticeships Week and to mark this there was a debate in the House of Commons on apprenticeships.
National Apprenticeship Week was launched by the previous Government in 2008 to highlight the value of apprenticeships, the opportunities they provide to develop skills and their contribution to the economy.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP said “Under the previous Government the number of apprenticeships more than quadrupled. In the last academic year, however, the number of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds dropped by 1.4% nationally. Two thirds of large employers still do not offer any apprenticeships at all.”
“We need a step-change to expand apprenticeship opportunities for young people and to support smaller businesses to take part including larger companies working with smaller ones to create apprenticeships. That is why I would like to see that companies who are bidding for million pound public contracts are required to offer apprenticeships.”
On Tuesday I therefore supported a motion in the House of Commons that celebrated the value of apprenticeships and called for suppliers to be required to offer apprenticeships on public contracts of over £1 million. Unfortunately, though, the Government rejected this.”
Meeting with constituents on Global Hunger campaign
8th March 2013
Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth today met with constituent’s including David Golding the Development Coordinator of Make Poverty History North East to discuss Global Hunger and the ‘Enough Food for Everyone If’ campaign.
On 23rd January 2013 over 100 charities including Action Aid, Christian Aid and Save the Children launched the Enough Food for Everyone If campaign. The campaign highlights four key areas: aid, tax, land and transparency and emphasises that ‘the world produces enough food for everyone, yet one in eight people on this planet are living with the pain of hunger’.
Alan Campbell MP said “I was pleased to meet with David Golding and residents to show my support for the campaign. I know many local residents have been very involved with international development issues and I’d like to congratulate everyone involved for their dedication and hard work.”
Local group awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Grant
4th March 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has congratulated North Shields voluntary community group The Net after they were awarded £5,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The grant was awarded for the group to undertake a 3 month community project which will look at the cultural and natural heritage of North Shields.
Alan Campbell MP said “I’m delighted that The Net has been awarded the grant. The Net will provide opportunities to explore local heritage through learning new skills, training, volunteering and recreational activities and to facilitate workshops which explore areas of the natural and cultural heritage of the Fish Quay and riverside.”
MP meets with Police and Crime Commissioners to discuss policing plans.
26th February 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has met with the three Police and Crime Commissioners for the region's police forces to discuss plans for policing in their area.
PCC's are currently working on future plans for policing priorities as forces struggle to cope with the effects of deep cuts to police numbers.
Alan Campbell said, "I was delighted to see that Vera Baird, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, places victims at the heart of her approach and gives prominence to tackling violence against women and girls. I also pressed all three of the region's PCC's on the importance of tackling prolific offenders who as individuals are often responsible for a considerable amount of the crimes in an area. Investing police time and resources dealing with these most prolific and persistent criminals not only reduces crime but reassures the public that offenders face the full force of the law."
25th February 2013
Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth, today met Frank Olok, Coordinator of Malawi Fairtrade Network at an event in Parliament to hear about the challenges facing smallholder farmers during Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February – 10 March).
The theme of Fairtrade Fortnight is Go Further for Fairtrade and the Fairtrade Foundation has launched a new campaign for Fairtrade Fortnight calling for urgent action to support the 500m smallholder farmers who produce 70% of the world’s food, but are currently half the world’s hungry people.
Alan Campbell MP said “I am pleased to support such as worthwhile cause. The campaign launches a five-point agenda for action and is calling on David Cameron to use his influence, when the UK hosts the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June, to put smallholder farmers into the heart of governments’ trade policy and international and national business practice.”
Grow your charity online
21st February 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is supporting a new campaign to help 30,000 of Britain’s smallest charities boost their fundraising through online tools and the Internet. The initiative has evolved from a successful programme that Google has run over the past few years helping nearly a quarter of a million small UK businesses grow online across the UK.
The ‘Grow Your Charity Online initiative will provide free training and tools for charities across the country. It comprises an online learning hub, specialised training, workshops and live events that aim to bridge the e-skills gap and help charities harness the power of the Internet to amplify their reach, bolster their fundraising and boost their volunteer engagement. Charities will have free access to online services that businesses pay for such as advertising and business apps for the first time in the UK.
Alan Campbell MP said “I’m pleased to support this new initiative which seeks to help charities through training in new media. Any local charities who want to get involved can find more information at www.growyourcharityonline.com.”
Barclays Community Finance Fund
18th February 2013
The Barclays Community Finance Fund is making £200,000 available to support the delivery of affordable credit to community organisations such as credit unions and local MP Alan Campbell MP is urging any local organisations who may be eligible to get involved.
Alan Campbell MP said “The fund will be delivered in grants of up to £50,000 and any community credit project who think they may be eligible is welcome to contact my office for further information.”
Supporting Growth in the North East
15th February 2013
Tynemouth MP today visited the Nissan plant in Sunderland to see at first hand the impact of the plant upon the wider North East economy.
Alan Campbell MP said “Nissan continues to be the major player in the UK automotive industry as the largest producer and exporter of cars by volume. It was interesting to see at first hand how Nissan works with local partners like Gateshead College and Zero Carbon Future’s to support growth in the North East.”
Minister fails to back Mayor in police funding row
13th February 2013
Policing Minister Jeremy Browne failed to be drawn into a row over North Tyneside Elected Mayor’s decision to vote against more police on the streets of the borough. Northumbria Police’s Chief Constable and Elected Police and Crime Commissioner propose to recruit 50 additional officers at a cost, through the precept, of less than 5p a week per household. North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor tried to veto the plan.
When Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell raised the matter in the House of Commons the Policing Minister chose to duck the issue saying it should be decided locally rather than coming to the aid of the Elected Mayor.
Alan Campbell said, “Northumbria Police have lost hundreds of officers thanks to Tory Government cuts. Local representatives should be standing up for their communities rather than doing the Government’s dirty work.”
Call in the Police says Tynemouth MP
12th February 2013
Tynemouth MP has voted to back a motion in the House of Commons demanding the police investigate the horsemeat scandal. MP’s voted in a debate called by the Labour Opposition demanding Government action to end the growing scandal.
Alan Campbell said, “My constituents want to be able to have faith in the food they eat. Ministers have been slow off the mark in this crisis and I fear the actions of the Government in reducing the state’s ability to investigate what goes into the food chain. I am astonished that Conservative’s and Liberal Democrats opposed our calls to get the police to investigate what looks like organised criminality.
Better healthcare means merged service says Tynemouth MP
9th February 2013
Alan Campbell says the next Labour Government should consider merging physical health, mental health and social care services to provide care for the whole person. Welcoming Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham’s speech to the Kings Fund Alan Campbell said the current Government’s Health Act risked fracturing the NHS and opening it up to privatisation.
Speaking to members of Berwick Constituency Alan Campbell said, “Labour created the NHS and as ever it will fall to us to save it. But particularly at a time of limited resources we must ensure accountability and that reform goes on. That is why looking at healthcare from the perspective of one service matching a person’s whole needs is the way forward.”
MP meets Head teachers to discuss merger
8th February 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has met with more than a dozen Head teachers to discuss the proposed merger of Kings School and Priory Primary School, both in Tynemouth, to form the new Kings Priory Academy.
Alan Campbell said, “This proposal to merge a private and state school into a new Academy is controversial. I met Head teachers to seek their views. I would encourage them and indeed anyone else with a view to take part in the consultation which closes on 7th March.
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Same sex marriage Bill wins Second Reading
5th February 2013
The Government Same Sex Marriage Bill has passed its second reading in the House of Commons. Voting for the Bill to go through to its Committee Stage Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell acknowledged that the proposal is controversial.
Alan Campbell said, “Now the Government has chosen this time to bring forward this proposal it is time to decide the matter. It is important that we balance the matter of equality before the law for same sex couples with safeguards which respect the right of some churches not to be expected to do things which they believe run contrary to their beliefs.”
MP marks Holocaust Memorial Day
25th January 2013
Local MP Alan Campbell has joined schoolchildren, religious leaders, veterans and civic leaders at a major event to commemorate those people who died in the Holocaust. The event at North Tyneside Civic Offices was opened by Council Chairman, Councillor Frank Lott and heard testimony from individuals caught up in the events at the time.
Alan Campbell said, “We must never forget those who lost their lives in that, and subsequent genocides. A society which forgets its history risks repeating the mistakes of the past.”
MP helps host Variety Show event
25th January 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell helped host North Tyneside Disability Forum’s Variety Show at the Playhouse Whitley Bay. Singers, dancers and other performers entertained hundreds of guests in a hugely enjoyable show.
Alan Campbell MP said, “It was a pleasure to help NTDF in what was a showcase of their members and supporters talent. I want to congratulate everyone involved.”
North East Miners Social Welfare Trust Fund
24th January 2013
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”.
Save our Bees
23rd January 2013
Local Alan Campbell joined a giant bumble bee and campaigners from the environment charity Friends of the Earth last week to draw attention to the alarming decline in UK bee numbers.
Alan Campbell was one of more than 125 MPs to show their support for Britain’s threatened bees. Last year Friends of the Earth launched its Bee Cause campaign, which has been backed by more than 80,000 people and calls for the Government to urgently to introduce a National Bee Action Plan aimed at saving our bees.
Bees are not only makers of honey, they are also crucial for pollinating crops and plants. A sharp fall in their number in recent years has led to growing concerns about the impact this may have on our local environment, farmers and the economy.
A study last year found that if bees disappeared it would cost British farmers at least £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops by hand - which would cause food prices, such as fresh fruit and veg, to rocket.
Alan Campbell MP said “I am extremely concerned about the rapid decline in British Bees. They’re not only an iconic part of our countryside; they play a vital role in pollinating our crops and flowers too. It’s great news that Friends of the Earth is creating a buzz about these crucially important insects – I’ll be doing all I can to help protect our bees in 2013.”
MP is ‘Backing Britain’s Charities’
22nd January 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has signed up to a campaign to Back Britain’s Charities.
The campaign has been set up to highlight awareness of the struggle many charities are facing due to the economic climate.
Alan Campbell MP said “Many charities across the country are struggling due to the wider economic climate. Donations to a number of charities are down, and there is increasing demand for the services that charities provide. I am happy to support this valuable campaign to encourage individuals, businesses and government to do all they can to support charities at this difficult time.”
For further information on the campaign visit the website at;
He’s behind you!
21st January 2013
This weekend, local MP Alan Campbell went along to the Whitley Bay Pantomime Society’s performance of Humpty Dumpty at Whitley Bay Playhouse.
Mr Campbell said “Although the snowy weather caused problems for people getting there, once again the society has put on a magnificent show – well done to all those involved and all those who braved the weather to make it along!”
Further changes to pensions
18th January 2013
On Monday the Government published proposals for the introduction of a single flat-rate pension and made a statement to the House of Commons.
From 2017 the basic state pension – which currently can be topped up with the state second pension – will be replaced with a single weekly flat rate pension of £144 as long as enough National Insurance contributions have been made. The state second pension will be abolished and the required number of years of NI contributions will be increased by 5 years to 35 years. The proposals also end contracting out for public sector workers.
Alan Campbell MP said “This is a complex change and I am concerned that the short time-frame that is being proposed means there will be heavy losers and steep cliff edges. Indeed, initial analysis shows that the vast majority will lose out. 430,000 women will also not receive the flat rate pension while men of the same age will, and almost 7 million people will face a rise in their National Insurance contributions.
It is important that the details of these proposals are now examined carefully and that the Government are clear about who will lose out. The Government should now publish the accompanying impact assessment and ensure these reforms go hand in hand with a strategy to tackle pensioner poverty.”
Cold Weather Payments triggered
14th January 2013
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP has received notification from the Department for Work and Pensions that Cold Weather Payment has been triggered locally.
Postcodes NE25 NE26 NE29 NE30 and NE27 have all been triggered as eligible for cold weather payments.
The payments are made automatically.
Big Lottery Fund Grants
7th January 2013
Alan Campbell MP has welcomed the news that more projects in Tynemouth Constituency have received grants as part of the Big Lottery Fund.
The MP said “I think it is important to raise awareness of these types of funding for local organisations and community groups. Big Lottery has a dedicated webpage with information about how groups can bid for funding. I would urge local projects to look at the details to see if they are eligible”.
The website can be accessed here;
Woodlawn Xmas Pudding Fun Run
28th December 2012
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has congratulated participants and organisers of Woodlawn School’s annual Xmas Pudding Fun Run.
The local MP who starts the race every year said “I am delighted to have been asked once again to start the annual Xmas Pudding Fun Run and to be able to support Woodlawn School. It is a great community event, an opportunity to run off the excesses of the day before and all in a good cause. I’d like to congratulate all those who took part and also the organisers who put in a huge amount of work to make this event such a success.”
The winners of this year’s race were;
Men: Ross Floyd from Morpeth Harriers
Women: Ashley Gibson, Morpeth Harriers
Child: James Young (14) who ran with his mother, Catherine, who has run every Woodlawn Fun Run since 1985!