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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell tonight attended the results of the election of North Tyneside’s new Young Mayor and Member of the Youth Parliament.

Speaking after the results were announced Alan said “I want to congratulate Oscar Daniel, North Tyneside’s new Young Mayor and Sophie Anson, new member of the Youth Parliament. 

It is a fantastic achievement for both of them and I was very impressed by their hard fought campaigns.  I look forward to working with them in the future.”

 

Election success for Oscar and Sophie

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell tonight attended the results of the election of North Tyneside’s new Young Mayor and Member of the Youth Parliament. Speaking after the results were announced Alan...

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has welcomed the launch of a new mobile and broadband checker, available both as an online tool and as an app. The Ofcom Mobile and Broadband Checker is a one-stop shop which will show you your broadband and mobile coverage, test your connections and suggest tips for improving performance.

 

The App shows voice, 3G or 4G coverage from all major network operators, both indoors and outdoors, at any location in the UK – allowing people to compare which network offers the best service in places such as the home or office. Broadband availability and speed information is available using address-level data for the first time.

 

The app is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices. It is also available as a web based version for desktop and laptop devices, which you can access at;

https://checker.ofcom.org.uk/

 

Alan Campbell MP said “It is concerning that 1.4 million homes and offices remain unable to sign up for broadband speeds over 10 Mbit/s, the speed required to meet a typical household’s digital needs.  Here in Tynemouth we have good coverage but for places like West Allotment upgrades still need to happen.  I am continuing to lobby to ensure that we get to 100%.

Launch of Broadband Checker

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has welcomed the launch of a new mobile and broadband checker, available both as an online tool and as an app. The Ofcom Mobile and Broadband...

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Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth has responded to the Government’s announcement of the closure of Whitley Bay Jobcentre.  The MP said;

 

“It's reckless at best and perverse at worst for the Government to close so many Jobcentres.

 

Claimants from places like Whitley Bay will be forced to travel further to sign on and in many cases will incur increased travel costs that DWP will not reimburse. Living on benefits, these are costs they cannot and should not have to afford and risks harsh sanctions if people are unable to keep appointments..

 

This Tory Government’s decision to close Jobcentres across the country shows they are not serious about helping people to find decent, secure and well-paid work”.

 

MP calls on government to halt Jobcentre closures

  Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth has responded to the Government’s announcement of the closure of Whitley Bay Jobcentre.  The MP said;   “It's reckless at best and perverse at worst...

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This week Alan signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

Friday 27th January marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘How can life go on?’

After signing the Book of Commitment Alan Campbell MP commented:

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Tynemouth and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day.”

Alan Campbell MP signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

  This week Alan signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the...

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Alan recently popped in to Shikara in Whitley Bay to congratulate them on receiving an award at the recent Curry Life Awards 2016.

Alan said "I want to congratulate co-owners Azad Miah and Shohid Ahmed on their win.  It's great to see a local restaurant get national recognition."

 

Congratulations to Shikara!

  Alan recently popped in to Shikara in Whitley Bay to congratulate them on receiving an award at the recent Curry Life Awards 2016. Alan said "I want to congratulate co-owners...

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Local MP Alan Campbell recently went to see the Whitley Bay Pantomime Society’s performance of Jack and the Beanstalk

 

Following the performance Alan Campbell said ‘I thoroughly enjoyed going to see Jack and the Beanstalk which is one of my favourite pantomimes.  It was the Panto Society’s 53rs performance.  Well done to all those involved!”

He's behind you!

  Local MP Alan Campbell recently went to see the Whitley Bay Pantomime Society’s performance of Jack and the Beanstalk   Following the performance Alan Campbell said ‘I thoroughly enjoyed...

Buses_1.jpgOn the 30th anniversary of bus deregulation, campaigners are calling on MPs to ‘take control of our buses’ by opposing the government ban on new public bus companies. Here in North Tyneside Alan Campbell MP, Mary Glindon MP and elected Mayor Norma Redfearn have joined the campaign.

 

The government wants the Bus Services Bill currently being debated to include Clause 21 which would stop English local authorities from setting up new municipal companies.  The clause was defeated in the House of Lords but has been introduced again in the Commons.

 

The Transport Act 1985 was implemented on October 26th, 1986. Since deregulation, fares have risen well above inflation and many routes have been cut.

 

Alan Campbell MP said "It's absurd that after 30 years of the failures of private bus companies, the government is ruling out new public ownership of buses. It's time to take control of our buses and run them for people not profit. All councils should be not just allowed but encouraged to follow the lead of the public ownership success stories in Nottingham and Reading.  I’d also like to thank the Tyne and Wear Public Transport Group who have worked so hard to keep this issue in the public eye.”

 

While buses are privatised in most towns and cities across the UK, there are 12 local authority-owned bus companies, for example in Edinburgh, Nottingham and Blackpool. In 4 of the last 5 years, local authority run buses have won Bus Operator of the Year at the Bus Awards.

 

Research from Transport for Quality of Life suggests we could save £506 million a year from buses outside London by bringing them into public ownership.

 

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn said “I’ve recently written to Lord Ahmad at the Department for Transport to signal North Tyneside Council’s opposition to Clause 21.  One of the biggest issues facing residents in North Tyneside is the lack of decent bus services.  It should be about passengers not profit.”

 

Polling shows that 57% of the British public think local authorities should be allowed to set up new public bus companies – as opposed to 22% who don’t believe they should have this power. Amongst Conservatives, the majority still oppose Clause 21. Over four times as many people want more public ownership of buses than want more private ownership (46% to 11%). 26% want to see no change.

Campaigning for Better Buses

On the 30th anniversary of bus deregulation, campaigners are calling on MPs to ‘take control of our buses’ by opposing the government ban on new public bus companies. Here in...

Alan_at_Woodlawn_Fun_Run_-_Dec_16.jpg883 (eight hundred and eighty three) runners took part in this year’s Woodlawn School Xmas Pudding Fun Run on Whitley Bay links this Boxing Day.

 

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell, who starts the Run each Boxing Day, said "I want to congratulate and thank everyone involved in this year's Run, with almost 900 runners on a beautiful morning at the Coast and for a very good cause.  A special thanks to North Shields Poly Athletics Club who do a great job organising the event."

 

North Shields Poly Athletics Club and Woodlawn Parents & Friends Association (WPFA) prepared 1000 bags to hand out to runners completing the Run.  Each Start Fitness bag contains a Xmas pudding and a certificate courtesy of Potts Printers.  At the end of the Run there were only 114 bags left.

 

“At one point we were worried we might run out of bags” says WPFA secretary Brenda Boyd “Thank you so much to all the runners, everybody who helped set up the Run, did the planning, worked on the registrations, marshalled the run, rode lead bikes, handed out bags, helped publicise the Run with Facebook shares and Twitter re-tweets, I'm naming no names because I'm sure to leave someone out. It wouldn't have happened without them and we are truly grateful.”

 

Whitley Bay Comrades Club opened up at 9.30 on Boxing Day morning so that Run registration could take place indoors, and runners and supporters could buy warming drinks. Runners went in through the front door, registered, collected their numbers and went out through the back door.

 

“We are grateful to Lynn Tait and her Committee at the Comrades Club for their help and cooperation” says John Brettell of North Shields Poly Athletics Club “Previously Run registration has taken place in the big bus-shelter on the Links, which could prove wet and windy.  We do hope we’ll be able to return to the Comrades Club in future years.  We must also thank Rachel Smith and the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team for providing First Aid Cover.”

 

The first man home was Callum Johnson of Gateshead Harriers in 16 minutes 12 seconds, followed by Tom Cornthwaite of Salford Harriers in 16 minutes 12 seconds and Finn Brodie in 18 minutes 40 seconds.  The first ladies were Kate Waugh of Birtley Harries in 18 minutes 40 seconds, Danielle Hodgkinson of Birchfield in 19 minute 10 seconds and Rachel Falloom of Alnwick Harriers in 21 minutes 20 seconds. Connor Marshall of Morpeth Harriers was the first Junior (under 16) finisher.

Record numbers at Woodlawn Xmas Pudding Fun Run!

883 (eight hundred and eighty three) runners took part in this year’s Woodlawn School Xmas Pudding Fun Run on Whitley Bay links this Boxing Day.   Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell,...

Here’s my recent News Guardian column reporting back to my constituents about my support for the Investigatory Powers Bill. I want to make clear my strong view – based on my experience as a former Home Office Minister – that sharing information and cooperating with our allies in the European Union are crucial in the fight against terrorism, child abuse and serious crime. I am also clear that the European Arrest warrant is a critical tool in tackling crime and criminals.

 

 

The first responsibility of government is to safeguard the security of its citizens.  The Investigatory Powers Bill currently before parliament is an important of achieving that.  The Bill seeks to update the powers available to the police and security services to tackle terrorism, child sexual abuse and online serious crime.  Gathering and sharing information between forces and our European allies is key to successful policing and security in a modern age.   There have been huge changes in technology and modern technology is often available to those who would do us harm as well as those who keep us safe.  On one side our human rights legislation dates from a time when the biggest threat was to individuals from an overpowering and intrusive state; on the other the biggest threat now is from crazed and criminal individuals seeking to harm the state and community.  A balance needs to be struck with powers that work but also safeguard people going about their lawful business such as journalists and trade unionists.  The Investigatory Powers Bill needed to create laws which give greater transparency and are more clearly defined and proportionate.  Because the Government and Opposition worked hard together to find common ground and address concerns, the Bill now does that and I was pleased to support it.  Those changes, along with vital tools like the European Arrest Warrant, mean that those who work to keep us safe can get on with their job.

 

Why remaining in the EU matters - Crime and Security

Here’s my recent News Guardian column reporting back to my constituents about my support for the Investigatory Powers Bill. I want to make clear my strong view – based on...

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On Wednesday the House of Commons debated an Opposition motion on the economy and the EU.

Britain is a proud trading nation and the EU, taken as a whole, is the UK’s major trading partner, accounting for 44% of exports and 53% of imports of goods and services last year.  The EU is a major source of inward        investment into the UK. In 2014, EU countries accounted for £496 billion of the stock of inward Foreign      Direct Investment, 48% of the total.

The motion which noted the framework the EU provides for trade, manufacturing, employment rights and cooperation and the billions of pounds-worth of investment and millions of jobs linked to the UK’s membership of the EU, which is the biggest market in the world.

Here in the North East remaining members of the EU is important for our regional economy:

Creates jobs and growth:

The EU single market helps North East businesses to trade and grow, allowing North East businesses to reach 500 million potential customers.  If we left the EU growth could be at risk and businesses such as Hitachi and Nissan have said they would have to rethink their investment plans. Up to 160,000 jobs in the region rely on trade with the EU.

Invests in our region

The EU invests million in major projects across the North East.  Pound for pound we get more back from the EU in regional funding than we pay in - for every £1 we put it we get £10 back.  Lots of projects rely on EU funding such as business and industrial sites and coastal regeneration.

Protecting our rights

Remaining members of the EU will protect your rights at work including paid holidays and maternity leave and protects consumers with cheaper flights and mobile phone bills.

 

EU Membership: Economic Benefits

  On Wednesday the House of Commons debated an Opposition motion on the economy and the EU. Britain is a proud trading nation and the EU, taken as a whole,...

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