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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP raised the matter of the replacement of the Common Fisheries Policy in the House of Commons recently.  He emphasised that different ports will have different priorities. North Shields supports an inshore fishing fleet with prawns the main fishery. This makes protection of the 12 mile limit crucial to the economic health of the quay and fishermen.  

 

He also raised concerns regarding the export of prawns. He said, “North shields exports 95% of the prawns landed to the continent.  The prawns are not processed or frozen, they have five days from being landed on the quayside to get onto the table.  At present the MMO issues around 300 certificates to export to non-EU countries.  If every lorry that goes to France, Spain or Italy requires a certificate it is estimated that 21,000 certificates would be needed, this would be a disaster for the prawn industry in North Shields.”

 

He asked the Minister what plan the Government has when we exit the Common Fisheries Policy. 

MP raises export concerns in Annual Fisheries Debate

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP raised the matter of the replacement of the Common Fisheries Policy in the House of Commons recently.  He emphasised that different ports will have different...

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is urging interested parties to take part in the Labour Party Fishing Consultation.

In November, Labour Friends of Fishing was launched to make sure the voices of our fishing communities are heard and this consultation has been set up to do just that.

Alan Campbell said “I invited the Shadow Fisheries Minister Holly Lynch MP to North Shields Fish Quay this summer to see at first hand the importance of our local fisheries.  

North Shields is England’s biggest prawn port and more than 90% of prawns landed at North Shields are taken by lorry for sale on the Continent.  The prawns are not processed or frozen, they are fresh and have to be delivered within 5 days.  So access to markets is vital and exporters would not welcome additional bureaucracy, licences or tariffs.

For our area, fishing is one of the most emotive and important parts of the Brexit debate and it is important local people have their say.”

Click here for the consultation document.

Have your say on Fishing

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is urging interested parties to take part in the Labour Party Fishing Consultation. In November, Labour Friends of Fishing was launched to make sure the voices...

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell spoke in the fishing debate in the House of Commons on the 8th December.  He raised concern over the availability of funding for infrastructure repair to the quay. He highlighted a report that found the condition of the quay required between £6 and £8 million to be spent on infrastructure repair.

He stressed the dilemma of those who make the repairs.  He asked “Does North Shields Fish Quay make a bid? As a private company, it would be able to access only 50% of funding or does the Port of Tyne do it? Until funding is made available and repairs are done fishermen are being prevented from going about their daily business.”

Given his concerns Alan wrote to the Fisheries Minister to look into the matter with some urgency, and asked if funding would be available after we leave the common fisheries policy.

MP raises concerns about Fish Quay in Parliament

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell spoke in the fishing debate in the House of Commons on the 8th December.  He raised concern over the availability of funding for infrastructure repair to...

Tynemouth MP has welcomed the news that the Government has announced a proposal for a full ban on ivory trade in the UK.

Alan said “I know that a lot of local people feel strongly about this issue and I am pleased that the government have listened.   A consultation is currently taking place on possible exemptions and comments are invited from all interested parties.  The deadline for submissions is 29th December.  I would urge anyone with a view to have their say.”

Click here for the link to the government's ban proposal which will give you all the information you need to respond. 

However, if you would prefer not to complete the questionnaire, letters or emails will also be taken into account.  Please address your email to ivoryconsultation@defra.gsi.gov.uk

MP welcomes Ivory Trade ban

Tynemouth MP has welcomed the news that the Government has announced a proposal for a full ban on ivory trade in the UK. Alan said “I know that a lot...

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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has written to the Chancellor to demand a meaningful pay rise for public sector workers.

Alan said "I am very disappointed that there was no reference to public sector pay in the Autumn Budget and that there was no new money announced to give public sector workers the pay rise they deserve.

The large number of letters and emails I have received on this issue highlights the strength of public opinion and I'm happy to be supporting Unison's 'Pay Up Now' campaign. 

I have written to the Chancellor to take immediate action and award public sector workers - many of whom have borne the brunt of austerity - the pay rise they deserve."

Give public sector workers a pay rise

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has written to the Chancellor to demand a meaningful pay rise for public sector workers. Alan said "I am very disappointed that there was no reference...

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Alan Campbell MP recently joined North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon, Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn, Leader of Newcastle City Council Nick Forbes and Leader of Northumberland Council Peter Jackson at the signing of the ‘minded to’ North of Tyne Devolution deal. 

Speaking after the event Alan said "It’s vital that the North of Tyne has a strong voice as the country makes important             decisions about its future.  I welcome the deal and I will be following developments closely."

 

North of Tyne Devolution Deal

  Alan Campbell MP recently joined North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon, Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn, Leader of Newcastle City Council Nick Forbes and Leader of Northumberland Council Peter Jackson at the signing...

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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today visited the Dome to get a sneak peek of how internal works are progressing.

Alan said "I was pleased to be invited for a tour around the Spanish City Dome.  The progress being made inside is amazing and I know that when it opens next year it is going to be a real draw for Whitley Bay."

 

Sneak peek inside the Dome

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today visited the Dome to get a sneak peek of how internal works are progressing. Alan said "I was pleased to be invited for a tour around...

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Local MP Alan Campbell has attended remembrance services across the constituency. 

Alan said "This year I attended services at the Jigsaw, Hawkey’s Lane, Backworth and Whitley Bay Cenotaph.  I was also honoured to attend an event at the Linskill Memorial Garden where the Honorary Consul for France Eric Donjon placed a commemorative poppy as a gift to mark the Battle of Arras.

Wearing a Poppy is about remembering those who lost their lives in war and the many more for whom war changed their lives entirely.  But it’s also about the commitment we make to today’s ex-servicemen and women to do our best for them in healthcare, housing, jobs and much more. We too will remember them."

 

Remembrance Across Tynemouth

  Local MP Alan Campbell has attended remembrance services across the constituency.  Alan said "This year I attended services at the Jigsaw, Hawkey’s Lane, Backworth and Whitley Bay Cenotaph.  I...

In light of the recent news that Whitley Bay Post Office will close in December due to the closure of McColl's local MP Alan Campbell is working to try and keep a Post Office in the town.

Alan has been working alongside Whitley Bay ward Councillors to try and ensure that a suitable alternative location is found in Whitley Bay and will keep local people updated with any developments.

Closure of Whitley Bay Post Office

In light of the recent news that Whitley Bay Post Office will close in December due to the closure of McColl's local MP Alan Campbell is working to try and...

In light of the recent announcement by North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group that the overnight closure of the Urgent Care Centre will remain in place whilst the CCG undertake a further procurement exercise to find someone to run their proposed Urgent Treatment Centre, here is a joint statement Mary Glindon and myself put out earlier this week;

 

“The CCG proposal as it stands is unacceptable. Effectively the temporary closure of the Urgent Care Centre at Rake Lane is to become permanent, without proper consultation but with a so called "engagement exercise" instead.  Residents across North Tyneside will be receiving a lesser service than patients at Wansbeck and Hexham where a 24 hour    service has resumed, despite them being less busy centres.  The reason for that is entirely the fault of North Tyneside CCG who took the decision not to reopen, at the last minute.

The proposal will leave urgent care at Rake Lane open for even fewer hours than now and it isn't clear whether patients will be able to walk in or will need an appointment.  The NHS is there to serve the needs of patients not the needs of the CCG.

Instead of directing people from Cramlington - which caused the need for closure in the first place - the will instead be pushed to Cramlington or Newcastle.  The irony is that this announcement came on the same day as the Ambulance Trust warned that waiting times could be longer.  The rest of us will be left with an inadequate 111 telephone service or a return to a discredited locum service.

If as the CCG says it has a duty to spend taxpayers money wisely did they waste so much money on the flawed first procurement exercise?  This appears to be financially driven and the CCG are hiding behind new Government guidelines which are themselves driven by the chronic underfunding of the NHS.  We thought CCG's were there for patients and not to do the Government’s dirty work.

We strongly believe that the Urgent Care Centre at Rake Lane should return to 24 hour opening to relieve pressure on Cramlington and in line with Hexham and Wansbeck.  We also need the service to be based at Rake Lane as residents said and there must be full and proper consultation.

The CCG says that the did a detailed consultation before but now intend to ignore it.  That consultation supported a "one stop shop" and said it must be at Rake Lane.  Instead our constituents face a downgraded service at Rake Lane or at worst none at all, and all that without proper consultation.  That represents a gross failure by the CCG in almost every regard.”

 

Statement on changes to local NHS

In light of the recent announcement by North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group that the overnight closure of the Urgent Care Centre will remain in place whilst the CCG undertake a...

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