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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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Alan Campbell, MP for Tynemouth has dressed in pink to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits today.

Alan Campbell MP continues his support for women affected by breast cancer by joining over 190 MPs across the country in being a Breast Cancer Now Ambassador, championing breast cancer issues both in Tynemouth and nationally, working towards a day that the disease will stop taking lives.

Alan Campbell MP said “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.  One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. This is why I’m urging everyone in Tynemouth to take part in wear it pink today as a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love.”

Wear it Pink!

  Alan Campbell, MP for Tynemouth has dressed in pink to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across...

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Alan Campbell MP today joined Mary Glindon MP and North East Soroptimists at No 10 Downing Street where they presented their Global Blanket on Anti-Slavery Day.

The Global Blanket campaign, organised by Stop the Traffik, and supported by local Soroptimists, aims to draw awareness of the trafficking of women and girls in making clothes for the fashion industry.

Alan Campbell MP said "I was pleased to support North East Soroptimists and particularly Shirley Hallam in raising awareness of this issue.  The trafficking of women and girls in industries such as fashion is rising alarmingly and it is vital that consumers know whether their clothes are connected to modern slavery, child labour and exploitation."

You can find out more about the campaign at https://www.stopthetraffik.org/campaign/fashion/global-blanket-campaign/ and more about the work of the Soroptimists at https://sigbi.org/northern-england/

 

Global Blanket goes to Downing Street!

Alan Campbell MP today joined Mary Glindon MP and North East Soroptimists at No 10 Downing Street where they presented their Global Blanket on Anti-Slavery Day. The Global Blanket campaign,...

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Local MP Alan Campbell recently opened an event to mark World Mental Health Day at the Crescent Club in Cullercoats.

The theme of this year’s event was Survive, Thrive, Be Alive.

Alan Campbell said "It is easy to think that mental health issues don’t concern us but in fact research shows that a quarter of us will have problems with mental health issues at some time in our lives.

Mental health is one of the biggest challenges we face and there needs to be a concerted focus on improving treatment, support and awareness of mental health, both in our local area and across the country.  Events like this are invaluable at raising awareness and challenging the stigma of mental health issues and I want to thank everyone involved in the event."

 

World Mental Health Day 2017

Local MP Alan Campbell recently opened an event to mark World Mental Health Day at the Crescent Club in Cullercoats. The theme of this year’s event was Survive, Thrive, Be...

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Alan Campbell today spoke at the unveiling of the Fiddler’s Green Memorial on the Fish Quay in North Shields.  The event marked the culmination of The North Shields Fisherman’s Heritage Project which has raised £75,000 since July 2016 for the memorial to local fishermen who have lost their lives at sea.

Here is Alan’s speech from the day;

“This is an important day for North Shields, and for many, an emotional one.  North Shields has a proud fishing heritage and today marks a new chapter.

But it’s also important to remember North Shields remains a working port.  It’s the biggest prawn port in England and the most important fishing port on the East Coast.

Fishing remains the country’s most dangerous peacetime occupation - at the end of 2016 there were nearly 6000 registered fishing vessels – but in 2016 there were more than 160 accidents and 9 fatalities. 

As the North Shields Heritage Project says, the true price of fish is paid when boats go beyond the piers.  

Many fishing families have lost or know someone who has lost family or friends at sea. 

We have Julie Myhill here, the partner of James Noble, the skipper of the Ocean Way which sailed from North Shields in November 2014 and which tragically lost James and 2 other crew members.  James may have been the most recent fatality but history tells us he may not be the last.

That is why the memorial is necessary and long overdue. 

It has been a fantastic effort by the team and indeed by the whole local community. 

So I am honoured to be here today as part of this event and to say congratulations and thank you to everyone involved.”

Unveiling of Fiddler’s Green Memorial

  Alan Campbell today spoke at the unveiling of the Fiddler’s Green Memorial on the Fish Quay in North Shields.  The event marked the culmination of The North Shields Fisherman’s...

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Alan Campbell today went along to a meeting with students at St Thomas More Academy organised by Tyne and Wear Citizens.

Tyne & Wear Citizens is part of Citizens UK who organise communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. Their work is based on the principle that when people work together they have the power to change their neighbourhood, their cities, and ultimately the country for the better.

Alan Campbell said “I want to thank Tyne and Wear Citizens for organising the event which was a useful opportunity to have a discussion with local young people about their priorities.  Perhaps unsurprisingly student fees were high on the agenda.  We also discussed lack of support for young people with mental health issues.  I know this is a real problem and I will certainly be taking their concerns on board.”

Meeting with Tyne and Wear Citizens

Alan Campbell today went along to a meeting with students at St Thomas More Academy organised by Tyne and Wear Citizens. Tyne & Wear Citizens is part of Citizens UK...

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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today went along to an Eid party at the Linskill Centre in North Shields organised by the Bangladeshi Community Association.

Alan said “The Bangladeshi Community Association play a vital role in the local community and I was honoured to be asked along to take part in the celebrations.”

Celebrating Eid

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today went along to an Eid party at the Linskill Centre in North Shields organised by the Bangladeshi Community Association. Alan said “The Bangladeshi Community Association...

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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today joined Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn at an event at the Redeemed Christian Church of God Restoration Chapel in North Shields.

The international day event recognises that we are privileged to live in a country that embraces diversity and differences and sought to celebrate this diversity through an annual event called “International Day”.

Alan said “I was honoured to be asked to speak at the event which showcased the different cultural heritage in our community from different nations including England, Angola, Nigeria, Congo DR, Philippines, South Africa, India and Uganda.

The day certainly fostered unity and I’d like to thank Pastor Dina for bringing us all together.”

International Celebration at the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today joined Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn at an event at the Redeemed Christian Church of God Restoration Chapel in North Shields. The international day event recognises...

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Tynemouth MP today met with the Chief Executive and staff from PROPS to discuss their work in North Tyneside.

Positive Response to Overcoming Problems of Substance Misuse (PROPS) is a North East based support service for individuals, families and carers of those living with alcohol and substance misuse. PROPS provides a wide range of support services such as: one-to-one support, counselling, drug awareness training, a confidential out-of-hours helpline, volunteer support and respite breaks.

Alan Campbell said “PROPS do extremely valuable work in our local community.  It’s important to remember that it’s often the families of those with alcohol and substance misuse problems who bear the brunt of burden.  More importantly PROPS are there to offer them the support that is needed through what can be an extremely difficult time.”

Meeting with PROPS

  Tynemouth MP today met with the Chief Executive and staff from PROPS to discuss their work in North Tyneside. Positive Response to Overcoming Problems of Substance Misuse (PROPS) is...

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