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I was pleased to support the Tynemouth Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean at Longsands on Sunday.

 

It was a beautiful day and it was great to see so many people supporting the event.

 

Tynemouth SAS have done brilliant work highlighting the problem of plastics in our seas and along our shores with their Return to Sender and Banish the Bottle campaigns.

 

Locally, they also told me of their plans to make Tynemouth Village a plastic free zone.  For updates on this and all their campaigns keep an eye on their website at;

 

https://www.sas.org.uk/campaign/message-in-a-bottle/

Surfers Against Sewage Beach Clean

  I was pleased to support the Tynemouth Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean at Longsands on Sunday.   It was a beautiful day and it was great to...

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I recently met with Headteachers from across the borough to discuss local concerns about cuts to school funding. 

Analysis of the DfE’s data points to a £339 loss for every primary age pupil and a £477 loss for every child in secondary school. 

Spending per pupil in North Tyneside is already projected to be £1500 less than the average London borough by 2017-18.  Further changes to the National Fair Funding Formula are set to take a further 2.7% from school budgets before schools have to pay the cost of pay rises, pensions and NIC changes. 

Schools with big sixth forms will be hit harder as they struggle to cope with cuts to Post 16 funding.  The cuts will mean fewer staff, less buildings maintenance or a reduced curriculum or most likely all of them.  North East Schools would need £323 million to match London levels yet the Chancellor set aside £360 million for unnecessary grammar or free schools.  I've already raised my concerns with Ministers and will continue to do all I can to oppose these unfair cuts.

Meeting to discuss concerns over school cuts

I recently met with Headteachers from across the borough to discuss local concerns about cuts to school funding.  Analysis of the DfE’s data points to a £339 loss for every...

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On Wednesday (8 March 2017), I was pleased to show my support for a mass lobby of Parliament organised by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign and supported by UNISON.

I was proud to sign a pledge to call on the government to implement fair transitional arrangements for WASPI women affected by the State Pension Age changes.

The campaign is fighting for compensation for women born on or after 6 April 1951 who are facing hardship in retirement as a result of the government’s changes to their state pension age.

The 1995 Pensions Act increased women’s state pension age to 65, the same as men’s. At the time, many organisations recommended that the government should ensure that the women affected were given fair notice of the changes.

But these recommendations were ignored by the government and as a result hundreds of thousands of women have had no time to make alternative arrangements and their plans for retirement have been shattered.

It is totally unacceptable that these women are heading for financial hardship in old age because the government failed to communicate the changes with them effectively. The government must reconsider their stance on this important issue and implement fair transitional State Pension arrangements so that these women get the retirement they deserve.

Supporting WASPI women

On Wednesday (8 March 2017), I was pleased to show my support for a mass lobby of Parliament organised by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign and supported...

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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...

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