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Tynemouth MP today met with the Chief Executive of Oil and Gas UK on a visit to Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS) – one of leading companies in the North East supply chain for Oil and Gas, Wind Energy and Construction based in North Shields. 

 

Alan Campbell MP said “It was a good opportunity to discuss the outlook for the oil and gas industry.  I was also pleased to look around the AIS new 'Connect Academy' which is aimed at increasing STEM skills and providing traineeships aimed at getting young people into the industry."

Meeting with Chief Executive of Oil and Gas UK

  Tynemouth MP today met with the Chief Executive of Oil and Gas UK on a visit to Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS) – one of leading companies in the North...

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Local MP Alan Campbell MP today spoke at the launch of Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) new initiative LifeWork which took place in Newcastle.

 

Lifeworks aims to help veterans living in the Tyne and Wear area into work, training or higher education.  The initiative is backed by Tyne and Wear Councils, local businesses and MPs who have all pledged to work with Armed Forces charity RBLI to reduce levels of unemployment among ex-service personnel living in the region.

 

Alan Campbell MP said “Although the vast majority of service leavers make the transition into civilian life fairly easily some do struggle with the change and it’s important that the support is there if needed.”

 

RBLI Campaign for Veterans

  Local MP Alan Campbell MP today spoke at the launch of Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) new initiative LifeWork which took place in Newcastle.   Lifeworks aims to help...

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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today joined actor Kevin Whateley and over 160 other MPs at the launch of Alzheimer’s Society’s new campaign Fix Dementia Care which calls for improvements in hospital care for people living with dementia.

 

MPs gathered in Westminster to call for greater transparency across the NHS following an Alzheimer’s Society investigation which found too many people with dementia are falling while in hospital, being discharged at night or being marooned in hospital despite their medical treatment having finished. Freedom of Information requests (FOIs) carried out by the charity found that in 2014-15:

 

  • 28% of people over the age of 65 who fell in hospital had dementia - but this was as high as 71% in the worst performing hospital trust
  • In 68 trusts that responded to this FOI (41%), 4,926 people with dementia were discharged between the hours of 11pm and 6am
  • In the worst performing hospitals, people with dementia were found to be staying five to seven times longer than other patients over the age of 65

 

Alan said “Good hospital care for people with dementia should never be a throw of the dice – yet in some hospitals people are routinely experiencing the consequences of poor care. I’m fully behind this important campaign.”

Fix Dementia Care

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today joined actor Kevin Whateley and over 160 other MPs at the launch of Alzheimer’s Society’s new campaign Fix Dementia Care which calls for improvements in...

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Alan today met with Tony Wright and David Carnaffan of Forward Assist – a veterans support charity to discuss their plans to launch a 'Start Up' veterans employability project based in his constituency.

 

Salute Brewery is a 'not for profit' Community Interest Company that will hopefully offer military veterans employment opportunities in the 'micro brewing' industry.

 

Alan Campbell MP said “I was pleased to meet with Tony and David.  Forward Assist does important work locally in supporting veterans and I am keen to help however I can.”

Supporting Local Veterans

  Alan today met with Tony Wright and David Carnaffan of Forward Assist – a veterans support charity to discuss their plans to launch a 'Start Up' veterans employability project...

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In November, Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell nominated John Calton of the Staith House on the Fish Quay for Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year.

 

John, made the finals and is in London at a cook off today.

 

Alan Campbell MP said "I was delighted to nominate John Calton of the Staith House for this award and pleased he made the finals today.  Good luck!”

Staith House reaches finals!

In November, Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell nominated John Calton of the Staith House on the Fish Quay for Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year.   John, made the finals and...

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Local MP Alan Campbell today met with representatives from the NUS at an event in Parliament to campaign against plans to scrap maintenance grants.

 

The Government plans to scrap maintenance grants for students from poorer backgrounds, replacing them with additional loans.

 

This will mean that the poorest 40% of students going to university in England will graduate with debts of up to £53,000 from a three-year course. It will impact on students studying at further education colleges, and will especially affect those from BME and Muslim backgrounds, disabled learners, female students and older people.

Alan Campbell MP said “The Government attempted to force through the sweeping changes – which were not in the Conservative election manifesto - last week in committee, hidden away from public scrutiny, rather than on the floor of the House of Commons.

 

The Government should be doing all it can to ensure that those from the poorest backgrounds reach their full potential. This change would do the opposite, and could make poorer students think twice about going into higher education due to the considerable debts they will acquire in the process.

 

I voted for an Opposition motion, which called on the Government to abandon its policy on replacing maintenance grants with loans for lower income students, and I voted for a subsequent motion to annul the statutory instrument in which these changes are contained, but the Government opposed the motions and they were defeated.”

Debate on Student Maintenance Grants

Local MP Alan Campbell today met with representatives from the NUS at an event in Parliament to campaign against plans to scrap maintenance grants.   The Government plans to scrap...

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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is supporting a campaign to end fuel poverty and excess winter deaths.

 

Shocking figures released by the Office of National Statistics predict that the number of people dying prematurely in winter 2014-15 are two and half times higher than in the previous winter. In Tynemouth constituency the reported number of excess deaths has averaged 46 over the past 5 years. However since the total for England and Wales has leapt from 17,460 to 43,900 it is almost certain that Tynemouth will see a worrying growth in local figures.

The number of excess winter deaths (EWD) are defined as the difference between the number of deaths which occurred in the winter months of December to March and the average number of deaths which occurred in the rest of the year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that between 30 and 50% of EWDs are caused by poorly insulated cold homes.

 

The ONS figures show that fatalities in women have more than doubled with people aged over 75 worst affected.

 

Alan Campbell MP said “The average number of excess winter deaths was already cause for concern, these new figures show that government cuts are really hurting our most vulnerable neighbours.  These figures are truly shocking.”

End Fuel Poverty

  Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is supporting a campaign to end fuel poverty and excess winter deaths.   Shocking figures released by the Office of National Statistics predict that the...

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Alan Campbell MP joined campaigners at the Houses of Parliament this week to support World Animal Protection in their campaign to save one of the world’s leading police departments – the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

 

The National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) is dedicated to supporting wildlife crime investigations and is fundamental to providing and analysing national wildlife crime intelligence across the UK. Without them, a huge number of wildlife crime cases would not be successfully investigated or prosecuted.

 

In the UK native wildlife is targeted for profit and entertainment, with animals being harmed and persecuted in devastating ways. Rare bird egg theft, illegal deer poaching, hare coursing and indiscriminate cruelty to wild animals are just some of the problems faced by wildlife crime police around the UK.

 

But, following the Spending Review the future of the unit is under threat. Ministers have confirmed a decision, either way, will be made by the end of January, meaning in only a matter of weeks their work could face complete collapse.

 

Many Ministers repeatedly use the work of the Unit to demonstrate the Government’s successful commitment to tackling wildlife crime, yet they won’t confirm that the NWCU will be saved with money from their £13 million pound budget.

 

Alan Campbell MP said “The Government has made much of their £13 million package to combat the illegal wildlife trade internationally. The National Wildlife Crime Unit only requires a fraction of this budget every year, with Defra and the Home Office currently paying £136k each. This continues to be a small amount to pay for such a vital unit, particularly in contrast to the millions being spent on global projects.”

 

“Police forces up and down the UK rely on the specialist knowledge of the NWCU in order to tackle wildlife criminals. It is time for the UK Government to step up and save the National Wildlife Crime Unit.”

Save the Wildlife Crime Unit

Alan Campbell MP joined campaigners at the Houses of Parliament this week to support World Animal Protection in their campaign to save one of the world’s leading police departments –...

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Alan Campbell MP today started the 30th Woodlawn School Xmas Pudding Fun Run.

 

744 (seven hundred and forty four)  runners defied the rain on Boxing Day to take part in the Thirtieth Anniversary Woodlawn School Xmas Pudding Fun raising over £3500

 

First male runner home was Daniel Johnson of Gateshead Harriers in 15 minutes 27 seconds:  followed by his brother Callum, also of Gateshead, and Ross Floyd of Morpeth Harriers.  The first female runner was Danielle Hodgkison of Birchfield Harriers in 17 minutes 5 seconds.  The last runners in were three year old Lily Steel and her auntie Sarah who completed the three and a quarter miles in some forty minutes. 

 

All the registration and marshalling was provided by volunteers from North Tyneside Polytechnic Running Club, whose participation and expertise ensure the Run success.  Twice the usual number of marshals volunteered this year, setting up the Run route and standing in the rain until the last runners came home.

 

Alan Campbell MP said “I am always delighted to be asked 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.”

30th Woodlawn Xmas Pudding Fun Run

  Alan Campbell MP today started the 30th Woodlawn School Xmas Pudding Fun Run.   744 (seven hundred and forty four)  runners defied the rain on Boxing Day to take...

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In what has become a 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.  Despite being one of the wettest markets I can remember, with more stalls than ever the event really does go from strength.’

North Shields Victorian Christmas Market

  In what has become a Christmas tradition, Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell went along to the opening of the Victorian Christmas Market in North Shields Town Centre.   Alan Campbell...

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