I’ve been working with residents in Ingleby Barwick on slow broadband speeds (less than 2Mbps) and have been able to bring in BT Openreach to try and help with infrastructure improvements. Following the successful campaign in Ingleby Barwick, residents of Thornaby have contacted me about their slow broadband speeds. Openreach have also agreed to meet with Thornaby residents to talk about possible solutions. I also welcome the news that Openreach […]
Although people say that in other practices, access is much better, I’ve been contacted by residents of Stockton South telling me how difficult it can be to get an appointment, for themselves or their children, at their GP practices. I had a meeting with Woodbridge Practice in Ingleby Barwick, and I am pleased to say they have promised four things, to recruit an extra GP, improve their text messaging reminder […]
Shadow Business Minister Bill Esterson joined myself and businesses on Yarm High Street to discuss the handover of Yarm Business Forum to the businesses themselves. I have held regular meetings with businesses and Neil Schneider, Chief Executive of Stockton Borough Council, to discuss some of the concerns they have surrounding parking, business rates and how to attract more people to the historic market town. It’s a tough time to run […]
Under this Government, our sixth forms and colleges have been grossly underfunded. Yet the Department for Education still slashed £132m from last year’s 16 to 19-year old education budget to spend on other areas. Our schools and colleges in Stockton South do an excellent job but we cannot expect them to continue delivering without the Government giving them the resources they need to educate and support our young people. The […]
During a Health Select Committee Oral Evidence Session with the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, I asked “How is Brexit going to benefit the NHS?” Hunt, could not tell me straight how the NHS was going to benefit. Instead, he said that Brexit would bring new challenges to our Health Service. Regardless of where we stand on Brexit, the NHS is something we all agree must be protected and properly funded. […]
During Business, Energy and Industry Strategy Questions, I asked the Government’s Minister why 50% of the net jobs created since 2010 have been in the South of England. The North South divide can not go on. As Tees side has already lost thousands of jobs, with the threat of more job losses to come, it is vital that we ask pertinent questions of this Government.
One of the things I campaigned against whilst running for election was the closure of the HMRC tax offices in Stockton and Middlesborough. I have not forgotten my promise to my constituents. That is why since becoming the MP for Stockton South, I have co-signed a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking that he re-think the closures. I have also taken part in a Westminster Hall debate on […]
I was elected by my fellow MPs to sit upon the Health Select committee. I will use my experience as a GP and my position on this committee, to uphold the values of our NHS and hold the Government and Secretary of Health to account.
The leader of the Labour Party will be visiting Teesside to show support for the North-East which for too long has been ignored by other Governments. Let’s put the citizens and jobs of Teesside first for once!