Newcastle MP demands shambolic Universal Credit roll-out is paused  

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, has today made an impassioned plea to the Government to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit across the country, until the lessons from the ‘shambles’ of the new benefit’s pilot in Newcastle have been learned. Speaking during an Opposition Day debate in the Commons this afternoon, Catherine outlined the serious … Continue reading Newcastle MP demands shambolic Universal Credit roll-out is paused  

Newcastle MP backs campaign for better post-transplant care

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, has added her support to the Who Cares? campaign by the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, calling for better care for people recovering from a stem cell transplant. Attending an event in Parliament in support of several constituents who’d contacted her, Catherine heard that despite stem cell transplant patients … Continue reading Newcastle MP backs campaign for better post-transplant care

Debate on adults with learning disabilities and the Lee Irving case

Catherine secured a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament earlier today, entitled ‘Supporting and safeguarding adults with learning disabilities’, following the brutal murder of Lee Irving in Newcastle and the findings of the Safeguarding Adults Review held into his case. Catherine’s speech can be read below, and a full transcript of the debate – including the Minister’s response … Continue reading Debate on adults with learning disabilities and the Lee Irving case

Newcastle North MP challenges Government on end of life care

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North and Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Children Who Need Palliative Care, has today challenged the Government on the lack of progress made being made on improving end of life care, for both children and adults. In July 2016, the Government published its national commitment on end … Continue reading Newcastle North MP challenges Government on end of life care

MP Catherine undertakes Gosforth blindfold challenge

Catherine McKinnell MP recently undertook a blindfold challenge in her Newcastle North constituency, alongside local campaigners from the charities RNIB and Guide Dogs. During the walk along the length of Gosforth’s busy High Street, Catherine wore glasses that simulate common sight loss conditions to experience at firsthand some of the challenges faced by blind and … Continue reading MP Catherine undertakes Gosforth blindfold challenge