MP joins forces with Geordie Breakfast Club

Catherine McKinnell MP has given her backing to the work of the Geordie Breakfast Club, following a recent visit to the veterans’ group which meets every weekend at Kingston Park’s Toby Carvery. The Geordie Breakfast Club was established to provide friendship, networking opportunities and support for veterans to adjust to civilian life – dealing with … Continue reading MP joins forces with Geordie Breakfast Club

Newcastle MP: Government must think again on MenB vaccine

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, has joined calls for the Government to think again on the availability of the new meningitis B vaccination during a debate in Parliament yesterday (25th April). Meningitis B (MenB) is a potentially fatal bacterial infection which mostly affects babies, toddlers and adolescents, with some 535 recorded cases in 2013. Since … Continue reading Newcastle MP: Government must think again on MenB vaccine

Catherine: Abused children at risk of falling through the cracks

Catherine McKinnell MP used Education Questions in Parliament today to add her backing to the NSPCC’s It’s Time campaign, which calls for more support to help children rebuild their lives after abuse. The NSPCC estimates that, every year, over half a million children are abused in the UK, but many are facing unacceptable waits for support services whilst others … Continue reading Catherine: Abused children at risk of falling through the cracks

MP Catherine backs genocide vote

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, has today voted for the violence being perpetrated by Daesh/IS in Syria and Iraq to be officially recognised as genocide, calling in Parliament for the UK not to ‘walk on by’ in the face of these atrocities. Supported by 278 MPs, with no votes against, the backbench motion under consideration this afternoon stated: … Continue reading MP Catherine backs genocide vote

Newcastle North MP slams ‘ludicrous’ academies plan

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, has hit out at the Government’s plans to force every school in England to convert to academy status, describing them as ‘frankly ludicrous’ and ‘an absolute distraction’. Speaking during an Opposition Day debate on the issue in Parliament yesterday, the Education Select Committee member said: ‘I am in a state … Continue reading Newcastle North MP slams ‘ludicrous’ academies plan