Catherine calls for urgent debate on regional economy

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, has demanded an urgent debate in Parliament in response to a BBC report highlighting our region as the area least able to bear the brunt of the government’s proposed cuts.  The report considered the key themes of business, community, people and place in assessing the ability of different areas … Continue reading Catherine calls for urgent debate on regional economy

Catherine challenges unfair reforms package

Catherine McKinnell, Labour MP for Newcastle North, has voiced her anger over government plans to redraw constituencies and change the voting system without proper consultation. Speaking about today’s debate on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, Ms McKinnell stated, ‘While I support a referendum offering a choice between alternative vote and first-past-the-post, I cannot … Continue reading Catherine challenges unfair reforms package

MP fights plans to relax tobacco advertising

MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North, Catherine McKinnell, has voiced her concern over fears that the Lib-Con government will loosen restrictions on tobacco advertising. Tough new regulations introduced as part of the Health Act 2009 which would have banned displaying tobacco in shops as well as its sale from vending machines, are thought to be … Continue reading MP fights plans to relax tobacco advertising

Catherine welcomes ‘A’ Level results

MP welcomes A Level results but fears lost generation in ‘school-leavers’ limbo.” MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North, Catherine McKinnell, has congratulated local students following another impressive year of A Level results. However, Ms McKinnell also voiced deep concern that through no fault of their own, more young people than ever today left school without … Continue reading Catherine welcomes ‘A’ Level results

Long-term unemployment of older workers a big concern, says MP

MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North, Catherine McKinnell, has expressed concern following the publication of new unemployment statistics from the charity, Age UK. The figures show that the number of over-50s seeking employment has risen by 50% over the past year – the highest proportion for a decade. ‘This is a worrying trend for older … Continue reading Long-term unemployment of older workers a big concern, says MP