Newcastle North MP urges constituents to use the Home Heat Helpline

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, is urging her constituents to make use of the freephone Home Heat Helpline, set up by Britain’s energy companies, to receive free advice on receiving help with their energy bills. Catherine said: “The bitterly cold weather of recent weeks has had us all turning up the heating in our … Continue reading Newcastle North MP urges constituents to use the Home Heat Helpline

Newcastle North MP raises flooding concerns of local constituents

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, is raising the concerns of Fawdon residents who believe that the current severe weather could cause a repeat of floods which have been blighting the area over recent years – notably in 2000, 2005 and 2008. Catherine said: “I have been working with local residents in Fawdon and the … Continue reading Newcastle North MP raises flooding concerns of local constituents

More apprenticeships needed says local MP

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell has called on the Government to increase its support for apprenticeships, after a new report highlighted a lack of apprenticeships in the UK which could leave us trailing behind our international competitors. A report by the Centre for Economic Performance, based at the London School of Economics, finds there are … Continue reading More apprenticeships needed says local MP

Government U-turn on anonymity for rape defendants

The Coalition Government has backtracked on their plans to give anonymity to rape defendants after their plans earlier this year were met with widespread opposition. Catherine McKinnell Shadow Solicitor General said: “This u-turn from the Government is welcome and not before time. If these plans had been enacted it would have sent a clear message … Continue reading Government U-turn on anonymity for rape defendants

Catherine McKinnell MP appointed as Shadow Solicitor General

Catherine McKinnell, Member of Parliament for Newcastle North has expressed her ‘surprise and delight’ at being appointed Shadow Solicitor General as part of the new Labour leader, Ed Miliband’s, first shadow team. Catherine McKinnell, who previously worked as a lawyer specialising in employment law for a top regional firm, before she was elected to parliament … Continue reading Catherine McKinnell MP appointed as Shadow Solicitor General