Newcastle MP warns against social care cuts for the elderly

MP for Newcastle North, Catherine McKinnell, has warned the government against slashing social care for the elderly in its forthcoming spending review. ‘It would be totally unacceptable if the government were to use deficit reduction as an excuse to cut essential services for those in later life,’ said Ms McKinnell. ‘Everyone understands that public spending … Continue reading Newcastle MP warns against social care cuts for the elderly

Catherine McKinnell responds to ONE cuts

Labour MP for Newcastle North, Catherine McKinnell, has responded to One North East’s announcement that £33m has been slashed from its funding. The well-respected development agency, based in Ms McKinnell’s constituency, has, for the first time, given details of the projects that will be abandoned as a result of the government’s £6.2bn cuts announced earlier … Continue reading Catherine McKinnell responds to ONE cuts

Anti-smoking group thanks Catherine for support

Anti-smoking group, ASH, has thanked Catherine McKinnell MP for her efforts to campaign against moves to relax tobacco advertising. Ms McKinnell, who is a strong supporter of ASH’s campaign to reduce the number of smokers, has urged the government to honour the commitment made by Labour to ban cigarette vending machines and ‘point of sale’ … Continue reading Anti-smoking group thanks Catherine for support

10 Minute Rule Bill – Small Change Big Difference

Quoted from www.bbc.co.uk: Labour MP Catherine McKinnell has proposed a Ten Minute Rule Bill requiring ‘successful bidders for high-value public contracts to demonstrate a firm commitment to skills training and apprenticeships.’ Introducing the Bill on 14 September 2010 Ms McKinnell said expanding access to apprenticeships can ‘create a more tailor-made training system where employers, who know their … Continue reading 10 Minute Rule Bill – Small Change Big Difference

MP expresses concern over fixed-term Parliaments

Member of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, local MP Catherine McKinnell, has expressed concern over the ‘unnecessary rush’ to establish fixed-term Parliaments. Speaking today after the publication of the most recent report by her Select Committee, Ms McKinnell said that it was ‘a serious worry’ that such significant changes could be enacted without … Continue reading MP expresses concern over fixed-term Parliaments