Catherine responds to court closures announcement

Newcastle North MP and Shadow Solicitor General, Catherine McKinnell, has responded to the announcement on 14th December by the Ministry of Justice that 93 magistrates courts, and 49 county courts, are to be closed in England and Wales as part of the Coalition Government’s deficit-reduction programme. Catherine said: “The announcement today that some 142 courts … Continue reading Catherine responds to court closures announcement

Newcastle North MP criticises tuition fee proposals on behalf of North East students and universities

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, has spoken out against the Coalition Government’s proposals to hike university tuition fees following today’s (9th December) Commons debate on the issue. Catherine met with students from her constituency in Westminster before the debate took place, and will vote against the Government’s Motion on the issue. The sheer number of … Continue reading Newcastle North MP criticises tuition fee proposals on behalf of North East students and universities

Lord Sugar backs Catherine’s Bill

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, today welcomed news that her Apprenticeships and Skills Bill has won the backing of the creator of ‘The Apprentice’, Lord Sugar. Catherine said: “We should be investing, now more than ever, in the skills of all young people. This is vital if the North East is going to successfully grow … Continue reading Lord Sugar backs Catherine’s Bill

Newcastle North MP gives cautious welcome to GP consortium announcement

“It’s admirable that the Newcastle Bridges group of GPs has been so pro-active in attempting to shape this new policy of commissioning health services. I will of course work closely with them to ensure that they receive the best possible support for the work they carry out with patients across my constituency. I am looking … Continue reading Newcastle North MP gives cautious welcome to GP consortium announcement

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