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

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