Apprenticeships and Brexit

Despite years of repeated warm words and commitments, it’s clear the Government has failed to resolve the skills crisis facing UK plc, with studies suggesting as many as nine out of ten firms across the country struggle to recruit the skilled workforce they need. Even with the highest level of unemployment and lowest level of … Continue reading Apprenticeships and Brexit

Children with life-limiting conditions debate

Catherine spoke in a Westminster Hall debate today, on ‘Support for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families’, in her capacity as a co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Children Who Need Palliative Care. You can read a full transcript of her speech below, and that of the full debate here. … Continue reading Children with life-limiting conditions debate

Tackling the loyalty penalty

Many people are punished for their loyalty to a firm. By sticking with a provider of services like home insurance, broadband or energy for the long haul, existing customers can face a higher bill compared to new ones. And this so-called loyalty penalty often affects vulnerable people the most. As well as representing my constituents, … Continue reading Tackling the loyalty penalty

Newcastle MP warns East Coast benefits will be lost

Newcastle North MP and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the East Coast Main Line, Catherine McKinnell, has today warned that any benefits of recent investment in the East Coast Main Line will be lost if more is not done now to deal with current problems of reliability, capacity and quality on the railway … Continue reading Newcastle MP warns East Coast benefits will be lost