Local MP responds to new unemployment figures

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, has responded to the unemployment figures released today (15th December) by the Office for National Statistics. Catherine said: “Today’s figures are very worrying, with the unemployment rate across the country up for the first time in six months and the North East continuing to be one of the worst-affected regions … Continue reading Local MP responds to new unemployment figures

Catherine McKinnell urges women to protect their hearts

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, is urging women in her constituency to protect their heart health and support the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Angina Monologues campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of heart disease amongst women. Catherine recently attended a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Heart Disease and met with other … Continue reading Catherine McKinnell urges women to protect their hearts

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