Local MP urges Newcastle schools to enter the Speaker’s School Council Awards 2011

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, is urging school councils in her constituency to enter the Speaker’s School Council Awards 2011. The awards were first launched in 2009 to recognise the most innovative student-led school council projects in four age groups: 4-7, 7-11, 11-16, and 16-19. They are run by Parliament’s Education Service and supported by … Continue reading Local MP urges Newcastle schools to enter the Speaker’s School Council Awards 2011

Newcastle North MP criticises Government over winter flu preparedness

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, has expressed her concerns today about the Government’s level of preparedness for winter flu. Catherine said: “Last week saw almost a trebling of people going to their GP with flu symptoms, whilst the number of patients in hospital and in intensive care has risen and vaccination rates are down on … Continue reading Newcastle North MP criticises Government over winter flu preparedness

Newcastle North MP backs Commons report on Future Jobs Fund

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, has backed the findings of a report published today on Youth Unemployment and the Future Jobs Fund. The report has been published following an inquiry by the influential Work and Pensions Select Committee of the House of Commons. Catherine said: “In previous recessions, unemployed young people in Newcastle and across … Continue reading Newcastle North MP backs Commons report on Future Jobs Fund

Shadow Solicitor General welcomes DPP involvement in rape retraction cases

Shadow Solicitor General and Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, has welcomed today’s announcement by Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer of a change in the way in which prosecutors deal with cases against women who have withdrawn rape allegations as a result of intimidation. The move follows extensive coverage of this issue in The Guardian … Continue reading Shadow Solicitor General welcomes DPP involvement in rape retraction cases