10 Minute Rule Bill – Small Change Big Difference

Quoted from www.bbc.co.uk: Labour MP Catherine McKinnell has proposed a Ten Minute Rule Bill requiring ‘successful bidders for high-value public contracts to demonstrate a firm commitment to skills training and apprenticeships.’ Introducing the Bill on 14 September 2010 Ms McKinnell said expanding access to apprenticeships can ‘create a more tailor-made training system where employers, who know their … Continue reading 10 Minute Rule Bill – Small Change Big Difference

MP expresses concern over fixed-term Parliaments

Member of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, local MP Catherine McKinnell, has expressed concern over the ‘unnecessary rush’ to establish fixed-term Parliaments. Speaking today after the publication of the most recent report by her Select Committee, Ms McKinnell said that it was ‘a serious worry’ that such significant changes could be enacted without … Continue reading MP expresses concern over fixed-term Parliaments

Support grows for apprenticeships campaign

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North will present her Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts) Bill, in Parliament tomorrow. Ms McKinnell is leading a campaign to increase access to apprenticeships and hopes to use her ‘ten minute rule Bill’ to place a requirement upon bidders for public contracts to demonstrate a firm commitment to skills … Continue reading Support grows for apprenticeships campaign

Catherine calls for urgent debate on regional economy

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, has demanded an urgent debate in Parliament in response to a BBC report highlighting our region as the area least able to bear the brunt of the government’s proposed cuts.  The report considered the key themes of business, community, people and place in assessing the ability of different areas … Continue reading Catherine calls for urgent debate on regional economy

Catherine challenges unfair reforms package

Catherine McKinnell, Labour MP for Newcastle North, has voiced her anger over government plans to redraw constituencies and change the voting system without proper consultation. Speaking about today’s debate on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, Ms McKinnell stated, ‘While I support a referendum offering a choice between alternative vote and first-past-the-post, I cannot … Continue reading Catherine challenges unfair reforms package