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

Catherine McKinnell responds to ONE cuts

Labour MP for Newcastle North, Catherine McKinnell, has responded to One North East’s announcement that £33m has been slashed from its funding. The well-respected development agency, based in Ms McKinnell’s constituency, has, for the first time, given details of the projects that will be abandoned as a result of the government’s £6.2bn cuts announced earlier … Continue reading Catherine McKinnell responds to ONE cuts

Anti-smoking group thanks Catherine for support

Anti-smoking group, ASH, has thanked Catherine McKinnell MP for her efforts to campaign against moves to relax tobacco advertising. Ms McKinnell, who is a strong supporter of ASH’s campaign to reduce the number of smokers, has urged the government to honour the commitment made by Labour to ban cigarette vending machines and ‘point of sale’ … Continue reading Anti-smoking group thanks Catherine for support