Petitions debate: Investing in free childcare

Today I was proud to lead the first Petitions Debate in Parliament on free childcare. Over 146,000 people signed this petition, including over 600 in Newcastle. Childcare is a huge expense for families and it prevents many parents from returning to work after having children because it is just not cost effective. We know that … Continue reading Petitions debate: Investing in free childcare

HS2 given the green light. East Coast Mainline needs investment too!

  Today the government have finally given the green light to the HS2 rail line. We desperately need a new north-south mainline railway in the UK and this crucial investment has been held back by dithering and delays for too long. It was first announced by the last Labour government in 2009 so this is … Continue reading HS2 given the green light. East Coast Mainline needs investment too!