As the MP for Newcastle North, it is important that I and my office can keep in touch with constituents about my work, take up casework on their behalf and ask for views on local issues.

This page explains how I collect and use personal data as your MP, the legal basis for doing so and provides information about your rights in respect of your personal data for which I am the data controller.

My responsible officer for data protection can be contacted via emailing me at [email protected] or by telephoning 0191 229 0352.

As a Labour MP, I also have access to other information which I or my office, or volunteers working with me, may use for campaigning purposes or for communicating with Labour Party members. In respect of that information, the Labour Party is the data controller, and you should consult their privacy policy ( for details of what information they hold, why, and how they use and process that information.

Data collection and use

The office of Catherine McKinnell MP will only collect and use personal information for the specific purpose for which it has been obtained.

I or my office will undertake casework using personal information provided by or on behalf of a constituent. It may be necessary for me or my office to share your information with third party organisations. I or my office will only do this where it is necessary and reasonable to do so, and we will share only the minimum amount of personal information necessary in order to advocate on your behalf.  Please see the ‘who I share your information with’ section for further details. I or my office may contact you about your case by phone, email or post.

I have a legal entitlement to the full electoral register for my constituency, which includes the full name and address of every registered elector and I may write to you in connection with my activities as an MP.

I will only send campaign and news emails about my activities as an MP where you have provided explicit consent for me to do so. You may withdraw your consent or unsubscribe at any time from communications in any medium by contacting my officer responsible for data protection, by sending me an email with ‘unsubscribe’ in the subject line, or by using the ‘unsubscribe’ option where available.

When using this website to register to receive my regular e-bulletin, you will be asked for limited personal information. I will only use this for the purposes for which you provide it.

I will not use personal data for any automated decision making or profiling.

Lawful bases for processing

The lawful bases for processing data are set out in Article 6 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I process data under the ‘consent’, ‘public task’ or ‘legitimate interests’ bases, as set out on the ICO’s website.

Community Champions Campaign

Catherine McKinnell MP will process data about nominees in the community champions campaign on the basis of legitimate interest.

The name and contact information of nominees will only be used to contact them about the campaign.

Who I share your information with

When I take up casework on your behalf, it may be necessary for me, or my office, to share the details you provide with Government departments, local authorities and other public bodies. I or my office will only share as much information as is necessary to take your case forward. Your details will be held on a casework management system that is GDPR-compliant. If you have any questions or concerns about how information you provide as part of a casework request is used, please contact my officer responsible for data protection for more information.

Other than in the circumstances above, I or my office will not share personal information with other organisations without your explicit consent.

No data will be transferred outside of the EU unless to a country deemed adequate by the EU for data protection purposes, or unless covered by the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework.

Retention of personal data

I will keep your personal information for as long as it is necessary to fulfil the purposes described in this policy. Information relating to casework will be retained for as long as it is necessary to resolve or otherwise complete your request, although I may retain information about closed cases in the event that you contact me again for help.

If you have consented to receive information about my work, I will only retain your personal information so long as I am the MP for Newcastle North, or you ask not to be contacted further.

I will regularly review the personal information I hold to ensure that its use is necessary and proportionate.

IP Addresses and Cookies

This site does not automatically capture or store personal information, other than logging an anonymised version of the user’s IP address. This site uses a cookie set by Cloudflare as an extra security layer to help protect against Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks and other malicious activity. The cookie does not store or provide Cloudflare or me with any personally identifiable data.

This website contains links to other websites. I am not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these websites.

Your rights

You have a number of rights in relation to your personal information and the opportunity to choose how it is used. You can:

  • Obtain copies of the personal information I hold about you (known as a “subject access request”)
  • Request that I correct or update any personal information held about you
  • Ask that we erase or restrict the way in which I use your information
  • Request that personal information you have given your consent for me to use is provided in an electronic format so it can be transferred to another data controller (also known as “data portability”)

You may opt out of receiving further communications from me in any medium at any time. All requests to unsubscribe are dealt with promptly, and in all cases within a week.

If you wish to exercise your rights in respect of your personal data or have any concerns about how your data is used, please contact my officer responsible for data protection via:

Catherine McKinnell MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
[email protected]
0191 229 0352

Alternatively you have right to raise any issues or concerns directly with the Information Commissioner’s Office.