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Nick Brown re-elected as MP for Newcastle East


Nick Brown

Nick making his acceptance speech at the election results declaration.

Following the General Election in May 2015 Nick Brown was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Newcastle East, receiving 19,378 votes, just under 50% of the total. Nick has served as the Member of Parliament for East Newcastle since 1983 and during this time has helped thousands of constituents with issues of concern.

Following his re-election, Nick commented on his priorities for the next five years; “I pledge to do my best for my constituents. I want to take on the big issues, such as climate change and the stability of international financial system, as well as important local issues like bringing jobs to the people of Newcastle East. My key priority is to strengthen, deepen and broaden the private sector employment base in Newcastle and the region.”

Nick is now the longest serving MP in the North East, having fought eight general election campaigns. The Evening Chronicle covered Nick’s reflections on his time in politics in an article following the election result, which can be accessed here:   

Cultural Education Leadership Conference Speech

Nick Brown

Nick Brown

Nick made a keynote speech at the Bridge North East Cultural Education Leadership Conference at the Life: Science Centre in Newcastle. The main focus of the Conference was focussed on the importance of arts and culture to schools and for children and young people.

You can read Nick’s speech via the following link:

To-Let Boards Campaign Success


Nick has welcomed the news that To-Let Boards are to be banned from parts of Newcastle where they cluttered streets all year round. The ban includes Jesmond, Sandyford, Heaton and Shieldfield in Newcastle East, which is due to come into force in January 2015. Nick said “I have raised the issue of the proliferation of lettings boards on a number of occasions in Parliament and have continually pressed the Government for powers to deal with this problem. I hope we can now move towards ensuring the news rules are properly enforced.”

All Party Parliamentary Group for Speedway


Nick with representatives of the British Speedway Promoters Association in Westminster


Following the AGM for the All Party Parliamentary Group for
Speedway in July, Nick has remained as Chair of the Group for a further year.

The Group was set up by Nick and other supportive MPs in 2013 as a way of showing support for Speedway in Parliament and taking up any issues that arise.

Nick is a regular visitor to watch the Newcastle Diamonds race at Brough Park in Byker.


New Homes in Walker

Nick took part in the ground-breaking ceremony at the latest housing development in Hibernia Village. The new homes at Caledonia Court will provide much needed affordable housing in Walker.

Nick at the ground-breaking for new homes in Walker

Walkergate Metro Station Renovation

Nick with the Walkergate Councillors trying out the new lift at Walkergate Metro Station

Nick was joined by the three Labour Councillors for Walkergate to mark the opening of the refurbished Walkergate Metro Station. The new station has improved access, new seating and better lighting, as well as a lift onto the platform for the first time.

Nick commented “It is great to see the Metro modernisation programme delivering for passengers. This work was carried out as part of the Metro’s £389m investment package approved by the last Labour Government. As the Regional Minister at the time I am pleased to see the decisions we took having a positive impact today.”

Supporting NHS Workers

Nick with Glenn Turp, Regional Director of the RCN and health workers at the Freeman Hospital

Nick joined the Royal College of Nursing and frontline NHS staff outside the Freeman Hospital in support of their protest against the Government’s rejection of a 1% pay rise for nurses and many other health

In comments to the local press, Nick stated: “The Government’s continuing public sector pay restraint is not fair and not sustainable. It is particularly unfair on nurses and other low paid workers in the NHS. I completely support the Royal College of Nursing, hospital staff look after us in our time of need and we must stand up for them. It is important that the public understands just how shabby the Government is in treating key health service workers.”

Nick’s Budget Debate Speech 2014

Nick speaking during the Budget Debate

Nick took part in the Budget Debate on the 19thMarch and used his opportunity to speak to raise some of the big structural questions facing the UK Economy. Nick talked about rising income inequality, covering the tax burden on individuals, the growth of an ‘internationally mobile’ class of people and the decline in real wage growth for the majority of people over the last 30 years.

Nick also talked about the importance of the manufacturing sector to the UK, the economy’s productivity problem and the continuing problem of unemployment in the North East of England. He warned about the size of the international shadow banking sector and the decline in corporate tax revenues.

Nick concluded with a call for the Government to take a lead role in helping to create a better regulated international economy to tackle cross-border issues like tax avoidance, stating that ‘Our country has an important role to play as part of the transnational attempts to deal with transnational offenders.’ He also argued for greater Parliamentary scrutiny of government expenditure and of the Bank of England in its role monitoring future risks to the financial system.

Nick’s full budget speech can be read here

Probation Service

Nick accepting the petition against the changes to the probation Service from Megan Elliot of NAPO

Nick has voiced his concerns over the Government’s privatisation of the Probation Service. The Government’s plans involve outsourcing all low and medium risk offenders to private and voluntary groups without any proper pilot of the proposals. Nick spoke in Parliament against the proposals and submitted a petition collected by the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) against the plans.

Nick said “The Probation has had a good record throughout its 106 year history. Every single Probation Trust in England and Wales is rated ‘Good’ or ‘Exceptional’. The Government’s plan risks breaking all this up.”

Nick’s speech in Parliament can be read here, and his submission of the petition here.

Nick Forces Debate on Threat to Local Cadet Forces

Nick used a Commons debate last week to stand up for popular school cadet schemes in Walker and Heaton which could be under threat because of policy changes made by the Government.

Nick visiting the local TA Centre in Walker

He said: “Involvement in cadet units and work on the associated BTEC teaches participants the ethos of public service, as well as beneficial life skills, such as discipline and organisation. Not every pupil encounters those virtues outside the school environment.” But he added, there were continuing problems for teachers wishing to back the cadets.

Mr Brown, who has been a school governor in Walker since 1980, said: “Resources are restricted. The school has to prioritise and it has to prioritise those courses that count towards its evaluation, yet the uniformed public services qualification work is doing so well for the school.”

The Defence Minister who replied for the Government said he agreed the Department for Education should give the cadet course credit for its hard work.

He said: “In the Ministry of Defence, we recognise that a BTEC in public services can be life-changing for some young people, with it either being the only qualification they receive or the additional qualification that allows them to fulfil their ambitions.

The Evening Chronicle lent their support to Nick’s campaign today.