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Cultural Education Leadership Conference Speech

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: http://www.nickbrownmp.com/constituency/nicks-speech-to-the-cultural-education-leadership-conference-february-2015

Probation Service

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 [...]

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. He said: “Involvement in cadet units and work on the associated BTEC teaches participants the ethos of public service, as well as beneficial life [...]

House of Commons Speech on the Royal Mail

Nick yesterday gave a speech in the House of Commons in opposition to Vince Cable’s plans to privatise the Royal Mail, which appears below. You can find the full debate here. ‘Nick Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East, Labour) ‘It is a pleasure to follow Mr Binley, and I strongly agree with what he had to [...]

Speech to the Northern TUC

In a speech to the Northern TUC, Nick Brown has criticised Newcastle City Council for its failing social care plan. Nick said that the Council’s decision to slash backroom staff had led to a deadly shortfall in social work. The Newcastle East MP accused council chiefs of disguising cuts as “efficiency savings”. As part of its [...]

Launch of the Homes and Communities Agency in the North East

Nick gave this speech at an event today to mark the launch to the Homes and Communities Agency in the North East: The Agency have got off to a great start with this launch coming 4 months ahead of schedule. This is what we are trying to do: • create opportunity for people to live [...]

Advancing Opportunity in the Regions: The Future of the North East

The following is Nick Brown’s introduction to the Smith Institute publication “Advancing Opportunity in the Regions: The Future of the North East”, which was published today.  The complete publication can be found here. During the last two decades, no English region has done more to help itself than the North East. Comparative studies of the [...]

Speech to the North East Economic Forum

WHEN WE MET A YEAR A GO IN THE LEGEND’S ROOM AT MIDDLESBROUGH FOOTBALL CLUB, I USED THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE CONFERENCE TO SET OUT MY AIMS AND AMBITIONS AS THE NEW MINISTER FOR THE NORTH EAST AND TO SAY WHAT I HAD ALREADY DONE. WHAT I WANT TO DO TODAY IS TO REPORT BACK [...]

David and the Georgians

Serious-minded MPs stay out of the silly season by going on holiday, nurturing the constituency or clearing off to the Edinburgh Festival. That’s what I was doing until I picked up the Sunday Times. Normally I throw the paper away and keep the Culture section but, being on holiday, I read David Cameron’s article about [...]

Olympic and the North East

The following is Nick’s response as Regional Minister to a debate on 10th December  in the House of Commons on “Olympics and the North East” raised by Middlesbrough MP Ashok Kumar. The complete debate can be found here. Mr. Speaker, you are presiding, Sir, over what I think is a pioneering parliamentary event. I believe [...]