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Nick Pledges His Support for Earth Hour

Nick at today’s Earth Hour event in Parliament Nick Brown lent his support to the WWF’s Earth Hour initiative at an event held in Westminster today. WWF is calling on individuals, businesses, iconic landmarks and local authorities to sign up to switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about people and [...]

Nick Joins the Prime Minister to Announce 500 Job Boost for the Tyne

Nick joined the Prime Minister in Walker yesterday as global energy giants Clipper Windpower confirmed their plans to bring a windfarm factory to the banks of the Tyne. As Minister for the North East Nick has worked hard to promote the Region as a centre for green industries. That work is now getting results, with this [...]

Government Support for Walker Windfarm Factory

Nick Brown has welcomed today’s announcement of Government funding for a scheme to build the world’s biggest wind turbines  in Walker. The Department for Energy and Climate Change’s move to award a £4.4m grant to American green energy firm Clipper Windpower has been hailed as a key step in the rebirth of the shipyards on the banks of [...]

Nissan Announcement Good News for Green Industry in the Region

  Today’s announcements at Nissan are fantastic news for our region. The company has confirmed plans to make Sunderland its European hub for making batteries for electric vehicles. This will mean 350 jobs created at the plant, and the promise of more as the technology gets going. Nick visited Nissan in January when things were [...]

Embracing the Electric Car Market

On Friday Nick visited Romag in Consett, County Durham, to see a solar car parking canopy it has developed, which could be used to charge electric cars while they are parked, using the sun’s rays. “I am really inspired by what I have seen this afternoon. I do feel the North- East could become a [...]

Carbon Capture and Storage Means a Green Future for the North East

Minister for the North East Nick Brown MP today welcomed the Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband’s announcement on transforming our electricity generation from low carbon polluting sources. In welcome news for the North East, Ed Miliband cited Teesside amongst only three other named locations as a suitable site for a new carbon capture and storage [...]

How Green is Our Future?

Today’s Northern Echo has a report on yesterday’s Smith Insitute debate, including the following quotes from Nick: Nick Brown, the Government Chief Whip and Minister for the North-East, replied: “I will do everything I can to make sure we don’t go back to mass unemployment. Windpower is the only renewable energy source that you can [...]

Tyneside’s New Industrial Revolution

A planning application to build a wind turbine manufacturing plant at the former Neptune shipyard, in Walker, was today being lodged with Newcastle city council. The factory will create an initial 500 jobs, with thousands more to follow when it kicks into action. Nick Brown said: “This is the birth of a new industry on [...]

The Climate Change Bill

The Climate Change Bill, which goes through Parliament today, is a world first. The Bill will make the UK the first country to have a legally binding long term framework to cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. Many other countries are now looking at whether they should follow our lead and adopt [...]

Investment in the Growing Industries of the Future

The big story of the past couple of weeks has been the turmoil in the global economy and as we have seen Britain is not immune to these problems. In the North East we’ve already felt the effects with the difficulties at Northern Rock. The action which the Government took to address those difficulties was [...]