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Nick Responds to North East Devolution Deal

Nick has called for a ‘No’ option to be included in a future mayoral poll after the Chancellor signed two devolution deals for the north-east of England. The inclusion of a ‘No’ option allows the people of the North East to decide whether they want a mayor, having rejected the idea in a referendum in [...]

Nick Votes Against Government’s Tax Credits Plan

Nick opposed the Governments proposed cuts to tax credits in the House of Commons when they were first put forward on 15 September and voted for the subsequent Labour Party motion opposing the changes on 20 October. Nick has received a large number of emails from constituents on the Chancellors proposed changes. You can read [...]

Japanese Ambassador visits North East

Nick took part in welcoming the Japanese Ambassador to the North East, where he visited the Port of Tyne and spoke at the North East Economic Forum. The events celebrated Japanese manufacturing in the North East, including Nissan and Hitachi. The ambassador spoke of how Japanese investment represents a firm and long-term commitment to the [...]

Supporting NHS Workers

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 workers. In comments to the local press, Nick stated: “The Government’s continuing public sector pay restraint is not fair and [...]

Nick’s Budget Debate Speech 2014

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 [...]

TUC March for “A Future That Works”

Nick Brown joined tens of thousands of people from across the UK in London this weekend to take part in A Future That Works – the march and rally organised by the TUC to protest against the government’s austerity policies and to call for an alternative economic strategy that puts jobs, growth and people first.

Nick Brown congratulates winners of Unionlearn workplace learning awards

Nick Brown today presented awards to Tyneside staff from the DWP and HMRC in recognition of their commitment and achievements in workplace learning. 11 PCS union workplaces across the whole of the North East and Cumbria are to receive the Unionlearn Quality Award for their IAG (information, advice and guidance) provision in the workplace. The [...]

Financial Services Bill Speech

Nick spoke today in the House of Commons Second Reading debate for the Government’s Financial Services Bill. In the Autumn Nick sat on the Scrutiny Committee for the Bill which was set up to check the Government’s plans for financial reform before they formally come to the House of Commons. As part of a panel [...]

The Government – Not The Unions – Are Itching For A Fight

There is never a good time for a strike, and the current economic circumstances make now a particularly bad time. With all the present uncertainty facing the British economy disruptions caused by industrial action add to the more general burdens. But the decision by the Lib Dems and the Tories to demonise public sector workers [...]

Parliamentary Debate on the Future of the North East Economy

Below are extracts from a debate which Nick instigated yesterday in the House of Commons about the future of the North East economy. Sixteen other Labour MPs also spoke up about the dangers of the Government’s economic strategy for our region. You can read the full debate on the Parliamentary website. Now is an appropriate [...]