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Nick backs campaign to bring Hitachi factory to Newton Aycliffe

Nick Brown has given his backing to a campaign to bring a factory that manufactures High Speed Trains to the North East. Over the next few months the Government will be deciding whether it will sanction the manufacturing of high-speed trains as part of the Intercity Express Programme. Japanese manufacturer Hitachi is now looking to [...]

Securing a Debate on Unfair VAT Rise

Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has praised Nick Brown’s work in making sure the new Government’s decision to increase VAT is properly debated in the House of Commons. VAT is a tax which hits the poorest hardest. The more of your income you spend, the worse you’ll be affected by this rise. The Lib Dems [...]

Scrapping One NorthEast Poses Threat to Region’s Economy

Nick Brown has condemned the Lib Dem Tory Coalition government’s decision to scrap the North East regional development agency. Since its creation, One NorthEast has created and safe guarded over 160,000 jobs in the North East. But Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable has now confirmed it is to be scrapped. Newcastle East MP Nick [...]

Budget 2010 – A Good Deal for the North East

Nick with Chancellor Alistair Darling at this year’s Regional Cabinet in Durham Today’s Budget is good news for the East Newcastle, putting economic growth first, to ensure that people have the skills and jobs they need to succeed in the world and their children have the opportunities to get on and get ahead. The Labour [...]

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 [...]

Metro To Be Revitalised By £1/2bn Government Cash Boost

Nick Brown has welcomed today’s announcement of a £580m government grant to modernise the Tyne and Wear Metro network. Transport Minister Sadiq Khan visited Tyneside to confirm the plans, saying the Metro was “an iconic transport system and the lifeblood of the local community”. Up to £350m will be spent on modernising stations, installing new [...]

End of the Road in Sight for Car Scrappage Scheme

With the scheme closing soon, Minister for the North East and Newcastle East MP Nick Brown encourages the North East’s motorists to take advantage of the car scrappage scheme if they wish to do so, or risk missing out. Figures released show that more than three quarters of the budget for the Labour Government’s hugely [...]

Nick Welcomes Restructuring of Northern Rock

Nick today welcomed the entry of the newly strengthened Northern Rock to the savings and mortgage market after the restructuring of the company came into effect on 1 January 2010. Nick said: “This is an important milestone for Northern Rock and its staff.  It signals a fresh start for the new, strengthened bank and is [...]

Nick Brown Defends Regional Development Bodies

Nick Brown has criticised threats to cut the North East’s development and training funding. The Lib Dems have suggested they would cut money used to support One NorthEast and other regeneration groups, while at the same time slashing the budget for the export guarantee credit department. Minister for the North East Nick Brown said the [...]

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 [...]