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Nick Welcomes Health Funding Settlement for the North East

Newcastle East MP Nick Brown has welcomed the announcement that NHS chiefs have rejected a controversial new formula for health funding which could have meant a 15% cut to the region’s health budget. Last year Conservative Health Ministers suggested that community health funding should be allocated according to age rather than deprivation. The proposal to [...]

Newcastle City Council Funding Debated in Parliament

With Newcastle City Council’s budget facing unprecedented cuts and cost pressures amounting to £100 million over the next three years, Nick recently raised the issue in a debate in the House of Commons. The Adjournment Debate, which took place on the 8th January, was an opportunity for Newcastle’s MPs to raise the unfair distribution of [...]

Communications Data Bill

Throughout the Autumn Nick has sat on the Joint Committee of MPs and Lords which has been studying the Government’s Draft Communications Data Bill. As the Committee publishes its full report today, Nick has set out the findings of the Committee in a piece for today’s Independent. Nick said: ““The issues that the Bill attempts [...]

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.

Labour Party Conference Report 2012

At this year’s Party Conference Newcastle East CLP held a fringe event entitled “How do we bring down student tuition fees”. The event, organised together with the Smith Institute, was well attended, with Newcastle East members, students and trade unions all in attendance. Manchester Central by-election candidate Lucy Powell spoke about the challenges facing young [...]

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 [...]

Concerns About Job Losses Following Government’s Health Changes

Nick Brown has spoken of his concern after plans emerged of potential job losses amongst community health staff throughout the North East of England. The Newcastle Journal today revealed that more than 1000 primary health care staff could face redundancy as a result of the Government’s controversial NHS reorganisation. As part of the Health and [...]

Opening of the Walker Activity Dome

On Friday 2nd March Newcastle East MP Nick Brown joined Newcastle United players Peter Lovenkrands and Mehdi Abeid to officially open the Walker Activity Dome. The Dome, formerly the Lightfoot Centre, has been renamed following a competition with pupils from Central Walker School. The facility has been transformed by a £2.5 million investment programme, bringing [...]

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 [...]

Tax-Dodging By Senior Civil Servants

Nick Brown today asked an Urgent Question in the House of Commons to Treasury Ministers about the revelations that the head of the Student Loans Company was being paid through a device designed to avoid income tax. The discovery came last night after an investigation by Exaro News.  The civil servant in question has been [...]