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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 [...]

Re-Examining the Case for Trident

Nick spoke in this week’s House of Commons debate on the Strategic Defence Review, making the case that in difficult economic times we should look again at whether Trident is still a justifiable expense.  Nick said: “The Government clearly intend to press ahead with Trident renewal. In my opinion, they should seek explicit parliamentary authority [...]

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 [...]

Jesmond Surgeries

Throughout the summer Nick held surgeries in Jesmond and meetings with a number of residents groups. Amongst the issues raised by residents were strengthening the council’s enforcement of rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation, restricting the use of “To Let” signs by estate agents, noise and anti-social behaviour, the ecouragement of considerate citizenship, student housing [...]

Metro Upgrade Works Taking Shape

Nick Brown was at Chillingham Road Metro Station in Heaton today to see the impact of the £500m cash boost delivered by the last Labour Government. As Regional Minister for the North East Nick played a key role in securing the upgrade works, will go towards renewing stations and rolling stock, installing new ticket machines [...]

Standing Up to Racism in Football

Nick attended the Show Racism the Red Card reception today in Parliament. MPs had been invited to hear a selection of anti-racism campaigners speak about their experiences, and to update Parliament on the good work they have been doing. In attendance were a number of former footballers, including former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop and former [...]

Nick Supports Greening Jesmond Campaign

Nick visited local businesses in Acorn Road in Jesmond today to support the local efforts spearheaded by Transition Jesmond to reduce the use of plastic bags. The Jesmond scheme uses a rating scale to identify traders which are reducing their plastic bag use. The top level of three leaves (which has been awarded to 12 [...]

Debate on the Future of Freeman Children’s Cardiac Unit

Nick spoke out in Parliament yesterday to defend the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital. As part of the Government’s “Safe and Sustainable” review of children’s heart services in England, measures have been proposed to concentrate services from 11 hospitals at present to either 6 or 7. Under one of the four options put [...]