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Probation Service

Nick has voiced his concerns over the Government’s privatisation of the Probation Service. The Government’s plans involve outsourcing all low and medium risk offenders to private and voluntary groups without any proper pilot of the proposals. Nick spoke in Parliament against the proposals and submitted a petition collected by the National Association of Probation Officers [...]

Nick Forces Debate on Threat to Local Cadet Forces

Nick used a Commons debate last week to stand up for popular school cadet schemes in Walker and Heaton which could be under threat because of policy changes made by the Government. He said: “Involvement in cadet units and work on the associated BTEC teaches participants the ethos of public service, as well as beneficial life [...]

Nick writes to Newcastle City Council over Budget Proposals

Nick has today written to the City Treasurer regarding Newcastle City Council’s three year budget proposal, acknowledging the difficult funding decisions that are being considered and stressing the unfair distribution of cuts to local government by the Tory-Lib Dem Government. In his letter, Nick has stressed the need to ensure people can fully understand and interpret the Council’s figures and [...]

Joint-Newcastle MPs’ Statement on Council Funding

Dan Jarvis, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Culture, has come to Newcastle to see for himself the impact of central Government public expenditure cuts on local arts and libraries provision. Overshadowing Newcastle’s present difficulties is the unfair distribution of the cuts burden by the Government. Newcastle is facing funding cuts of £218 per head. The national [...]

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 [...]