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To-Let Boards Campaign Success

Nick has welcomed the news that To-Let Boards are to be banned from parts of Newcastle where they cluttered streets all year round. The ban includes Jesmond, Sandyford, Heaton and Shieldfield in Newcastle East, which is due to come into force in January 2015. Nick said “I have raised the issue of the proliferation of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Opening of TUC Asbestos Support Group

The Northern TUC Asbestos Support Group was launched today by Nick Brown and North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon. At their base in the Wallsend People’s Centre, North Tyneside, the Asbestos Support Group will provide advice and guidance for the growing number of workers in the region suffering from asbestos related illnesses such as mesothelioma, pleural [...]

Fighting for Justice for the Victims of Pleural Plaques

Last Friday a Bill was passed through the House of Commons which would have the effect of overturning the 2007 Law Lords decision to deny compensation for pleural plaques sufferers. To become law, the Bill must now pass through the House of Lords before the middle of November. This is by no means the battle [...]

Extra Summer Advice Surgeries

Over the past month Nick Brown has been running a series of extra advice surgeries. Nick has held 19 events in all, in every part of the constituency. It’s been a chance to make sure that anyone who can’t make the regular weekend sessions is able to raise issues with Nick face to face. The [...]

Know Your Entitlement – Nick Brown Launches Summer Benefit Take Up Campaign

Nick Brown has today revealed that he is to run a summer pilot campaign in his Newcastle East to increase the number of people claiming all types of benefits they are eligible for. Nick said: “The average weekly amount of Pension Credit paid to eligible pensioners in Newcastle is worth £48.25 per week. We know there [...]

Raising Awareness of Pension Credit

This week at the House of Commons I met with representatives of pensioners groups from the North East, who had come to London as part of an Age Concern lobby. This Government has a good record on making life better for our older citizens – but there is always more that can be done. Since [...]

Step Forward for Pleural Plaques Campaign

There was a good result for the campaign on Pleural Plaques last Friday when Parliament backed the first stage of a Private Member’s Bill which would overturn the Law Lords’ decision to deny compensation to people living with the condition. Nick has been campaigning on this ever since the Law Lords decision two years ago, and the [...]

Parliamentary Lobby for Pleural Plaques Justice

Nick today spoke at a Parliamentary Lobby run by the GMB union to get justice for the victims of pleural plaques. Nick has repeatedly made the case within Government for the 2007 Law Lords decision that denies compensation to pleural plaques sufferers to be overturned, and earlier this month made a submission to the Government’s conultation on the issue, which you can read here.