Local people often contact me about their major concerns for themselves, their families and our country. Here is where I stand on 3 vital issues:
The NHS is Britain’s most treasured and valued institution. Yet in recent years cut backs locally have meant difficulty getting GP appointments and a loss of mental health services. Last winter we succeeded in our campaign to stop the closure of Ward 6 at Bishop Auckland General Hospital. This ward was originally earmarked for closure in November 2018, but after a long fight, a parliamentary petition and appeals to both Healthwatch and the Adult Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the closure was halted.
The petition I presented to Parliament had a grand total of 14,196 signatures, collected by volunteers, local campaigners and the Ward 6 nurses. The nurses alone gathered an astonishing 7300 signatures.
I’m not sure if the House of Commons clerks had ever seen a petition so weighty. I also met with the Health Minister to demand more investment in our hospitals.
Now, almost a year later – we face new challenges. I am fighting a proposal to shut Wards 3 & 4 which provide stroke rehabilitation and opposing cuts to the out-of-hours Urgent Care services at the Richardson Hospital.
This country needs serious investment in health and social care to meet the needs of an ageing population.
Please sign the petition to save Stroke Rehabilitation Service at Bishop Auckland General Hospital.
I am in the process of organising a public meeting about the issues at the Richardson. Please watch this space for further details.
Standards of Living
Standards of living have stood still for 10 years as wages have stagnated while costs continue to rise. The difficulties young people face in buying a home often impact on the whole family. This is why I introduced a bill to cut the unfair fees property developers charge on new builds.
This is a huge scandal waiting in the wings – much like the misselling of leaseholds with ever-increasing ground-rents.
Jobs and the Economy
To make sure we have enough money to fund our public services and maintain living standards people need good, secure, well paid jobs. And that depends on a thriving economy. Two years ago, I stood on a manifesto which set out how 250,000 jobs could be created through Green Industrial Revolution. Here in the North East with our natural resources and engineering strength we would particularly benefit from this. So, working with Durham University I have been pressing for a Geothermal Strategy using our warm mine water resources. This has the extra bonus of fighting climate change.
I want to see an end to short termism based on financial speculation and a return to investment for the long term in the real economy.
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Please let me know what you think about these, and any other issue. You can email me on email@example.com or call my office on 01388 603 075