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Anthony Nolan is an amazing charity which saves and improves the lives of people with blood cancer and blood diseases.

Through its FREE stem cell donor register, numerous people with life threatening conditions have been matched up with donors they would have no access to otherwise.

In the Bishop Auckland constituency 713 people are registered with the average age of 39.

It is so important for young people to register as they provide better outcomes for patients and are less likely to have health problems that prevent donation. Young men aged between 16 - 30 are particularly encouraged to register as men generally have a greater number of stem cells but we have fewer men registered .

You can register online at the Anthony Nolan website.

Helen backs Anthony Nolan Charity

Anthony Nolan is an amazing charity which saves and improves the lives of people with blood cancer and blood diseases. Through its FREE stem cell donor register, numerous people with...

If you access your local pharmacy then Healthwatch and the Local Pharmaceutical Committee are interested in your views.

Simply complete the confidential survey - it will just take a few minutes. 

The survey is open to anyone who accesses pharmacy services in County Durham.

Healthwatch seeks your views on local pharmacy services

If you access your local pharmacy then Healthwatch and the Local Pharmaceutical Committee are interested in your views. Simply complete the confidential survey - it will just take a few minutes. ...

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Helen is pleased to confirm that she will be joining Jeremy Corbyn's frontbench in the Shadow Foreign Affairs team as a Junior Minister following the 2017 General Election.

 

Helen joins Shadow Foreign Affairs Team

  Helen is pleased to confirm that she will be joining Jeremy Corbyn's frontbench in the Shadow Foreign Affairs team as a Junior Minister following the 2017 General Election.  ...

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As a Member of Parliament Helen is required to take an oath of allegiance to the Crown before she can take her seat in the new Parliament - this process is known as swearing in.

MPs cannot ask questions, speak in a debate or vote until they have sworn in. You can find out more information about Swearing In and the Parliamentary Oath on the Parliament website. 

The wording of the oath: “I Helen Goodman swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.”

You can watch Helen swearing in.

 

Helen swears in to Parliament

As a Member of Parliament Helen is required to take an oath of allegiance to the Crown before she can take her seat in the new Parliament - this process...

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Some schools in this constituency have received 28% cuts in funding - that's up to £2,500 less per child from this government.

Parents and grandparents have contacted me about and local head teachers have told me they are having to cut staff including teachers, restrict the subjects children can learn and increase class sizes.

I was concerned about this so I asked Government Ministers about this in Parliament during my response to the Chancellor's Budget and in Questions to the Treasury.

Ministers’ response to my questions is that the total core schools budget is increasing.

So I would like to ask you whether you think this is a fair distribution of the money and what you believe the implications are of these reductions going ahead.

I hope you will get in touch with me and share your views at goodmanh@parliament.uk.

School Funding Cuts

Some schools in this constituency have received 28% cuts in funding - that's up to £2,500 less per child from this government. Parents and grandparents have contacted me about and...

I recently spoke at Darlington Council's Inquiry into the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) Inquiry to highlight my concerns about the distances constituents would have to travel if the A&E was centralised at James Cook hospital and the lack of transparency around the costs involved.

The two STPs affecting this area are:

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Durham STP (including University Hospital of North Durham) 

Durham, Darlington, Teesside, Hambleton, Richmondshire & Whitby STP (including Bishop Auckland Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital

Helen speaking at the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) Inquiry

I recently spoke at Darlington Council's Inquiry into the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) Inquiry to highlight my concerns about the distances constituents would have to travel if the A&E was...

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It was a pleasure to join Simon from AONB leading a painting class at Low Force in  during English Tourism Week

Bowlees Visitor Centre has a wide variety of activities throughout the year from children's Wild Wednesday nature classes, art classes and scrumptious cake in the coffee shop.

For upcoming activities visit Bowlees Centre Events page.

Wild Wednesday events run through school holidays. You can book in advance on the website, by calling 01833 622145, 01388 528801 or you can just turn up on the day.

To discover more about activities and places to stay in Teesdale visit the Explore Teesdale website.

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Visit Teesdale this Easter

It was a pleasure to join Simon from AONB leading a painting class at Low Force in #Teesdale during English Tourism Week Bowlees Visitor Centre has a wide variety of activities...

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Helen marched through Bishop Auckland on Saturday in solidarity with local workers from Vinovium House.

The Department of Work and Pensions are currently proposing to close their Vinovium House office and transfer staff elsewhere in the North East. Helen has worked with local staff and PCS Trade Union to raise objections with the DWP Minister, - writing to the Minister twice, setting up an Early Day Motion supported by neighbouring MPs, securing an Adjournment Debate, and she will present a petition in the House of Commons.

Helen was joined on Saturday by representatives of PCS Union, County Councillor Joy Allen and local Labour Party members including Nigel Bryson. Helen and other speakers gathered in the market place to address the crowd.

 

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You can hear Helen's interview on Bishop FM and read the Northern Echo's coverage.

"No ifs. No buts. No public sector cuts"

Helen marched through Bishop Auckland on Saturday in solidarity with local workers from Vinovium House. The Department of Work and Pensions are currently proposing to close their Vinovium House office...

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Helen spoke out after the resignation of Charlotte Hoff, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. Ms Hogg resigned following a Treasury Select Committee report which rescinded its approval of her appointment after her disclosure that she failed to inform the Bank of England about her family connections to Barclays Bank.

As a prominent member of the Treasury Select Committee Helen was interviewed by Channel 4 News and ITN at Ten.

Helen said: "Sometimes we just have to have rules of the game. Parliament is the referee and I'm afraid we had to blow the whistle". 

You can read further coverage of Helen's comments in The Week and the Financial Times.

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"Parliament is the referee and I'm afraid we had to blow the whistle"

  Helen spoke out after the resignation of Charlotte Hoff, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. Ms Hogg resigned following a Treasury Select Committee report which rescinded its approval...

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Helen said "I was very pleased to go to Hockings Butchers in Spennymoor and buy my supper to celebrate National Butchers Week.

Your local butcher has knowledge about meat that you won’t find anywhere else. So pop into your local butchers this week and take the opportunity to learn more about meat and different recipes."

More information can be found at www.nationalbutchersweek.co.uk, including dozens of delicious recipes to try out at home, and an ‘Ask the Expert’ section, offering advice about anything to do with cooking and preparing meat.

Helen backs National Butchers Week

Helen said "I was very pleased to go to Hockings Butchers in Spennymoor and buy my supper to celebrate National Butchers Week. Your local butcher has knowledge about meat that you...

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