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This week Kevan Jones railed against the Government's economic programme in a debate in the House of Commons on the Budget.
Kevan pointed out that the Government's policies are leaving the North East behind, that the Budget didn't do anything to tackle the scourge of youth unemployment, and that it is local authorities in the poorest areas - like County Durham and others in the North East - who have suffered the most under this Government whilst more affluent authorities have in fact benefited.
The full text of the speech can be read here:
Ron Hogg will join up with Kevan Jones MP on Saturday 5 April for surgeries in which will take place at;
St. Mary’s & St. Cuthbert’s Parish Centre, Church Chare, Chester-le-Street between 9.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.
The Library, Plawsworth Road, Sacriston between 11.30 a.m. – 12 noon
The Tommy Armstrong Centre, Clifford Road, Stanley between 12.30 p.m.-2.00 p.m.
Ron’s attendance at the surgeries will give local people a chance to discuss issues associated with police and crime in their area.
Commenting on the surgery, Ron Hogg said:
“I have been elected to be the voice of the public and I am keen to meet and listen to as many people as possible. By attending these surgeries, members of the public will be able to raise any local policing concerns they have with me. I’m looking forward to Saturday and urge residents to come along and have a chat”.
On Friday 14 March, Kevan officially opened the new Parcelforce Newcastle Depot, on the Drum Industrial Estate, Chester-le-Street. The depot will serve the Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham areas.
The 7,777 square metre depot has more than four times the floor space of the previous site in Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead. The new depot has the capacity to hold up to 100 vehicles and handle up to thirty thousand parcels a day.
Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham said: “I am delighted that Parcelforce Worldwide is expanding its Newcastle operation. I welcome the creation of local jobs for constituents which create a real boost for the local economy.
On Friday 14 March, Kevan visited Fellside Meadows, Chester-le-Street with Councillors Keith Davison and Katherine Henig, and Portfolio Holder Cllr Brian Stephens, as work got underway on £88,000 flood defences.
On Friday 14 March, Kevan visited Komatsu at Birtley.
Whilst there, Kevan listened to a presentation about the company and the work that goes on at Birtley, and then went on a tour of the factory shop floor. He said, "It was a number of years since I had visited the factory, so it was very interesting to come back to see for myself the work goes on at this very important local employer."
Below Kevan is pictured with Richie Lee, a constituent who works at Komatsu.
On 7 March, Kevan attended the offical opening of the North Durham Academy, Stanley.
Kevan joined local Councillors, including Stanley Town Council Chairman, Alec Clegg, as HRH The Duke of York officially opened the building.
The new school campus opened in September, following a merger of Greencroft School and the Stanley School of Technology two years ago.
On Saturday 1 March, Kevan met with a group of young people working with Mental Health North East.
The group have been undertaking a number of projects, including producing their own newsletter. The newsletter includes articles written by the young people about their experience of different mental health issues.
At the meeting, they interviewed Kevan about his role as an MP, his own experience of mental illness, and his views on raising awareness of mental health.
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, has joined County Councillors Katherine Henig and Keith Davidson, who represent Chester-le-Street South, in welcoming Environment Agency funding for flood prevention works on Fellside Meadows.
Durham County Council was successful with its bid for £88,000 to construct a flood wall between the housing estate and the fields at Waldridge. The work, which will hopefully begin in March, is in addition to work that has already been carried out by the authority to alleviate the problems faced by residents.
On 10 February, Kevan visited Rolls-Royce at Derby as part of his Industry & Parliament Trust Fellowship programme.
The visit included tours of the test bed, visitor centre, heritage centre and Apprenticeship Academy. Kevan said, "It was a most interesting visit, seeing not just the work that goes on on the front line at Rolls Royce, but also the invaluable work that goes on behind the scenes."
On Saturday 1 February, Kevan met with students from the Hermitage School at the Parish Centre, Chester-le-Street who were fundraising for their 2014 Operation Wallacea visit to Honduras.
You can find out more by visiting www.opwall.com