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Kevan took part in a Commons debate yesterday regarding the County Durham Plan, underlining his support for the proposals which could see up to 30,000 jobs created by 2030 in the region.
Kevan's contribution to the debate can be read in full here:
This week, Kevan Jones spoke on behalf of the Labour Frontbench in a Commons debate on Defence.
MPs focused on the role of NATO and discussed the next Strategic Defence and Security Review.
Kevan's speech can be read in full here:
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, visited Hare Law School in Catchgate, Stanley, on Friday 27 February, along with Durham County Councillor Thomas Nearney.
During the visit, Kevan met with Headteacher Maggie Collins to discuss the school’s future plans, and also visited what will soon be the school’s new home, at the former North Durham Academy site at Greencroft.
Kevan said, “It was a pleasure to visit Hare Law School and to speak with Maggie about the plans the school has to ensure it can continue to provide excellent opportunities for its students.
“It was also very interesting to see the progress at the new school site. When it is ready, I am sure it will be an enormous boost to the school, and will allow it to develop strong links with the local community.”
Hare Law School provides specialist education to children and young people with a range of special educational needs.
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, visited the North Durham Academy, Stanley, on Friday 27 February.
The visit gave Kevan an opportunity to meet with sixth form students and discuss the work they have been doing on voter registration, which has included producing a video for Durham County Council encouraging young people to make sure they are on the electoral role.
Kevan said, “I was very impressed with the work the students at the Academy have been doing on this hugely important subject. It is vital that we do all we can to get young people registered to vote, and the sort of work the students have been doing with Bite the Ballot plays an important part in this.
“It was a really interesting and enjoyable visit, discussing the subject with students, and I would again take the opportunity to encourage all young people, over the age of 16, to make sure they are registered.”
You can watch the video that the students made with Bite the Ballot here: http://youtu.be/GcYqRXjdsLw
You can register to vote online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
On Tuesday 24 February, Kevan spoke in a Backbench Business Debate on Mental Health and Unemployment.
During his speech, Kevan paid tribute to the work of local organisations such as the Just for Women Centre, Waddington Street Centre and Mental Health North East, adding, "I have said, and I will say it time and again, that the more we talk about mental health, the better."
You can read Kevan's full contribution to the debate here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm150224/debt...
On Saturday 21 February, Kevan was interviewed by student Charlie Baker for a film he is making about the bombs at Beamish.
They were joined by local historian Jack Hair.
On 20 February, Kevan called in at Stanley Civic Hall, where local historian Jack Hair was delivering a talk on the history of Stanley.
On 18 February, Kevan, along with County Councillor Alison Batey, visited the Co. Durham Activity Day Unit, based at Ouston Community Centre.
The Unit, which is run by Gary Mitchell and John Caulfield, works with people with brain injury, including ex-service personnel. The Unit offers exercise and sporting activities, arts and crafts and access to computers. Service users also have the opportunity to take part in newspaper discussions.
North Durham MP Kevan Jones visited a local Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO), on Tuesday 17 February to learn more about the vital role they play in advising and supporting people in Durham who have recently been told that they will lose their sight.
The MP met with the ECLO, Cathie Burke, and some constituents who have recently lost their sight to find out about their experiences and the support they received.
Based at Sunderland Eye Infirmary with an outreach clinic at Sacriston, the ECLO is employed by Action for Blind People, part of the RNIB Group.
On 13 February, Kevan attended the official launch of Sacriston's superfast broadband at the Fulforth Centre. The event was hosted by Digital Durham.
Kevan said, “It’s great that Sacriston and many other parts of my constituency are now befitting from the Digital Durham fibre roll-out – and it’s wonderful to have some of the local school children here to help celebrate today’s technological milestone.
“Fibre broadband will be a big plus for homework as well as all the other things families like to do online. More than that, it’s an investment in the future – for these children, local businesses and the long-term economic prosperity of the whole community.”
Kevan is pictured below with County Councillors Simon Wilson and Heather Liddle, and Simon Roberson from BT.