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On Saturday 30 November, Kevan attended the switch-on of the Stanley Christmas Lights.
Kevan said, "It was great to see such a good turnout and I would like to offer my congratulations to everyone involved in organising such an enjoyable event."
Below, Kevan is pictured with one of the event organisers, County Councillor Carl Marshall.
Customers at Tesco branches in North Durham were invited to donate food in store between Friday 29 November and Sunday 1 December, as the retailer again geared up to hold the biggest ever food collection in the UK.
Tesco teamed up with foodbanks charity the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare to hold the third Neighbourhood Food Collection.
Customers were given a special shopping list when they entered the store and were asked to pick up an item of food such as long-life milk, cereal, tinned foods, tea and coffee before donating it at the end of their shop.
Kevan visited the Felledge Animal Centre at Waldridge, Chester-le-Street on Saturday 30 November as part of a campaign by MORE TH>N Pet Insurance to raise awareness of the issue of pet thefts. 100 free microchips for cats and dogs will be given away at the centre until 6th December.
Kevan said, "As a dog-owner myself, I find it very worrying indeed that one in every five dog and cat owners in the North East are losing their pets due to theft. More needs to be done to raise awareness of this issue, and microchipping plays an important role in combating the problem. I would certainly encourage owners to get this done for their pets."
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham has been named as one of the Photobook Winners in this year’s All-Party Parliamentary Photographic Competition, sponsored by Cannon.
MPs and Peers were asked to submit up to ten photographs each for the exhibition, and, from all the submissions, the judging panel chose a selection of the best. The winners each received a book of the best entries. Kevan’s winning photograph was taken during a visit to Papua New Guinea in February this year.
Mr. Jones said, “I was very pleased to have one of my photographs selected amongst this year’s winning entries, particularly considering the high standard of the photographs submitted this year.”
The exhibition is organised annually by Austin Mitchell M.P., the Chair of the All-Party Photography Group.
Yesterday Kevan Jones MP spoke in the second reading debate in the House of Commons on the Mesothelioma Bill.
The Bill aims to establish a mesothelioma payments scheme and to make provision about the resolution of some insurance disputes. Mr Jones welcomes that a move has been to begin compensating mesothelioma victims, but argued that a number of very important improvements should be made to the Bill.
The full text of Kevan's speech can be read here:
Kevan Jones MP joined the national charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at a high profile parliamentary reception last night [27 November 2013] as it launched an inspiring new resource for young people who have been diagnosed with a ‘hidden’ yet potentially fatal heart condition.
The new book, “Young, fit and suddenly diagnosed with a life threatening condition…”, features 10 personal ‘essays’ from young men and women (all members of the charity’s myheart network) who recount their own experience of being diagnosed. It also includes an introduction from double Olympic gold medalist, Tom James, who was identified (by CRY’s consultant cardiologist, Professor Sanjay Sharma) with a heart condition known as Atrial Fibrillation in the run up to the London 2012 Games.
On Wednesday 27 November, Kevan met with three representatives from If U Care Share's Youth Panel when they visited Westminster.
If U Care Share, based in Great Lumley and run by Shirley Smith, is charity working to prevent suicide and also support families affected by it. Below Kevan is pictured with Matthew, Hayley and Laura from the Youth Panel:
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham has offered his congratulations to the Just for Women Centre in Stanley.
The Centre, of which Mr. Jones is patron, was named Champion Business at the recent Evening Chronicle Community Champion Awards.
Mr. Jones said, “I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Linda and everyone at the Just for Women Centre. They do a tremendous job helping women in my constituency, from teaching them new skills to simply offering a place for them to meet and make friends. I am very proud to be Patron of the Centre, and this award is thoroughly deserved.”
The business, which was set up and is run by Linda Kirk, has helped around 400 women since its foundation, and was officially opened by Kevan Jones in August 2012.
Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham and Shadow Defence Minister has embarked on an educational ‘access all areas’ tour of Heathrow Airport as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust Fellowship, which brings together senior members of Parliament and industry.
After an early morning flight into Heathrow Terminal 5 from Newcastle Airport (25 November), Mr Jones was given a series of briefings about the airport before donning a hi-visibility safety vest and setting off onto the airfield.
Accompanying the Airport Duty Manager, he was given first-hand experience of what it takes to keep the UK’s hub airport operating - including meeting a team of air traffic controllers in the 80m high tower at the heart of the airfield.
On Saturday 23 November 2013, Kevan spoke at the Annual General Meeting of the Doctors' Support Network. DSN is a charity run by and for doctors with current or past mental health problems.
Kevan spoke about his own experience of dealing with, and also discussing publicly, mental ill-health as a Member of Parliament. Kevan said, "I was very pleased to be asked to speak at the AGM of the Doctors Support Network. Depression and mental illness can affect any of us. It is an equal opportunity condition, being no discriminator of social position or intellectual ability."
More information about the Doctors Support Network can be found at: http://www.dsn.org.uk/