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On Thursday 26 November, Kevan spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on North East devolution where he raised a number of concerns about the plans for devolution in the region.
Kevan said, "If we were having a serious debate about devolution, we would have had a far clearer, worked-out policy and a debate within the region. Frankly, the debate in the region has been pathetic. Devolution has been sold by some of its proponents as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the region, as though it is akin to selling sofas or other bargains in the Christmas sales, but if people ask questions about it, they are treated as though they are somehow anti the region or anti-business and are holding back the region, which I find insulting.
"Those individual councils and others who oppose the devolution settlement and the mayoral system that, whatever the Government say, has been imposed as part of the deal have a great track record of working closely with business in the north-east; they are not anti-business."
You can read Kevan's full speech, and the rest of the debate, here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151126/hall...
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, joined representatives from the national charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at a high profile parliamentary reception on Wednesday 25 November 2015 as they called for an immediate review of the evidence behind the National Screening Committee’s recent decision not to recommend a cardiac screening programme for young people in the UK.
On Wednesday 25 November, Kevan hosted a reception at Westminster for Coeliac UK.
Coeliac UK wanted to raise awareness of its campaign on the prescription of gluten-free products, and also showcased a variety of gluten-free products and offered instant testing for Coeliac disease to the MPs in attendance.
On Thursday 20 November, Kevan visited the Boeing UK sites at Farnborough and Fleet as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust Fellowship programme on the aerospace sector.
Kevan said, “I am very pleased to be here at Boeing today to see both the Portal and the International Training Centre. I am over half way through my IPT Fellowship and I have visited some very interesting organisations so far, and today was no exception. I am looking forward to visiting Boeing again in the New Year to find out more about their UK based operations in support of the RAF’s Chinook.”
David Pitchforth, vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd added: “Kevan was very enthusiastic about the work we do here and we were delighted to host the Shadow Defence Minister today. At Boeing, we are very keen to maintain a healthy dialogue with all Parliamentarians and this visit has helped to cement that relationship. I look forward to engaging further with the IPT’s Fellowship Programme so that we can continue to bring Parliamentarians and industry closer together.”
On 17 November, Kevan spoke for the Opposition in a Westminster Hall debate on the future of the Reserve Forces.
During his remarks, Kevan said, "As a former Defence Minister, I have seen at first hand the contribution of both, and in Iraq and Afghanistan, the contribution that reservists made, not just in medical services but on the frontline, was sometimes overlooked. We ought to pay tribute to them."
He went on to add , "Events over the weekend show that the threats we face change quickly, and that some of the skills that we need—in cyber, intelligence and other capabilities—must be procured in the regular forces, but the reserve forces can also make a contribution."
You can read the full debate here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151117/hall...
On Saturday 14 November, Kevan visited the Alzheimers Society Christmas Fair at Cornerstones at the Chester-le-Street Methodist Church.
On Saturday 14 November, Kevan called in at a public consultation event organised by the Stanley Area Action Partnership.
Kevan is pictured below with Stanley County Councillors Carl Marshall, Kat Dearden, Carole Hampson and Olga Milburn.
On Friday 13 November, Kevan visited The Elms in Chester-le-Street, Cestria's new assisted living scheme for the over 55s.
Whilst there Kevan met with Jean Lee, who gave him a tour of her new home.
On Thursday 12 November, Kevan attended the opening of St Helen's Church at Beamish Museum. The church was previously in Eston and has been rebuilt at the museum.
On Monday 9 November, Kevan joined parliamentary colleagues in raising serious concerns with the Home Office over errors in the Police Funding Formula.
An urgent question was asked in the House after it emerged there was a statical error in the data being used to determine future police force funding.
Kevan said, "I find it remarkable that it took 24 hours for him (the Minister) to find out about the problem, and that his officials did not tell him sooner. Does he not realise that the Home Office has now lost all credibility among the police and the police and crime commissioners—the police family—over this process? Is it not about time he took up the suggestion of the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, my right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz), and established independent oversight of the process?"
You can read more of the debate here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151109/debt...