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On Friday 20 March, Kevan joined local Councillors, Durham County Council Chairman, John Robinson, and others at the unveiling of the new Pelton Plinth, which has been installed outside the Lavender Centre in the village.
The Plinth, which was designed by local historian Dorothy Rand and created by local sculptor Russ Coleman, celebrates the history of Pelton, and is inscribed with words and images connected with the village's heritage.
On Friday 20 March, Kevan visited Greenland Primary School at South Moor, with Councillor Carole Hampson, meeting with Headteacher, Mark Stewart. The visit gave Kevan an opportunity to see the new building for the first time since it was officially opened last year.
On Tuesday 17 March North Durham MP Kevan Jones pledged to make this election memorable by taking action to support the 850,000 people living with dementia across the UK.
He joined over 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society in Westminster to meet people with dementia and commit to support those affected by the condition. On the day, Mr. Jones supported Alzheimer’s Society’s general election campaign that is calling for more people to get the dementia diagnosis they need and for everyone to be properly supported afterwards.
Kevan Jones said: ‘We all have a part to play in improving the lives of people living with dementia. There are around 1,125 people living with the condition in North Durham - and many more who are in regular contact with family and friends with the condition. It is an issue we absolutely cannot afford to ignore.’
On Saturday 14 March, Kevan joined Councillor Carl Marshall at the Stanley Indoor Bowls Club for the conclusion of the British Isles Championships and the closing ceremony.
The event has been held in Stanley for the last three years, and will move on to Wales next year.
On Friday 13 March, Kevan joined Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, on a visit to Hitachi at Newton Aycliffe for a tour of the new £82 million manufacturing facility.
The facility will go into production next year and will be the hub of the company's European operations, creating 730 jobs directly, and many more in the supply chain locally.
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...