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With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,
Kevan Jones MP
On 18 December, Kevan called in at PACT House in Stanley where a fundraiser was being held for Stray Aid, a County Durham charity working to rescue and rehome abandoned or lost dogs. Below, Kevan is pictured with Dave Clarke from Durham Police.
On 18 December, Kevan was pleased to attend the Kinship Carers Christmas Party at South Moor Golf Club.
Below Kevan is pictured with Lyn Boyd from Kinship Carers.
On 2 December, Kevan visited the Tesco Store in Chester-le-Street to show his support for their latest Food Collection campaign. Below, Kevan is pictured with staff and volunteers at the store.
On 1 December, Kevan led a Westminster Hall debate on the decision by the England and Wales Cricket Board to sanction Durham County Cricket Club.
The decision by the ECB means Durham will start next season in Division Two of the County Championship on minus 48 points, stripped of the right to host Test cricket and given a string of financial sanctions as agreed conditions to the governing body’s £3.8m bailout of the club in October.
Kevan described the treatment of the Club by the England and Wales Cricket Board as a “scandal” and urged the sport's governing body to publish the method by which the punishment was calculated.
Kevan stated that, while Durham were in financial difficulty, the club has not actually gone bankrupt and therefore ECB regulations, which he has obtained through a source inside the governing body, should not have been applied.
Speaking in his debate, Kevan said:
“I don’t think openness and transparency is what comes to mind when it comes to the ECB.
“The regulations should be public documents. What have they got to hide, unless they are trying to cover something up?”
Later on in the debate, which was attended by a number of MPs, Kevan said:
“The way this has been done is a scandal. Loyal fans who have supported the club over many years through a passionate love of cricket have been completely disregarded.
“You have to ask, what is the purpose of the ECB? Is it to protect interests and act a cosy club? Or is to support those people who want active involvement in cricket? That is the clear question. This type of secrecy and lack of transparency in 2016 cannot continue.”
At the end of the debate, Kevan called for a meeting with the Sports Minister to
discuss in more detail not only Durham, but wider governance and the ECB, and the funding situation in cricket.
To read the debate in full click here: https://goo.gl/eTPJ4L
To watch the debate click here:
(Kevan's debate begins at 15:00:26)
On 23 November, Kevan spoke in a debate on the transport situation in the North East.
Speaking about transport provision in North Durham, Kevan said:
"We have no large employers in my constituency, which is a former coal-mining area, and many people move out to work around the region. The other main network for my constituents, apart from the buses, is the railway and Chester-le-Street station. It is 10 minutes from that station to Central station in Newcastle. However, trying to get any investment, not only in upgrading the station but by ensuring that the operators stop more regularly and at times when people actually want to travel, is very difficult.
"That could be dealt with straightaway by ensuring more stopping services and hourly services not only during the day—that is what we have at times; at other times they are half hourly—but at peak times, to ensure that we have regular stopping services at Chester-le-Street. That would avoid many people having to use their cars to travel into Tyneside, as they do at the moment.
"We need investment in rail—whether it be the Blyth-to-Tyneside route, the Leamside line or others—to increase capacity on the east coast main line, but I fear that over the next 20 to 30 years, most of the money will be sucked into the vanity project that is High Speed 2 and High Speed 3."
To read Kevan's speech in full, and the rest of the debate in full, click on the link below:
On 23 November, Kevan challenged North Durham CCG to scrap its new contract with private healthcare company, About Healthcare, which will charge £10 per letter to review GP’s referrals before they are passed on to hospitals.
Speaking about the issue in the House of Commons, Kevan said:
"The decision of the North Durham CCG raises some fundamental questions about how the NHS is run in North Durham, and our constituents’ relationship with the NHS.
"The decision changes the fundamental relationship of trust between a patient and their GP. My constituents have never been asked for permission for our private medical information to be passed to a private company.
"I have questions about the way the contract was let. We have had no information about how that happened. Was it by competitive tender? Did any individuals employed by the CCG have any pecuniary interest in awarding the contract? How will it be evaluated? What ability will patients have to say whether they agree with the outcomes? I challenge the North Durham CCG to publish the contract and all information and decision making about how it was awarded, because the cloak of secrecy around it is a disgrace. I also challenge it to scrap the contract and answer a basic question: why is it treating its patients with such contempt?"
To read Kevan's full speech and the rest of the debate in full, click on the link below:
On 19 November, Kevan visited the Alzheimers Society Christmas stall on Chester-le-Street Market.
On 19 November, Kevan called in at the North Durham Parkinsons UK Coffee Morning at the Methodist Church in Chester-le-Street.
On 16 November, Kevan attended an event organised by Guide Dogs to raise awareness of their Access All Areas Campaign. You can find out more at https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/supportus/campaigns/access-all-areas#.WFkP9...
Below, Kevan is pictured with Sean Dilley.