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Marking Holocaust Memorial Day this week, Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, honouring those who died during the Holocaust as well as honouring the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured.
Monday 27th January will mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.
In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
Tesco will be unveiling the full details of their new proposals for a store in Stanley at two consultation events in the town.
The events will take place in the Derwent Suite of Stanley Civic Hall (Lamplight Theatre) between 4pm and 9pm on Thursday 30 January and from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 1 February.
Corporate Affairs Manager Mark Thomas said: “We would ask that as many people as possible come to find out information and, most importantly, let us know what they think. We realise that this is very important news for Stanley and we want to work as closely as possible with local people to make sure we deliver a store which creates jobs, provide shoppers with more choice and great value food and helps revive the town centre. Tesco is committed to coming to Stanley.”
On Friday 17 January, Kevan met with representatives from Tesco and local County Councillors to discuss the plans for a new Tesco store in Stanley.
The new plans are different from the ones that were originally given the go ahead in 2011, and therefore new planning permission will have to be sort, but the company confirmed they are still committed to the project.
Kevan said, “I hope this represents a revival in the fortunes of Stanley. We know that developments of this scale tend to attract further investment and that is what the town desperately needs.”
On Friday 17 January, Kevan visited the Just for Women Centre in Stanley, where he is Patron.
Whilst there he met with the ladies from Be Creative Crafts and saw the products they are making to sell at their new business in Durham called Kopo. Kevan is pictured below with Lestryne Tweedy.
On Friday 17 January, Kevan (and Biff) visited Bloemfontein Primary School in Craghead for their Good News Assembly.
During his visit to the Hospice, Kevan also spoke to former County Councillor Bill Firby:
On Friday 17 January, Kevan visited St Cuthberts Hospice in Durham to see the work that is being carried out on their in-patient unit.
Whilst there, he met with Martin Winn, who is a Volunteer Gardener at the Hospice.
Yesterday Kevan made a speech in the House of Commons on Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Orders (TPIMs).
The full content of Kevan's speech can be read here:
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in North Durham a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
My first advice surgeries of the new year will take place on Saturday 4 January:
St Mary’s & St Cuthbert’s Parish Centre, Church Chare, Chester-le-Street: 9.30-11am
Sacriston Library, Plawsworth Road, Sacriston: 11.30am-12noon
Tommy Armstrong Centre, Clifford Road, Stanley: 12.30-2pm
Please do come along if there are any issues you would like to discuss, no appointment is necessary.
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, will be calling in to the Salvation Army at Consett on Monday 23 December to make a donation towards the Derwentside Toy Appeal.
The Christmas appeal is run by the Salvation Army in conjunction with Julie Patterson, who established the appeal in 2006, to bring a little bit of festive cheer to disadvantaged children in Derwentside.
Mr. Jones said, “I am very pleased to be able to show my support for this excellent appeal. Christmas can be a difficult time for a lot of people, and this appeal ensures that many children from the area, who might not otherwise, have a present to open on Christmas morning.”
Anyone wanting to make a last minute donation can drop presents at the Salvation Army in Consett (Sherburn Terrace).