Chi raises tax threat to pretzels

Chi Onwurah MP for Newcastle Central has questioned the Treasury Minister about the government plans to tax pretzels.  Ms Onwurah said:  “ I am sure you know that Newcastle is the home of the Greggs pasty and so I was hopeful that the chancellors latest u turn might have  resolved his great savouries shambles.   But now I learn […]

Parliamentary Summer Intern Vacancy

Location: London   Salary: London Living Wage (£8.30)   Job Details: Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Shadow Minister for Innovation and Science, is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the team for 10 weeks as a paid intern in her busy Westminster office. Applicants will need strong research […]

Enjoy the Jubilee Weekend…

The Assembly Rooms and Marco Pierre White at Hotel Indigo in Newcastle hosted a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  The band, ‘The Vieux Carre Jazzmen’ kindly offered Chi a lesson on the banjo (don’t worry, she won’t be giving up the day job anytime soon).

We need debate not destruction of GM experiments

Commenting ahead of a proposed “day of action” by an anti-GM pressure group around the GM wheat trial at Rothamsted, Chi Onwurah MP, Labour’s Shadow Science Minister called on the Government to take the lead and promote a real debate on the issues surrounding GM crops. “We need to have a well informed debate on […]

Keeping You Informed (May 2012)

Dear Newcastle It is now generally agreed by everyone that the budget was bungled, the question remaining is whether it was a failure of communication as the Chancellor claims,  or substance as the opposition believe. In any case what is clear is that the since the Budget the news has only got worse for the […]

Government must not let vested interest determine our digital future

I fear this column risks turning into a ‘Waiting for the Green Paper’  tragi-comic epic. Another month has passed and we have neither sight nor sound of the much awaited and much delayed Communications Green Paper.  To recap, this critical direction setter for the UK’s digital industries was due out in November, then December, then […]

Chi secures assurances from Ordnance Survey on St James’ Park

Chi  has secured assurances from Ordinance Survey that they will not use Sports Direct Arena but will continue to use St James Park on its reference maps. Chi said: “  I am very happy that Ordinance Survey recognise the importance of St James’ Park and that they will be joining NUFC fans in keeping that name alive. […]