Today’s vote on Heathrow

As a member of parliament I am often faced with difficult choices and this is especially true for today’s debate on the National Policy Statement on Airports. A third runway at Heathrow raises very challenging economic, environmental and ethical considerations. I am glad we in the Labour Party are having a free vote  – I […]

My votes on the Great Withdrawal Bill Lords Amendments

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week we are voting on the amendments to the Great Withdrawal Bill. Fifteen amendments returned to us from the Lords, and then further amendments were made by colleagues in the Commons. There has quite rightly been a huge amount of interest in my voting intentions and I am sorry that […]

Chi raises concerns after Discovery School announces closure

Chi Onwurah MP for Newcastle Central, said: “  Having been informed by the Department for Education, I am very disappointed to learn of the closure of the Discovery School in Newcastle. “ I visited the school two years ago and was impressed by the commitment of both staff and students to learning. “ I have […]

Income statistics for Newcastle Central

Incomes in Newcastle Central are consistently lower than the UK average, and significantly lower than wages in London and the South of England. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that incomes in the most prosperous part of Britain – the South-East of England – are 25% higher than the poorest regions, such as the […]

Cuts to the Northumbria Police workforce

This is graph shows how the Northumbria Police workforce has changed over the last seven years under the Conservatives:   Since 2010 the total police workforce has dropped by 27% In 2010 there were 4,187 police officers, in 2017 there were 3,289 In 2010 there were 2,010 police staff, in 2017 there were 1,348 In […]

Fuel poverty in Newcastle Central

The levels of fuel poverty in this country are simply unacceptable. This graph shows how fuel poverty in Newcastle Central is increasing faster than the national average. Privatisation has failed to deliver an energy system that delivers for people, businesses or our environment. This issue is extremely important to me, as Newcastle Central experiences a […]

North East exports

The North East has a great record for exporting metal products and manufactured goods, with both areas making up a large proportion of the region’s total exports. The graphs below show recent trends.     However, over the last 4 years of Conservative government, the North East’s exports of metal products and other manufactured goods […]

MP’s Report: March 10th to May 9th 2018

Dear Newcastle Spring has come to Newcastle in style with a gorgeous St Georges Day for the Fusiliers Birthday, a beautiful May Bank Holiday and a three nil victory over Chelsea in a sunlit St James Park.  After what felt like an extended winter which was particularly difficult for the homeless and those in fuel […]