Chi becomes honorary Scout Leader for the day

  Chi became a Scout Leader for the day as 28 Cub Scouts, from across the UK held the first ever Pack meeting at the Palace of Westminster. The event was part of The Scout Association’s drive to promote the benefits of volunteering to adults. She met up with 12 adult leaders from around the […]

Chi calls on Government to live up to Obama’s vision for science

In an inspiring address to both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall, President Barack Obama called on the US and the United Kingdom to “redouble our investments” in science and engineering Commenting on the speech, Chi Onwurah, Shadow Minister for Innovation and Science and MP for Newcastle Central said: “Just as in his State of […]

Chi’s speech in Parliament on St. George’s and St. David’s Day from Hansard

Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central) (Lab): I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Nadhim Zahawi) on moving the Second Reading of his Bill, and on making so many pertinent points. Many great and some not so great men and women have attempted to define the English identity. I will not compete with them […]

The IPKat: A trip to the Commons: the Kat reports

A trip to the Commons: the Kat reports Designs under scrutiny again. IPKat team member Jeremy was in action on Wednesday morning as a participant in a seminar, “Understanding IP: Design & Economic Growth”, which took place in the congenial surroundings of Committee Room 17 of the House of Commons. In the chair was Mike […]

Why I am still voting no to AV

The post outlining the reasons for my decision to vote no to AV attracted quite a few comments and kicked off a debate on my website which was interesting and generally better informed than a lot of the official campaigning. I believe that AV is a subject on which honest people can honestly disagree. To […]

Why I’m voting no to AV

In the 2010 General Election only 56% of registered voters in Newcastle Central voted. And many residents of the city did not bother to register. For me, this is further proof that there needs to be change to refresh and reinvigorate our democratic system. A representative democracy cannot function if people do not vote. So […]

Chi’s speech on the Budget Resolution

I want to declare an interest. From 2004 to 2010, I worked for a regulator-the bogeyman of Conservative Members. I worked for Ofcom. Working in that area, I was very aware of the dangers and limitations of regulation. However, I am also influenced by my time spent in the private sector in countries that have […]

Innovation: The engine of progress

Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central and Shadow Minister for Innovation & Science speaking at the Annual Conference of the Professors & Heads of Electrical Engineering stated: “Standing still is not an option. If government and industry can work together to invest in innovation I see a strong future. We need to be more commercially […]

Poll shows overwhelming demand to retain the City Pool

Chi Onwurah MP for Newcastle Central says that the poll, which has just closed on her website, shows overwhelming demand to retain the City Pool, as it is with its two pools. Ms Onwurah said: “ I knew that the plans to close the small pool were a concern to many people, but I  have […]