Keeping You Informed (April 2012)

Dear Newcastle I hope everyone has had a good Easter. I am sorry that this is my first newsletter since January. In  February I broke three of my fingers. I was walking in a hurry and eating a sandwich, not looking where I was going. This was a mistake as there was a large pothole […]

Keeping You Informed (December 2011)

Dear Newcastle, This has been a busy end to the parliamentary year, with, in quick succession, the Autumn Economic Statement, Innovation for Growth strategy and the  European Council meeting

Keeping You Informed (November 2011)

Dear Newcastle, At this time of the year especially I realise how much more contact I have with our armed forces as an MP.  Before I was elected I wore my poppy with pride and  bowed my head at 11 hour on the 11th day of the 11th month but apart from that I only rarely came […]

Keeping You Informed (October 2011)

Dear Newcastle Two scandals last week have brought MPs into disrepute just when we all know it is so important for us to regain public trust.

Keeping You Informed (August 2011)

Dear Newcastle It has been a tense few days for all of us and a terrifying time for those affected by the riots in Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Salford, Leicester, Manchester and London.

Keeping You Informed (July 2011)

Dear Newcastle What a tumultuous week it has been.  I was sitting next to Chris Bryant in the House of Commons when he rose to move ‘Standing Order 24’ so that we could debate the phone hacking scandal.  It is thanks to the bravery of Chris, Tom Watson, the Guardian newspaper and some others in […]

Keeping You Informed (June 2011)

Dear Newcastle Well it has been a number of months since I wrote my monthly report and I can only apologise for the ‘pause’: I will try and keep it monthly in future.