Bridget & MPs at SellafieldHoughton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson has visited Sellafield nuclear site as part of an Industry and Parliament Trust visit to explore the decommissioning challenges facing the workforce based in West Cumbria.

The site employs over 10,000 people, who are engaged in nuclear waste management, decommissioning and construction. The visit involved a briefing on the key activities and a tour of some of the major legacy sites, including the Pile Nuclear Fuel Storage Pond Facility. This was an opportunity for parliamentarians to see at first hand the challenges created by the original nuclear reactors that were built at Sellafield in the 1950s and 60s, that didn’t consider the future clean-up of the nuclear material and waste as the reactors came off-line. [Read More]

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Bridget Phillipson MP at PenshawBy Bridget Phillipson MP

Last Saturday, we celebrated the 66th birthday of the NHS. Like so many people across our country, I am immensely proud of the work that our doctors, nurses and support staff do every day. The NHS is a national institution that ensures that health care is a right, not a privilege. Its founding principles are important today as they were in 1948. But while we look back at the progress we’ve made, we must protect the NHS for the future. There are three important ways we can do this. It is essential that we continue to invest in research to find cures for long-term conditions, such as cancer and dementia. As we live longer, we must also make sure that the NHS is able to meet the challenges of an ageing population. Health care and social care must be more closely linked. Most importantly, the NHS must be able to operate effectively, in the best interests of the public and and patients’ voices should be central to this. [Read More]

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NHS celebrates 66th anniversary

7 July 2014

Phillipson: “Help shape the NHS for the next 66 years” Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson, has called on professionals and patients to take part in a listening event to help shape the future of the NHS as the service turns 66 years old this Saturday (5th July 2014). The listening event held by […]

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Local MP recognises sacrifices made by armed forces past and present

28 June 2014

Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson, has called on the local community to support our men and women in uniform both past and present on Armed Forces Day 2014. Armed Forces Day (Saturday 28th June) is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the work and sacrifices made by those who have served and […]

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Bridget Phillipson: “PM talks the talk but fails to invest in north east manufacturing”

23 June 2014

Local MP invites PM for a drive as new figures reveal no ministerial cars made at Nissan Sunderland In response to questions from Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson, the government has admitted that not one of its ministerial cars has been built by Nissan in Sunderland. This is despite the fact that David […]

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Local MP in plea to save constituents’ holiday plans after passport chaos

18 June 2014

Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson has written to the Home Secretary calling for action on behalf of her constituents for to save their holiday plans after a backlog has caused chaos. There are dozens of Sunderland residents waiting for the passport office to issue travel documents, some for extended periods. According to research […]

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Bridget Phillipson: “A Labour Queen’s Speech would have met the challenges we face.”

13 June 2014

By Bridget Phillipson MP Last week, the Queen opened the new parliamentary session and announced the government’s plans for final year of this Parliament. Westminster was packed with visitors to watch the procession and the traditions of the State Opening. As ever, we delivered well on the pomp and ceremony but the substance was lacking. […]

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Local MP calls for action on transport to support those with sight loss

12 June 2014

Bridget says: “Sight loss should not prevent access to a quality local bus service” Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, has called on bus operators and the regional transport executive to do more to support commuters with sight loss after experiencing a blindfolded walk through Houghton town centre and a bus […]

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Local MP supports lifesaving Blood Bikes

12 June 2014

Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, has seen first-hand the work of Northumbria Blood Bikes, an organisation staffed by volunteers that provides a free rapid response courier service to NHS hospitals across the north east. The charity was set up just over a year ago. The people of County Durham, Tyne […]

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Local MP raises hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research after running Pretty Muddy 5k

27 May 2014

Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, has completed Cancer Research UK’s ‘Pretty Muddy – 5k Race for Life’ at Herrington Country Park. Bridget was was running with school friend Laura and they reached their target of raising £1000 for Cancer Research UK, a charity which she has long supported as a result of […]

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