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Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson, has spoken out in support of Armed Forces Day, which was held on Saturday 27 June.

The MP has urged everyone to take a moment to thank the whole service community, as well as their friends and families, for the contribution they make to our safety and protection.

Bridget said:

“I am a proud supporter of our Armed Forces, who put their lives on the line to create a safer world for us all.

“Armed Forces Day is hugely important. It provides us with an opportunity to stand together and thank our forces and their families and friends for their service and support.

"Our Armed Forces serve in some of the most dangerous areas of the world to defend Britain’s interests and national security with unyielding commitment, professionalism and courage.

"In this year when we mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, it is a time to remember the individual bravery and collective determination of all our veterans.

"I would particularly like to take this opportunity to recognise the sacrifices and achievements made by veterans and service men and women here in Sunderland."

Bridget Phillipson MP supports Armed Forces Day

Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson, has spoken out in support of Armed Forces Day, which was held on Saturday 27 June.

Bridget_Phillipson_Dr_Helen_Pepper.jpgLast week Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, liaised with climate campaigners attending the ‘Speak Up for Climate’ lobby at Parliament.

9,000 people from across the UK took part in the biggest ever lobby on climate change at Westminster and met with MPs to discuss the threat of climate change.

Campaigners raised a range of important issues including the provision of warm homes for all, the protection of natural habitats and support for those most affected by climate change across the globe. Lobbyists also stressed the importance of world leaders reaching an ambitious global agreement on climate change this year.

Speaking after the event, Bridget said:

“It was striking to see so many thousands of people taking part in this important lobby.

“I enjoyed meeting Dr Helen Pepper, a passionate constituent of mine, to discuss the issues campaigners want MPs to prioritise in Parliament and the challenges posed by climate change.

“I will do all I can in Parliament to press the government to ensure provision of warm homes and clean energy in this country.

“In this important year for climate change, I hope that we’ll see real progress towards a global climate change deal.”

Bridget Phillipson attends climate lobby in Westminster

Last week Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, liaised with climate campaigners attending the ‘Speak Up for Climate’ lobby at Parliament.

41441393_sundmagscourt203.jpgThere may be a new Parliament and a new government, but when it comes to the Ministry of Justice committing to build a new Sunderland Centre for Justice nothing has changed.

For the last five years together with Julie Elliott MP I have been pressing government ministers to indicate when, or even if, a decision will be made to start the rebuild.

Time and time again our questions have been dodged and deflected. It became clear over the last Parliament that the government had allocated no resources to its rebuilding programme and ministers had made no progress in five years. A plan with no resources is no plan at all.

This dither and delay can’t go on. Sunderland's magistrates court is over 100 years old and is no longer fit for either the victims of crime or those working there.

I started to campaign on this issue after the closure of Houghton Magistrates Court, which was a big disappointment for local people. It was closed on the understanding that a new modern courts complex was to be built in Sunderland. The Ministry of Justice spent £2 million of our money buying land and drawing up plans for a new Sunderland Justice Centre at Farringdon Row adjacent to the Vaux site, but nothing has happened for years.

It’s high time the government came clean on this. If the courts are not rebuilt then £2 million of taxpayer money will have been wasted. Years of uncertainty over the future of the site have already significantly affected the city. And until the government makes up its mind about what to do, no progress can be made.

A new Centre for Justice is a vital part of plans to regenerate the city centre and to create jobs for our area. The government keeps talking up the so-called Northern Powerhouse but we still don't get our fair share of infrastructure investment. Local people deserve better from a government that is failing Sunderland and failing the north east.

Echo Column: Time for Government to Come Clean on Court Rebuild

There may be a new Parliament and a new government, but when it comes to the Ministry of Justice committing to build a new Sunderland Centre for Justice nothing has...


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