Bridget Phillipson MP at PenshawIt is now almost four years since the last General Election. Since then, there has been growing concern that the north east is being left behind.

During this parliament, the north east has seen high levels of unemployment especially amongst young people. We’ve endured devastating public sector cuts and been forced into accepting an unfair and regressive funding settlement for councils, the police and other local services. Hardworking families have seen their incomes slashed in real terms while food, energy and transport costs have continued to rise. The government shut down the successful Regional Development Agency (RDA) One North East, which brought investment and growth to our region and left nothing in its place. As a result, the widening north-south divide in terms of income, standards of living and investment now threatens to become a chasm. [Read More]

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Speaking after Labour’s Cabinet Minister Michael Dugher announced that a future Labour government would introduce regional ministers to drive growth, Bridget Phillipson MP said:

 “We need government in Whitehall working with the regions. Labour’s plans announced today to introduce regional ministers working at the heart of government together with business would go a long way to tackling the growing north south divide.

“We need economic recovery for every region of our country and we have set out how a future Labour government would work to achieve this.”

 

Read the announcement in full here.

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Bridget Phillipson MP responds to Budget 2014 by highlighting unemployment in north east

3 April 2014

Speaking in a debate on the Finance Bill, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South Bridget Phillipson has taken the government to task on its inability to tackle unemployment in the north east. Although there have been signs that the British economy is finally starting to return to growth, the recovery remains unbalanced. The rate of […]

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Bridget Phillipson MP calls for solidarity between Scotland and the north east

27 March 2014

Ahead of the Scottish independence vote this September Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, has highlighted the important links between the north east and Scotland.

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Bridget Phillipson MP supports Ovarian Cancer Action UK

26 March 2014

Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson has sponsored an event in the House of Commons held by Ovarian Cancer Action UK, a charity dedicated to stopping women dying from ovarian cancer.

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Coffee morning on anti-social behaviour sees large community turn out in St Chad’s

25 March 2014

On 21 February Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, held the third in her series of constituency coffee mornings on anti-social behaviour at St Chad’s Church Hall.

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Houghton and Sunderland South MP speaks out in support of World Water Day

25 March 2014

Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, has pledged her support for World Water Day, which was observed on Saturday 22nd March. World Water Day is devoted to implementing UN recommendations and promoting activities regarding the world’s water resources.

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Bridget Phillipson MP: What recovery Mr Osborne?

20 March 2014

By Bridget Phillipson MP Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will present his Budget to Parliament. Recent indications of the UK’s economic recovery are encouraging, but there is still a long way to go and many people are worse off since 2010. Here in the north east we still face many challenges, and that’s […]

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Bridget Phillipson MP welcomes news that hundreds of local call centre jobs might be saved but calls for clarity

18 March 2014

Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, has reacted positively to news that 400 proposed redundancies at the npower Rainton Bridge call centre may now not be necessary.

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Local MP opens new ICT suite for Sunderland school children

18 March 2014

Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, attended an opening ceremony at Mill Hill Primary School in Doxford Park to open the school’s new ICT facilities.

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