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Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson has continued to campaign for the government to reverse its decision to put on hold the rebuilding of Sunderland's Centre for Justice.

Bridget, who together with her colleague Julie Elliott MP, has campaigned for a new court visited staff and magistrates recently and spoke in depth with Cliff Jones, Chairman of the City of Sunderland Bench about the needs of victims magistrates and the state of the current building.

 

 

At Justice Questions the campaigning MP further pressed the case for a new court and uncovered that the Department for Justice is paralysed by inaction despite continual promises.

Bridget Phillipson (Houghton and Sunderland South) (Lab): What recent progress he has made on his courts reform programme. [905985]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Mr Shailesh Vara): Since the Secretary of State’s written ministerial statement on 28 March this year, the programme team has been developing the detailed plans required to deliver the programme over the next five years, as well as working to identify the areas where we can make early progress.

Bridget Phillipson: I have lost count of the number of times I have raised with the Minister and his predecessors the wholly inadequate state of Sunderland’s court buildings and the need for a decision. Plans to rebuild the court complex have been on hold since 2010. Will the Minister now acknowledge to staff, to magistrates and to victims that they should not expect a decision this side of the election?

Mr Vara: The hon. Lady is aware that I had a meeting with her, along with her colleague, the hon. Member for Sunderland Central (Julie Elliott), and she has corresponded with me. She talks about having said the same thing over and over again. I have to say to her, over and over again, that there is a courts reform programme and the proposals for the Farringdon road site that she mentions are part of the mix. As we speak, no firm decision has been taken.

Speaking after Justice Questions, Bridget said:

“I’ve been campaigning for the court in Sunderland to be rebuilt ever since operations were closed at Houghton.

“When I visited the court, I also met with staff who are doing their best in the current building. I know that there are concerns around the accessibility of the current court and that it doesn’t meet the needs of victims. I know from speaking to local magistrates how keen they are that the rebuilding goes ahead.

"The current court has served its time for over 100 years and now we need a new centre for justice. A new court would make a massive difference to the area, support regeneration and provide jobs for local people.”

Bridget continues campaign for new Sunderland Centre for Justice

Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson has continued to campaign for the government to reverse its decision to put on hold the rebuilding of Sunderland's Centre for Justice. Bridget,...

Bridget_Phillipson_USDAW.jpgProtecting shopworkers from abuse

Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson, has attended the ‘Respect for Shopworkers Week’ event at the House of Commons to lend her support to shopworkers who are assaulted at work.

The event was held as part of a wider ‘Freedom From Fear’ campaign by the Union for Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw), which aims to prevent violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers.

‘Respect for Shopworkers Week,’ which runs from 10-14 November, highlights these important issues and called for politicians to recognise the need for there to be a change in the law to give shopworkers better protection from assault.

Usdaw is campaigning for a new law that would create a specific offense relating to assault on people who come into face-to-face contact with members of the public when carrying out their job.

Speaking after the event, Bridget Phillpson MP said:  

“Respect for Shopworkers Week is an important part of Usdaw’s campaign to raise awareness of the abuse that shopworkers have to deal with on a regular basis.  

On four separate occasions this year Labour MPs and Peers have supported Usdaw’s plans to introduce new legislation to give shopworkers the legal protection they need. Unfortunately the government blocked every one of these proposals.  

It is crucial that the government understands the extent of the problem: more than 300 shopworkers are assaulted every day simply for doing their jobs.  

It is clear that the government needs to do more to protect shopworkers. Abuse should not be part of their job.”

Bridget Phillipson MP supports Usdaw's 'Respect for Shopworkers Week'

Protecting shopworkers from abuse Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson, has attended the ‘Respect for Shopworkers Week’ event at the House of Commons to lend her...

By Bridget Phillipson MP

Published by Sunderland Echo 12th November 2014

It was an honour to lay a wreath at the Remembrance Sunday service at Silksworth this year. One hundred years on since the beginning of the First World War, there was a very large turnout as we remembered those who gave their lives in the service of our country. It was encouraging to see so many children and young people paying their respects. My thoughts are with our servicemen and women, and also their families who make such a valuable and often unrecognised contribution.

Echo Column: It was an honour to lay a wreath at the Remembrance Sunday service

By Bridget Phillipson MP Published by Sunderland Echo 12th November 2014It was an honour to lay a wreath at the Remembrance Sunday service at Silksworth this year. One hundred years...


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