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Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson has taken part in a question and answer session with pupils from Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Penshaw.

Year 5 pupils, many of whom had visited Parliament earlier in the year, asked Bridget a range of questions from her as a constituency MP to her views on education.

Following the visit Bridget Phillipson MP said:

“I enjoyed meeting with year 5 children at Our Lady Queen of Peace School. Many of the pupils had visited Parliament on an educational visit and had lots of challenging questions.

"Support for travel costs is often available through Parliament's Education Service and I'd encourage local schools that might be interested to get in touch.”

Further information on school visits can be found here.

Photo: Bridget with pupil from Our Lady Queen of Peace Year 5 class.

Our Lady Queen of Peace school host Q&A with their local MP

Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson has taken part in a question and answer session with pupils from Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Penshaw. Year 5 pupils,...

By Bridget Phillipson MP

This time next week, we will be going to the polls and deciding whether our country remains a part of the European Union. If voters don't like the government, they can kick them out every five years. In this referendum, there will be no second chances. I will respect the result, but like Jeremy Corbyn and almost all Labour MPs and trade union leaders, I will be voting to Remain.

Our area has the most to lose from leaving the EU. We are the only region to export more than we import and over 100,000 jobs are linked to our trade with Europe. A vote to Leave would put at risk jobs, livelihoods and families' incomes. We cannot afford to take that chance.

I want a future for my children where Britain is a proud, confident and outward looking country. I also know that we need to deal properly with the stresses to our community that come from being open to the world. We are a great nation and can be greater still, but we are stronger and safer inside the European Union. If we walk away, we will lose influence and undermine the life chances of the next generation.

One last word for those who are still in two minds. Leaving the European Union is forever. If Britain leaves there is no going back. Those hard-won rights and jobs can't be had back if we change our minds in a few months time. It's perhaps the biggest choice about the future of our country we'll ever make. Europe's not perfect, but the right choice is to Remain. 

This column was originally published in the Sunderland Echo on Thursday 16th June 2016.

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Bridget_Phillipson_MP_meets_and_receives_petition_from_Plains_Farm_residents_02.06.2016.pngYesterday I met with residents of Oakfield Court, a sheltered housing scheme in East Herrington, and older residents living in Plains Road to discuss Stagecoach bus route changes and how the plans will affect their everyday lives. 

I would urge Stagecoach to reconsider the changes and the impact of their plans on some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

Many residents depend entirely on public transport to get about and access key services such as hospital appointments. Many were distressed that they will be cut off when the changes happen.

Residents were also disappointed that no consultation has taken place to find a way forward.

I have been campaigning for a more affordable, transparent and accountable transport network for Tyne and Wear since 2010.

The transport system in our area is deregulated, which means that bus operators can get the routes, fares and time tables to suit their business needs instead of putting local people first.

I pressed for a Quality Contract Scheme (QCS), a scheme that would enable councils to hold bus operators to account in terms of punctuality, affordable fare levels, maintaining bus routes, and providing job security for bus drivers and engineers.

However, the QCS believed that operators should be compensated for the loss of future profits. I was very disappointed to see bus operators’ profits once again put ahead of taxpayers.

Now that the government introduced the Bus Services Bill to Parliament, I want to see some tangible measures in the Bill that gives councils the power they need to hold bus operators to account.

More details on my meeting yesterday with local residents can be found on Sunderland Echo

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