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Ian Lavery MP Picture by Jane Coltman

Valuable time in the constituency

By the time you read this column parliament will have broken up for its annual summer recess, but contrary to public opinion MPs do not simply all stop working and go off on our summer holidays for six weeks until we return to the House of Commons.

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Ian Lavery MP. Picture by Jane Coltman

Party promises evoke Gala spirit

Labour will take the true spirit of the Durham Miners’ Gala into Downing Street when we win the next general election so that we can build a country for the many, not the few, was the message I delivered from the speakers’ platform at the ‘Big Meeting’ last weekend.

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Ian Lavery MP. Picture by Jane Coltman

MP: Review medicinal cannabis laws

Last week I presented a petition to parliament imploring the government to look seriously at changing the law in regard to the use of medicinal cannabis in this country.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck

A useful ‘shift’ at hospital for Wansbeck MP

An evening spent with a routine Friday night shift of doctors, nurses, managers and support staff at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s specialist emergency hospital near Cramlington proved to be a real eye-opener for Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.

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Ronnie Campbell, Blyth Valley MP.

The shameful rise of child poverty

The TUC has exposed a shameful fact – the number of children growing up in poverty in working households is set to be one million higher this year than when the Tories took power.

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Morpeth Train Station.'Morpeth Railway Station

Railway’s best in public ownership

The announcement by the Transport Secretary on the future of the East Coast main railway line came as no surprise to me because it was further proof that public ownership is the best way forward for the operation of our rail network.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck

The tragedy of screening failure

MPs in the House of Commons were stunned last week to hear Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt reveal a failing in the breast screen programme, which potentially has put the lives of women at risk because of a computer system glitch.

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A section of the Portland Park site in Ashington.

Hundreds back petition over ‘hole’ in town

A group of residents who started a campaign over what is being dubbed the ‘Ashington Hole’ sent a letter to Northumberland County Council leader Peter Jackson calling for action after a petition received more than 1,000 signatures.

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