This week we saw a very unhelpful situation arise that affected a lot of local teenagers studying at a local college… It involved Queen Alexandra College announcing that they would be completely closing their Sixth Form college, and basically sacking the staff and kicking out the students. You can read the full story here. AsContinue reading “Improving A-Level Availability”
Category Archives: Uncategorized
Some thoughts on St George
Happy St George’s Day! Are you doing anything special to mark the occasion? This morning I went along to Christ Church, our local parish church, where they had a St George-themed service featuring some of the kids from the Cubs and Scouts. The minister at the church, the Revd Canon Glyn Evans, who also happensContinue reading “Some thoughts on St George”
Standing for re-election
Having now served for four years as a Labour councillor in the Preston ward of North Shields I’m happy to announce that I will be standing for re-election. My election leaflets will be dropping through the letterboxes of homes around the ward over the next couple of weeks. But if you can’t wait for thenContinue reading “Standing for re-election”
Road Safety is a real issue
This week, instead of just writing an article and adding a photo I thought I would actually take you to a particular part of the ward, Billy Mill Avenue, to illustrate a point about road safety. A lot of residents get in touch with me about the speed of traffic around the ward. I’ve beenContinue reading “Road Safety is a real issue”
Good News Alert: Cheaper Travel!
Myself and my fellow Labour councillors are committed to finding as many ways as possible to support local people through the cost of living crisis. Whilst we can’t wave a magic wand over the terrible decisions made by the Tory government we will always do what we can. This week a really important policy wasContinue reading “Good News Alert: Cheaper Travel!”
Is impatience a virtue?
This morning I went into Gateshead to listen to Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer give a speech about his vision for Britain. There was a lot of great content in the speech and the headlines are already being run on the news, so I won’t dwell on them. It was actually a small pointContinue reading “Is impatience a virtue?”
Getting heard by the Police
Some of the issues that our community faces ultimately require a Police response. That’s why this week I took time to meet with the Police Inspector responsible for our patch. As a local councillor the ability to build relationships with other professionals is very important. By talking to the right people, in the right way,Continue reading “Getting heard by the Police”
After what has felt like a very long campaign we finally have the result we’ve been waiting for. The good people of Preston ward have resoundingly chosen my Labour colleague Cath Davis to continue representing them. Due to a strange mix of the cancelling of elections in 2020 due to covid, and an election plusContinue reading “Congratulations Cath!”
View post to subscribe to site newsletter.
Where to vote on Thursday
After what feels like a very long campaign the day of the local elections, May 5th, is nearly here. You may have already voted by post, in which case, thank you. Public votes are a vital cornerstone of our democracy. It really worries me that the awful conduct of politicians, especially the Prime Minister, haveContinue reading “Where to vote on Thursday”
Travellers deadline approaches
This week I managed to get a couple of nights away in the Lake District with my family which was very relaxing, until Friday morning! Checking my messages about 8am I heard that a group of travellers had arrived on Preston playing field on Thursday night. Local residents of the nearby Monks Wood estate wereContinue reading “Travellers deadline approaches”