Ian Lavery Newsletter
A Word From Ian
This week parliament faced a difficult vote on the implementation of the new Coronavirus restrictions that came into force as of the 2nd December.
I understand the concerns and the frustrations many people have expressed to me regarding the North East being placed into Tier 3 when other parts of the country with higher R rates that are more densely populated have been placed into Tier 2.
Please read my full statement for the reason behind my difficult decision to abstain.
Local Hero 2020
The nomination period for my Local Hero award 2020 is now finished and voting is under way.
So many people have done brilliant things throughout this year to help others, and now Is our chance to say thank you and show our appreciation.
Rail Workers Pay Rise
Our rail workers, like other key workers, have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic. The Transport Secretary himself hailed rail workers as true heroes who have done a phenomenal job.
But if handouts of taxpayer money to private rail companies is acceptable, does the minister not agree that rail workers should be receiving a decent pay rise of their own?
Visit my Facebook to watch me raise this question with the transport minister in parliament this week.
World Aids Day
Tuesday marked the 32nd World AIDS day.
Huge progress has been made in the fight against HIV in the UK, but we still have a long way to go.
I showed my support by wearing a red ribbon in solidarity with the #0HIVby30 goal to end new cases of HIV by 2030.
No Holding Back
Over the last few month Jon Trickett, Member of Parliament for Hemsworth, Laura Smith, former MP for Crewe and Nantwich, and I have embarked on a virtual tour of over 50 groups across the country in an attempt to understand why in 2019 certain voters abandoned Labour, and to develop a strategy for the party going forward that sets out how as a party we can go about reconnecting with the areas that have so long been traditionally Labour areas.
We believe that by listening to those people rather than simply telling them what we think it as important exercise that has been overlooked in British politics for decades. We wanted to hear from the people where they think Labour went wrong in 2019, and what they believe Labour needs to do to correct its mistakes.
This week we have published our report that outlines what we found out from listening to your voices.
Read the report in full here:
Wansbeck Christmas Campaign
Wansbeck Constituency Labour Party launched their Christmas campaign this week. The festive period is often a difficult period for many, especially financially, and this will be made even worse than usual this year by the pandemic.
The campaign aims to ensure that no child goes without a present this Christmas. If you are able to donate new or nearly new toys to the campaign or make a cash donation, please visit the campaigns Facebook page or their GoFundMe page, thank you.
Fill in my most recent survey that seeks to get your thoughts on the proposed loosening of the Coronavirus restrictions over Christmas.
Get In Touch
If you are a constituent with any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with my office whether via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01670 852494.
My office can get extremely busy with questions and therefore the time taken to reply may vary. All casework is treated with the strictest confidentiality.