Gamers Gambling with unexpected Christmas Costs

This week I have written to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to express my concern about some recent practises in the Video Gaming industry.

It's especially important for me to raise this on behalf of Constituents in the lead up to Christmas. This is because some games, including those without 18+ age restrictions, are introducing gambling elements to children in the form of 'loot boxes' and 'in-game credits'.

This can be costly enough for Gamers, encouraged to improve their online experience by purchaisng randomised content. However, for parents unaware of this feature, their connected credit cards and the easy-to-purchase abilities in these games could lead to unexpected bills at Christmas.

I would like to make all Gamers and parents of Younger Gamers in my constituency aware of this. I would also like to advise anyone concerned that I have called on the Government to act on this immediately and will share any official response I receive in due course.

Add your reaction Share

Lavery leads thanks to our Hardworking Posties

Today is National Postal Worker Day!

I am very proud to support our local posties and would like to thank them for their hard work all year round and especially during this very busy season.

Come rain or shine our local posties are out delivering to residents and businesses in Bedlington, Morpeth, Ashington, Newbiggin, Pegswood, Guide Post, Choppington, Bedlington Station, Stakeford, Cambois, Longhirst, Hepscott and beyond!

Thank you for all you do. I'll continue to fight for Postal Workers' rights and the public ownership of our Royal Mail services in Parliament and Wansbeck.

Add your reaction Share

Ian Lavery supports 'Premier League' scheme for local schools

This week I am pleased to give my full support to the 'Premier League Primary Stars' campaign and would encourage any school in Northumberland who is not yet signed up, to do so.

You can read my full statement below and on my website at

It's excellent to see schools in the Wansbeck area leading the way and already making use of the free resources and support for our young people that this great scheme can offer.

Its not just schools though, families can register too!

To find out more info about how to get involved in the scheme, please visit:

Add your reaction Share

Ashington residents get into festive spirit

Thank you to the team from Heart of the Hirst in Ashington for a very merry Christmas market on Saturday.

Hirst Park Pavilion was full of fantastic craft stalls, party food, raffles and even Santa himself. it was brilliant to see residents having a great time.

Thanks to all the volunteers who put in the time and effort to make events like this extra special for everyone in the town.

Hope you all have a great christmas!

Add your reaction Share

Ian calls for locals to pitch in to help Bedlington Team score

I am really pleased to be supporting a local Wansbeck team - Bedlington Terriers FC, who have managed to enter the Build Base renovation Competition which is now open to voters.

Winners of this competition will be given £50k worth of building supplies toward the renovation of their football club. Something which means a lot to any club, especially those who need the support.

Bedlington Terriers certainly deserve to win and I would like to ask anyone from the area who can to pitch in and follow the link below to vote for this great, local team. It really would be a great success if we all vote together to get one of our own over the finish line!

Please visit to vote for Bedlington Terriers FC. 



Add your reaction Share

Welcome Home Nick

Delighted that Nick Dunn has now landed and is safe home on British soil, soon to be back in Ashington.

This will be a very special Christmas for all the families of the Chennai 6. Thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign over the past 4 years.

Add your reaction Share

Free at last - Chennai Six released

I have just received the most fantastic news that the #Chennai6 including my constituent Nick Dunn, will be flying out of India in the next couple of days and Nick will be back home in Ashington by the end of the week.

Words cannot express how momentous this is. To see the families and friends of these men, finally able to celebrate lads like Nick coming back to us, just in time for Christmas.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has made this possible and who have worked tirelessly to see this justice done, especially Lisa Dunn and the whole of Nick's family.

You have all been through the hardest 4 years and never given up. Well done to you all - you are a credit to our local community in Northumberland. I'll see you all soon!

Add your reaction Share

Another false dawn for Northumberland?

The letter I have sent to the Transport Minister regarding my concerns for yet another 'false dawn' over the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne Line which will benefit our local area dramatically. 

Thanks to the work done by the previous Labour administration at Northumberland County Council, the money has been allocated and preparations were underway, hopefully these commitments will be continued. 

However, this is something we need to keep pushing for and not let the Government rest on their laurels. A Labour government would not only re-open this line in Northumberland but would also take our rail services back into public ownership - putting People before Profit.

Add your reaction Share

Lavery calls for increased Fire Safety - BBC in Bedlington

I was speaking to the BBC in Bedlington over the weekend about the Fire at Benet Biscop Academy.

Their report was surrounding the letter I have sent to the Government calling for Fire Sprinklers to be made mandatory in all new schools. The legal requirement for sprinklers in schools was introduced by labour in 2007, but it was scrapped by the Conservative's in 2016.

Campaigners in Bedlington have since started a petition calling for action on this serious issue.

We cannot afford to risk the lives of our children, or any resident using a public space. The Government must change the law immediately, to ensure our schools and students in Wansbeck are safe.

Add your reaction Share

Parliamentary Surgery in 'Heart of the Hirst'

Thanks to all residents who came along to my surgery at the Heart of the Hirst in Ashington today. Important issues raised which I will help with in any way I can. 

Thanks also to Councillor Ken Parry from Ashington Labour Party for coming along to hear the concerns of residents from the hirst area and wider constituency.

Add your reaction Share