This week in Parliament, Ian has been representing Wansbeck in Westminster, championing constituents inside and outside of the debate chamber. Events in Westminster have been in the headlines, and Ian and the Labour Party have been standing up for ordinary people in Wansbeck and beyond.
This Week has been very busy in Westminster, with the lead up to the Christmas period and many major political developments looming large, I have been fighting for the people of Wansbeck Constituency and the Labour Party on as many different fronts as possible.
I started the week with the launch of my petition to stop School Funding cuts, which are planned to have a devastating effect on 92% of schools Nationwide. It makes me very proud to see so many of our passionate residents from the Wansbeck constituency signing the petition and standing up to Theresa May’s conservative government. Education is the cornerstone of our society and it is the responsibility of a Government to ensure that each child receives the education they deserve. We need to make sure that every person in our community gets an equal opportunity in life and by doing this, we can ensure that no child is ever left behind. I, along with my colleagues in the Labour Party will continue to fight these cuts and as my petition continues to gather more support, I will keep you all posted.
The lead-up to Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday generated a lot of media attention, as Theresa May could not be present to answer questions due to foreign engagements. Instead, the questions were being asked by Emily Thornberry, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, on behalf of Jeremy Corbyn, and it was the job of David Lidington to answer for the Conservatives. Emily gave a strong performance and held the Tories to account on their many failings and their terrible record in government.
On Thursday, I was heading North on a visit to Manchester and Preston in the North West Region of the country. Where I met with Trade Union reps and discussed Labour’s Workplace 2020 campaign, aiming to help workers decide exactly what sort of workplaces they would like to see operating across the country by 2020. As a shadow cabinet minister I feel honoured to help deliver this programme as it continues to develop more and more.
As we headed into the Weekend and I returned back to Wansbeck, I was pleased to see many constituents getting into the festive spirit. On Saturday night I was lucky enough to attend the Christmas Concert of the Ashington & District Male Voice Choir who celebrated their centenary this year, with 100 years of great community history and even better singing. On Sunday I had the pleasure to act as starter at the Ashington Hirst Running Club 5k race. It’s fantastic to see this new running club doing so well and bringing members of our community together, I would recommend any constituents who are interested to get involved. Who knows, you may have even inspired this local lad to get his running shoes on next year!
In the coming week, make sure to sign my petition if you haven’t already and follow me for updates on my Twitter and Facebook pages to support the campaign against School Cuts and to keep representing all the people who make Wansbeck constituency the great place it is.
Are you a constituent experiencing difficulty or do you have a cause you wish to raise? You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01670852494 or write to Ian Lavery MP, 7 Esther Court, Wansbeck Business Park, Ashington, NE63 8QZ