Wansbeck in Westminster 7th-11th November

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.

It was a shorter week in Westminster this week, as the House of Commons went in to recess on Tuesday. This meant I was able to spend time in Wansbeck with constituents, and I am absolutely delighted to draw your attention to some truly fantastic developments taking place in our area.

Firstly, I was delighted to receive a letter from the Environment Agency informing me that the beaches in our constituency are of the highest standards for bathing water. Our beautiful coastline should be celebrated; and while the temperature might not be Caribbean, we have some truly amazing local beaches to take advantage of. I’d encourage anyone to visit the beaches of Newbiggin and Cambois, to invite their friends and relatives from outside the area to spend time in Wansbeck. Away from our beaches, Wansbeck has beautiful countryside and a rich history, and this report from the Environment Agency shows that our coast is one of the best kept secrets in Britain.

On Thursday afternoon, the inaugural Wansbeck Youth Forum meeting took place. It’s an initiative that is incredibly important, as engaging with young people is one of the most important parts of my role as an MP. Delegates from all across the constituency took part, and we had a fantastic discussion about issues facing young people in Wansbeck from mental health to life skills. One of the reasons I’ve started this project is to ensure I am in touch with as many constituents as possible, getting an idea of issues that don’t cross the generational gaps. I’m the MP for everyone in Wansbeck, and I hope that by engaging with young people in the constituency I can represent absolutely everyone.

One particular topic that came up was political engagement among young people. In a rapidly changing world, I feel it is of the utmost importance to involve young people in the process of politics, meet with them and listen respectfully to their opinions. Meeting with the articulate and intelligent members of the Wansbeck Youth Forum was an absolute high point of my week.

I will do whatever I can to promote education and opportunities for young people in Wansbeck constituency. Despite facing huge financial pressures, the staff at the schools and colleges of Wansbeck work incredibly in one of the most important jobs. Supporting young people must be the absolute priority, and I will continue to offer these staff my support and to assist their work wherever possible.

Just today I had the opportunity to brave the cold winds of November to see the award winning flood defence project protecting Morpeth. Residents can now have much needed peace of mind, knowing that a state of the art system is defending the town. It is a long needed investment and I am delighted that it has finally borne fruit.

At 11 o’clock this morning, I laid a wreath of remembrance at County Hall. Commemorating those who died fighting for the freedoms we take for granted today is one of the most important things we do today. Taking a moment to remember the generations who were lost in the mud and blood of First World War, those who gave their lives fighting fascism in the Second World War and every other wartime death is a truly humbling reminder of the scale of the debt we owe them.

Are you a constituent experiencing difficulty or do you have a cause you wish to raise? You can email ian.lavery.mp@parliament.uk, call 01670852494 or write to Ian Lavery MP, 7 Esther Court, Wansbeck Business Park, Ashington, NE63 8QZ