More and more constituents are telling me they didn’t vote to make themselves, their communities or their country poorer back in June 2016.
That’s why I’ve argued for some time that whatever Brexit deal is ultimately agreed between the UK and the European Union (EU), it should be put back to the people for a final, binding, public vote in a referendum.
We need to ensure Brexit is still what most voters want, given how different the reality has turned out to be from all the promises made back in 2016, not to mention all the evidence we now have of the devastating impact on jobs and economic growth in the North East and the country. I can’t support something the best evidence says will make people in Newcastle North worse off unless they tell me that is what they want once they have an actual plan for leaving and all the facts in front of them.
The outcome of this referendum needs to be binding, so whatever the result is it would be automatically enacted into law – with no more deadlock and no more delays.
I’ve made no secret that I personally think this country would be wealthier, safer and our planet better protected if we stay in the EU, and I would therefore campaign for Remain in any referendum.
I’m really pleased to have the support of the lovely Rich family from Throckley in this election.
I was absolutely over the moon when the NHS ruled that Brineura, the drug that treats Batten Disease, will be available via NHS England by the end of this year.
It’s been a long, hard-fought campaign by the Rich family to get access to this vital treatment for their lovely daughters Nicole and Jessica, which I was pleased to support in any way I could.
I will always fight for families in Newcastle North.
Thank you to everyone for your incredible support.
We’ve achieved a lot since I was first elected in 2010 and have helped thousands of Newcastle North residents, but there’s so much to do.
We need investment in schools and quality apprenticeships, better quality jobs that pay a fair wage, more funding for the NHS and major upgrades to the North East’s transport infrastructure. Above all, we need to prevent a disastrous Tory hard-Brexit that would hit the North East hardest and put local jobs at risk.
There’s a lot riding on this election so this isn’t a campaign to just sit and watch. My campaign is powered by donations from supporters and the help of amazing volunteers. So if you can donate your time or money – or both – every amount, no matter how small, will be a help.
To volunteer to canvass, deliver leaflets or if you can take a poster or garden stake, e-mail [email protected] or call 0191 229 0352.
Labour candidate for Newcastle North