News

Telling truth to power in the Brexit debate

I campaigned and voted to leave the EU, and we must leave properly. The Prime Minister’s Brexit proposals risk leaving the U.K. trapped as a rule-taker from Brussels, needing the EU’s permission to escape the “backstop”. I believe this would be an historic mistake.

Our Airport: A Promise Delivered - Please Back Ben's Plan!

The breaking news that Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, has agreed a deal to rescue our airport is amazing, and I know will be hugely welcomed across our constituency.

Ben made a promise to buy Durham Tees Valley airport and he has delivered.

Economic Lift Off for Teesside!

The huge breaking news about the multi-billion pound clean gas energy plant coming to our area is absolutely amazing, and will give lift off to the local economy. If you haven't seen it yet, you can read more about the exciting announcement here.

Meeting Students at the Brilliant King's Academy

The King's Academy in Coulby Newham is a great school and I visited to meet inspirational headteacher Mr Dawes, who brings huge experience both as a school leader and also from his former life in business and in the Army.

Tackling Homelessness in Our Area

Helping young people find a proper home is a huge priority and we are really lucky to have the East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust working so hard in our area.

Protecting Our Climate

Working in Westminster, it's not every day you are joined by a supermodel, but it was a delight to be joined by Lily Cole as I hosted a reception to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Climate Change Act.

Christmas Card Competition Update

I have been delighted by the response to this year's Christmas Card competition and have received lot of fabulous festive entries. Talented young artists from primary schools across Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland have made my job of judging the designs very difficult!

Fighting for More Resources for Cleveland Police

I am very clear more needs to be done to tackle crime across our constituency. I met the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to make this point forcefully yesterday. I told him about the depth of concern that is felt in our communities and said it is my number one domestic policy priority.