A good meeting with the new leader of Redcar & Cleveland council

I really welcome the way that local people used May’s local elections to vote for positive change. I will be meeting new Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston soon, and sat down last week with the new Leader of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Mary Lanigan.

Listening to the next generation

It was great to welcome our new Member of the Youth Parliament, Gabrielle Shaw from Laurence Jackson School, to my office on Friday!

We had a good conversation about working together with local youth groups, young people's mental health and issues from knife crime to climate change.

British Steel - Public meeting this Sunday

I'm looking forward to joining Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, tomorrow at a public meeting to update everyone regarding the situation at British Steel.

Commemorating D-Day 75 and a great Middlesbrough hero

Today is a moment to pause and reflect on the courage and sacrifice of all the men who fought on D-Day and on through the liberation of Europe. It was an incredible military undertaking, the like of which will probably never be witnessed again.

An Update on Meynell Avenue

Thank you to everyone who has taken an interest in the issue of the tree clearance off Meynell Avenue in Guisborough this spring. Today I have written to the owner's solicitors again, together with your Councillors Graham Jeffery, Malcolm Griffiths and Caroline Jackson.

Focus on East Cleveland Secondary Schools in Parliament

I was delighted to secure a debate in Westminster Hall on 21st May to raise the challenges faced by East Cleveland secondary schools in parliament. You can watch the debate in full here, or read the transcript of my speech and the Minister's response below.

Defending Our Steelworkers

While new ownership is sought for British Steel, the overwhelming priority of everyone is to keep its plants open and people in work, and that was my message in Parliament this afternoon.

British Steel Update

The announcement that British Steel has placed itself into insolvency is an absolute hammer-blow for steel workers and their families. My number one priority is to ensure a sustainable future for the operations at Skinningrove and Lackenby.