Teesside Airport to CLOSE if Labour vote down Ben's Deal

The breaking news that the owners of our airport are warning it’s likely to close after 2021 if the rescue plan developed by Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, is rejected shows why it is so essential our local council leaders support it at the crunch vote on 24 January.

Illegal Channel Crossings

One of the big stories over Christmas was the problem of migrants trying to illegally enter the U.K. in small boats across the Channel. As Parliament returned, I offered the Home Secretary my complete support for the presumption that people who have travelled to the U.K.

Breaking news: control of the Tata land comes home!

There is great breaking news this morning for the whole South Tees Development Corporation regeneration project, as Ben Houchen,Tees Valley Mayor, has finalised a deal with Tata Steel to secure more than half of all the developable land on the Redcar site.

New Year Policing Update

Yesterday I met Chief Constable Mike Veale and Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger. I asked them a series of questions about progress with the Chief's plan to reform the force to ensure maximum numbers of officers are out fighting crime.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Have a really great time tonight. There's a hugely exciting 2019 ahead - please SHARE this post to spread the word about what's coming up!

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Theft from St. Joseph's Church Loftus

There are only two ways to respond to the theft of charity money from a Church: sadness and anger. I feel both this morning, and particularly the latter. As I said in response to Graham Cutler's post yesterday, this was a cowardly and unChristian act and whoever did it needs to be caught.

Happy Christmas!

Here’s my Christmas message looking back on 2018 and looking forward to a hugely important new year for our area and our country! The Parliamentary Christmas tree is right next to a fountain but I think you can hear me...

Supporting Guide Dogs' Access All Areas Campaign

It was lovely to see The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association this week in Parliament and be able to pledge my support to their Access All Areas campaign.

Three quarters of assistance dog owners report that they had been refused entry by businesses because of their dog.

A Bright Future for Teesside Airport

Like thousands of you, I voted to change the name of our airport back to Teesside International - a name that rings with pride and identity, and unlike “Durham Tees Valley” actually means something. That is the overwhelmingly popular request our Mayor has pledged to honour this week.