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On 31 October, Kevan attended a 'Celebration of Superheroes' event organised by Ron Hogg, Police & Crime Commissioner for Durham, at Sedgefield Racecourse.
The event allowed members of the public the opportunity to find out more about the work of the emergency services and other community safety organisations.
Below, Kevan is pictured with Ron and Ben the police dog.
On Thursday 29 October, Kevan and other members of the Shadow Defence Team collected for this year's Poppy Appeal at Westminster Underground Station.
On Wednesday 28 October, Kevan took part in a debate on the UK steel industry.
During the debate, Kevan challenged the government on the contract for a new polar research vessel. He said, 'The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is sponsoring a £200 million contract for a new polar research vessel...can he (the Minister) guarantee that the ship, which is to be built in Birkenhead, will be produced with British steel?'
You can read more of the debate here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151028/debt...
On Wednesday 21 October, Kevan raised concerns about proposals for North East devolution during the committee stage of the Cities and Local Government Bill.
Kevin said, 'One of the key factors as to whether it will work will be the proper and fair allocation of resources. This Government have a track record of devolving responsibility to local authorities while at the same time top-slicing their budgets.'
You can see more on Kevan's contributions here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151021/debt...
On Wednesday 21 October, Kevan attended the 'Keeping our Future Afloat' event at Westminster, marking UK Submarine Enterprise Day, highlighting the importance of the industry.
On Tuesday 20 October, Kevan led an Adjournment Debate in Parliament about the regulation of cosmetic surgery. Kevan raised the case of his constituent Dawn Knight who has been left unable to close her eyes following a botched cosmetic procedure.
As the law currently stands, any qualified doctor, not just surgeons, can carry out cosmetic surgery without any further training or qualifications.
Kevan said: 'My constituent’s case is one of many that have highlighted the need for regulation. The legislation is there and we should press forward as a matter of urgency because if we do not more people will suffer. If there is one thing that my constituent, Mrs Knight, wants, it is that other people should avoid the awful experiences that she has gone through because of the negligence and greed for profit of both The Hospital Group and Dr Paganelli.'
You can read Kevan's full speech here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151020/debt...
On Friday 16 October, Kevan visited the North Durham Academy in Stanley for a catch up with Principal, David Thornton, and to meet with students.
On Thursday 15 October, Kevan closed for the Opposition in the Armed Forces Bill Debate.
In closing his remarks, Kevan said, "I look forward to serving on the Committee for my third Armed Forces Bill. I am thankful that it will not be the marathon of the 2006 Bill. Our approach will be constructive, with the aim of ensuring the best outcome. Across the House, we want the best for our armed forces personnel."
You can read Kevan's full speech at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151015/debt...
On Wednesday 14 October, Kevan was pleased to show his support for USDAW's 'Lets Keep Sunday Special' campaign in light of proposed changes to Sunday Trading laws.
Kevan is pictured below with USDAW General Secretary, John Hannett.
On Wednesday 14 October, Kevan spoke in the debate on the government's City and Local Government Devolution Bill, where he raised a number of concerns about what this could mean for the North East.
Kevan said, "Let us imagine that a city is devolved to a Mayor or council in the north-east. Funding for further education will come with a 10% cut, just as public health spending did when it was devolved to local councils. It will then be down to local politicians to make difficult decisions, and what will be the position of the Chancellor and the Secretary of State? It will be, “It’s not our fault guv, it’s a local decision”—except that it will not be, because they will still hold the purse strings."
You can read Kevan's full speech here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151014/debt...