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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...
On Saturday 10 October, Kevan, who is a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner, attended the Dedication Ceremony for the North Cemetery in Hartlepool, to commemorate the installation of a new memorial and headstones.
Kevan is pictured below with representatives from the CWGC and Iain Wright, MP for Hartlepool.
On Friday 9 October, Kevan was pleased to visit Burnmoor Cricket Club to present the awards to the Junior players at their presentation evening:
On Wednesday 7 October, Kevan attended the official opening of the new Prince Bishops Store in Bishop Auckland.
The new store is part of the Prince Bishops Community Bank, of which Kevan is a Director. They are a Credit Union who promote savings schemes, accessible loans and financial education.
Kevan is pictured below with Lesley Richardson from the Prince Bishops Community Bank.
On Wednesday 7 October, Kevan and his staff took part in a training session with the Alzheimers Society in order to become Dementia Friends.
The training aims to give a greater understanding about living with dementia and encourage individuals and organisations to take actions to be more helpful towards people with dementia. You can find out more at www.dementiafriends.org.uk.
Below, Kevan and his staff are pictured with Chris Colley from the Alzheimers Society.