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Kevan Jones has visited Roseberry Sports and Community College after the school officially became part of London 2012's Get Set programme, marked by a 12 hour Olympic and Paralympic Event.
Mr. Jones, who presented the college with the plaque and certificate, said: "Staff and students at Roseberry Sports and Community College are excellent examples of how London 2012 is helping to spark young people's imagination and inspiring them to get involved and make a difference."
Kevan Jones MP has welcomed further grants made to community organisations in North Durham by the Big Lottery Fund.
Over the last few weeks significant grants have been made to the Sacriston Community and Sports Trust, the Chester-le-Street & District Voluntary Welfare Committee, and the North Durham Youth and Community Committee.
Further information on how your community group could benefit from funding can be found at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
In the debate on the Public Bodies Bill on 12 July, Kevan Jones MP spoke out against government plans to abandon the creation of a Chief Coroner's Office.
In his speech, Mr. Jones said, "The chief coroner’s office was going to be created to improve national standards and to monitor compliance with what is, as we have heard, an archaic and shambolic system. It would also have introduced the role of medical examiners, who would be able to scrutinise medical certificates, and ensured, for the first time, a bespoke appeals system to save people the lengthy expense of going through judicial reviews."
He went on to argue that if the government went ahead with the reforms in the Bill, "we will still be stuck with the system that we have had for many centuries, which is not only not fit for purpose but outdated and bureaucratic. It also leads to delays in the hearing of coroners inquests, which is unacceptable."
Kevan Jones MP congratulates everyone involved in the McGregor Trophy U16 Boys Open at South Moor Golf Club. The event in July was a huge success, and a tribute to the hard work of the club, the Stanley AAP, players, officials, and everyone involved.
On Saturday 9 July, Kevan Jones MP went along to Beamish Museum, where people living with dementia and their friends and families enjoyed a step back in time together.
The weekend is part of the UK-wide Dementia Awareness Week™ which aims to raise awareness and understanding of dementia and give people the opportunity to find out more information. Beamish Museum works extensively with people who have dementia by providing reminiscence sessions in community care settings. The Museum has been working with Alzheimer’s Society and Stockton NHS to support Dementia Awareness Week™ 2011 with events in the community and at the Museum.
On 27 June, the body of Christopher Rochester was exhumed at the request of the Greek authorities. Chris died in June 2000 after being left unattended in a hospital on Rhodes, following a 40ft fall from a balcony. His body was returned to the UK with a kidney missing and his family have been fighting to prove that the kidney later returned was not Chris'.
In an article for the Journal, Kevan Jones paid tribute to the determination and tenacity shown by the family over the last 11 years:
Kevan joined Vice Chair of Durham County Council, Councillor Linda Marshall, and Councillor David Marshall to celebrate Armed Forces Day on 25 June.
At Business Questions on 23 June, Kevan raised the issue of the plans to mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War in 2014.
Kevan asked the Leader of the House: "May we have a Government statement on the Government’s plans to mark the 100th anniversary in 2014 of the beginning of the first world war? I visited Belgium a few weeks ago, as a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and the other commissioners and I were briefed on the extensive work going on there. That contrasts with the confusion in the UK, where it appears that a decision is yet to be taken on whether the Ministry of Defence or the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will take the lead on that anniversary.
In response, the Leader of the House, Sir George Young, said, "I share the hon. Gentleman’s concern that we should commemorate this anniversary properly. As a former Minister in the MOD, he will have a good background to this matter. I will raise it with MOD Ministers to make sure that we take appropriate action to commemorate this important anniversary
Kevan Jones MP has joined local colleagues in calling for the retention of Children's Congenital Heart Services at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle.
As well as sending in a submission to the Consultation, Mr. Jones has also signed EDM 1847, and spoke up on the matter in the House. In his contributions, Mr. Jones, speaking from his own experience at the MOD, made the point that the decision must not be a political one, and must be made on the basis of clinical outcomes. To read more of the debate, follow the link below.