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On Tuesday 10 May, Kevan spoke in the Westminster Hall debate on the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWCG).
The CWGC principal function is to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military service members who died in the two World Wars. The Commission is currently responsible for the continued commemoration of 1.7 million deceased Commonwealth military service members in 153 countries.
Kevan, a former Minister for Veterans, is one of the two parliamentary commissioners for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
During the debate, Kevan highlighted the work that the CWGC is currently undertaking and spoke about the history of the organisation.
You can read or watch Kevan's full speech, and the rest of the debate, by clicking on the links below:
On Wednesday 4 May, Kevan spoke in the Westminster Hall debate on the North East Ambulance Service, highlighting a number of cases in which his constituents had been let down.
During the debate Kevan said, "In the past 18 months, I have heard about 12 quite serious cases. The ambulance service is in crisis, and that is not down to the men and women who work in it; it is down to the management. Urgent action is needed if we are to avoid people dying and prevent the suffering that my constituents are going through.
" I did not think I would say this, but it might be time to break up the North East Ambulance Service and put it into special measures. It covers a large area and is completely failing. Will the Minister look into whether it is fit for purpose in the long term? I do not think it is. Urgent action is needed. People are not only suffering, but they have lost faith in the service, which is a terrible thing. What should be a flagship service—North East Ambulance Service—that people call upon only in a time of need is clearly failing."
You can read Kevan's speech, and the rest of the debate, by clicking on the link below:
On Wednesday 27 April, Kevan spoke twice in the Commons debate on the Trade Union Bill and added his voice to those that oppose the Bill. During the debate Kevan raised his concerns about the Government's attempt to restrict union political funds and about its opposition to e-balloting for trade union ballots.
During the debate Kevan said, " The clear impression given by the Conservative party and its supporters is that every single trade union that has a political fund donates it all to the Labour party, but that is simply not the case.
"Many are not affiliated to the Labour party, and many make no donations at all to any political party. Having run a political fund for the GMB, I know that the proportion that goes to the Labour party is small compared with the proportion that is spent on campaigning work.
"That allows the union not only to campaign on political issues, but to have a say, quite rightly, on things such as health and safety legislation or reorganisations of hospitals and other institutions. Without the political fund, the union would not be able to do that.
"The proposal would not only have taken away from my party the ability to receive money from trade unions, but would have hampered trade unions from taking part in civic life in this country, as they are quite right to do, through having a voice and making sure that their members’ collective voice is heard in consultations on whatever affects them directly."
You can read Kevan's full speech, and the rest of the debate, here:
You can also watch Kevan's two speeches by clicking on the links below:
On Wednesday 20 April, Kevan met with Ioan Davies, great great grandson of Jack Lawson, the Member of Parliament for Chester Le street from 1919 to 1949 and Secretary of State for War during the Attlee government.
Kevan, whose North Durham constituency incorporates Lawson's former seat, presented Ioan with a framed photograph of his great great grandfather during his visit to Parliament.
Kevan has been researching the life and career of former miner Lawson, who was also a minister in the 1924 first Labour government.
On Wednesday 20 April, Kevan called in at a Heritage Lottery Fund North East Drop-in session at the House of Commons to hear more about funding in Co. Durham, including the recent £11 million grant for Beamish Museum.
On Friday 15 April, Kevan visited the Hermitage Academy in Chester-le-Street, where he met with the school Debating Society.
On Friday 15 April, Kevan called in at the Just for Women Centre on Front Street, Stanley.
Click the link below to see Kevan's latest newsletter, to find out more about his contributions in Parliament and his activities in the constituency.
On Tuesday 12 April, Kevan moved a series of amendments and spoke in the Committee stage of the Policing and Crime Bill.
Kevan's amendments look to improve the treatment of individuals detained under the Mental Health Act, and also make it mandatory for the Government to publish annual data on mental health assessments and outcomes relating to people sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
You can read Kevan's full contribution, and the rest of the debate, by clicking on the link below:
On 11 April, Kevan attended the launch at the Houses of Parliament of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Living Memory project, which aims to encourage the public to find out more about the war dead buried in their own communities, at sites across the UK.
You can find out more at http://www.cwgc.org/about-us/cwgc-projects/living-memory.aspx