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The next advice surgeries will take place on Saturday 9 January, at the following venues:
St. Mary’s & St. Cuthbert’s Parish Centre, Church Chare, Chester-le-Street
9:00am to 10:30am
The Community Centre, Front Street, Great Lumley
11:00am to 11:45am
Sacriston Library, Plawsworth Road
Prince Bishops Community Bank, 25-33 Front Street, Stanley
1pm to 2:30pm
From February, the surgeries will be on the first Saturday of the month as usual.
With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,
On Wednesday 16 December, Kevan, in his role as Shadow Armed Forces Minister, spoke for the Opposition in a debate on the Armed Forces bill.
You can read Kevan's contribution and the rest of the debate here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151216/debt...
On Wednesday 9 December, Kevan spoke in a House of Commons debate on mental health.
In his remarks, Kevan said, "I have a simple view on mental health, which is that we need to talk about it more, because that will change attitudes. What do we do next? Well, we need to hardwire mental health and mental well-being into public policy and society. To those who ask why that is important, I say that not only is it the right thing to do, but, even in these times of austerity, it makes economic sense. It saves money as well as lives. We need a system in which every single Government policy is road-tested against mental health and mental well-being."
You can read Kevan's full contribution, and the rest of the debate, here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151209/debt...
On 1 December, Kevan spoke for the opposition in a Westminster Hall debate on the Rules of Engagement and the use of drones.
You can read Kevan's speech, and the rest of the debate, here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151201/hall...
On Friday 27 November, Kevan met with Matthew Smith from If U Care Share to discuss his Winston Churchill Memorial Trust visit to the USA to look at suicide prevention.
On Thursday 26 November, Kevan spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on North East devolution where he raised a number of concerns about the plans for devolution in the region.
Kevan said, "If we were having a serious debate about devolution, we would have had a far clearer, worked-out policy and a debate within the region. Frankly, the debate in the region has been pathetic. Devolution has been sold by some of its proponents as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the region, as though it is akin to selling sofas or other bargains in the Christmas sales, but if people ask questions about it, they are treated as though they are somehow anti the region or anti-business and are holding back the region, which I find insulting.
"Those individual councils and others who oppose the devolution settlement and the mayoral system that, whatever the Government say, has been imposed as part of the deal have a great track record of working closely with business in the north-east; they are not anti-business."
You can read Kevan's full speech, and the rest of the debate, here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151126/hall...
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, joined representatives from the national charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at a high profile parliamentary reception on Wednesday 25 November 2015 as they called for an immediate review of the evidence behind the National Screening Committee’s recent decision not to recommend a cardiac screening programme for young people in the UK.
On Wednesday 25 November, Kevan hosted a reception at Westminster for Coeliac UK.
Coeliac UK wanted to raise awareness of its campaign on the prescription of gluten-free products, and also showcased a variety of gluten-free products and offered instant testing for Coeliac disease to the MPs in attendance.
On Thursday 20 November, Kevan visited the Boeing UK sites at Farnborough and Fleet as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust Fellowship programme on the aerospace sector.
Kevan said, “I am very pleased to be here at Boeing today to see both the Portal and the International Training Centre. I am over half way through my IPT Fellowship and I have visited some very interesting organisations so far, and today was no exception. I am looking forward to visiting Boeing again in the New Year to find out more about their UK based operations in support of the RAF’s Chinook.”
David Pitchforth, vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd added: “Kevan was very enthusiastic about the work we do here and we were delighted to host the Shadow Defence Minister today. At Boeing, we are very keen to maintain a healthy dialogue with all Parliamentarians and this visit has helped to cement that relationship. I look forward to engaging further with the IPT’s Fellowship Programme so that we can continue to bring Parliamentarians and industry closer together.”
On 17 November, Kevan spoke for the Opposition in a Westminster Hall debate on the future of the Reserve Forces.
During his remarks, Kevan said, "As a former Defence Minister, I have seen at first hand the contribution of both, and in Iraq and Afghanistan, the contribution that reservists made, not just in medical services but on the frontline, was sometimes overlooked. We ought to pay tribute to them."
He went on to add , "Events over the weekend show that the threats we face change quickly, and that some of the skills that we need—in cyber, intelligence and other capabilities—must be procured in the regular forces, but the reserve forces can also make a contribution."
You can read the full debate here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151117/hall...