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Local activists were celebrating today (Tuesday 27 January) after the completion of a renovation for the much-loved Regent Cinema on Redcar Seafront. The cinema roof has been rebuilt, the exterior has been repainted with a new sign and an LCD display are in place to show what films are on.

Just under a year ago a campaign was launched to save the Regent cinema after it emerged a bid had been accepted for a multi-leisure development on the Coatham Bowl site and rumours circulated that the Regent was under threat.

A Facebook site was set up to 'Save the Regent' and received over 4000 ‘likes’  within 48 hours. A public meeting was held in May 2014 to discuss the cinema’s future, chaired by Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate Anna Turley. Over 50 people attended and the Leader of the Council George Dunning, Cabinet Member Olwyn Peters attended, pledging that the future of the cinema was safe.

As a result of that meeting the council agreed to undertake some renovation of the building which had been overlooked during the seafront regeneration, and the Regent Heritage Trust was established as a community group seeking to preserve public interest and support for the iconic building. Members of the Trust and the public came together last August to give the cinema interior a deep clean in preparation for the renovation.

Cinema Proprietor Neil Bates said:
"The cinema is looking fantastic! The overwhelming public support we have received in this process has been so inspiring and I am really glad the community and the council have been able to give our wonderful cinema the facelift she deserves."

Chair of the Regent Heritage Trust Natalie King said:
"I’m delighted our campaign has had such a great outcome! The public response was terrific and I’d like to thank the Council for undertaking this work."

Anna Turley, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate said:
"It’s great to see the cinema looking so good! This shows what people can achieve when they come together to change things. There is so much to be proud of in our town and the Regent is an important part of our seaside heritage."

Regent Cinema Facelift Lights Up the Seafront

Local activists were celebrating today (Tuesday 27 January) after the completion of a renovation for the much-loved Regent Cinema on Redcar Seafront. The cinema roof has been rebuilt, the exterior...

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Redcar, Anna Turley, today (27th January 2014) said that the news that Teesport based offshore oil and gas engineering company, DeepOcean, were contemplating job losses should act as a “wake up call” to the Lib Dem-Tory Coalition Government to develop tax and business support strategies to sustain the North Sea fields in “difficult times.” 

Press reports suggest 45 jobs are under threat across the Teesside operations of subsea specialist DeepOcean. The company has now confirmed that jobs across its Darlington and Teesport Commerce Park bases are at risk – roughly 30% of the workforce with a further 29 offshore roles also under threat.  The company cites “lower than expected volumes of renewables work and rapidly declining oil prices, which have plunged from $100 a barrel to under $50 a barrel” as one of the main causes of their current difficulties.

Anna said:
“This is a first indication that government inaction to support the offshore industry is hitting jobs for Teesside workers. There are many hundreds, and indeed possibly thousands of Teesside workers who are employed offshore or for locally based companies supporting the oil and gas industry such as fabrication yards, wharf-side heavy load applications, marine and subsea engineering or offshore industry training.

“This vital economic linkage, one that is reflected along the whole of the North East coastline, is why we need a new innovative strategy to support the offshore industry through difficult times. It is crucial to remember our offshore industry still has great potential. The leading industry body Oil and Gas UK calculates that some 42 billion barrels of oil have been extracted with another 24 billion still left under the North Sea, which means there is still big potential. Indeed, recent gas finds by Centrica in the Pegasus field, just 130 miles out from the Tees Bay, show the potential for local development on the Tees for servicing and terminal activities connected just for this one field.

“There is a glaring need for a new and flexible system of tax help for Teesside companies like DeepOcean seeking contracts in this market. They will be the local employment base for Teesside offshore workers in the future, but they need help - help the present government is failing to give.”

Anna calls for ‘urgent action for Tees North Sea Oil and Gas’

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Redcar, Anna Turley, today (27th January 2014) said that the news that Teesport based offshore oil and gas engineering company, DeepOcean, were contemplating job losses should act as a “wake up call”...

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Two local heroes were thanked by Ed Miliband MP in Parliament last night (Wednesday14 January) trecognise the contribution they make to our local community.

Frankie Wales who runs the Redcar Boxing Club and the Redcar Development Trust which gets hard-to-reach young people into work was thanked by Ed Miliband for his tireless hard work and the impact he made on the lives of young people. 
 
Geraldine Williams - head coach of Grangetown Netball Team was also hailed a 'local hero' for her work building up a top division netball team in a deprived area through more than thirty years voluntary service. 
 
They were taken to meet Ed Miliband and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Harriet Harman by Redcar's Labour Parliamentary Candidate Anna Turley. 
 
Anna said:
"I was so proud to take Frankie and Gel down to Parliament. Ed was really impressed with the work they both did locally and listened to their views on the importance that sport and teamwork played in transforming young people's lives." 

Frankie said : 
"It was great to meet Ed - he was really interested in our project and keen to come and visit."

Gel said:
"It was good to have the chance to talk to Ed and tell him about our experiences. Clubs like ours give young people so many different skills and can really boost self esteem for young women."

Redcar local heroes recognised in Parliament

Two local heroes were thanked by Ed Miliband MP in Parliament last night (Wednesday14 January) to recognise the contribution they make to our local community.

Anna Turley, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Redcar today (Wednesday 14 January) welcomed Labour’s announcement of help for families caring for elderly and disabled relatives.

Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, today set out plans which will improve the support given to nearly 70,000 unpaid family carers across the Tees Valley, if Labour wins the General Election in May.

 

The package of measures includes:

  • A new duty on the NHS to identify family carers, so they can get the right help and support, and a new right for carers to ask for an annual health check – allowing problems to be identified earlier and prevent costs escalating
  • A single point of contact with care services for families caring for people with the greatest needs, so they don’t have to battle different parts of the system
  • Ensuring the funding currently identified for carers’ breaks is properly ring-fenced, to make sure all the money goes to family carers
  • Consulting with employers, trade unions and carers organisations on how to improve flexible working for family carers, which could include measures such as a new period of ‘adjustment leave’ to help families cope with a short-term crisis
  • Recognising the transport costs facing family carers, by including family carers in the groups who can be eligible for hospital car parking concessions
  • Abolishing the bedroom tax – which hits 60,000 carers and penalises them for the extra facilities they need

 

Anna Turley said:
“Carers are the unsung heroes of our society and they are forgotten about too often. Unfair measures such as the bedroom tax have placed huge strain on many local disabled people and their carers, making daily life a real strain. I am pleased that Labour is bringing forward these proposals which will improve the quality of life for 10,000 carers in Redcar alone. These are practical measures that will make a real difference to many.” 

 Anna Turley has also pledged to introduce a Carers’ Forum if she’s elected as Redcar’s MP to inform her work and highlight issues facing unpaid carers.

 Liz Kendall MP said:
“Family life is changing and more and more of us are looking after elderly or disabled relatives. This can often be a real struggle and many families feel pushed to breaking point.

“Too often carers have to battle all the different services to try and get the support they need. One in three family carers who are in paid work have to give up their job or reduce their hours because they can’t get the right help to care or flexible working hours.

“Most unpaid carers don’t have enough time to pay attention to their own health, and many don’t come forward for help or get any breaks. Often people don’t even see themselves as being a carer – they’re just a son, daughter, husband, wife or partner trying to look after the person they love.

 “It’s not right that people who do so much get so little in return. We need to improve support for families, and Labour’s package of measures will make a real and practical difference to their lives.”

Anna welcomes Labour pledge of new support for Teesside’s carers

Anna Turley, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Redcar today (Wednesday 14 January) welcomed Labour’s announcement of help for families caring for elderly and disabled relatives.

Three Labour Parliamentary Candidates from across the region today wrote to Business Secretary Vince Cable demanding to know why the Government continues to block action on equal pay.

On the 16th December MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of measures for pay transparency that would see big companies (with over 250 staff) publish their gender pay gap. However the Government has so-far refused to implement it.

The measure is supported by leading employers including PwC who are one of just 5 companies known to voluntarily publish the information.

Tories and Lib Dems will next have an opportunity to support pay transparency on February 27th when the Government have another chance to support the proposal.

Anna Turley, Labour’s Candidate in Redcar said:
“Today we have written to the Business Secretary Vince Cable calling on him to support Equal Pay and get on with implementing pay transparency. If his Liberal Democrat and Tory Government refuses to implement it a Labour Government will.”

 Lee Sherriff, Labour’s candidate in Carlisle, said:
“Across Carlisle women and their families will be wondering why this Government won't take action on equal pay. As a working mum I know how hard it is to support a family by yourself – working women deserve the same wage as men".

Louise Baldock, Labour’s Candidate in Stockton South said:
“Women across Britain are still earning on average 81p for every pound a man earns, leaving themselves and their families poorer. Pay transparency will encourage action on the pay gap which will make a big difference to women on Teesside.”

Labour Candidates demand action from Business Secretary on Equal Pay

Three Labour Parliamentary Candidates from across the region today wrote to Business Secretary Vince Cable demanding to know why the Government continues to block action on equal pay.


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