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Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, today used Justice Questions in Parliament to demand a review of dangerous driving offences.

Anna’s question follows the tragic case of 29 year old Redcar father, Alex Everington, who has been left unable to walk or feed himself and without the use of all four limbs. Alex was a passenger in a speeding car being driven by serial dangerous driver Ian Maughan.

Alex’s father Ian came to Anna seeking support to toughen up driving offences.

Speaking in the Commons today, Anna said:

“My constituent 29 year old father Alex Everington was the victim of a road crash which left him paralysed from the neck down.

“His dad Ian said, ‘He can never take care of himself. He will never have a normal life. How do you explain this to his 10 year old child?’

“Ian Maughan was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He had taken cannabis at the time, and had 81 previous offences including a catalogue of motoring offences. At the time of the crash he was banned for careless driving.

“He received just 3 years and 4 months despite destroying Alex’s life.

“Can the minister pledge to look into the effectiveness of driving bans and crucially look again at the length of sentences for dangerous drivers?”

 

Responding, Justice Minister Sam Gyimah MP agreed there was a case for tougher sentences for dangerous driving and referenced a review currently being conducted by the Government.

 

Later Anna added:

“Dangerous driving destroys lives and in the worst cases takes it away entirely. In Alex’s case his quality of life has been changed immeasurably but the perpetrator has only received a few years in prison. The punishment certainly does not fit the crime and this must be reformed. I will continue to push the case for tougher sentences and await the results of the government’s review.”

Anna calls for review of dangerous driving sentences after Redcar man left paralysed

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, today used Justice Questions in Parliament to demand a review of dangerous driving offences.

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Redcar MP Anna Turley has called a public meeting to address the vandalism which is destroying the Eston Hills and threatening the safety of local residents.

Fire fighters are being regularly called out to tackle fires started by arsonists on the hills. Rules preventing vehicle access are also being breached, further damaging the landscape.

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Anna has called a public meeting, inviting residents, community groups, the Police Commissioner, Cleveland Fire Brigade, the archaeological team, and the park ranger to start developing a plan to tackle this growing problem.

The meeting will be held at 530pm on Friday 28th April at the Cleveland Inn in Normanby.

Anna said:

“Not a day seems to go by without another incident where our Eston Hills are damaged by mindless vandalism.

“Arsonists are scorching swathes of land, diverting the efforts of Cleveland Fire Brigade, and putting the safety of other hill users at risk. On top of that, the land is being used as a cheap practice track for rally driving which is churning up the land and putting historically significant archaeological evidence at risk.

“Earlier this month I went on a site visit with Eston Hills Archaeological Society and saw for myself the devastation being wreaked by these incidents.

“I held discussions with the park ranger who had a number of interesting proposals for preventing abuse of the land and enforcing rules about vehicle access. The meeting on Friday is a chance to bring others together to see what options we have to tackle this problem.

“Any residents with an interest in protecting our hillside are very welcome to come along. Ultimately the solution to this is going to be one that has the confidence and support of the local community.”

 

Photo: Anna with Ice & Fire Project Director Adam Mead and the Countryside Ranger Jonathan Green

Eston Hills vandalism top of agenda for public meeting

Redcar MP Anna Turley has called a public meeting to address the vandalism which is destroying the Eston Hills and threatening the safety of local residents.

Redcar MP Anna Turley has today challenged the Housing Minister on the number of struggling social housing tenants forced into arrears by welfare cuts.

The latest statistics show that for 2015/16 around 685,000 social housing tenants had been in arrears, which amounts to 25% of the social rented sector.

Responding to the statistics in the House of Commons, Anna said:

“That seems a huge amount – nearly a quarter of people in social housing in rent arrears.”

“In my constituency, in one ward alone however, we have nearly half of our social housing tenants – 46% - in rent arrears.

“One single mum, for example, has seen her rent jump from £8 to £70 a week because of the Benefit Cap, and the Bedroom Tax is still reaping devastation.

“Isn’t this a damning indictment of seven years of Tory assault on Britain’s struggling families?”

In reply, the Minister insisted the figures were falling.

The statistics Anna referenced relate to South Bank ward where 46% of tenants were in average arrears of £238.

Anna slams Conservative assault on ‘Britain’s struggling families’

Redcar MP Anna Turley has today challenged the Housing Minister on the number of struggling social housing tenants forced into arrears by welfare cuts.

Neither Theresa May nor the Conservative Party have a mandate for their government so it is right to go to the public, although the timing of her change of heart seems to be politically motivated rather than in the best interests of the country.

After 7 years it is clear the Conservative approach of austerity economics has failed Teesside. We have lost our steelworks, child poverty is rising, unemployment is well above the national average, and we have two and a half times the national rate of youth unemployment. We need a government who will invest and rebuild and the Tories have shown they do not care about our area. They were willing to step in and save the steel industry in Wales but not here. Only Labour will stand up and fight and take Teesside's voice to Westminster.

Our public services are on their knees - the NHS crisis means locally medical centres and walk-ins are closing, school budgets are being slashed, councils have lost millions in social care funding, and hardworking public sector staff are exhausted. We have lost hundreds of local police officers leading to more crime and anti-social behaviour in our neighbourhoods. The Tories have also cut our armed forces and have put our national security at risk by threatening to withdraw international cooperation on terrorism and cross-border crime.

We need a clear vision for Brexit for this country that has been voted for by the people. The Tories are failing us on the global stage - Britain must emerge stronger from Brexit but Boris Johnson is making us weaker and a laughing stock in the world.

We need a Labour government to deliver for the whole country. For two years I have fought tooth and nail for this area and I will continue to stand up for Redcar and Teesside in the face of the poor deal we get from the Tories. Labour stand for a fairer, stronger and more decent Britain and that is what I will be campaigning for in the run up to June 8th.

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Neither Theresa May nor the Conservative Party have a mandate for their government so it is right to go to the public, although the timing of her change of heart...

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It was an absolute pleasure to visit Kirkleatham Hall School last week. Thank you to all the staff and pupils for welcoming me. Headteacher Karen Robson and Chair of Governors Dr Doug Thomson took me on a tour around all of the different departments. It was also great to join the pupils for their Easter parade in the school hall which looked like a lot of fun.

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The school caters for pupils aged 2 to 19 years who have a wide range of learning difficulties. It is a really impressive school and I was blown away by the positivity and enthusiasm throughout. The staff are dedicated to providing a supportive environment tailored to the needs of every child which vary greatly. I could see how much they cared for the children and that they went above and beyond. It was a really inspiring and thought provoking visit and it raised lots of issues about how we invest in education, particularly for those children who need the most support. The scrapping of Building Schools for the Future by the Coalition in 2010 robbed these children of a brand new, tailor-made facility, and cuts to funding across all schools will have a knock-on effect. It also raised the issue of support for adults with special needs as there is so little provision once they leave school.

Education must ensure all of our children can fulfil their potential. Kirkleatham Hall strives to achieve that. Thanks for inviting me.

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Photos: Top - Dr Doug Thomson (Chair of Governors), Karen Robson (Headteacher) and Anna with Yellow Class.
Middle - Easter Parade in the school hall
Bottom - Karen, Doug and Anna

Visit to Kirkleatham Hall School

It was an absolute pleasure to visit Kirkleatham Hall School last week. Thank you to all the staff and pupils for welcoming me. Headteacher Karen Robson and Chair of Governors...


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