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Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has today (23rd May 2016) welcomed a report by IPPR North and Teach First which calls for fairer funding for northern schools to tackle educational disadvantage.

The report by the Institute for Public Policy Research, and endorsed by the charity Teach First, highlights how pupils from low income backgrounds in the north are falling behind their peers in other parts of country.

Whilst northern primary schools perform well, with some boroughs like Redcar & Cleveland rivalling London, secondary school attainment is a major cause for concern with widening inequalities between poorer and wealthier pupils.

Northern secondary schools receive £1,300 less per pupil on average than London and IPPR are urging the government to use upcoming reform of the national funding formula to address this imbalance – a so-called ‘Powerhouse Premium’ to help deliver the skills the economy needs to grow.

Anna said:

“I welcome IPPR’s report which shows that more resources are needed to overcome educational disadvantage in the North. This is important research because high quality education is vital to ensuring our young people can fulfil their potential and that we have the right skills to drive our local economy forward. 

Whilst our primary schools are performing very well, thanks to excellent leadership and teaching staff, our secondary schools are getting a raw deal on funding and I back the idea of a ‘Powerhouse Premium’ to address this.

Opportunities in life should never be based on a child’s background and if we are to equip every child to succeed then our schools need properly funding so that they can overcome disadvantages.

I urge the government to support the recommendations of the report.”

Anna Turley backs call for ‘Powerhouse Premium’ to deliver fairer funding for northern schools

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has today (23rd May 2016) welcomed a report by IPPR North and Teach First which calls for fairer funding for northern schools to tackle...

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has today (11th May 2016) said Teesside has an opportunity to be a world leader on new steel technology if given backing for research hub at the Materials Processing Institute at South Bank.

Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate, called by Middlesbrough MP Tom Blenkinsop, on the future of the steel industry in the UK, Anna spoke about the opportunities for regenerating Teesside and rebuilding a global brand.

She urged the Government to give high priority to the bid for a Materials Catapult on Teesside at the Materials Processing Institute, citing recent interest in MPI by Sweden and German for support in future proofing their steel industries.

Full speech:

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“I welcome the positive news about the number of potential buyers for Tata sites.

People of Teesside will be pleased to hear this positive news for steel communities around the UK.

It is testament to the fact that the argument is being won that steel is not a “sunset” industry and has a vital long term role for the future of British manufacturing.

Also a positive statement that Britain can be a global leader in steel, with the right support and a serious industrial strategy from government.

I am glad the government seem to have learnt their lesson, albeit at a terrible cost to us on Teesside.

I have spoken before about the anger that is still felt in Redcar that nothing was done to save our steel-making from closure.

We have never had answers to the questions I posed in the last debate, such as:

  • Why European state aid rules were a barrier to co-investing with SSI but aren’t with the companies coming forward for the Tata sites?
  • Why the private sector options that we put forward which would have kept the coke ovens going and mothballed the blast furnace rather than losing these national assets for good, were not taken up?
  • Why the government said that it couldn’t put British tax-payers money into Thai Banks – why are they any different to the investors coming forward now?

There is a justified sense of anger on Teesside when they see the government pulling out all the stops now, but feel nothing was done for us.

But I don’t want to keep looking back. We have to rebuild. We have to get back on our feet.

And we are doing it.

I want to start by congratulating all at Middlesbrough Football Club, the chairman Steve Gibson, Manager Aitor Karanka and all the players, staff and of course the fans for a well-deserved promotion to the Premier League.

Back where we belong. A Premier League Club. A Premier League Town.

We now have to build on this opportunity as a global brand to show the world once again that Teesside is a great place to live, to work, to play, and to invest.

And I believe, just as steel was the driving force of our former industrial might, so, I believe it can still play a vital role in our future regeneration. I welcome the fact that the Shadow Board for the South Tees Development Corporation met for the first time yesterday. It has a strong board with a great deal of local experience and expertise and I look forward to working with them on the future of the SSI site.

I want to briefly set out two key areas where I think steel can play a key role in driving the regeneration of Teesside.

The first is in relation to steel and the circular economy. While we may never be able to forge steel again without our blast furnace, there is a great opportunity on Teesside to lead the way in metal remanufacturing, refurbishment and recycling.

The second area is in research and development.

I again urge the minister to give high priority to the benefit of the Materials Catapult on Teesside at the Materials Processing Institute.

The MPI pilot scale electric arc furnace in Redcar is the only example of its kind in the UK and offers innovation, process development and future opportunities in the adoption of electric arc furnace technology, as prioritised by potential investors in Wales and Teesside.  No other such facility in Europe possesses equal capability as the MPI facility. Support for a Materials Catapult on Teesside will give British steel-making the cutting edge in research and development, encouraging greater investment and resilience for the industry.  It is already attracting foreign and commercial interest.  The MPI in my constituency report a direct approach from Sweden to support a 20 year programme to transform the Swedish steel industry from coal based, to hydrogen and renewable based production. 

At the end of this month the Institute will be hosting a high level delegation from the German industry who have identified Teesside’s expertise and strategic understanding and want to take advantage of this to transform the German industry.

If foreign governments and commercial operators in the UK are engaging the partners to future proof their steel sectors, then can the minister explain why it is it such a struggle to convince officials in the British government and if they know something that industry and innovation experts do not?

So these two areas show the potential we have on Teesside for steel to play a key role in our economic regeneration.

It must not be forgotten that we also have a thriving chemicals industry. We have dynamic and growing port at Teesport. We have potential for more investment in energy from waste, carbon capture and storage, and indeed carbon dioxide conversion and we have potash mining is on its way. When oil and gas recovers that can also play an important role in our economy and I would like to thank the government for making Redcar College one of its oil and gas specialist centres. We also have great tourism and cultural opportunities.

In short Teesside has a great future and we have great opportunities ahead. Boro have done their bit to get us back in the Premier League. Now it’s time for all of us to step up.”

Boro have done their bit, steel technology hub can make Teesside economy Premier League too

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has today (11th May 2016) said Teesside has an opportunity to be a world leader on new steel technology if given backing for research...

Redcar MP Anna Turley has launched a petition against proposals to build houses on the Northern slopes of the Eston Hills.

Developer Theakston Land recently announced plans to build 400 homes on land they own in Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park in Normanby.

Ms Turley has joined forces with the local councillors for Normanby ward, Brian Dennis, Chris Foley-McCormack and Billy Ayre in opposing this development.

Anna said:

“Since the proposals were announced, many residents have told me how concerned they are about this development and the negative impact it will have on our beloved Eston Hills.

The land has never been part of any local plan or local development framework for our area and is incredibly close to the woodland in the existing countryside park. Due to its elevation, development here would not only take up green space but would be a visual blot of the landscape on the Northern fringe of the Eston Hills. Moreover, the A174 Parkway has been accepted as a natural barrier to development for many, many years and breaching this could open the floodgates for more development along the hillside down to Wilton Village.

I am not completely against house building in our area because we need more affordable housing, but there are plenty of sites that could be developed that would not destroy our precious countryside.

I have launched this petition with local councillors and the community so that we can demonstrate to the developers the strength of feeling on this.”

 

Cllr Brian Dennis said:

“It is clear from the conversations I have had that this development is not wanted by the community. The site is not appropriate for housing development and would harm green space that is home to lots of wildlife, including deer.

I urge everyone to sign the petition and to submit formal objections to the planning application when it is submitted in the coming weeks and months. We need to send a clear message to the developer that this scheme should be scrapped.”

 

The petition is available to sign online here: http://www.anna4redcar.org.uk/saveflattslanecountrypark

MP launches petition against housing development on Eston Hills

Redcar MP Anna Turley has launched a petition against proposals to build houses on the Northern slopes of the Eston Hills.

Responding to the announcement that Greybull Capital LLP has reached a binding sale and purchase agreement with Tata Steel to acquire its Long Products Europe division, which includes steel mills at Lackenby and Skinningrove, Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley said:

“I am pleased a future has been secured for Tata’s Long Products Division including the two sites on Teesside and I know it will be a relief to the workforce and their families who will have spent recent weeks and months anxious about their jobs and livelihoods.

The agreement with Greybull shows that there is a positive future for UK steel and that it will continue to make a vital contribution to the economy, including in Teesside. We have a highly skilled and highly motivated workforce whose commitment to their industry is the bedrock of this deal. It is reassuring that Greybull intend to maintain staffing levels with no further job reductions other than those previously announced by Tata.

I look forward to the completion of the deal and pay tribute to everyone involved, including Community Union who have worked constructively with Tata and Greybull on behalf of their members to secure a long term future for the business.

This is some positive news in what has been a very difficult time for our steel industry. I hope that a future is secured for Tata’s remaining UK assets and the thousands of jobs they support but it will take more government action to prevent a repeat of what happened to our blast furnace in Redcar.”

Anna Turley welcomes Tata Steel and Greybull Capital announcement

Responding to the announcement that Greybull Capital LLP has reached a binding sale and purchase agreement with Tata Steel to acquire its Long Products Europe division, which includes steel mills...

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It was great to meet the team at the Kidney Research UK charity shop in Redcar this morning. Situated on the High Street in the centre of town it is largest of the charity’s four shops and is in fact the largest charity shop within a 10-mile radius of Redcar!

It was wonderful to meet the staff and volunteers there, all of whom give up their time to collect and sort stock before selling it in the shop to raise funds for the charity.

Kidney Research UK is the UK’s leading kidney research charity and the money they get goes straight into funding vital research into kidney disease and finding a cure for it. Raising awareness of organ donation is also high on the charity’s agenda as over 90% of the total organ waiting list are waiting for a kidney. I got the opportunity to hear about some of the projects the charity has funded recently, notably the research to develop a technique known as warmth perfusion, undertaken by Professor Mike Nicholson to make more kidneys viable for transplant.

I also heard about the health inequalities work the charity does to encourage more people from minority backgrounds to join the organ donor register. Known as the Peer Educator Project, the scheme sees doctors, researchers and other health workers going out into their communities to educate those who may be at risk of kidney disease but have issues accessing health services.

Helping out at Kidney Research UK

It was great to meet the team at the Kidney Research UK charity shop in Redcar this morning. Situated on the High Street in the centre of town it is largest of...


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