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Local business, The Clucking Pig Company, have taken their gourmet scotch eggs all the way to Buckingham Palace to be tasted by the Duke of York and the Queen’s chef.

The company, owned by David and Christine Laing and based near Marske, were invited to the palace after impressing Prince Andrew at a ‘Pitch at the Palace’ event in Sunderland in January.

In Sunderland they were presented with an ‘Entrepreneur of the Week’ award and were later astounded when they received the invite to take their scotch eggs to the Palace.

David Laing said:

“The Buckingham Palace trip was surreal say the least! We were invited through the front entrance and given a private audience with palace staff, the Duke of York and then the Queen’s personal chef. It was an amazing experience and we are so glad we had the opportunity to showcase our gourmet scotch eggs to such a distinguished audience. The Duke and the chef were really impressed.”

David and Christine travelled down to London again this week, visiting the Houses of Parliament and showcasing their eggs at a ‘Taste of Yorkshire’ event. Whilst there they met up with Redcar MP Anna Turley who was keen to hear all about their royal success.

Anna said:

“I was proud to welcome The Clucking Pig Company and their scotch eggs to Parliament and to hear from David and Christine about their visit to the Palace. They run a fantastic local business selling delicious handmade scotch eggs, all sourced locally and free range. It is great to see them receive national recognition.”

David and Christine were invited back to a Pitch at the Palace event at Nottingham University last week. They also received a Small Business Sunday Award earlier this year, presented by Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis.

The Clucking Pig trades at local farmers’ markets and food festivals, including Saltburn Farmers’ Market. More information can be found online at www.thecluckingpig.com.

Marske-made Gourmet Scotch Eggs win royal approval

Local business, The Clucking Pig Company, have taken their gourmet scotch eggs all the way to Buckingham Palace to be tasted by the Duke of York and the Queen’s chef....

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Anna Turley, Member of Parliament for Redcar, has today welcomed new Twitter features which could filter out abusive tweets from user’s timelines.

This feature is central to Anna’s Malicious Communications (Social Media) Bill, scheduled for a second reading on Friday, which seeks to place a responsibility on social media platforms to filter out abusive content before it reaches the intended recipient.

Anna's bill provides for new legislation to force social media platforms to establish a filter on abusive messages for all users under the age of 18 and adults who wish to use it. Social media platforms failing to provide these protections would face fines of up to £2million for failing to protect users.

Twitter’s new notification controls now give users the ability to hide potentially abusive messages by muting comments from users who they do not follow and those who have not confirmed their contact details and by allowing users to block messages containing specific words.

Anna said:

“I am really pleased to see Twitter have introduced these new controls and welcome the fact they have taken on board the demand in my private members bill for social media platforms to take greater responsibility for filtering abusive content.

“Every day thousands of people are receiving intimidating, offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing messages which can cause a great deal of distress and harm and these new controls will go some way to addressing that for Twitter users. I knew that social media companies already had the technology and the algorithms to enable this so am delighted to see they are finally giving people more control over the content they see.

“However the industry still has more to do, especially to protect children and young people who use these platforms. My bill calls for the Government to step in to regulate the industry, because while it is welcome that Twitter are doing this, it shouldn’t be piecemeal and at the discretion of individual platforms, there needs to be a government-wide strategy.”

“I hope the other social media companies will follow Twitter’s lead and be more proactive in tackling abusive users using their services.”

 

The Malicious Communications (Social Media) Bill 2016-17 can be found here.

Anna welcomes new Twitter anti-abuse features

Anna Turley, Member of Parliament for Redcar, has today welcomed new Twitter features which could filter out abusive tweets from user’s timelines.

Redcar MP Anna Turley questioned Health Minister David Mowat today on the strain NHS cuts are putting on health services in Teesside.

NHS organisations in each area of the country have been asked by the Government to work together to produce ‘Sustainability and Transformation’ plans (STP) for health services facing rising demand and funding cuts. The Teesside area, which includes NHS services stretching from South Durham to Whitby, faces a deficit of £281 million by 2020.

Anna challenged the minister on the impact this funding pressure is having on already stretched services.

Speaking in the House of Commons, she said:

“The reality on the ground in areas like Redcar and Teesside is that we are actually facing a deficit of £281 million by 2020. How can he reassure my constituents who are already finding it hard to get an appointment with a GP, that already scarce services won’t become even more so?”

In his reply, Mr Mowat reaffirmed the Government’s pledge of 5000 more GPs by 2020 and said that some of those new staff would be on Teesside.

Speaking afterwards, Anna added:

“Despite the hard work of NHS staff, our health service on Teesside is already struggling to cope with rising demand, rising costs, and longer waiting lists. The huge funding shortfall facing local services and the government’s STPs risk leaving local health services even more stretched. Our NHS must receive the resources it needs to function properly or services will suffer.” 

Anna Turley challenges Health Minister on £281 million hospital deficit

Redcar MP Anna Turley questioned Health Minister David Mowat today on the strain NHS cuts are putting on health services in Teesside.

Under the Government's plans for funding education, schools and pupils in Redcar & Cleveland will be losing a whopping £7.8 million by 2020 – that is £422 per pupil in one of the most deprived areas of the country.

Whilst our primary schools are in the top 10% in the country, our secondary schools desperately need more support.

There are few things more important than the education of our children and we must be investing in the next generation so they can achieve their full potential.

In Parliament I have challenged the Government on these outrageous cuts. You can watch my speech in the video above or at this link.

Sign my petition against the cuts here.

Challenging damaging Government school funding proposals

Under the Government's plans for funding education, schools and pupils in Redcar & Cleveland will be losing a whopping £7.8 million by 2020 – that is £422 per pupil in one...

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Redcar MP Anna Turley has welcomed Teesside Archaeological Society’s ‘ICE AND FIRE’ project to explore and record Stone Age archaeology on the Eston Hills.

ICE AND FIRE is a community project designed to explore and record prehistoric archaeology at risk. It will involve volunteers from the local community and will focus on the recording of prehistoric artefacts on the Eston Hills before they are destroyed as a result of constant vandalism and arson. 

The investigations will involve the excavation of a series of test pits in areas where flint tools and debris have been found on the surface. This will give us a better understanding of our shared past, the state of preservation and, in turn, a bigger picture of the Stone Age communities in the Tees Valley area.

The society has received £9,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake the project.

Teesside Archaeological Society’s Events Officer and project director Adam Mead commented:

“We are truly thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and we are confident the project will help engage people from the local community in the understanding of our fragile, irreplaceable local heritage and the importance of protecting it”.

Ivor Crowther, Head of HLF North East, added:

“Eston Hills is famous as the place where John Vaughn and John Marley discovered ironstone – a find which transformed Middlesbrough from a small town to the centre of ironmaking in Britain. Now communities and volunteers will play a key role in uncovering and protecting the archaeological treasures and local stories still to be discovered. Redcar and Cleveland is one of our priority areas for funding so we’re delighted to support this project thanks to National Lottery players.”

Anna said:

"This is an exciting project and it was great to hear from Teesside Archaeological Society about the Mesolithic and Neolithic tools already found at the site and on their plans for the project.

"The Eston Hills have a famous and very proud history as the birthplace of Teesside's iron and steel industry and the plethora of industries that followed it. This project could reveal a whole new level of history that predates what we already know about Teesside.

“Sadly the hillside is getting churned up by people on motorbikes and quad bikes, as well as fly tipping and arson, and this is jeopardising important and delicate archaeological findings. I wish the team well in their excavations to record and preserve the artefacts before they are lost.”

Find out more at: https://teesarchsoc.com/ Twitter @teesarchsoc

Image: Anna meeting with project director Adam Mead

Anna Turley welcomes exciting Eston Hills Archaeology Project

Redcar MP Anna Turley has welcomed Teesside Archaeological Society’s ‘ICE AND FIRE’ project to explore and record Stone Age archaeology on the Eston Hills.


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