Statement on extension of UK action from Iraq to Syria against ISIL/Daesh

I have spent a lot of time over the last week listening to a wide range of views from many, many people in the local community. I have received hundreds of letters, emails, Facebook messages and comments and tweets, and read them all. The response from constituents who contacted me was about 60/40 against extending action to Syria. This feedback was extremely valuable to me and raised a number of important issues. However, as always messages I receive on all issues are predominantly those with the strongest views. They are often at odds with wider opinion. Also, the public messages have also tended to be more likely to be against action than the private messages I have received. I asked for people's views because they shaped my thinking and raised important questions for me, as did all the conversations and discussions I have had with constituents over the last few days. However a decision of this importance needs much greater consideration than simply judging the view of the loudest voices. I have read every report and briefing I could get my hands on, and listened carefully to the debate in Parliament. On Monday I sought a private briefing from the Defence Secretary, security services and senior military personnel. In that meeting I directly raised many of the questions and points that people have sent me. This correspondence has given me enormous food for thought, has made me think differently and challenged my views in a way that I wholeheartedly welcome. Continue reading

Anna's response to Comprehensive Spending Review 2015

Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and the outcome of the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley said: Continue reading

Local Labour MPs call on government to step up support for CCS project on Teesside

Labour MPs for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, and Redcar’s Anna Turley have today (18th November) called on the Government to step up its support for the Carbon Capture and Storage project on Teesside. Continue reading

Anna responds to job losses at Boulby Potash

Responding to the announcement that 220 jobs are to be axed at Boulby Potash mine, Anna said: Continue reading

Anna secures confirmation from minister that unspent steel support funding will not be clawed back

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, received confirmation today from business minister Anna Soubry that any unspent redundancy and pensions funding will be spent in the region and not be given back to the Treasury. Continue reading

Anna questions government on retraining support for steelworkers

Today in a debate on the steel industry in the House of Commons chamber, Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley demanded to know where the promised funding to support redundant steelworkers to start new careers is. Continue reading

Devolution agreement another raw deal for Teesside

Responding to the announcement today of the Tees Valley Devolution Deal, Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley said: Continue reading

Update on support for steelworkers

Hello everyone. I’m aware lots of people are facing difficulties and barriers in accessing support and information, particularly training. Lots of people have been getting in touch to say they have been refused training courses and wondering where the promised funding is! Continue reading

Local MPs assail Government Business Secretary over “foot in mouth letter” letter on SSI jobs crisis

Redcar MP, Anna Turley, and Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (14th October 2015) assailed Government Business Minister over comments made in a letter on the government response to the SSI jobs crisis. Continue reading

Anna asks government why they have let steelmaking on Teesside die

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, was today granted an urgent question on the closure of Redcar steelworks and the loss of 2,200 jobs and many thousands more in the supply chain and local community. Continue reading