Carillion collapse shows we need a review into role of private sector in public services’

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has slammed the government’s reliance on private sector contractors to deliver public services after the government’s biggest contractor, Carillion, went in to liquidation. Continue reading

‘Free port status for Teesside could make our area the gateway of the North’

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has called on the government to give the Teesport area ‘free port’ status to boost Teesside’s economy and create more jobs. Continue reading

Extend Taskforce funding to Boulby potash workers, says Redcar MP

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has called for the remit of the SSI Taskforce to be extended to support workers being made redundant at Boulby potash mine. Continue reading

Further job losses at Boulby potash mine

Today ICL Fertilisers, the company behind Boulby potash mine, have announced the mine will cease production of potash this year. They will switch focus to producing fertiliser polyhalite instead. The restructure means as many as 230 jobs could be lost in months. Continue reading

Step closer to securing Baby’s Law

Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar, has welcomed the government’s draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill which brings tougher animal cruelty sentences a step closer. Continue reading

November Casework Update

November was a busy month for my office with a lot of residents needing support. The number of people coming to us in absolute poverty, struggling to feed themselves and their families and unable to pay utility bills, has risen massively. Food bank referrals are increasing and, at this time of year especially, Redcar area food bank (also covering Greater Eston) is in high demand. Please consider putting a few extra items in your shopping trolley to donate to the food bank. You can drop them in to my office or another of the collection points. Continue reading

‘Hand South Gare over to the community as a natural attraction’ says Anna Turley MP

Redcar MP responds to masterplan consultation calling on the South Tees Development Corporation to hand responsibility for the South Gare to a local community partnership to run as a nature reserve. Anna says alongside the important task of industrial regeneration to bring job opportunities, we have a chance to preserve local nature spot too. Continue reading

Redcar MP concerned as school spending on supply teachers rises to £1.3 billion

Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar, has warned that teaching shortages are forcing schools to spend more on supply staff. Continue reading

Government’s Industrial Strategy is a step in the right direction but thin on detail

Today the government launched the long awaited Industrial Strategy White Paper - setting out a plan to support British industry and manufacturing to stay competitive and get ahead in new sectors like digital and robotics. Responding to the announcement, Redcar Labour MP Anna Turley said:   Continue reading

Statement on the Autumn Budget

“Today’s Budget saw all the indicators of a strong economy – productivity, business investment, and GDP growth revised down. A damning indictment of seven years of Conservative rule and a worryingly weak position to be in as we approach Brexit. We are facing one of the biggest squeezes on living standards in living memory. Real wages have fallen well behind the cost of living and more people are doing insecure jobs. People on Teesside have been bearing the brunt of this squeeze for too long and there was nothing in this budget for them. More people are becoming reliant on rising levels of personal debt, with Redcar Citizens Advice taking on extra staff to deal with it. The Tory Government’s failure to invest in skills and in infrastructure has hit UK productivity, a key driver of economic growth and wage rises, leaving us well behind other European countries. On top of that, the Government’s haphazard management of the Brexit negotiations is discouraging private sector investment. A modern industrial strategy is a crucial step towards addressing our country’s weaknesses and we have long been calling for the Government to commit to one. They have finally started to give some detail and there were some welcome announcements today. The increased infrastructure investment for the regions is positive, but with London already sucking up 54% of English infrastructure spending compared to 20.1% for the North, this will be only a drop in the ocean. Some of the funding doesn’t even begin until 2022-3. Investment in digital industries and electric cars is also a positive; digital is one of Teesside’s thriving sectors and important for futureproofing our economy. But green technologies like carbon capture and storage were suspiciously absent. Government backing for CCS is a must if our industries are to stay competitive and a commitment to a CCS project here could have brought thousands of jobs to Teesside. I was hoping for a strong commitment today but it didn’t arrive. We can’t afford anymore complacency. Our call on Teesside for more resources for the police to get more bobbies on our streets has also fallen on deaf ears. The government are still expecting local forces to fund pay rises from existing budgets which only adds to the pressure on frontline police. We also learned this week that despite claiming to protect police budgets, the Government are slashing them by £500m in real terms by 2020. Anti-social behaviour, vandalism and burglaries are just some of the issues causing havoc in Redcar and Cleveland. I fear this will only get worse as funding pressures put neighbourhood policing at risk. This reckless Tory approach to public safety has to stop. The changes to Universal Credit which include removing the 7 day waiting period applied at the beginning of a claim also do not go anywhere near far enough to fix the flaws in the system. People will still have to wait weeks without any support, at risk of falling into debt and arrears. This Budget should have relieved the pressure on struggling families and given the economy a much needed shot in the arm. It has failed to do both.” Continue reading