Letters, Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Not good for the North

Mrs Matthews claims Mrs Thatcher was voted the most influential woman in the world in a UK poll in 2010 (July 16).

 In 2014, the Sunderland Echo printed this little piece on the same woman: Durham University experts have published new research condemning the impact of Mrs Thatcher’s policies on the wellbeing of the British public.

 The study concludes that as a result of necessary unemployment, welfare cuts and damaging housing policies the former Prime Minister’s legacy includes the unnecessary and unjust premature death of many British citizens, together with a substantial and continuing burden of suffering and loss of wellbeing.

 The research shows that there was a massive increase in income inequality under Mrs Thatcher and UK poverty rates went up from 6.7 % in 1975 to 12% in 1985.

 As for Labour closing the mines, it was done because those particular mines had simply run out of coal, as opposed to the vindictive Tory Government that closed them out of spite.

R Tomlinson,

Seaham

Right way to go on welfare

I would like to congratulate my MP Julie Elliott for not voting against the Government Welfare Reform Bill in the House of Commons on Monday, July 20.

 The Welfare Reform Bill is a defining piece of legislation which will move this country from a welfare dependant state to a working state, with the necessary safeguards for the most vulnerable in our society.

 The Bill caps benefits at £20,000 in the North East, reduces tax credits which have grown from 600million in 2003 to a staggering 30billion now, and are clearly unsustainable.

 So once again, well done Julie.

Dennis McDonald

MPs failed to take a stand

It is predictable our three Sunderland MPs – supporters of the Blair-ite Progress tendency – failed to vote against the Tories’ Welfare bill in Parliament.

 Only Grahame Morris and Ian Mearns had the guts to take a principled stand against this vile attack against the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

 Milfield’s arch-Conservative, the reactionary Marjorie Matthews will surely approve.

Bob Stothard,

Washington

Great to see cinema saved

What great news that the old cinema in Ryhope is to be given a new home at Beamish Museum.

It is sad though that the only way this great building can be preserved is as museum piece. It holds many happy memories for villagers.

M Miles