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Julie Elliott MP: Sunderland and North East need real investment

This week I was delighted to join MPs from across the political divide to launch a group aimed at driving business, skills and economic growth throughout the north of England.

Business
Sunderland Magistrates' Court.

Julie Elliott: The state of the courts in Sunderland is at crisis point

The state of the courts in Sunderland and the service the Ministry of Justice is providing to the people of this city is reaching crisis point.

Crime
Sunderland Railway Station.

Julie Elliott MP: Resurgent city in urgent need of a new railway station

Sunderland’s tired old railway station is in urgent need of a revamp to transform it into a fitting gateway for our resurgent city – which is why I have launched a campaign for action.

Opinion
Julie Elliott: Public sector pay freeze must be brought to an end

Julie Elliott: Public sector pay freeze must be brought to an end

One of my pledges during the election campaign was to stand up for the people of Sunderland – and that is exactly what I am doing for women affected by unfair Tory changes to state pensions.

Opinion
Queen Elizabeth II reading the Queen's Speech in the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament. Pic: Carl Court/PA Wire.

Julie Elliott: Queen’s Speech was missed opportunity

It was a huge honour to be re-elected as Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central at the recent General Election.

Politics
Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 18, 2017. See PA story POLITICS May. Photo credit should read: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Julie Elliott: I thought Brexit not an unnecessary election would be PM’s main priority

The column you are now reading is not the one I wrote on Monday afternoon. After the Prime Minister announced a snap General Election I had to rip the original one up and start again!

Opinion
Too many people are sent an ambulance they don't really need.

Julie Elliott: Budget a letdown with no money for the health service

The budget was a huge let-down for Sunderland. Nothing for the health service and only some for social care; but nowhere near what is needed to fill the gap.

Opinion
Social media phone apps.

JULIE ELLIOTT: The fear of fake news impacting on political process

Fake news has become THE news in recent months – prompting heated media debates world-wide, as well as within our own parliament.

Politics
JULIE ELLIOTT: The NHS needs proper funding to deliver services

JULIE ELLIOTT: The NHS needs proper funding to deliver services

During the past week, we have seen photos of toddlers lying on chairs due to a lack of hospital beds, and heard stories of cancer patients having operations cancelled for the same reason.

Opinion
JULIE ELLIOTT: Highlighting cuts Scrooge bosses made to low-paid workers

JULIE ELLIOTT: Highlighting cuts Scrooge bosses made to low-paid workers

I’m the first to admit I’m no star singer, but I was happy to join fellow Labour MPS this month to record a Christmas single highlighting pay cuts made by Scrooge bosses to low-paid workers.

Opinion
Sunderland Magistrates' Court.

JULIE ELLIOTT: Hope at last for new courts for Sunderland

Justice for Wearside could finally be served following a long-running campaign by Labour MPs for a modern courts complex.

Opinion
JULIE ELLIOTT: We should all wear our poppies with pride on Sunday

JULIE ELLIOTT: We should all wear our poppies with pride on Sunday

This Sunday, as thousands gather to remember Sunderland’s fallen war heroes, I will be wearing my poppy with pride.

Opinion
Michael Dugher questioned why pharmacies were being closed.

JULIE ELLIOTT: Pharmacies are front-line health services and should be saved

This week saw FA chairman Greg Clarke appear before the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee – where he was asked to launch an independent inquiry into allegations of corruption within the game.

Opinion
Labour's Don Valley MP Caroline Flint.

JULIE ELLIOTT: Firms should be forced to disclose their tax affairs

Parliament returned this week after summer recess. The break over summer allowed me to attend a whole host of constituency-based events that I am not usually able to go to due to parliamentary business in Westminster.

Opinion
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