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Great to catch up with the @NorthComBank team in #Ashington today - the #CommunityBank I helped start, with many others, in 2015 here in #Northumberland 1/ ImageImageImageImage
We started small in the #Tynedale area of #Northumberland but immediately got noticed by BBC, ITV, FT, Mail and others because here was a #bank run for people not for profit…
We could not have started without the support + help from @HexhamAbbey @bishopnorwich @DagmarKirk + most of all @JohnSentamu - see him at our launch 3/…
The bank is now #Northumberland county wide+ an office in #Ashington and available online with thousands of members. It is perfect for savings or loans: 4/
Fantastic to meet the new recruits to the #NorthumberlandCommunityBank team and hear about the progress they’ve made; + the exciting plans for the future helping our local community 5/#Onwards Image

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Oct 7, 2022
Fully behind an #energysaving campaign. The energy war of Putin means this is a worldwide problem.

Reduction in energy helps constituents save money, &saves the taxpayer money, as public sector should lead the way. Reduce usage, while we address supply. Government must act 1/
The obvious reductions pursued by France, Germany & others in public sector are:
- no public buildings warmer than 19C
- turn off overnight lighting of buildings / ads etc
- turn off hot water for hand washing / public spaces
All basic but simple stuff to help supply issues 2/
This is not Nanny state.
It is preserving supply, saving money for everyone, and encouraging localism. The example of Germany, which is in a massive energy crisis way way worse than UK, is worth following 3/…
Read 6 tweets
Sep 26, 2022
The PM & Chancellors Budget Bazooka - and the new ESG.
A thread 🧵 1/
To paraphrase M and S that was no “ordinary”mini budget. It was the Full Monty.
We have a new ESG

Energy support ✅
Scrapping tax rises ++✅
Growth ✅
The biggest thing in the budget.
The key to everything this winter is #energysupport. Without it, lots of businesses go under, we have a big recession, huge personal debt.

On top of @RishiSunak £37 Billion spring package, the PM/Chancellor have stepped in to help👍⬇️ 3/
Read 16 tweets
Jun 14, 2022
Serving as Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion over the last five years has been the greatest honour of my professional life.

A 🧵 on some of what we have achieved.
We have lifted automatic enrolment workplace pensions to 8% savings per annum.

More than ten million savers have been auto enrolled into a workplace pension, with the biggest increases for young people and women.
We passed the Pensions Schemes Act through Parliament.

The Act has secured our pensions on an ongoing basis and has made them safer, better and greener.
Read 13 tweets
May 12, 2022
🧵 on climate change, emerging markets and specific UK 🇬🇧 action using workplace pensions to finance the change, and get returns for members 1/
For a year + I have been working with the @churchofengland Pension Board, and others, to see how we can unleash the productive power of UK pensions in support of the climate transition in emerging economies, while also delivering sustainable returns for members. It’s doable 2/
but hard. I am particularly grateful to Adam Matthews and David Hickey who I have been discussing this with in particular, not least on their #TalkingResponsibly Podcast. This led to a major conference at Church House on April 20th. We spent several hours debating the issues 3/
Read 6 tweets
Apr 13, 2022
Like many of the UK I spent the covid lockdown shielding as I was immunocompromised, following a racing fall as a steeplechase jockey which ruptured my spleen.
In Summer 2020 I could not attend the NHS hospital with my wife as she cared for our children. Sadly, the twins died 1/
and I was only allowed into hospital as the first child’s time was ending.
This was on compassionate grounds.
I say this as we have to accept that the findings against political leaders, and others, for breach of lockdown rules matters. Covid was an awful time in many ways 2/
and many of us are still trying to come to terms with loss, bereavement, and sadness.

To deny the upset caused by breaches of the covid rules would be wrong, and it is right that that there have been unreserved apologies. It is patently clear that the police consider that the 3/
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Feb 2, 2022
An honour to be allowed to speak in memory of my @HouseofCommons colleague, and friend #JackDromey - a great Union and Labour campaigner, but also the best example of cross-party working I know #RIP 1/
Many superb speeches from all parties, in front of @HarrietHarman and their children 2/
The #ManInTheArena quote in full, for those that don’t know it: farewell my friend 3/
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