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#Hexham MP. Pensions Minister @DWP. Amateur jockey 🏇 Passionate about #Northumberland. Brain tumour survivor + fundraiser.
8 Apr
Thread on why Google can no longer be trusted, as they don’t vet their advertisers 1/…
People are being scammed by crooks because they are being deceived by cloned investment sites, advertised mostly on Google, but to a lesser degree on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin. They think they are accessing a legitimate investment company. Sadly for many they are not 2/
Google could fix this problem literally tomorrow:
they simply need to verify the advertiser before taking their money. It would cost. But then again in 2019 the parent company allegedly made $89 Billion profit 3/…
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31 Dec 20
1/ The @MHRAgovuk have been conducting a rolling review of trial data since July.

This has allowed regulators to be agile and assess the vaccine’s safety and efficacy on a rolling basis.
2/ The chimpanzee adenoviral vector was used in the development of MERS and SARS vaccines.

Clinical trials had already proved safety and a strong immune response before COVID-19 existed 👇…
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17 Sep 20
Last week 7 North East Local Authorities including @N_landCouncil wrote to the Government requesting local action due to a rise in Coronavirus cases.

From midnight tonight, new restrictions will be in place in Northumberland to try and stop the local rise in cases.
These restrictions include:

🔴 No socialising with people outside your household (or support bubble).

🔴 Pubs and restaurants will be table service only.

🔴 Hospitality and leisure venues will need to close between 10pm – 5am.
It's still important we all continue to remember the basis:

🧼 Wash your hands

😷Cover your face in public places

↔️ Stay apart from others
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22 Aug 20
Sadly the #NationalTrust is becoming a joke.

As #Hexham MP I want reform of this, once great, organisation.

A thread on:
- their redundancy plan 🪓
- their £1Billion+ assets 🆙
- and 4 yr failures of local #Northumberland treasures 🚂🚂🚂 1/ ⬇️…
Their recent disaster is their plan to dismiss their experts 2/:

This latest approach is consistent with poor behaviour of the #NationalTrust for years, as my constituents know.

They closed #Stephenson’s birthplace in #Wylam in 2017 without any consultation + have shown no intention to reopen.

And they have over £1Billion + in the bank 3/
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1 Jul 20
Sadly, just over a week ago we lost our twin boys

Teddy came and went from this world quickly and quietly. He passed peacefully. Our younger twin, Rafe, was not born until Tuesday 23, but died later that day in NeoNatal ICU.
Baby loss, and coping with grief, is very hard 1/ Quote over picture of a dar...
Nothing we could do. Just a horrible tragedy. We emerged from hospital a week ago shell shocked. We have taken some time out to recover. I am back at work part time, but bear with me. We will come through this, but will always miss our boys. Cards are fine, but pls no flowers 2/
The loss of our younger twin Rafe was particularly acute. He lived and died within a long day. But we treasure our time with him in Neonatal ICU. We were able to tell him of all our hopes and dreams for him, and our family; but he could not make it and died in Flora’s arms 3/
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12 May 20
Thread on the sliding scale between #Covid19 lockdown and relative normality ⬇️

We all have to play our part in making this work.

I have published the key details on my blog 1/…
After 6 weeks of lockdown. the PM @BorisJohnson gave a TV address, and @10DowningStreet published a detailed 60 page plan outlining our #COVID19 recovery strategy
The full plan is here 2/:…
From Wednesday, you can now:
🧔↔️👩 Meet one other person from a different household outdoors - staying 2m apart.
🏃‍♀️ Exercise outdoors as often as you wish.
🎾 Use outdoor sports facilities with members of your household or one other person.
🌱 Go to a garden centre 3/
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22 Apr 20
Thread on the massive help @DWP @10DowningStreet + @hmtreasury + others are giving to:
- help firms with pension contributions to pay
- safeguard your pension
- help our vulnerable pensioners
- ensure pension scams are avoided 1/
Working with @TPRgovuk we have helped Defined Contribution employers by ensuring their Automatic Enrolment contributions are covered by the #Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 2/…
We have cancelled the 10% rise in the #PensionsLevy helping the industry cope in these difficult times 3/…
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23 Mar 20
V serious #coronavirus approach from #PM:
“These are the only reasons you should leave your home”.
1. Shopping (as infrequently as is poss for essentials)
2. One form of exercise a day
3. Medical need
4. Travelling to/ from work
Police will have they power to enforce these 🚨1/
UK will
- close all shops selling non-essential goods, libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms, places of worship
- Stop gatherings in public of more than two
- Stop all social events including weddings, baptisms but not funerals 2/
“To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it - meaning more people are likely to die, not just from Coronavirus but from other illnesses as well. So it’s vital to slow the spread of the disease.”3/
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17 Mar 20
The Chancellor @RishiSunak delivers a massive economic support package to #business big + small:
- £25,000 cash grants for businesses
- Business rates scrapped for affected industries
- 3 month mortgage break for those affected by #coronavirus
- And more to come 1/
Key phrase by @RishiSunak the Chancellor =

“We have never faced an economic fight like this one. We will do whatever it takes." 2/
Key issue = staff of businesses struggling

@RishiSunak makes clear that measures will be worked out in coming days.

He says he's "trying to help businesses to meet the fixed cost of their staff without letting them needs to work fast and quickly"

- Well said ✅
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15 Mar 20
My website is now fully updated for #COVIDー19 #coronavirus assistance to constituents. Please go to the following link for medical advice, business, employer, benefit, + SSP support plus ideas for viral kindness: stay safe team + we will get through this:
We have also added in Foreign Office travel advice, a guide to how you look after your neighbours, and supermarket advice from them on why you don’t need to stockpile.
Any additions I will add as we go along 2/
Want to help?
⚙ Are you a manufacturer able to help make #ventilators?

🦠 We will need a massive national effort to combat #Coronavirus + help our #NHS

📞 If you genuinely think you can help + have the capability, then call the BEIS Business Support line - 0300 456 3565 3/
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14 Feb 20
Delighted to be re-appointed by the PM as Minister for Pensions + Financial Inclusion.

We’ve already achieved a lot, but there is lots more to crack on with.

Top priorities are the #PensionSchemesBill thru @HouseofCommons
+ continuing progress on #ESG
Our Bill will reach @HouseofCommons around Easter + will

👉 Introduce Pensions Dashboard so you can see all pension pots in one place
👉 Require schemes to take account of climate risks + disclose investment chain
👉 Establish #CDC's
👉 Give the Regulator enhanced powers 2/
At the same time we continue to
-support the savings revolution that is #AutomaticEnrolment
-There are now over 10.5 million people in the UK saving 8% a year, with thanks to the over 1.5 million employers big and small who support their staff with #AE contributions 3/
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12 Feb 20
V positive step forward as @10DowningStreet have decided #UK is to be the first country to go further on #TCFD = Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosure ...

Govt will consult on proposals following amendments to #PensionSchemesBill we laid last night ⏩ #Progress 1/
This amendment imposes requirements on trustees + managers of certain occupational pension schemes as regards taking into account the effects of climate change / publishing information relating to those effects - takes #TCFD to next level 2/
Massive step forward in battle against #climatechange.
Transparency and disclosure are key to both
- a #NetZero by 2050 approach
- and an understanding by investors of the #investmentchain.
Progress on #TCFD assists with #COP26 and more 3/
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9 Feb 20
A thread on why #ESG +ethical #capitalism is going to define so much of #2020

- from the #CityofLondon + your pension fund, to #COP26
- #ESG + consequential actions, not #divestment, is the weapon in combatting #climatechange 1/…
In October 2019 the #ESG = Environment,Social, and Governance regs, which passed through @HouseofCommons on a x party basis a year earlier, became law: put simply they require investment to take due account of climate risk. More explanation here ⬇️ 2/…
These last 7 days have shown how we are driving forward #ESG: - meetings with 100 pension trustees + asset managers in the city of London, discussions with Mark #Carney / #BankofEngland, the @AmntOrg +@UKSIF ⏩ pressure for the UK to comply with ESG 3/…
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29 Jan 20
29th January ...
Thread for yr commute to work ⏩ thanks to our #armedforces keeping us safe.
On this day 29/1/1856 Queen Victoria instituted Britain’s highest military decoration, the #VictoriaCross #VC.
Awarded for outstanding bravery ‘on the field of battle’.
#NeverForget 1/ Image
The metal from which the medals are struck is either from Russian cannon captured at the Siege of Sevastopol or other cannons.
Only 1355 #VCs have been awarded since 1856.
11 were awarded for the defence of #RorkesDrift in the Zulu wars on 23/1/1879 - 141 yrs ago this week 2/ Image
Bravery comes in many forms. Locally in #Northumberland I commemorate Private Fred Dobson of #Ovingham.
A 27-year-old private, with the #ColdstreamGuards he twice volunteered to go out under heavy fire to bring in two wounded men at Chavonne in France on 28 September 1914. 3/ Image
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24 Jan 20
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/…
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29 Dec 19
Agree with #MarkCarney that #PensionFunds must change invest strategy to combat #climatechange#netzero...but UK is +can
-change investment practices
-drive diff behaviour by companies
- finance a green industrial revolution
-continue to sustain DB /DC pensions
Thread on how:1/
Firstly, there are law changes and disclosure practices to drive behavioural change to climate friendly investment.This is already happening:
- With UK Govt 1/10/19 #Environmental Regs (#ESG Regs)
- plus action in parliament:… 2/
The Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (#TCFD) needs to do more:
- we need fuller #disclosure of #climaterisk/management of climate risk policies worldwide + in UK: this is a work in progress, but a lot has been done:see June 19 report 3/:…
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5 Nov 19
Thread on last day of 2017 #Parliament + saying farewell to #MPs on both sides of @HouseofCommons.
Critics say no MPs with #reallifeexperience=so wrong: my amazing friends are ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ but sadly retiring: #Labour Stephen Pound, #Tories Bill Grant + Colonel Mark Lancaster 1/ ImageImageImage
Labour’s #StephenPound is v bright, empathetic, the funniest man in @HouseofCommons + a former #sailor/#hospitalporter/bus conductor.
Scot #BillGrant is a 31 year #fireman + miners son
+#MarkLancaster has the military medals for his service as a #Gurkha bomb disposal officer 2/
Very few #MPs could, would, or should do 49 yrs in @HouseofCommons unless you are the legend that is #KenClarke; he has been a delight to listen to + chat with these last 9 years ... although former miner #DennisSkinner is standing again #GE2019 for Bolsover aged 87! 3/ Image
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25 Oct 19
Thread on #GeneralElection + the business of #Parliament. Last night @HouseofCommons passed the #QueensSpeech 310 v 294 + earlier this week we had a x party majority (329v299) in favour of 2nd reading of the new Brexit bill 1/
That we need a #GeneralElection is not, in reality, disputed by any MP. But decision is not in the #PMs power. If #Parliament does not agree an election under Fixed Term Parliament Act (needs 2/3 of all MPs actually to vote for this) then no election possible 2/
Hence why #Labour votes decide if a general election happens. The PM proposal is that if the offered 3 days of Brexit debate is not enough (rejected by oppo this week) then @HouseofCommons would have all available days until November 6 (including weekends /late sittings etc) 3/
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18 Oct 19
#JobsFair today! In early to help set up @WLCLeisure for the 77 employers, with Chris the chief organiser. Image
Full time, part time, retraining, flexible, Northumberland, Tynedale, Newcastle / Gateshead ... 77 employers Image
#JobsFair today -77 employers! Open 10-3
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12 Oct 19
20 mile views to #Scotland from #HadriansWall as early start for a rural home visit Saturday in #Northumberland - heading to #Bellingham + beyond #RuralMP Image
Surgery + chat with Kate from #Bellingham @PostOffice who (along with local community) will be seriously affected by proposed @Barclays decision. Signed her petition + meeting #Barclays on Tuesday in @HouseofCommons to protest proposal, which affects rural communities v badly 2/ Image
Honoured to chat to Graham Batey, who is a #veteran, a #Bellingham legend, 90 years young + telling me stories of his RAF service in 1949 in Hong Kong / China #proud Image
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22 Sep 19
Sadly #LabourConference2019 matters:
#Ofsted was enthusiastically embraced (and reformed) under Blair / Brown ... so it is sad - but inevitable - that #Labour under #Corbyn want to abolish it. Yet Ofsted has been a key part of driving up #educational #standards in England. 1/
Without any doubt children’s #education + #school outcomes are better with an #independent regulator. As a Blairite teacher put it to me:
“No one likes the referee in football but we need them”
Children’s education will be affected adversely if this plan goes ahead 2/
Then #Labour votes to abolish #privateschools + “redistribute” all building/assets = steal!
- obvs Corbyn, McDonnell, Milne, Lansman all ➡️ private schools (Watson did not .. but he’s a Tory now!)
- real Q= how do they integrate 600,000 extra #pupils (+ pay for this)? 3/
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