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commented 2018-01-20 20:24:16 +0000
Parking on Bright St. 8 th December Went to pick up my wife from Mima after lovely lunch. I parked in Bright St paid £1.50 put ticket on dashboard as required. I stayed only 20 mins so well within the 2 hours paid for.

Imagine my surprise when I received a parking contravention notice from Smart. No problem obviously a simple error so appealed, sent photocopy of my ticket.

I was even more surprised when my appeal was rejected on the grounds that I had not put the whole of my reg number on the machine, it asks for number I put number

This is completely unacceptable and unjust. Private companies making money out of local authority contracts. It certainly does not encourage people to shop in town centres and in Middlesbrough in particular.

If I proceed with a further appeal they will charge me £100 ! Who can afford that?

Any support from your office would be welcome
commented 2018-01-20 11:33:23 +0000
Council tax rise ? Unless the council can prove to me beyond doubt that there services have got better or improved not just stayed the same I will not pay more concil tax this year I think it’s only fair for local residents why pay more if nothing has got better or improved?? I will start a petition on this agenda aswell ,so would like this highlighted to the government I feel very strongly on this matter and am also thinking of getting into politics to actually have a voice
commented 2018-01-17 15:18:49 +0000
hi I would like to no if you can help me to get pip as I have been on dla all my life and they have stop it and said I have to go on pip every time I but in for it I keep getting knocked back all the time can you let me no what I should do about this and were should I go to fright for it as it is not right at all I have had fits all my life
commented 2018-01-11 12:19:03 +0000
My sons education
commented 2018-01-05 20:32:57 +0000
Could you please join the Jenna debate linking up with Lucy Powell MP and Andrew Mitchell MP on behalf of my nephew who prior been sent to prison, lived within your constituency.He was sentenced under Joint enterprise,given a life tariff and was one of the secondary in this Court case while the principle in this case was change with man slaughter and now released on license.
commented 2018-01-02 08:57:14 +0000
Well done Andy. Brilliant, principled, informed and coherent response to Tory Nick Robinson on Today this morning (whose main counter to your argument was that we couldn’t go back to British Rail and control by unions. What rubbish. Respect to you. Here’s to the next Labour Government.
commented 2017-12-17 13:16:15 +0000
Hi Mr McDonald are you aware of the intended closure of the Resolution Health centre in NORTH ORMSBY in March next year this is going to effect over five thousand patients having to find a new doctor surgery this decision has been taken either the clinical commissioning group or NHS England without any consultion with patients. They only put out for tender as South Cleveland did not want to renew there contract so that means within a year the walk in centre and practice will of closed
commented 2017-12-16 15:24:31 +0000
Hello Andy

I’m thinking of moving to Middlesbrough. I’m from Essex now live in Ayrshire

Could you please give me some info on Middlesbrough I’m mainly concerned about local doctors hospitals.

I have type 2 diabetes I suffer mental illness I can’t live under the threat of a SNP sturgeon government threatening Indy

Kind regards

Martin Freeman
commented 2017-12-16 11:28:02 +0000
Marton Crawl – as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport I wonder what your thoughts are on this? Surely it is time for MBC and RCBC to get together and compulsory purchase the homes being built that stop the original Labour plans for an East Cleveland Bypass? Do you support this? The reason we ask is that you have not shown any interest when the Secretary of State for Transport came to Middlesbrough and had his say. Kind regards PS – I know it is not directly in your constituency but it is coming into the Boro and you are Shadow Secretary of State for Transport .
commented 2017-12-14 23:49:43 +0000
Grand Central trains after running a successful HST service from London – Sunderland, via "as you know " Eaglescliffe". From the 17th of December they have sold the HST’s or transferred them to EMT ( East Midland Trains). No Longer will we have the luck of arriving at Kings Cross and jumping on the First Class coach designated Standard, once again we have been screwed, as we now are getting Ex Great Western Railway Units, as the Great Western get Newton Aycliffe built new trains, IRONIC.

Just wondered as a transport buff an one who used the GC service from London to Eaglescliffe regularly, if you care to try and se if we can get the service improved rather than go backwards.
commented 2017-12-08 08:59:07 +0000
I would like to raise my concerns about the planned closure of the Childcare Vouchers scheme to new entrants in April 2018.

While I understand that Government intends to replace this with Tax-Free Childcare, which has benefits such as access to the self-employed, there are a number of parents that will lose out. Many of these, particularly those on lower wages are likely to receive less financial support with Tax-Free Childcare than they would with Childcare Vouchers.

Families where one parent loses their job through no fault of their own or has to stop working to care for a relative will also receive no support, while they would have continued to receive some support with Childcare Vouchers.

Therefore, I would ask that Childcare Vouchers were kept open alongside Tax-Free Childcare so that parents would have a choice of the childcare support that worked best for them and their families.

Childcare Vouchers are offered by the entire public sector, every large organisation and most medium sized companies. 1000s of new small and medium sized companies join every year and as such the vast majority of working parents have access to it.

Many of these parents would be disadvantaged if they had to use Tax-Free Childcare rather than Childcare Vouchers. In fact, according to Department of Education figures, a family with an average amount of expenditure would be eligible for less support with Tax-Free Childcare compared to Childcare Vouchers. Only those that can afford to spend £8000 a year on childcare would have access to the headline £2000 of support offered by Tax-Free Childcare.

This is differential is further exacerbated when also considering that families will not be able to claim any working tax credits or child tax credits if they claim Tax-Free Childcare.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly made clear that ordinary working families are to be the centre of her domestic agenda and if that is so, we would expect her to recognise the importance of their contribution to the economy, society and Government finances by not removing this crucial support.

I would be grateful if you would raise these issues with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and the Education Secretary.

You may also have noticed that a petition was created about this issue on the Parliament website. It has reached over 100,000 signatures and a debate has been scheduled for 4:30pm on 15 January 2018. I ask that you’ll stand on the side of ordinary working families during this debate and call for Childcare Vouchers to be kept open alongside Tax-Free Childcare.

Yours faithfully,
commented 2017-11-26 18:20:53 +0000
Dear Andy

I have patiently waited for the local council to place the final coating of tarmac over the Bluebell side of Ladgate lane. I like to go jogging down here, but the dangerous state of the pavement – raised paving, manhole covers and lack of safety guides – means a good chance of tripping.

It has been like this since September!

Please take a look and investigate (I cannot get a definitive answer).

Concerned that they have forgotten this work!
commented 2017-11-12 11:00:02 +0000
There is not enough Apprenticeships available at TTE and other collages.
commented 2017-11-08 22:36:13 +0000
I noticed Paul smith posted similar a while back regarding broadband speed so I doubt you’ll listen but…. in 2016 new build builders struck a deal with open reach so all new builds will have fibre as standard. Where does that leave us on the Clough Close estate built in 2009, paying the highest council tax rate in Middlesbrough. I can see the fibre box from my dining room window yet cannot get it, we have been on the ‘good news you’re in our planned expansion’ from Openreach and virgin for years now and getting nowhere, considering we pay a third party company for the upkeep of the green areas and repairs, kids smashed a window last week and the police didn’t bother to come, called me back with a crime ref, rubbish is often around and nothing gets done about it, what exactly are we paying council tax for again?
commented 2017-10-23 15:20:28 +0100
I am a long term labour member. I wonder if in your job you have come across the new Ad Blue technology developed by Loughborough University that seems to reduce NOx emissions in diesel engines. The ACCT technology works to make NOx emissions into nitrogen & water and could be useful bridge to helping the environment and economy (as scrapping diesel vehicles will be extremely expensive),
commented 2017-10-18 16:09:27 +0100
Media are reporting that you promised £10 per head on cycling provision, if Labour are elected as the next government. This is not unlike that which Mr Cameron promised, however, upon further analysis, his promise was riddled with provisos. Can you please link me to the detail of your plans?
commented 2017-10-17 15:41:13 +0100
Dear Mr McDonald,

Our voting system’s knackered!

To find out why, visit

I am not a constituent so there is no need to reply to this email; I ask only that you consider the issues raised and then do what you can to set things right.

I understand that there will be a debate on our voting system in Parliament on October 30th. Your support for reform during that debate would be greatly appreciated.

With every good wish,

David Green

33 Hartwood Rd Southport PR9 9AN

0775 1048011
commented 2017-10-06 14:14:35 +0100
Hi Andy, my name is rocky Zhang running the royal china Chinese takeaway in Middlesbrough.

i try contact the snow center operator to discuss further Chinese takeaway or restaurant operation in snow center.

try to search google and gazette news, can’t find the company contact details.

would you kind enough help me find out snow center operator contact details please.

I am your supporter and I do vote you as well.

best regards

commented 2017-09-28 12:11:49 +0100
Good afternoon

My name is Chris Galloway and I’m a resident of Conistion Grove in Acklam.

It has been brought to my attention that a convicted Paedophile who spent 10 years in prison for the crimes he commutes has recently moved in with a relative on my road.

Having a young child myself I find this absolutely outrageous also given the close proximity to Green Lane primary school and other secondary schools in the area.

I have emailed my local counclier Shamal Biswas but I have been informed that he is currently on annual leave. This is something I wish to try and get resloved quickly. As in for one and many other residents don’t feel comfortable with.

Thank you for your time & I await your response.


Chris Galloway
commented 2017-09-25 16:40:47 +0100
Hello Mr McDonald I work in an office on Acklam Road and am very concerned about the state of the car park behind our stretch of shops and offices. There are dead rats out there and rubbish is piled high, including old sofas. I have contacted the Environmental Health, who will look into it but this has happened many times before and nothing much is done about it. One of my main concerns is that there are takeaways on this stretch of shops, who leave their back doors open for these animals to get into the premises. Goodness knows what the inside of these premises are like but I personally wouldn’t buy anything from them. I have been told that the Council can’t do anything about this problem other than to get in touch with the Landlord/shop owners and put out a leaflet. This is very worrying and meanwhile rats will be breeding out there and we run the risk of being overrun by them. I don’t know if you have any suggestions but I think it is certainly something that needs looking into. I would be grateful for your comments. My email address is and my telephone number is 01642 828222.

Thank you for your time.

Angela Butler (Mrs)
commented 2017-09-19 19:26:52 +0100
My wife of 12 years applied for a spouse visa on June 5th, this year. Immigration stated that we would get a result within 60 working days. We waited for a reply, but have not receive an email yet. I have contacted the Immigration by both phone and email (£1.37 per min ( by Phone) email £5.83). The reply times change with every communication following these communications.

I have now had to move in with my mother (who is 87), so that I can work and she can look after my two sons (8 & 12) after they finish school. I have had to turn down work as I cannot get someone to look after my sons, I expect my mother to look after my children 24/7. She helped a lot during the school holidays looking after the boys.

My wife has not seen her children since the middle of Jan 2017 when she returned to Thailand after her 6 month family visa was due to expire. My wife has a degree in engineering, those we don’t expect to be a burden on the state welfare system. The only thing that might slow things down is that I am self employed.

The time scale stated by the immigration has been grossly underestimated. If you can contact me to help push a legitimate immigration request, I hope this would help.

Thanks and Best Regards,

Robin Humphreys
commented 2017-09-12 12:02:51 +0100
Thanks for your post on the Same Roof rule in compensation scheme – this is long overdue! We’re campaigning on this too. Can we be in touch with you? We are already in touch with Andrew Perriman, a few MPs, and applicants affected by this rule (and other rules). We wrote to David Lidington with our demands for changes in the CICA in July (see
commented 2017-09-08 13:59:21 +0100
I am the Assistant Head at Hemlington Hall Academy in Hemlington, the children in our Year 2 are studying Parliament and how our country is ran. It would be fantastic for the children to meet our local MP and be able to pose questions about the country. It would be good for them to understand it first hand. Would it be possible for you to come into school to work with the children on this? We are looking at the possibility of doing this from the week commencing 6th November 2017.
commented 2017-09-08 06:57:09 +0100
Hi Andy, reguarding delaying or messing up leaving the EU.We voted to leave completely. All links with the EU.If you continue on this path, Labours finnished for me, not just for now but forever.Its a total betrayal of the British people. Get your voice out there, and back a complete withdrawel.Its up to you but you wont be forgiven, get a grip.
commented 2017-08-31 21:17:36 +0100
Good evening.

Over 12 months ago I contacted you via email to complain about the poor broadband speed in my area. As you may note this part of central Middlesbrough is a mere 400 yards away from your office. Also, I live in an apartment block which means I cannot get Virgin Media services and so I am stuck on a BT line.

I did not get a reply from you personally, but your secretary contacted me to say she had passed my message on to you. I have heard nothing since.

Today I rang BT, as there is nothing on their website regarding the roll out of their high-speed Infinity service and to point out their high charges for the current 5-7 mb/s service I receive. When I asked about their Infinity roll out, the lady stated that ‘this is now with the Government to decide’. Can you please explain what this means, as I am sick and tired of living with a third world service?


Paul Smith
commented 2017-08-21 13:20:52 +0100
Large conifer 14ft from my bungalow in Broadgate Gardens Linthorpe,tree in Wimbledon Court Linthorpe,have to report tree within 22ft to insurance and pay more insurance,already lost about 20inches from garden because of trees and shrubs in Wimbledon court,they won’t take it down,my husband nearly 70 going up ladder with chainsaw to cut it back,accident waiting to happen,please help.Best Wishes Bernadette Povey,have met you while canvassing and I do vote for you.13 group look after grounds.
commented 2017-08-21 12:53:25 +0100
Middlesbrough & Redcar Friends of the Earth, that have a number of members in your constituency, have been contacted by residents in the Central area, RE Centre Square and the lake. We would like to set up a meeting to discuss ALTERNATIVES to turning the much treasured lake into a Private Car Park. There are at least 6 car parks within 100 metres of the proposed development and Fountain Court the building immediately behind the lake is half empty.
commented 2017-08-03 18:43:52 +0100
I voted for you in the GE. I would like to ask you to stand with me. I have been openly refused employment due to my current pregnancy, twice in the past few month. More measured need to be put in place to prevent this as nothing seems to be done after I have reported it. I have been advised to go down the legal route, further putting me under stress with a baby on the way. I hate how working women seem to be punished. Just told I had a job interview at McDonalds at Teesside park and was told word for word that they liked me and would employ me in a heartbeat if it weren’t for my pregnancy. Please help to defend women like me!
commented 2017-07-16 10:25:25 +0100
My message is concerned with current and future road safety in Oxford and Britain. I am campaigning for ‘Pink Bobbie’ which are armadillo like structures to define cycle lanes and protect cyclist in built up areas. I have designed and built working prototypes and would like the future government to consider such systems to protect cyclist. I am seeking advice on how to proceed in introducing them nationwide.
commented 2017-07-16 10:21:08 +0100
Dear Mr McDonald,

As well as being a city councillor in Oxford, I am also a teacher of product design. In recent months we have witnessed several deaths involving cyclist and motorist in Oxford. I am therefore keen to introduce ‘pink bobbies’ or armadillos to clearly define cycle lanes and provide a physical barrier to protect cyclist. ‘The Pink Bobby’ was designed by myself, as a means to highlight and promote possible solutions.

I would be delighted to show you some prototypes, to elicit your feedback so we could develop the product further.
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