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commented 2018-06-22 10:42:10 +0100
Dear Sir

When an authority who are custodians of public accessed green field land, issue a declaration of disposal of land held as public space, this can only be a Political decision.

Anyone who holds public office and who is prepared to take protected green belt from the community will be accountable at the time of elections.

we have a Labour authority who have issued a disposal notice along with a preferred option of greenbelt development in a number of wards in Middlesbrough
commented 2018-06-22 04:38:33 +0100
Having scrutinised the Labour authorities policy documents it has became abundantly clear that this labour authority have plans to appropriate and sell off PUBLIC green space to developers

They have written biased and in my opinion distorted assessments as a justification,

The stand by a manifesto pledge of PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT.

They are preparing to destroy land of high bio diversity value throughout Middlesbrough

This is the true face of Labour

Print their green credentials then behind the scenes plan to take public space from the community

It will effect all residents of Middlesbrough..I am a whistle blower
commented 2018-06-20 17:33:20 +0100
Thank you Andy for adding your voice to the medicinal cannabis issue for epilepsy sufferers. You were right to explain how it is a lifetime task to try and find the drugs to help, the side effects and failures and the sheer anxiety of hope.
commented 2018-06-19 19:16:10 +0100
I applaud you for your interview shown this evening with regard to cannabis oil. Never had a more sensible argument for legalisation been aired. Thank you.
commented 2018-06-19 14:06:22 +0100
Tributes to the three deceased males at Loughborough junction.

You are clearly lacking any sense of moral or public responsibility. These three males put themselves at risk of harm whilst undertaking criminal acts. Furthermore they put emergency services and rail staff at risk, and far from paying homage to them, they should be condemned for their actions. It is through this apologetic agenda from our MP,s that we are expected to be more tolerant of illegal and immoral behaviour.

Unfortunately you are demonstrating an apologist agenda that helps nobody.
commented 2018-06-17 17:08:21 +0100
Dear Andy

I am writing to you as as your constituent to urge you to support the end of non-stun slaughter to improve animal welfare at the time of death.

Scientific evidence shows that slaughter without pre-stunning allows animals to perceive pain and unnecessarily compromises animal welfare at the time of death. BVA strongly advocates that animals should be effectively stunned before slaughter and this position is supported by the Farm Animal Welfare Council, Humane Slaughter Association, RSPCA, and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe.

EU and UK law require all animals to be stunned before slaughter to render them insensible to pain until death supervenes. However there is an exemption for certain communities. Meat from animals slaughtered without stunning (through the Shechita method and some Halal methods) currently enters the mainstream food chain without being labelled, leaving consumers without their right to make an informed choice on animal welfare grounds.

As long as slaughter without stunning is permitted by law, we need practical ways to reduce the harm, and clearer method of slaughter labelling.

Non-stun slaughter affects millions of individual animals every year and I would therefore strongly urge you to show your support for animal welfare and consumers by supporting our call for an end to non-stun slaughter.

Yours sincerely,
commented 2018-06-14 16:16:51 +0100
Hi Andy I’m wanting help with my pip claim. I’ve been on PIP for past 3/4 years. At my assessment this year the assessor gave me zero points for a long term back condition. I’ve had this condition nearly 25 years been assessed three times where I passed twice but not the third time. I’ve been told my condition can not be treated and I will eventually end up in a wheel chair. I am asking for a mandatory reconsideration as now they took me off the benefit knowing full well I’m not fit for work or ever will be. This has caused me so much distress my benefits have reduced by almost 600.00 per four weeks until they reconsider. I do not understand why I would need reassessing as my condition is documented via medical files yet they put me through this. Help if you can please.
commented 2018-06-12 12:57:26 +0100
Hi Andy,

Anthony Vickers at the Gazette here. Now that safe standing is Labour party policy I wondered if you fancy a quick chat around the issue. Can you give me a quick bell at your convenience or we can grab a coffee next time you are up in Middlesbrough if you fancy.
commented 2018-06-07 16:05:08 +0100
Midddlesbrough Council Preferred housing Plan open discussion

I have received a reply from the office of John Healey

As expected the Shadow secretary for housing believes this issue is a local authority issue

We are relying on our MP to put forward our case against this proposal
commented 2018-06-07 11:35:51 +0100
Middlesbrough Council Preferred Housing Plan issued for Open Discussion

Can my MP tell me how a Labour Council propose a residential development on a parcel of land proteceted by its own adopted Policies


PL23——-Vowing to protectr the Beck Valleys of Middlesbrough

You see the issue is not

Do we want the prtopsal withdrawn

Why was it proposed in the first place…..Who was going to dilute the long standing protection Policy
commented 2018-06-06 21:57:43 +0100
Hello you are meeting this Friday afternoon about Newfield Cr in Acklam, I would like to be part of that meeting.

I am a councillor for the area and I would like to give you the views of the local residents that this development could have on them
commented 2018-06-06 07:38:06 +0100
Middlesbrough Council Proposal to sell of protected Public Green Space

The Labour Party have supplied me with a Gateway to the shadow housing home secretary

and I have contacted him with my concerns on Labour Policy in the constituency of Middlesbrough
commented 2018-06-05 14:46:54 +0100
Proposal to build residential development on BlueBell Beck Valley Green Wedge


It’s time! Once again UN Environment seeks to make the biggest global call and mobilization for action on 5 June, World Environment Day (WED).

World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5 June. T

World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

“Connecting People to Nature”, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, implored us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

commented 2018-06-05 14:08:08 +0100
I strongly disagree with the decision to include the green wedge of land at Newfield Crescent onto the S.H.L.A.A. Representatives of Fabrick,Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and estate agent Michael Poole have been making decisions as to the suitability of land including green belts for house building. Surely this is akin to putting a fox in charge of the hen house. WIth the increasing amount of building about to take place in the immediate area it becomes more important to retain this beautiful, much loved and well used meadow. Please say no,make this our Legacy for our children and future generations.
commented 2018-06-05 11:55:20 +0100
I feel strongly about the possible destruction of our beautiful greenfield at Newfield Crescent. I have lived on Newfield Crescent, for 52 years and seen generations of children, athletes, walkers and at one time Middlesbrough football club use this field. Brookfield and Kader walking group which is promoted by Middlesbrough Healthy stepping provide strolls along the green belt down to the confluence of the two becks. I find it hard to believe that a labour council with a labour mayor and m.p can take away so much enjoyment from its citizens. I hope this proposed building project will be withdrawn from the S.H.L.A.A. Not just for the next 5years but forever.
commented 2018-06-05 06:30:05 +0100
Middlesbrough Labour Council Proposal to Develop on Green Public open space

Mr McDonald can you give me a gateway so I can speak directly with the party Leader and the shadow housing secretary regarding the issue of a Labour pledge to protect green belt and this labour councils proposal to amend it open space green space policy to allow residential development of vital and imprtant green spaces in Middlesbrough
commented 2018-06-05 05:14:05 +0100
Middlesbrough Labour Council Proposal to build on protected Green Wedge

Plain and Simple this development is prevented by the councils own adopted Green Space Policy

A Policy aligned with the Labour Partys Manifesto Pledge

This is turning out to a PR disaster for Labour. Never have I spoken to people who are so angry they say they will not be voting for the Party

IF Middlesbrough council thinks this is a vote winner then obviously they do not monitor Social Media,which is in meltdown.
commented 2018-06-05 04:23:47 +0100
Middlesbrough Council Proposal to build on Green wedge Blue BellBeck Valley

I often sit and watch Jeremy Corbyn accuse T.MAy of leading a party of double standards

Well this proposal

To take from the community a parcel of land crucial to the Beck Valley eco system which has served the community or 50 years and provides recreation and ecological importance.

It is an area this council says has the highest form of protection

The Labour manifesto pledge is to protect green belt

Yet this Labour council wants to destroy this green lung and contribute to urban sprawl

And This Labour Council is prepared to ditch their Green Space Protection policies to enable them to do it

commented 2018-06-04 20:35:06 +0100
Proposed development of protected GREEN WEDGE within a site of Special Interest and Nature Conservation

Labour Manifesto Pledge is to Protect Green Belt and prioritize brownfield development/regeneration.Why have MC decided to propose a development on Community valued land in the Bluebell beck valley, a Valley their Policy PL23 says it will protect

They have already embarked on building 1,500 house on the land west of this location and on 1st june released the parcel of land at Mandale for sale

The councils Green space policy prevents development of green wedges for domestic use.

There was no public involvement in the pre site selection

The adopted Housing plan in 2014 respected Middlesbroughs values in protecting Green open spaces

Amending the councils Green space protection is in complete conflict with the green protection values of the Labour Party

This is a Lanour Council wanting to take away an asset from the community
commented 2018-06-02 11:34:04 +0100
I would like to suport the fight to stop the proposed building on Foxfields.

I am not on fb so I hope this will help. All the excellent reasons have been put forward and I totally agree with them all.

commented 2018-06-01 16:42:15 +0100

GWR/SWR please look at the tearction for urgnet question doen for next week
commented 2018-06-01 16:40:40 +0100

The nnews about GWR/SWR losses at £377M and the sacking of the MD with hedge funds circualting. means that the Govt will need to interven with this fnrachse shables otu turn for both GWR and SWR. The Select Committee for Trasnport will need to be invovled as well.
commented 2018-05-29 19:56:36 +0100
Dear Mr McDonald

I am one of your constituents in Middlesbrough and a faithful Labour voter, I always wish to get the good news in first.

My 2 granddaughters are currently doing the exams for the GCSE. As a celebration when they are over, I am taking them down for a holiday in London to see the sights and relax. I am not sure if Parliament qualifies as a “sight” but I was hoping to include a visit to Parliament as part of the trip hence my mail to you.

Is there any pass that you could get me to give us entrance to Parliament? The three of us will be doing the sights on 25,26 June 2018 and my granddaughters are keen to see inside an institution that they have heard a lot about but still bears an aura of mystery!

If it is not possible to do anything for us I can assure you that I will still vote for you!


Barbara Pritchard
commented 2018-05-29 12:27:20 +0100
Dear Mr McDonald, are you aware of plans to build more homes on land around the Trimdon Avenue green belt ? It is in my opinion an ill thought, feckless and gormless move. Please support the many local and not so local people who are against this action. We need this space. I have kept this brief as you have asked but believe me there is much more to be said.
commented 2018-05-26 17:21:56 +0100
Please consider emailing Theresa May to demand Tommy’s immediate release, especially if you are one of the 10,000 witnesses who watched on Tommy’s livestream at Leeds Crown Court. Tell her what you saw and heard. Tommy’s life could depend on it since he is in danger of being murdered while in jail Thank you.
commented 2018-05-26 05:24:32 +0100
Dear Sir

I would like your opinion on Middlesbrough council preferred options plan which details building on an established green wedge west of Nwfield crescent in Acklam.

In the councils 2014 adopted policy this area was denoted as green belt#In 2016 the councils Landscape and Heritage report stated this area to be a valuable open space for the community.

Now in 2018 they want to deprive residents of the Acklam community of this valuable and well used green area.
commented 2018-05-25 17:35:17 +0100
I have just had to go through the most awful process in my life to get my son into a school for his secondary education!!

The school is a mile from our home yet we are told it is not in the catchment area even though the school he was allocated in possibly the worst school in Middlesbrough and nearly 5 miles away and several bus journeys away, which is a disgrace……I certainly will not be putting an 11 year old boy through that.

The basis of this to me is purely financial as more funding is made for sixth form students and those of special needs. I am sure that a young person of 16 plus is capable of travelling for further education than an 11 year old? we are working parents working shifts and trying to make sure our son gets a good start in life with his education and making sure we have the time to look after him and keep him safe.

It seems to me that if you work hard and pay your taxes you are penalized!!

The backlash of this is we may have to relocate back to Scotland so he can go to a school with family to help us.

I believe this to be in the public interest for discussion as we were potentially one of nine families with the same dilemma and certainly not the only school with such issues


commented 2018-05-24 22:58:54 +0100
about help for my disabled daughter
commented 2018-05-23 16:49:31 +0100
Dear Mr McDonald, I am contacting you in regards to establish what if anything the Government is doing to assist young drivers, especially as you are the Shadow Transport Secretary. My son who is 19 has obtained a job as a Prison Officer for which he requires Business Use on his car insurance, I rang Admiral today to amend his policy and was charged £232.31 which I personally believe is ridiculous. The increase was to amend his profession, amend the policy to include business use and an administration charge of £19.50. He has already paid £950.00 for his annual insurance and I was advised this extra amount was required as he is a young driver who is now undertaking a high impact profession and statistics show that this job means he will have to drive at different times of the day. The only way we could reduce the price was to increase his excess which is already set at £500.00 which is too high all ready in my opinion, or reduce his annual mileage however this is set at 6,000 miles per year which is at the minimum amount he does. As a tax payer and a parent I find that we are being held to ransom by insurance companies as we require insurance to be on the road and I can now understand why so many young people struggle to afford or can not afford their car insurance. I am sure I am not the only parent who feels this way and I would like to know what your party and the Government are doing about this if anything and if nothing why not. Thank you for your time Sharon Levick.
commented 2018-05-17 11:40:32 +0100
I regularly travel on the East Coast mainline between Kings Cross and Newcastle and take advantage of discounted advanced tickets by booked up to 24 weeks in advance. For the past few weeks such discounted advanced tickets have increased in price by more than 100% via Virgin Trains East Coast website. Could you establish why this is the case and whether the prices will revert since it is returning to public ownership. Discounted advance tickets were available when the mainline was in public ownership prior to Virgin taking over the franchise.
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