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Middlesbrough Constituency Office

Unit 4, Broadcasting House, Newport Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 5JA

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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.
commented 2017-07-10 12:13:42 +0100
Older People’s Day, in accordance with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy:

My name is Roisin and I am a final year physiotherapy student at Teesside Uni. I am organising an event for Older peoples day on the 1st of October & I believe it is important for the local MP to attend this event. In the light of current NHS financial hardships, falls prevention & rehabilitation can help decrease the number of musculoskeletal injuries, caused by falls each year. The ageing population is increasing and physiotherapists have the skills to help reduce unnecessary hospital admissions – in turn reducing NHS costs. The event is organised and a venue has been secured in Middlesbrough. We would love to see government support at this event.

Kind regards,

Roisin Fallen-Bailey
commented 2017-06-26 17:43:51 +0100
I write as you present out only real hope for the voice of reason to be heard. Can it possibly be lawful to give what amounts to a bribe to secure an ally for the inept and ridiculously out of touch, Theresa May. I would like to know how this allegiance can possibly be allowed as there seems no control over us being co-managed and openly held to ransom !! I speak for all public sector workers who have endured zero or ineffectual pay rises for reasons of ‘no money’ bandied about yet suddenly we have a spare Billion to pay this ransom demand!! You must please stop this. Mr Cornyn must stop this egotistical and self-centred rightist regime. Thank you for listening but please, act immediately. My daughter has just informed me she doesn’t want to live here anymore and if this is how it will be – neither do I
commented 2017-06-21 23:53:21 +0100
I am writing to you first of all to congratulate you on your seat in parliament. I hope and pray you will stand up for democratic values against the serious corruption that now exists in the sitting government. I am forwarding you the Medact report that highlights the birth defects and increase in cancers that occur in communities based near fracking sites. The Medact report was the report that Lancashire county council based their democratic decision to completely ban any fracking operations in Lancashire, it can be found here:
I hope you can stand up against such deeply corrupt men like sajid javid, who, as business secretary in 2015, launched the “Cutting red tape initiative” helping to abolish all health and safety precautions in the UK , meaning there are now thousands of tower blocks that are fire hazards thanks to him. Sajid has essentially declared war on the people of Lancashire and all of England by overruling a democratically elected councils decision to ban fracking and NOT allow farmland to become permanently polluted nor birth defects in their communities.

The Unites States Geological Survey (USGS) recently announced that 3 million Americans are at severe risk of earthquakes due to fracking …can be found here:

Please get informed about the fracking industry and help us protect our childrens heritage from foreign powers (17 million Britons voted Brexit – no more immigration, no single market, no military union , no more foreign intervention in our government, Britain run by British people) and deeply evil men like sajid javid who has Londoners blood on his hands right now.

With countries like Germany now supplying a full 80% of its energy needs using renewables, we must stand against Ineos and the ministers who pocket their money for selling out the health and safety of British people.

Please help us to stand against some of these foreign agents in government who want to sell off our land, our water and future, we should consider jailing some of these treasonous ministers, especially the ones selling arms to a terrorist supporting nation like Saudi Arabia who are commiting genocide in Yemen with UK arms right now.

I pray you will stand for religious tolerance and democratic values in all countries by standing with groups “Christian Solidarity Worldwide”

“Voices in the wilderness”

Yahs blessings to you


Stephen Jones
commented 2017-06-16 01:05:10 +0100
Please could you let me know when your next surgery is so that my friend can come along and see you about a parking matter…. He lives in your constituency…thank you Sharron Garbutt…I am a member of the lobour our party and I live in Stockton north Alex Cunningham consituency
commented 2017-06-09 10:30:05 +0100
Dear Andy

My very heartiest congratulations to you on your increased majority and for the furtherance of the Labour party! Enfield and Southgate [my constituency] is a Lbour seat once more.

My very very best wishes to you and the family.

commented 2017-06-05 18:11:41 +0100
My grandchildren
commented 2017-06-02 20:58:49 +0100
Brexit is complicated, I agreed with Labour policy with Brexit and immigration issues, which we have to be careful with tariff on businesses. In the long term We can get some of our people with high skills job while working with these big businesses will one day own a business in the future with vast experience that gives more opportunities to give our children and grand children a job in the future to trade rest of the world because we able to control new immigration. I don’t trust Theresa May policy on immigration issue to win election because after 2019 there is no guarantee to get workers right another word she can lower the minimum wages to win the election to represent the big corporations therefore more people on food banks and unable to their rent. Labour manifesto is fully costed so vote Labour.
commented 2017-05-16 13:44:51 +0100
Andy, a couple of months ago I sent a suggestion to my MP George Hollingbery to enter a competition for monies available to improve transport. I put forward a suggestion that because cities are so crowded that mono rail should be used, especially in Portsmouth. HS2’s budget is over £50 BILLION pounds and rising. I believe that instead of HS2, mono rail could be used not just in our cities BUT also alongside motorways. Instead of having just HS2 crashing through the countryside just to improve one route, mono rail could run alongside motorways ( infrastructure already there )giving 4 or 5 direct high speed links to northern cities from London & the south. Mono rail is becoming more popular around the world & the UK is being left in the doldrums. I have received replies from Transport, Hampshire County Council & from UK Transport Department. Quite frankly both letters content was an insult to my intelligence.

One even mentioned as the rail was high it would be difficult for the public to get to. Can you believe it ? I was stunned with the lack of understanding of how my suggestion was reviewed, by one person only, in each case. The country needs new blood in the UK Transport Department or a NEW ’ future developments dept ’ bringing the best together from our universaties & engineering companies, such as BAE. Please have a look online at the mono rails being used in other countries. My suggestion could enhance transport in the UK, increase employment in the UK, & give the UK a new look clean transport system. If you could get this going it would be fantastic.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Taylor

Home Tel 02392 796772
commented 2017-05-16 10:24:38 +0100
On April 29th, my 18 year old daughter was brutally attacked by her boyfriend of 9 months. She has suffered some very serious injuries, including having every bone in her face broken. She has lost 10 teeth, 6 of which were retrieved from the scene and included the entire root. Her nod was cut right through the the cartilage. A cut under her bottom lip went right through to the inside of her mouth.

She spent 6 hours in surgery to repair the fractures and lacerations to her face. She remains in intensive care at James Cook University Hospital. And although she finally awoke yesterday, she remains unresponsive.

I have left my job to care for her. It is going to take a very long time before she is well. It looks like she has incurred some damage due to the brain injury she sustained and no one can say whether that will be permanent, or how severe.

She is a very popular girl, very intelligent, hardworking, caring as well as beautiful to look at. She is everything anyone could want in a daughter, friend, colleague. She has just completed her first year at Manchester Met University. She has worked part time at McDonalds since not long after leaving school. She has always done everything right.

The man that did this to her has been charged with her attempted murder and remanded in custody until the next court date which is June 5th. However, I am waiting to hear from the police as he is having an application for bail read in chambers today. The police family liaison have warned that he may well get it. This would be based on him being from a "nice " family where they all have good jobs and live in nice areas. And he has no previous. Well the same is true of my little one, whose life will never be the same because of the decisions and actions of someone who now appears to be trying to avoid the consequences of his actions. He acknowledges he did it, he just claims to not remember. He will absolutely receive a custodial sentence eventually. His bail applications cause distress to our family. I don’t understand why his lack of previous convictions has any relevance given the severity of this offence.

i believe there have been a number of cases of men on bail for abuse and assaults of a partner have murdered these women.

I have a list of “reasons” given in support of bail that I do not find acceptable or relevant;

1; The claim that he is from a well off family in which everyone has a nice house in a nice area and they all have good jobs is not a reason to grant bail. To me, all that privilege gives no excuse whatsoever for his actions and show little more than a sense of entitlement.

2: He loves his girlfriend she’s the last person he’d hurt. Well apart from the passerby and intervened and the arresting police officer he assaulted, she is the last person he hurt. This claim shows a breach of trust on his part.

3: he was under the influence of drugs. but he chose to take those drugs. And his phone records show that he is a regular user. If drink and drugs were an appropriate defence, we’d all be doing it.

4: He is well thought of at work and has made great progress and has a bright future ahead of him. Is this more important than the life of an 18 year old girl? Who also had a bright future and is an innocent victim.

5: his defence claims that esther’s family are nice people that would not want him treated too severely. We are nice people. And we wouldn’t want to see him beaten to within an inch of his life. But that’s because we’re civilised. I do feel though that he should be dealt with appropriately by the courts and given a substantial custodial sentence. But unless a judge is hearing out views from us, it should not be admissible as a reason to give him bail.

this is a very difficult time for esther and for her family and his desire to carry on working and to live with his parents should be secondary to our right to enjoy a peaceful family life and see our little girl put back together.
commented 2017-05-12 22:13:35 +0100
planning permission has been granted for five flats to be built in the garden of 80 saint barnabas road and the local residents not informed in any way, the house was purchased on November 21 2017 and application went in on 28th nov 2017 and granted on 29th nov 2017 building materials have already started arriving in bulk and the arrogant attitude taken by the owner towards me and not even making his tenant aware, looks totally wrong to me, if it is possible ,I would really appreciate a visit from you or one of your colleuges as this area is residential and not bed sit land

your faithfully

Phil Meynell

commented 2017-05-09 14:40:09 +0100
Afternoon Andy my wife and I are holding a charity event on Tuesday 16 May at 12pm and were wondering if you could possibly make a donation as it is for two charities the Neurofoundation and join dementia resarch Uk
commented 2017-05-09 09:46:26 +0100
I wish to see safer roads across the whole of the UK for the benefit of all citizens, wildlife and the environment….

For the safety and wellbeing of UK citizens and wildlife speed limits, that are set for a purpose of safety, should be enforced. This would encourage more cycling and walking that would promote the nation’s health and reduce air pollution levels that contribute to global warming and poor health.
Decades of no national enforcement of speed limits on all UK roads reflects the dangers we see on our roads today, and when the “Me before others” society that we live in today, drugs, alcohol and texting are factored in all UK roads are porentially lethal.

The most cost effective traffic calming and monitoring of speeds would be compulsory in-car technology that first audio warns drivers they are speeding or tailgating, before reporting them directly if they don’t respond positively. Then penalties should reflect the level of speeding recorded as a future deterrent. Such a device could work alongside the new eCall system that is being placed in new vehicles from 2018 to directly inform the emergency services if the vehicle is involved in a road incident.

Unfortunately communities’ fears and concerns are not given a priority before speed and collision data even in communities with a high number of elderly residents, a school and no pedestrian crossing. This is the case where I live, showing prevention of road incidents does not take presidence.

If the labour party wins the general election I hope an effective national road safety policy will be pursued in order to promote happier and healthier communities that will extend into all aspects of UK society.
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