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We have relocated to new premises and are in the process of setting up new telephone and Internet connections.  My postal address is Mary Glindon MP, Swans Centre for Innovation, Station Road, Wallsend, NE28 6HJ.  I will post further contact details when they are available.

My new surgeries start on Friday 2 September.  As I do not have a telephone line, if you require a surgery appointment, please email me on Mary.Glindon.mp@parliament.uk

We have a temporary telephone number for the constituency office which is 0191 643 6957.  Please use this number to contact my office until my new telephone lines are installed.
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Centre for innovation opens at Swans


Following almost £2million of investment, a specialist business centre created by North Tyneside Council was officially opened in Wallsend today (July 29).

Attracting companies from as far away as Aberdeen, the Centre for Innovation, located on the Swans North Tyneside site, is now home to a range of businesses.

Its enviable position within the River Tyne North Bank Low Carbon Enterprise Zone has made it an ideal base for small and medium-sized businesses specialising in the advanced engineering, sub-sea, marine, oil, gas or offshore renewable energy sectors.

And today (July 29), North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon and Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn officially opened the £1.9million development.
Speaking after unveiling a ceremonial plaque, MP Mary Glindon said: “I was delighted to open the Centre for Innovation and meet some of the businesses based there.

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Mary backs call to urgently boost physiotherapy access

Mary has backed the calls of a national charity to urgently boost access to physiotherapy in the North East, to help constituents missing out on vital care, and suffering through this dangerous lack of access.

At Parliament Mary hosted the launch of Muscular Dystrophy UK’s hard-hitting report, Overstretched. The report highlights a massive black hole in physiotherapy access across the country for the estimated 70,000 people with muscle-wasting conditions.

For people with such conditions, physiotherapy can reduce pain and discomfort, while minimising the development of deformities. In some cases it can keep patients walking for longer. Access to a respiratory physiotherapist also allows for vital cough assist equipment to be used, which can reduce the risk of chest infections and can even avoid lives being tragically cut short.

The report found that 60% of individuals with muscle-wasting conditions are unable to access appropriate physiotherapy for their condition. As a result, one in five local patients, many of whom can afford it least, are being forced to pay up to £6,000 a year for private treatment. Patients suffer from NHS policy which rations physiotherapy to six-week blocks, meaning people with muscle-wasting conditions that do gain access miss out on long-term benefits, and gain little from the treatment at all.

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T
he UK’s creative industries are worth a whopping £84 billion and sustain nearly three million jobs but nurturing and teaching creativity throughout education would sustain and increase this success," according to North Tyneside MP, Mary Glindon.

Mary added: "I attended an event organised by MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, and learnt how creative industries are a vital economic lifeline. Now we have decided to leave the EU, we must do much more to protect and promote our home-grown ingenuity to pay our bills and underpin a just society."

A Commons debate also highlighted the need to teach and value creative subjects as part of a rounded curriculum, and maintain the flow of students to universities or face a damaging deficit of skilled graduates.Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016
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General Statement Friday 1 July 2016    

I am very disappointed that as a result of the EU referendum the UK will be leaving the European Union.  However, it is important that all the political parties now work together with the Government to ensure the best possible deal for our country and I will be doing everything I can to get the best deal for our region and North Tyneside under a future agreement.   

With regard to the state of the Labour Party, I am neither a Blairite nor a Corbynite.  I did not vote for Jeremy Corbyn to be Leader of our party, but I have respected the mandate he was given and been loyal to him over the past 10 months.  Our party is now deeply divided and I therefore support a Leadership challenge to resolve the situation and will again respect the mandate of the party in choosing our next Leader.   

I would like to put on record, I did not resign as PPS to the former Shadow Secretary of State for Transport.  That post came to an end when Lilian Greenwood resigned. 

Mary

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Mary pictured with her constituent, Amy Hart, who through the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016 shadowed Mary for the afternoon recently.

Amy is part of a team of 9 apprentices based in HMRC's Digital Delivery Centre. They entered the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016 in February and since then have been engaging with the community's young people, businesses and community groups to promote apprenticeships. They have conducted presentations in numerous schools, to children of all ages, as well as hosted business breakfast events with local employers to encourage them to consider recruiting apprentices. They also worked with a local Scout group to deliver Digital badges to over 60 of their young members.

They were successful in reaching the National Finals due to their hard work in the Regional Heats. Now, in the final part of the competition, they were required to engage with MPs to continue spreading the message about the importance of apprentices in our community.
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